10 cm of fresh snow has accumulated in Niseko in the 12 hours to 7am.
Conditions at Hirafu midway station (820m)
Snowfall estimated: 10-30 cm
Temperature: -10 °C
Wind: W 14 m/s
Conditions observed in Niseko Town (139m)
Snowfall observed: 10 cm
Temperature: -4 °C
Wind: W 4 m/s
Wind is very strong but it’s not snowing in Niseko town at 6 am. I went to Grand Hirafu yesterday, it was raining at the village level but snowing at upper area. Snow was heavy but pretty good actually.
A winter bomb cyclone is covering Hokkaido today. Super windy outside. Many lifts might close in the morning. Please keep your eyes on the latest lift status. If you decided to not riding today, there are many places you and kids can play inside. NAC is one of the places, there are climbing walls and jungle gym for little kids. Parents can enjoy lunch or coffee at JoJo’s cafe while kids are playing.
Stormy condition will continue till tomorrow. Let’s keep calm and wait for the powder day.
– Maiko :)