Light snow continues here in Niseko with another impressive 24hr period delivering 18-25 cm of new from base lifts to upper mountain.
While many upper mountain lifts struggled yesterday with high wind, the accessible snow in Hirafu was amazing as was Rusutsu where our guided groups experienced one of the best days this winter. Thigh deep bottomless magic all day over there with top to bottom face shots and paddocks of untouched lines still begging treatment as lifts closed around 4pm. Crazy ...
Temperature at 7am has ambient mercury here in the village on minus 7 C at base and 8-10 C below zero at mid to upper elevations.
Wind speeds are still up with around 15-20k down low today and 30-45k at upper points of the mountain.
Advise to check the lift movements, gate access and avalanche report for the latest updates.
The resort posted daily avalanche report is an important and interesting read with plenty of work that's gone into it from the guys at the Moiwa Avalanche Institute. Local boyz, highly recognised in these parts that know their job card extremely well. Check it out. Strong advice is to ad-hear to their wise words and Never Break Roped Off areas or Gates that have been Closed.
The outlook is good with further snow to drop throughout today, tomorrow and into Monday at this stage.
March is powering with quality deep powder so have a safe, fun Saturday and please ride wisely.
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|Hirafu Village||Top Station|
|New Snow Past 24hrs||18cm||25cm|
|Current Snow Depth||200cm||410cm|
|Snow To Date||1152cm||1497cm|
|Temperature||-7°C / -7°C||-10°C / -10°C|
|Visibility||Light snow||Light snow|
Snow report information is compiled and interpreted from various Japanese weather sites and models made current for the day and the 3-5 day outlook. Snow fall 24hr periods are measured at approximately 730am daily in Hirafu Village base lifts and data from the avalanche report which indicates accumulations at both the base of Moiwa and the 1000metre level. Further on mountain observations are also included and like any ski resort, more intense snow accumulations occur at mid and upper mountain elevations of average approximations of 20%. These approximations are conservative. Hence, base lift depth historically speaking is almost 50% less on any given year than mid to top station snow pack.