Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 8th January 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:22am on Friday 8th January 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snowing lightly at the moment
wind condition
SW2m/s - NW8m/s (Hirafu)
Limited on mountain by the looks
This report
Friday 8th January 2016, 8:22am
11cm
Thursday 7th January 2016, 8:32am 14cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 62cm
Last 14 reports (total): 180cm
Current month (January 2016) total: 63cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 371cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:22am on Friday 8th January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Morning from Niseko.

There's more snow to report this morning, 11cm of new fresh around my place. I was kind of expecting more this morning with the continued snowfall, but let's perhaps not get too greedy.

Visibility looks more limited this morning as the snow continues to fall, sometimes heavier than others. As I write this report it is snowing lightly.

And that forecast... well, it is still showing consistent snowfall and low temperatures over the coming week. Conditions are really great at the moment and the regular top-ups over the coming week probably mean that the good times are going to continue.

We couldn't ask for much more than that.

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Yesterday I mentioned the Niseko Grand Hirafu early morning service, so this morning I thought I would gather up the other similar things going on at the other resorts. Monday 11th January is a national holiday in Japan - 'Coming of Age Day' - and to celebrate Niseko Annupuri and Niseko Village resorts are also offering early services. And here are the details:

Niseko Grand Hirafu 'Early Morning'
Dates: Saturday 9th January until Sunday 31st January 2016
Time: 8:00am until 8:20am
Cost: 500 yen
Details: Ace Number 2 Quad lift with the Super, Furiko, Green, Alpen and Sen-no-ki courses open

Niseko Annupuri 'First Run'
Dates: Saturday 9th, Sunday 10th, Monday 11th January 2016
Time: 7:20am until 8:20am
Cost: 1,000 yen
Details: Gondola operation

Niseko Village 'Early Morning Gondola'
Dates: Saturday 9th, Sunday 10th, Monday 11th January 2016
Time: 7:30am until 8:30am
Cost: 1,300 yen
Details: Gondola operation

It's important to note that these early morning lift operations require special tickets, which basically means that you have to pay extra for them. Season tickets and normal day passes cannot be used. So if you want to lay down first tracks up there, then you need to get out your change. In the case of bad weather conditions any or all of these may be cancelled.

Good timing with the snow and weather and it can be fantastic, I did it once myself. Personally though I can't help but feel that it would be good if they could all just open up early for everyone and drop the extra charges, but I suppose the 'premium' aspect then disappears doesn't it.

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And talking of first runs...

Hirafu Ace Number 2 Quad lift early morning webcam watch!

Following on from my highly scientific observations yesterday, I thought I would give it another go this morning. I actually started putting this report together at 7:45am and there were no people there yet, other than staff. The first people arrived to wait for the lift at 7:59am and the line was longer than the photo could cope with by 8:12am. I wonder how long it gets by the time the lift starts. I must admit I haven't been there at the start of a day in quite a number of years (other things keep me busy around that time!)

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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: -5℃, 10cm snowfall, light development of snowdrifts. Moiwa 800m: -8℃, 20cm snowfall with development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: -11℃, W15m/s, 10cm new snow on the courses and development of snowdrifts. Hirafu 1000m: -10℃, 15cm snowfall and snowdrifts developing slowly. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW17m/s, Kamui cape WSW12m/s, 1009hPa, 2.6m waves.

Isobars are momentarily narrowing in the winter pressure distribution chart generating snowdrifts development above 800m elevation. The snowfall amount is not big but weak and easily collapsible new slabs have formed under cornices and knoll terrain above 900m elevation. Better not traverse or group-ride these features. The avalanche risk is considerable in 40°slopes above 1000m. Be well aware and prepared. The snow under treeline is wind-packed suitable for skiing, overhead conditions in some places. Cornices are unstable and could fall anytime. Most gates are scheduled to open, please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. Have a nice day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Friday 8th January 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 270cm
Base - 120cm

Niseko Village
Top - 190cm
Base - 110cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 145cm
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 8:22am on Friday 8th January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

We're pretty much all open with very fine snow conditions. Oh yes.

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 8th January 2016
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 8th 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 Friday 8th January 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
8th January 11cm 20cm 10cm
7th January 14cm 15cm 15cm
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
Previous 7 days total 62cm 88cm 122cm
Previous 14 days total 180cm 213cm 189cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 244cm 519cm 275cm
January observed snowfall total 63cm 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 371cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 8th 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]
63cm
[371cm]
-
[371cm]
-
[371cm]
-
[371cm]
-
[371cm]
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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