Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 8th January 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Thursday 8th January 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snowing
wind condition
5-16m/s (Hirafu)
Limited
This report
Thursday 8th January 2015, 8:32am
20cm
Wednesday 7th January 2015, 8:50am 15cm
Tuesday 6th January 2015, 8:40am 0cm
Monday 5th January 2015, 8:40am 3cm
Sunday 4th January 2015, 8:46am 15cm
Saturday 3rd January 2015, 9:01am 10cm
Friday 2nd January 2015, 8:40am 25cm
Last 7 reports (total): 88cm
Last 14 reports (total): 213cm
Current month (January 2015) total: 103cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 652cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Thursday 8th January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

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Anyway, on to my report which is why I'm here isn't it.

It was a wild day yesterday. I wonder what today has in store.

Very strong winds were messing about with everything yesterday - and not just on the slopes. There was only a limited choice for people who felt the need to be out in it!

Initial impression is that today is going to be better... still windy, but not as mad as yesterday.

There's new snow as well but I'm having real difficulty putting a number on it due to all that wind blowing it about everywhere. 10cm, 20cm, 30cm... one of them! Even the Niseko Avalanche Report below seems to be shying away from actual numbers this morning with lots of mention of snowdrifts. OK as I need to post a number and taking a look outside my place the number I'm going for is around 20cm, I think that is fair. No doubt more higher up of course, I am hearing from a resort guy of 30cm on upper areas. If you're in Niseko reading this you might well have a different take. I might update that later after a bit more time outside.

Forecast is for snowfall to continue into next week - if it stops it won't be far away from starting up again.

Refresh. Nice. But... less wind please!

Take care out there. Safety first, remember.

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Resort specific news at time of writing - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
King Number 3 Triple, King Number 4, Ace Number 3 and Swinging Monkey lifts on hold due to wind. Hirafu Gondola is moving.
'Early Morning' lift available from 10th January to 1st February (for 500 yen, you can ride Ace Quad Number 2 lift from 8am until 8:20am).

Niseko Hanazono:
Hanazono Number 2 and Number 3 lifts on hold.

Niseko Village:
Looks like all planned lifts are moving, or will be.

Niseko Annupuri:
Top Jumbo Number 4 lift suspended due to wind but other lifts plan to be moving.
'Annupuri First Run' available on 11th and 12th January (for 1000 yen, you can ride the Gondola from 7:20-8:20am).

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -5C, large development of packed snowdrifts. Moiwa 800m: NE12m/s, -7C, large developments of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: -7C, NW15m/s and developing snowdirfts. Hirafu 1000m: NE10m/s, -7C, developing snowdrifts. Coastal data: Benkei cape NNE12m/s, Kamui cape NNE12m/s, 1002hPa, 5.8m waves.

The strong wind and heavy snowfall generated large development of snowdrifts in and out of bounds. The estimated accumulation of snowdrifts in leeward slopes around 800m altitude grew above 200cm. The rapidly developed snowdrifts are heavy and extremely unstable, easily collapsing with a slight stimulation. The avalanche hazard is extremely high today. Hazardous condition is seen to persist until tomorrow even after the wind calms down. Do not carelessly drop into knolls, cornice slopes or other steep faces. Better not underestimate the danger of avalanches. The snowpack will stabilize soon.

A thick layer of heavy and packed highly wind-affected snow is blanketing the treeruns. This type of snow is catchy and tricky to ski. Be careful and remain in control. It is not sufficient to just observe the snowpack to evaluate the risks, especially during a storm. More attention should be paid to the snowfall & weather transition. Keep in mind that a lot of the avalanche accidents occur during and just after storms. Have a nice day.

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Official snow depth numbers and any notes at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 320cm
Base - 145cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 240cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 220cm
Base - 160cm

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Lifts open for night skiing (planned):

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 8:32am on Thursday 8th January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts are open but some lifts affected by wind today

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(updated daily during winter)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 8th January 2015
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 8th January 2015
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 8th January 2015
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)
  2014/2015
*as of Thursday 8th January 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
8th January 20cm 10cm 10cm
7th January 15cm 15cm 15cm
6th January 0cm 30cm 20cm
5th January 3cm 22cm 20cm
4th January 15cm 15cm 20cm
3rd January 10cm 15cm 15cm
2nd January 25cm 15cm 10cm
Previous 7 days total 88cm 122cm 110cm
Previous 14 days total 213cm 189cm 203cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 519cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total 103cm 461cm 443cm
February observed snowfall total - 178cm 316cm
March observed snowfall total - 113cm 164cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 32cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 2cm
Season observed snowfall total 652cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 8th January 2015
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 - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
103cm
[652cm]
-
[652cm]
-
[652cm]
-
[652cm]
-
[652cm]
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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