Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 6th January 2016

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Wednesday 6th January 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy skies, a few breaks in the cloud just as I post this
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Not just at the moment, but snowfall due
wind condition
0m/s - 5m/s (Hirafu)
Fair, limited in places
This report
Wednesday 6th January 2016, 8:30am
15cm
Tuesday 5th January 2016, 8:49am 10cm
Monday 4th January 2016, 8:08am 0cm
Sunday 3rd January 2016, 8:42am 5cm
Saturday 2nd January 2016, 9:02am 7cm
Friday 1st January 2016, 8:36am 1cm
Thursday 31st December 2015, 8:38am 5cm
Last 7 reports (total): 43cm
Last 14 reports (total): 162cm
Current month (January 2016) total: 38cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 346cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Wednesday 6th January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko. The days are flying by aren't they?

This morning there's 15cm of fresh snowfall outside my place here in Hirafu. It's mostly just cloudy at the moment though it was snowing earlier and may well be soon again. Perhaps it will be one of those days when it's on-off snowfall. The fresh snow that we have this morning looks like good stuff as well - nice and dry and light - so it should be a very fine start out on the mountain.

I don't always check but it looks from the webcam like people were starting to gather at the Ace Number 2 lift since before 8am when I started putting this report together - first lifts up have that certain allure don't they, especially when there's fresh snow to play in. I hope they took a flask of hot tea and some onigiri for the wait.

Fairly light wind this morning here at base though Niseko Annupuri and Niseko Village seem to be reporting stronger winds (14m/s) on their upper areas. Still, all four of the resort areas appear to be opening as normal at the start of the day. Hopefully we'll see no lift disruption due to wind conditions -- like we had with some lifts at times during the day yesterday.

The weekly forecast remains pretty much unchanged so we are expecting regular and consistent snowfall through the coming week. It might get even colder over the weekend so come prepared. One thing that can spoil a day for me is being too cold.

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It's now 8:30am and I am just about to post this report. Thought I would mention that I can see a bit of blue sky out there now and the sun is breaking through in places. It should be a good morning, hope you can enjoy it.

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After that really great end to the year with that run of five days when I was able to report 20+cm of fresh each day, it's been a generally more modest but respectable start to January. Including today I have observed 38cm since we entered 2016. Remember, last year I observed 257cm for the whole of the month of January 2015, and I observed 461cm for the whole of the month of January 2014.

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It looks like lots of people have been entering the private tour giveaway ( details here ), and there have been lots of Niseko related comments sent on as well. Any report related ones are sent to me and there have been quite a few. Thank you for all your comments.

A few of you even very kindly offered to take me out for some beer when you are here in Niseko, which is very nice. As much as I would like to - and as much as I do like beer, especially when someone buys it for me - I choose to keep my identity unknown. If someone in Niseko tells you they know who writes these reports, they are making it up... they do not know. The reason for this anonymity? Mainly because some (lots of) folk would treat me differently if they knew I did these reports. When we aren't getting snow or it's raining and basically things aren't going 'perfectly', I of course very clearly talk about those things. At those times some people take issue with what I have to say, even suggesting that those things are conveniently not mentioned. An attitude that I dislike a lot. Luckily for you guys reading this, I'm not here to sell you Niseko.

So while it would be a lot of fun to meet people and for them to buy me lots of beer... but thank you again!

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.

Niseko Village
Resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.

Niseko Annupuri
Resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -7℃, light wind, 10cm of new snow and no snowdrift development. Moiwa 800m: -8℃, 10cm snowfall, moderate development of snowdrift. Annupuri 1150m: -11℃, W12-15m/s, 40cm of snowdrifts. Hirafu 1000m: -10℃, 10cm snowfall, moderate development of snowdrifts. Coastal data: Benkei cape WNW13m/s, Kamui cape SW12m/s, 1015hPa, 2.1m waves.

There are no notable snow-clouds around Niseko area. All top gates except gates 1 & 2 In Annupuri are scheduled to open today. Listen to the patrol’s instruction before stepping out of the gates and be aware that you are going out of bounds at your own risk. Consequences can be more severe than you expect, better not take the winter mountains too easy.

Do not cut across cornice slopes or knolls. Keep ample spacing between riders and ride one by one. Avalanches run along the valleys, stay away from the valley bottom. Snow is still insufficient and the creeks are still running fast. Many holes are still present, be careful not to fall. Please don’t take beginners in hazardous areas such as the Backbowl, leaders are responsible for the whole group’s safety. Have you turned your beacon on? Have a nice day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Wednesday 6th January 2016:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 260cm
Base - 120cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 190cm
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 8:30am on Wednesday 6th January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts appear to be open as normal this morning

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 6th January 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Wednesday 6th January 2016
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 6th January 2016
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2015/2016
*as of Wednesday 6th January 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
6th January 15cm 0cm 30cm
5th January 10cm 3cm 22cm
4th January 0cm 15cm 15cm
3rd January 5cm 10cm 15cm
2nd January 7cm 25cm 15cm
1st January 1cm 15cm 10cm
31st December 5cm 40cm 5cm
Previous 7 days total 43cm 108cm 112cm
Previous 14 days total 162cm 223cm 204cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 244cm 519cm 275cm
January observed snowfall total 38cm 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 346cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 6th 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
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
38cm
[346cm]
-
[346cm]
-
[346cm]
-
[346cm]
-
[346cm]
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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