5 cm of fresh snow has accumulated in Niseko in the 12 hours to 7am.
Conditions at Hirafu midway station (820m)
Snowfall estimated: 10 cm
Temperature: -10 °C
Wind: NW 9 m/s
Conditions observed in Niseko Town (139m)
Snowfall observed: 5 cm
Temperature: -5 °C
Wind: NW 3 m/s
It’s partly sunny and 5 cm of new snow has fallen last night in Niseko town. Looks like strong wind finally calms down.
For 2 days of strong wind, I can’t tell how the snow condition is at mountains now. The top gates closed for 2 days and might open today. Strong wind might brow all snow away, or we might find deep snow somewhere. Snow might be super hard wind pack but we could find soft and fluffy. We never know before we go, so I’ll go out and see how the mountain changed. Please ride carefully, I said I never know, but I know it’s a difficult condition.
Looks like a sunny weekend is coming. It might be a good idea to plan touring.
– Maiko :)