3 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: -7 °C
Wind: WNW 7.5 m/s
Conditions observed in Niseko Town (139m)
Snowfall observed: 3 cm
Temperature: -3 °C
Wind: W 1 m/s
An awful storm has gone, the sky is clear and I can see beautiful mountains this morning.
Today will be THE DAY. I believe all lifts will run today and fresh snow is everywhere at upper area. I will go to Niseko Village to ride Mizuno area and Super station. I wish I had time then I would go to the peak today. Please read Niseko avalanche report before you go, avalanche risk is high after the storm. Snow is a bit heavy today and easy to catch your ski. Better to use ski leash or tracer if you don’t want to loose your ski.
By the way, today is “Setsubun”. It means “division of seasons.” It is used to mark the end of winter and summer, and is derived from the old lunar calendar. However, “setsubun” has now come to mean the day before the first day of spring only. On this day, in a custom called mame-maki, people throw and scatter roasted soy beans inside and outside their houses while saying, “Get goblins out of the house! Invite happiness into the home!” You can find lots of roasted soy beans at store, try mame-maki at your house tonight!
Another low pressure is heading to Hokkaido. Today is the last sunny day for a while. Have a great day!
– Maiko :)