Tuesday 21 November 2017
By Rod at 730am JST
Well...amazing scenes across the Hokkaido Alps and some big numbers already on the board here in Niseko. As we reported a few days ago, we are looking at some of the best early season snowfall in almost 10yrs ...In fact Nov 23 opening day 2008 was the closest to what it is now across Grand Hirafu.
The last 24hr period to 7am has delIvered an additional 24-30cm of new from base to top with temps behaving them-selves nicely at this stage as the mercury sits on minus 8c at base and 12c below zero at upper mountain. Patrol are zipping around in their cats and skidoos driving marker poles and nets into the base in preparation for day #1 of season.
Jet-stream stiil coming from the west at 40k high up with 5-10k down low - chill fact at mid to upper mountain of around 24c below zero so keep the layers handy if you're going to hike to the goods today.
The outlook has a milder change due to move into our region later today with temps forecast to be on the rise over the next 24-36 hrs and we may see some of that clear precip down low yet mid to upper mountain should see heavy dumpage continue ! JMA synoptic charts show some south air during this period prior to much colder air setting back in around mid Thursday...at this stage. The further outlooks has additional snow into our weekend. Nice ...
We’ll keep you updated as the snow falls and then daily from the 23rd to early April 2018 at around 730am with the latest snow weather and mountain conditions from right here in Hirafu village Niseko.
Game on folks - Click in, Buckle up ..Ski wise and stay focused – Here we go …Stay tuned !
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