Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 25th May 2017
Friday 9th October 2009, 8:43am
Cloudy and rain down in the valleys falling as snow above about 1200m.
Yesterday afternoon saw the first rain bands of the approaching typhoon reach Niseko. This was the first typhoon of the season to reach up to the western side of Hokkaido. The centre of the storm has moved just to the east of the island and we are in the very cool N-NE airstream on it's western flank. There should have been considerable amounts of snow overnight up on Youtei and possibly down to the top of Annupuri. Currently though it's very cloudy and still raining down low and neither mountain is visible enough to see the snow. Hopefully it'll clear up a bit later in the day. More incursions of cool air are expected over the coming week with further snowfalls up high. A nice build-up to the coming season and Niseko is certainly close to it's most spectacular when the lower forests are in vivid colour and the mountain tops capped in white. It's only a brief period though before the snows will descend right to sea level and the whole island gets smothered in snow. Read more ...
Friday 9th October 2009, 17:04pm
Sunny with scattered clouds
Hakuba's mountain peaks received a dusting of snow overnight! Hopefully this will be a pre-cursor of things to come. Thinking of cold fronts and blizzards from Siberia. We have in the past skied powder in early November so...
In preparation for the coming EPIC (collective positive thinking folks) winter, rock out the lastest skiing DVD's, strap on your weapons in your living room and imagine training for those sick powder days we will be having. A little physical leg training exercises might be beneficial as well, my personal favorite (chair to fridge, beer, chair ) 6 sets of multiple repetitions. Running, weight lifting and biking also work I hear.
Until Ular the Norse God of Snow drops his white bombs we will pray and wait diligently for his arctic blessings. Hopefully around the end of this month, beginning of next.