10 cm of fresh snow has accumulated in Niseko in the 12 hours to 7am.
Conditions at Hirafu midway station (820m)
Snowfall estimated: 15 cm
Temperature: -8 °C
Wind: NW 9 m/s
Conditions observed in Niseko Town (139m)
Snowfall observed: 10 cm
Temperature: -2 °C
Wind: WNW 2 m/s
A storm has gone and it’s busy for snow clearing outside this morning. It was crazy stormy yesterday. When I was driving at 9 am, the road was totally white out and I couldn’t see anything even 5 m ahead. I had to pull over and come back home as I felt danger. Strong wind continued blowing all day and stopped all main lifts yesterday.
So I woke up 1 hour earlier to go to “Early Morning” in Grand Hirafu. Getting up in dark is pretty hard will worth it. I checked that Center 4 lift didn’t open yesterday so there should be tons of fresh snow in Super course. I can’t wait to ride there!! Snow condition is not equal after the storm. Please ride carefully and enjoy powder.
The weather will calm down for the weekend.
– Maiko :)