Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 5th January 2017

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:33am on Thursday 5th January 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, increasing blue sky
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None currently
wind condition
N 6m/s - N 9m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Good to limited higher up (at time of writing)
This report
Thursday 5th January 2017, 8:33am
8cm
Wednesday 4th January 2017, 9:02am 0cm
Tuesday 3rd January 2017, 7:59am 0cm
Monday 2nd January 2017, 8:12am 0cm
Sunday 1st January 2017, 8:20am 0cm
Saturday 31st December 2016, 8:35am 5cm
Friday 30th December 2016, 8:31am 14cm
Last 7 reports (total): 27cm
Last 14 reports (total): 51cm
Current month (January 2017) total: 8cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 301cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:33am on Thursday 5th January 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

It is a cold morning and there's fresh snow on the ground.

I have measured just 8cm but it's a welcome sight - and good quality stuff too; and there'll be more higher up on the places that really matter.

There's an increasing amount of blue sky turning up now to, so it feels like it is going to be a fine morning. It should be staying really cold though so need to be prepared for that.

Unfortunately, wind is affecting things at the start of the day and keeping some lifts from opening. See below for resort specific info as of 8:30am.

Might the snow of today (whether it has finished up or be more later on) be the last until around Monday evening? Let's keep an eye on the forecast for that ongoing story...

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Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6am: -6℃, 10cm snowfall since early dawn. Moiwa850m: -6℃, 10cm snow, strong wind and snowdrifts developing. Annupuri1150m: -8℃, N15m/s, snowfall & wind from early dawn. Hirafu 1200m: -10℃, snow and wind picked up from 5am and snowdrifts are developing. Kamui cape lighthouse: NE2m/s, 1017hPa, 1.9m waves.

Snow and wind picked up from 5am under the winter barometric pattern. Drastic developments of snowdrifts have been observed around 800m elevation. The wind-affected slabs’ density is uneven and unstable. 40cm thick new snow sitting on top of Jan 4th layer can slide anytime. The general avalanche risk is high. Do not stimulate knolls and cornices. Remember that most accidents occur during bad weather.

Finally some long awaited snow has come, however still insufficient to cover the bushes. If you push your line too far down, you will have trouble coming back. Snowboarders better carry snowshoes if you are venturing out far. No matter the amount of snow, avalanches happen when conditions are right. The gate opening is yet to be decided.

Lift passes will be confiscated if ropes are crossed.

Beware of frostbites.

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Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
The top Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts are on hold due to wind conditions.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
All three lifts appear to be opening as planned.

Niseko Village
The Gondola is moving at reduced speed at the start of the day.

Niseko Annupuri
The Gondola and top Jumbo Number 4 lift are on hold due to wind conditions.

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Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 5th January 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 235cm
Base - 85cm

Niseko Village
Top - 140cm
Base - 100cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 150cm
Base - 95cm

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Night skiing is planned until Monday 20th March 2017 at the Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village resort areas. There is no nighta in the Hanazono area.

Archive report: Posted at 8:33am on Thursday 5th January 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Some top lifts affected by wind this morning

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 5th January 2017
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 5th January 2017
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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  2016/2017
*as of Thursday 5th January 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
5th January 8cm 10cm 3cm
4th January 0cm 0cm 15cm
3rd January 0cm 5cm 10cm
2nd January 0cm 7cm 25cm
1st January 0cm 1cm 15cm
31st December 5cm 5cm 40cm
30th December 14cm 23cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 27cm 51cm 108cm
Previous 14 days total 51cm 147cm 253cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 181cm 244cm 519cm
January observed snowfall total 8cm 303cm 257cm
February observed snowfall total - 266cm 196cm
March observed snowfall total - 109cm 139cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 3cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 301cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 5th January 2017
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
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
8cm
[301cm]
-
[301cm]
-
[301cm]
-
[301cm]
-
[301cm]
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
303cm
[611cm]
266cm
[877cm]
109cm
[986cm]
6cm
[992cm]
0cm
[992cm]
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]
  October November December January February March April May
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