Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 2nd January 2016

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:02am on Saturday 2nd January 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
-4°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow currently
wind condition
W2m/s - SW5m/s (Hirafu)
Variable
This report
Saturday 2nd January 2016, 9:02am
7cm
Friday 1st January 2016, 8:36am 1cm
Thursday 31st December 2015, 8:38am 5cm
Wednesday 30th December 2015, 8:32am 23cm
Tuesday 29th December 2015, 8:36am 21cm
Monday 28th December 2015, 8:24am 24cm
Sunday 27th December 2015, 8:43am 20cm
Last 7 reports (total): 101cm
Last 14 reports (total): 133cm
Current month (January 2016) total: 8cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 316cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:02am on Saturday 2nd January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Hello and a very good morning to you from Hirafu base.

We had light snowfall during the day yesterday, though it didn't amount to much, and some more snow overnight - bringing us a total of 7cm of fresh according to my highly technical and complex measuring system (*a ruler). I actually ordered 20cm of snowfall every night, so I don't know what could have happened to the rest of the delivery. I'll lodge a complaint!

Niseko has in recent years become extremely popular... in large part of course due to the quality snow conditions that can often be enjoyed here. With popularity and reputation comes more and more people - and the need for regular fresh snow to refil tracks. It's like a hunger that never goes away. Luckily we often get that, though obviously not always. If you want empty slopes, Niseko perhaps isn't for you.

It is continuing to snow this morning - lightly as I write this - and I think there's a decent chance I'll be able to bring you bigger numbers tomorrow. It's not as cold this morning and temperatures may even rise into low positive numbers today. I see that many regions of Japan are going to be warming up over the next few days but here fingers crossed it will remain quite low and quickly get back down below zero.

While it doesn't feel particularly windy down here, it seems that some gusty winds higher up on the mountain are affecting top lifts at the time of writing - details added below.

The forecast remains good for snow every day in the coming week. Bring on those refils!

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Resort specific news/notes at time of writing (subject to change during the day)

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Top King Number 3 and Ace Number 4 lifts on hold early on due to wind conditions.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Hanazono Number 1 lift running slow early on.

Niseko Village
Top Wonderland Chair lift on hold early on due to wind conditions.

Niseko Annupuri
Top Jumbo 4 lift on hold early on due to wind conditions.
12 of 13 courses now open.
Early gondola from 7:20am-8:20am on 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th. Charge 1000 yen.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -2℃, light breeze and 5cm of low-pressure system generated snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -2℃, light breeze and 5cm snowfall. Annupuri 1150m: -4℃, NW12m/s, light snowfall. Coastal data: Benkei cape NWN8m/s, Kamui cape WSW11m/s, 1011hPa, 1.3m waves.

A passing pressure trough is generating snowfall since pre-dawn and shallow surface slab slides will be likely to occur as the snowpack grows in south facing steep slopes, triggered from Jan 1st surface layer. Today’s snowfall will remain as a notable layer in future snowpack.

Looking at the snowfall transition and observations, the snowdrifts development is minimal and the general avalanche risk remains low. The slopes have been moderately reset and are in decent condition. The visibility is bad due to the fog generated by the air mass displacement. Be conservative and ride safe. Prudence is key to prevent accidents. Gates 4, 5, 6 and 10 are scheduled to open. Please follow the patrol’s instructions and refrain from ducking ropes.

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Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 2nd January 2016:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 255cm
Base - 110cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 185cm
Base - 100cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 130cm
Base - 100cm

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Lifts planned to be open for night skiing:

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift
(There is no night skiing at the Hanazono area)

Niseko Village:
Community Chair and Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri:
Jumbo Number 1 Quad

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Archive report: Posted at 9:02am on Saturday 2nd January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Some top lifts affected by wind early on

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 2nd January 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 2nd January 2016
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 2nd January 2016
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2015/2016
*as of Saturday 2nd January 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
2nd January 7cm 25cm 15cm
1st January 1cm 15cm 10cm
31st December 5cm 40cm 5cm
30th December 23cm 0cm 10cm
29th December 21cm 0cm 20cm
28th December 24cm 0cm 15cm
27th December 20cm 25cm 5cm
Previous 7 days total 101cm 105cm 80cm
Previous 14 days total 133cm 248cm 142cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 244cm 519cm 275cm
January observed snowfall total 8cm 257cm 461cm
February observed snowfall total - 196cm 178cm
March observed snowfall total - 139cm 113cm
April observed snowfall total - 3cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 316cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 2nd January 2016
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
8cm
[316cm]
-
[316cm]
-
[316cm]
-
[316cm]
-
[316cm]
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
257cm
[806cm]
196cm
[1002cm]
139cm
[1141cm]
3cm
[1144cm]
0cm
[1144cm]
2013/2014 season 0cm
[0cm]
123cm
[123cm]
275cm
[398cm]
461cm
[859cm]
178cm
[1037cm]
113cm
[1150cm]
13cm
[1163cm]
0cm
[1163cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
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