A Cold Snowy morning here in Niseko with winds abating a little more and 33-40cm + from base lifts to upper mountain for the 24hr period.
The product out there this morning is blue chip. Handsome dividends are begging for all those lucky enough to be here at the moment as was yesterday where all bar the very top lifts opened by mid morning accessing terrain that was closed for several days due to high wind. Quality deep turns were carved for the rest of the day.
Current conditions have ambient mercury at minus 8c at base with negative 15 c at upper mountain. Jet stream is coming at us from the WNW with velocity of 5-10 down low and variable gusts 20-35 up high. Chill factor is significant with 25-30 degrees below at higher elevations so layers and a face mask is highly advised.
The outlook has more of the same for today and tomorrow at least with current JMA synoptic charts showing a couple of extra random small lows appearing to our west wofting through our region over the next day or two. This is good news folks with plenty more dry crystals to follow till around Saturday at this stage.
Another superb day of deep dry powder coming up so reach for the fattest boards in your quiver and have a safe fun day.
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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.
33-40cm + of Dry Crystals From Base to Top for the 24hrs. Classic Niseko