Friday 18 January 2019
By Rod at 730am JST
Intense weather throughout Hokkaido over the last 24-36hr with many resorts under Major Blizzard conditions. Lift operations took a hit across most resorts and there is still plenty of high velocity wind and snow falling side-ways happening this morning. The latest models have Jetstream from the NW of 45-50k at 1000-1200 mtrs. Chill factor nudging 30 below zero as this beast continues to cause havoc at mid to upper mountain elevations.
That side-ways snow has left 17cm new by 7am for the 24hr period against our Hirafu Village measure stick image below. Protected gullies and terrain will be deep. Double and triple this amount. Today is NOT the day to get too adventuous folks - Read the avalanche report below - Cornice and snow pack layers will be significant and dangerous - Stay humble - Take the safe bits and wait till this monster settles down and the over-all pack stabilises. Current temps of neg 14c at top and 10c below here in the village. Mitts, mask and layers advised.
The outlook is great with steady snow forecast to keep dropping for the next 7-10days. The Sunday to Thursday program looks big as well ...at this stage. Stay tuned and have a safe fun day of turns.
Keep your eye on the red buttons below via our Niseko App on your mobile for the hill updates – Keep a Cool Head - Ski Wise and Stay Focused...12.5hrs of turn-time on offer-8am to 830 pm last lifts via Nighto turns.
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Always keep out of roped and closed areas and adhere to the Niseko Rules. Read the avalanche report - Don't break boundaries or go into strictly forbidden terrain. This information will help keep you safer up there - Red button below along with our quick links to lifts status and The Niseko Rules.
Equip yourself adequately with the tools and safety gear if heading out the gates or touring plans. Strong caution advised whenever stepping outside legal gate access or skinning / touring back country. Be smart - Living is good.
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