1 cm of fresh snow has accumulated in Niseko in the 12 hours to 7am.
Conditions at Hirafu midway station (820m)
Snowfall estimated: 5 cm
Temperature: -8 °C
Wind: WSW 6 m/s
Conditions observed in Niseko Town (139m)
Snowfall observed: 1 cm
Temperature: -4 °C
Wind: SSW 1 m/s
It’s silent morning, I can see mountains clearly now at 6:30 am. For me, snow was the best of the season (so far) yesterday. Lots of my friends said same thing so it probably was. I went to Niseko Village to ride Mizuno area first thing in the morning, however the top area looked too good so I took the top lift and had the first track at Wonder land (top area). Snow was untouched and unreal. Then I went to Mizuno area (avalanche controlled area), there were still tons of fresh powder so I had fantastic one there. Snow was super deep, smooth and soft.
So where I should go today, there are still many powder left. It might be a good day to hike up to the peak if the weather stays clear. Or go to Moiwa to avoid crowds. Don’t follow strangers, they might not know how to get back.
South wind tells me that next low pressure is coming soon. More snow will fall from tonight.
– Maiko :)