Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 10th January 2016

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Niseko (Hokkaido), Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:41am on Sunday 10th January 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, a hint of sun peeking through in places
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None right now, but light snow on and off forecast
wind condition
1 - NW2m/s
Decent
This report
Sunday 10th January 2016, 8:41am
20cm
Saturday 9th January 2016, 8:35am 11cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 81cm
Last 14 reports (total): 167cm
Current month (January 2016) total: 94cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 402cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:41am on Sunday 10th January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

A very good morning to you from Niseko.

And this morning I have another full 20cm of light fresh snow to report. That's since my last report up until the time I took my measurement at 8am this morning.

Oh yes. I like 20cm and above. It's enough to fill in the tracks very nicely. And there's lots of tracks to fill in here in Niseko of course.

Since I started putting this report together it has been snowing lightly and then eased off. And there's actually a hint of sun coming through the clouds at the moment in some places but that probably won't last long with continued snowfall forecast for the day.

Yesterday we did see some wind higher up that was threatening to affect everyone's fun again, but today I hope there won't be much of that. It seems fairly calm this morning actually here in Hirafu, though I note that Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri have clocked up some stronger wind numbers this morning (up to 14m/s westerly). To start the day though all four resort areas are opening as planned.

What can I say other than it should be another excellent day out on the slopes today. People here in Niseko at the moment are getting to experience it at it's best.

Wrap up well, have fun and... take care out there.

---

With the consistent snowfall we have enjoyed here over the last few weeks - and seemingly that is still set to continue - it's hard to believe how lots of areas on the main island of Honshu are suffering this season; it just doesn't seem to want to snow properly yet in some places.

Like I mentioned before I do not see it as a competition - something you get by not being in the 'selling' business! - so I'd be very happy for everyone and everywhere to have at least a normal season in terms of snowfall. But I have heard a few people up here almost enjoying reading the news from other places which seems somewhat... nasty. That's not cool. We had a pretty poor start as well this season, if you remember. Happily, nature turned on the snow taps for us. It can happen to us all so let's not get carried away and just hope for a very snowy Japan winter everywhere. That's what I think anyway.

---

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All resort areas appear to be opening as planned this morning.

---

Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -5℃, 20cm new snowfall, no snowdrift development. Moiwa 800m: -9℃, W10m/s with snowdrift developments. Annupuri 1150m: -10℃, W10m/s, snowdrifts above 1100m. Hirafu 1000m: -6℃, 20cm snowfall, light development of snowdrifts. Benkei cape: NNW13m/s, Kamui cape W8m/s, 1012hPa, 1.9m waves.

A passing small low-pressure system dropped 20cm of fresh snow in areas above 800m Looking at observations, the snowdrifts’ growth is relatively slow and seems stable, however it is strongly recommended to stay away from cornices, refrain from dropping into a slope at once and to stay away from valley bottoms. The snow condition is very different in areas above 1100m. If the westerly wind picks up during the day, the avalanche hazard will rise drastically in areas above 1000m.

Most of the accidents occur in snowdrifts loaded slopes during stormy weather. Be flexible with your touring routes. The snow in the trees is in excellent condition. Beware of collision and falling into cracks, which are difficult to notice from above. Most gates are scheduled to open, please follow the patrol’s instructions, be aware and be prepared of the risks you’re taking. Have a nice day.

---

Niseko Grand Hirafu 'Early Morning'
Dates: 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: Monday 11th January 2016
Time: 7:20am until 8:20am
Cost: 1,000 yen
Details: Gondola operation

Niseko Village 'Early Morning Gondola'
Dates: 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. In the case of bad weather conditions they may be cancelled.

---

Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 10th January 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 285cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Village
Top - 190cm
Base - 110cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 150cm
Base - 100cm

---

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

---

Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Archive report: Posted at 8:41am on Sunday 10th January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts are open as planned this morning

<
Saturday 9th January 2016
This report
Sunday 10th January 2016
Monday 11th January 2016
>
Photo 1
Photo 2
Daily snow reports
Other SnowJapan 'Now' reports and latest observed snowfall
Appi Kogen Now 2cm
Saturday 16th December 2017, 10:02am
Naeba Now 0cm
Saturday 16th December 2017, 9:17am
Shiga Kogen Now 0cm
Saturday 16th December 2017, 9:44am
Hakuba Now 0cm
Saturday 16th December 2017, 9:39am
Yuzawa Now 0cm
Saturday 16th December 2017, 9:03am
Madarao Now 0cm
Saturday 16th December 2017, 9:11am
Nozawa Onsen Now 0cm
Saturday 16th December 2017, 8:42am
Myoko Now 0cm
Saturday 16th December 2017, 6:58am
Grandeco Now 0cm
Saturday 16th December 2017, 8:16am
Zao Now 0cm
Saturday 16th December 2017, 8:03am
Furano Now 5cm
Saturday 16th December 2017, 8:00am
Geto Kogen Now 0cm
Saturday 16th December 2017, 7:45am
Minakami Now 35cm
Thursday 14th December 2017, 8:34am
Japan snowfall data
(updated daily during winter)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 10th January 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 10th January 2016
(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 Sunday 10th 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 Sunday 10th January 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
10th January 20cm 30cm 25cm
9th January 11cm 3cm 10cm
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
Previous 7 days total 81cm 86cm 127cm
Previous 14 days total 167cm 176cm 217cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 244cm 519cm 275cm
January observed snowfall total 94cm 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 402cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 10th 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]
94cm
[402cm]
-
[402cm]
-
[402cm]
-
[402cm]
-
[402cm]
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
Niseko Now reports before Sunday 10th January 2016
Niseko Now reports from the same period last season
Niseko Now archived reporting
View previous reports posted to Niseko Now by clicking on the month

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002