Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 10th January 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Saturday 10th January 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Mostly cloudy, some blue sky at times
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow at times
wind condition
3-4m/s (Hirafu)
Decent
This report
Saturday 10th January 2015, 8:32am
30cm
Friday 9th January 2015, 8:25am 3cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 86cm
Last 14 reports (total): 176cm
Current month (January 2015) total: 136cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 685cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Saturday 10th January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko. And a very good morning it most certainly is.

Close on 30cm of light fresh snow in places outside my place this morning just in time for first lifts, so just imagine how much there must be higher up.

It's actually rather calm as well this morning, or it looks like it is anyway. Mostly cloudy and light snow at times forecast for the day, though I can see some blue now as well. It was snowing lightly when I started putting the report together, but isn't now. Can't make it's mind up!

Similar conditions are forecast for tomorrow with a good chance of sunny and clearer skies for a few days from Tuesday.

Thankfully all of the resorts are opening as planned this morning. Well, apart from the Gondola at Niseko Village having some kind of hiccup preventing it from it's first 'early morning' gig this morning. Other than that though it's open as normal.

As I think I mentioned before it's a long weekend in Japan with Monday being the 'Coming of Age Day' national holiday. So there'll be a lot of people about, but with the conditions being as fantastic as they very probably are this morning I would imagine there'll be lots of happy people around.

I hope you can have an extremely fun weekend - wherever you are!

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Looks set to be open as planned this morning.
'Early Morning' lift available from today to 1st February (for 500 yen, you can ride Ace Quad Number 2 lift from 8am until 8:20am).

Niseko Hanazono:
Looks set to be open as planned this morning.

Niseko Village:
Looks set to be open as planned this morning.
Except... for the early morning Gondola, doh! - some kind of mechanical issue preventing that from happening today, though it's over by the time this gets posted anyway. (Sorry!)

Niseko Annupuri:
Looks set to be open as planned.
'Annupuri First Run' available 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: -3C, 20cm of crystal snow in 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: NNW12m/s, -7C, 30cm snowfall with gradual development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: NW12-17m/s, -10C, 50cm snowfall with development of snowdrifts up to 100cm. Hirafu ridge N15m/s, -10C, 25cm snowfall with snowdrifts development. Coastal data: Benkei cape NNW12m/s, Kamui cape NNW6m/s, 1005hPa, 1.8m waves.

The atmospheric pressure gradient is shelving and the weather at the ocean and the mountains is settling down. The snowfall amount above 800m altitude reached 30-40cm in the last 12 hours, the snowdrifts are slowly developing and yesterday’s snowpack has stabilized. Today’s general avalanche risk is low. Peak gates will open as soon as they’re ready. Listen to the ski patrol’s instructions before stepping out of the gates. There will be a lot of people in the mountain today, pay attention to other parties. Better stay away from the valley bottom to avoid secondary accidents. The mountains will never be 100% safe. Always remain prudent and think safety first. Niseko community is constantly concerned about your safety. The snow in the treeruns is in fantastic conditions.
Have you switched your avalanche transceiver on? Are you carrying safety equipments? Food & drink?

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 340cm
Base - 170cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 250cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 230cm
Base - 180cm

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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 Saturday 10th January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts in Niseko are open

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 10th January 2015
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 10th January 2015
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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  2014/2015
*as of Saturday 10th January 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
10th January 30cm 25cm 25cm
9th January 3cm 10cm 5cm
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
Previous 7 days total 86cm 127cm 115cm
Previous 14 days total 176cm 217cm 183cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 519cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total 136cm 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 685cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 10th 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]
136cm
[685cm]
-
[685cm]
-
[685cm]
-
[685cm]
-
[685cm]
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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