Wednesday 21 February 2018
By Rod at 730am JST
Well...February 2018 here in Niseko is set to go down as one of the better Febs in recent years and who can forget the record breaking November December we just had. This particular Niseko winter season is smashing accumulations of past Niseko winters as the pow keeps coming with a further 15-17 cm new for the 24hr period and day 16 of continuous snowfall.
JMA synoptics and most weather models advancing 7-10days have snow slotted in daily till around the 3rd March at this stage. If you're able a pass out from the busy schedule of life and hunting deep dry fresh pow ...well the answer is simple. Thigh to waist deep out of upper gates yesterday ...immaculate.
As far as snow to date accumulation..we are very quickly approaching the 16meter mark at mid to upper mountain and 13.6 meters of snow has fallen so far for this winter at the base of Hirafu where we take our measurements. Under the boards at present at mid to upper mountain is a packed base depth of 520cm -Thats about 16 feet of packed snow base and growing...In some lee side areas, its much much more than that..Small trees of almost 20 feet have vanished till the spring thaw..Hirafu Village roads looks like another planet..Mind-blowing
Present temps of minus 13c top and neg 10c at base. Jet stream from the West of 35k at top and 10k down low. Chill factor continuing to stay at around minus 30c up top so layer up and advise mitts and mask.
Keep your eye on the live lift status on our Niseko App and avalanche report buttons below around 830am to see what gets going and opens. Also for the latest updates and information for gates.
Have a Great day of Turns – Keep a Cool Head - Ski Wise and Stay Focused...
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