8cm of fresh snow has accumulated in Niseko in the 12 hours to 7am.
Conditions at Hirafu midway station (820m)
Snowfall estimated: ?? cm
Temperature: -12 °C
Wind: WNW 18 m/s
Conditions observed in Niseko Town (139m)
Snowfall observed: 0 cm
Temperature: -5 °C
Wind: WNW 6 m/s
It’s super stormy outside. No new snow fall because strong wind has blown away. I changed my mind and went to Grand Hirafu yesterday. Snow was surprisingly great and courses were nicely reset. I had two nice runs at Super course and many more at upper area.
Unfortunately more lifts might close today due to this strong wind. Please check the lift status before you go out. I will take a day off and clean up my house. I found a fun kid’s event “Picture book world” in Niseko town. You will be able to see over 300 books from Japan and all over the world. And there are plenty of story reading and fun programs in multiple languages!
This storm will go away tonight. Please drive carefully and stay safe today.
– Maiko :)