5 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: -12 °C
Wind: WNW 14 m/s
Conditions observed in Niseko Town (139m)
Snowfall observed: 5 cm
Temperature: -5 °C
Wind: WNW 3 m/s
It’s not snowing but mountains are covered by white clouds this morning. I went to Niseko Village to ride Mizuno area. Since it didn’t look good from Gondola and there were 200 people in front of me already so I changed my mind and went to gate 3 (Hirafu top gate). Snow was very hard wind pack at top area but it was soft and fresh in middle forest area.
It’s windy again and this weather continues until Saturday. I might go to Moiwa, hopefully quad lift won’t stop. Top lifts might be closed due to strong wind today. It’s cold and windy, don’t forget your face mask and extra layer.
The weather gets even wilder tomorrow. It might be a good day for rest and onsen.
– Maiko :)