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Niseko Hirafu Snow Report for 28 Apr 2017

  • Weather Forecast for Niseko Hirafu at  m altitude issued: 8 pm28 Apr 2017 (local time)
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Niseko Hirafu Snow Report for 28 Apr 2017

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Our Snow Report for Niseko Hirafu brings daily updates on the snow conditions, snow depths, piste and offpiste conditions and the number of open ski lifts. The latest Niseko Hirafu snow report shown below was updated on 28 Apr 2017. Snow Reports are provided regularly throughout the ski season courtesy of our own network of ski resort managers, the Skiclub of Great Britain and Skiresort Service International GmbH. In addition to the current report on ski conditions, we also provide webcams (including a 4 week cam archive), current live observations from nearby weather stations and also historical snow data for Niseko Hirafu.

Niseko Hirafu Snow Report Issued: 28 Apr 2017

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Most recent snowfallon 31 Mar 2017
Fresh snow depth:2cm

Fresh snow depth
Upper / Lower
Snow Depth, cm
BottomNew Snow in Resort: –
Good pisteon-pisteSpring snow
PowderOff piste Varied
Resort runsResort runsclosed

Resort Ski Report:6 out of 25Lifts open.

Niseko Hirafu Snow Conditions:The best conditions can be found on the upper slopes

Reported Weather Conditions:Sun,Light clouds dotting the sky,Temperature: 6°C

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*User Snow Reports: these can only be submitted by registered users. If you would like to submit user snow reports, or become a resort manager to make more in-depth updates to this resort's information, please contact us.

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Mid station 706 m
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Spring 32 days ago
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Spring 12 days ago
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Spring 33 days ago
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Mid station 1220 m
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Notes on the Niseko Hirafu Snow Report

The snow report describes the piste and off-piste ski conditions at Niseko Hirafu. You can submit an updated snow report here. Piste and off-piste are often different so we ask snow reporters to describe Niseko Hirafu piste and off-piste conditions separately. If these details are missing from the Niseko Hirafu snow report, you can predict off-piste conditions using the snow depth, the date of the most recent snowfall at Niseko Hirafu, the Niseko Hirafu weather report and the forecast.

Members can check the hindcast for a timeline of Niseko Hirafu weather conditions. This detailed weather log makes it easy to predict snow conditions at Niseko Hirafu, even when the snow report is too old to be useful. The hindcast shows when our weather model last predicted snowfall at Niseko Hirafu. It shows how much snow we think fell then, and the way freezing level, wind and weather have varied through time. You will be able to predict whether to expect off-piste powder, slush, spring snow, ice or wind crust.

If you see a report of powder or fresh snow conditions several days after snow last fell, there is usually a good reason. At crowded ski resorts, off-piste new snow will be tracked out within hours of a fresh fall but wherever crowds are light in relation to the accessible terrain, it will be possible to stay fresh much later, perhaps several days later. Alternatively, strong winds sometimes redistribute powder snow enough to cover old tracks, or it may simply be that the ski area was not fully open for some period after the snow fell, so fresh snow that fell a while ago has remained un-tracked until this report.

Whenever weather conditions change, Niseko Hirafu snow conditions will change too, so it is important to check the time and date of the Niseko Hirafu snow report and to guess what effect the weather will have had on snow quality between then and now. For example, the Niseko Hirafu snow report on Friday afternoon may indicate fresh powder but if Friday night is mild and rainy then ski conditions will be very poor on Saturday morning. Conversely, if the weather stays stable and cold, the same snow report can be valid for more than a week. We advise that you check the Niseko Hirafu snow forecast to see if conditions are likely to change before your visit.

Many skiers enjoy moguls and fast icy pistes but for off-piste skiers and free-ride snowboarders, fresh snow starts to deteriorate from the moment it settles. Wind, rain and periods of above-freezing temperature are the primary cause of the evolution from fresh powder to windslab, ice or slush. High altitude slopes that are shaded from the sun and sheltered from the wind preserve powder stashes longer after fresh snowfall. If the snow report mentions pockets of powder at Niseko Hirafu, study the Niseko Hirafu piste map in relation to the wind direction to determine the most likely locations.

We stress the importance of checking the date on the Niseko Hirafu snow report particularly around weekends. For example, the snow report for Niseko Hirafu on Friday may indicate powder after recent snowfall but following a sunny and busy weekend, when the locals hit the mountains en masse, the ski conditions (at any resort) can deteriorate rapidly and late arrivals may see very different ski conditions. Of course some people look for deteriorating conditions in the snow report for the likely development of mogul fields but for powder lovers and particularly snowboarders this can mean tracked out off-piste snow. Of course, this doesn’t always happen quickly after fresh snowfall particularly at quiet North facing resorts at high altitude where genuine powder stashes may be found days or even weeks later. It is worth checking the piste map for Niseko Hirafu (found in menu above) for the location of favourable slopes that may be described in the "Niseko Hirafu Snow Conditions" part of the snow report. In addition to checking the Niseko Hirafu snow report we recommend that you check the snow forecasts found in the menu at the top of the page along with our ski resort guide.