Niseko Now daily snow and weather reports

Niseko Now

8:57am, 26th October 2016
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Hello and good morning everyone. And welcome back to the Niseko Now reports on

I have enjoyed a good five and a half months off the morning daily report routine, though with the new season about a month away now it doesn’t feel that long. Time flies, and all that. Anyway, it is nearly time for me to get back to my duties. Gambarimasu.

First up... news of the first snowfall of the season. There was not enough here at my place to award any “new cm of snowfall” to the reports – more just a dusting - but it was snowing down to the base areas and snow up there on the mountains, which turned a very attractive white. This all happened a few days ago actually when I wasn’t here – on 20th October to be exact. Apparently, it started as rain and sleet early afternoon with snow coming down in the evening.

The snow has melted away from all lower regions, and this morning we’re looking autumnal once again. It is great to see snow once again, and it looks like we might actually get some more falling around the coming weekend.

We are about one month away from the planned opening dates of the Niseko resorts. Below are the planned dates for the season.

Niseko Annupuri: Wednesday 23rd November 2016 until Sunday 7th May 2017
Niseko Grand Hirafu: Saturday 26th November 2016 until Sunday 7th May 2017
Niseko Hanazono: Saturday 3rd December 2016 until Sunday 2nd April 2017
Niseko Village: Thursday 1st December 2016 until Sunday 2nd April 2017

Night skiing is planned from Saturday 10th December until Monday 20th March 2017 at the Annupuri, Grand Hirafu and Village resort areas.


In a matter of days, you are going to see some big changes to these Niseko Now reports. And I think you are going to like what the SnowJapan guys have been up to. I won’t go into details now as I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but they are doing final preparations now and all being well I believe the changes should go online in early November. The ski resort listing pages of SnowJapan have also had a complete overhaul, and they also look really good. Otanoshimini!

I will be back here with some Niseko Now reports before the season starts, and then I will be posting reports every day of the season once the lifts start moving.

Remember, you can always look back at past reports using the archives, links below.

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Ski resorts are currently closed. See report for planned opening dates.

Observed snowfall in the last 14 days

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Observed snowfall in this season

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Observed Japan snowfall graphs and tables – please be sure to read this page for more information on the data.

Previous 14 reports:

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For more information about the Now daily snow and weather reporting on SnowJapan, please read this.

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Observed Japan snowfall graphs and tables – please be sure to read this page for more information on the data.

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