Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017
Monday 15th October 2012, 13:02pm
The colour red is slowly creeping into Nisekos palette once again, signalling an end to a glorious Hokkaido summer and an imminent winter. The summer this year was a very dry and hot one with September seeing some of the highest temperatures in recent years with rainfall condensed into short bursts of squall like showers.
Now, I have no scientific basis for this whatsoever - so keep in mind this is just some pre-season fun - but there seems to be a general pattern in my 10 years in Hokkaido that the "bigger" the summer, the bigger the winter. Summer 2011 was extremely humid and hot with conditions more akin to Honshu than cool Hokkaido and the memories of the great winter that followed and it's snowfall won't soon be forgotten. Anyway here is hoping that this perceived trend continues this year into the 2012-13 ski season! Fingers crossed all.
This past week saw Hokkaido's 'hatsuyuki' (first snows) over in the Daisetsuzan area with Asahi-dake already looking very wintery indeed. Locals have started placing bets on when we can see a similar decent sprinkling up on Youtei with quite a few predicting around the 20th of this month. Daytime temperatures are still yo-yo ing between warm and cold but the evenings are definitely getting some bite to them already. It shouldn't be long now.
In fact there is actually talk that there has been a slight dusting up there yesterday, but cloudy cover at the top today so I can't give you my personal viewing confirmation.
If you want to remind yourself of how the beginning of last season went please do take a look back at the archives:
So there's a while to go yet, but there's nothing wrong in getting excited about the upcoming season.
Anyway.... welcome back to Niseko Now, report readers - we are looking forward to another great season ahead and are very excited to start adding up the inches! We'll add an update report from time to time in the coming weeks and then they will become more regular as the season approaches. Read more ...