Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 11th January 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:56am on Monday 11th January 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-10°C

Top temp:
-15°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow currently
wind condition
SW1m/s - NW7m/s
Fair to limited
This report
Monday 11th January 2016, 8:56am
11cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 92cm
Last 14 reports (total): 154cm
Current month (January 2016) total: 105cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 413cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:56am on Monday 11th January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from my secret base here in Hirafu where I have another 11cm of fresh powder to report since yesterday.

It's a very cold one today with the resorts reporting temperatures of -14C and -15C on upper areas. Brrrr. Be sure to be wrapped up well to go up there and face masks are recommended.

There don't seem to be wind issues at the start of the day with all of the four resorts open as planned. However, we are warned of the possibility of stronger winds and more storm-like conditions so keep that in mind.

The Niseko Grand Hirafu official snow depth numbers have actually taken a drop today even with the fresh snow. Perhaps it's all those naughty people making tracks and compacting the snow. ;)

Not to worry as the weekly forecast still has regular and consistent snowfall lined up for the coming week. There doesn't seem to be a let up in sight just yet.

Today is the last day of the long weekend in Japan, and the early morning services at Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri were until this morning. The Niseko Grand Hirafu early morning service will continue on until 31st January (more details in previous reports).

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Apologies for not mentioning this yet, but at Niseko Grand Hirafu the King Number 2 quad lift has been moving this weekend. (There were some interesting stories about that lift last year if you want to go check some archives, and it will be interesting to see if they will keep it running or just have it for holidays).

I thought I would this morning also mention the Free Ride Park that they have going on over there at Niseko Grand Hirafu. I'm not really into park myself, but for those who are here's what they have: 4m table top, 5m table top, 7m table top, 5m wide box, 5m narrow box, 5m down rail, 8m double down rail, 5m cylinder rail, 5m U-rail. I hope I have written them all correctly. Sounds interesting actually, perhaps I should go and give it a whirl. It's open from 10am until 4pm.

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Last chance to enter the three day private tour if you are interested - Information here (a few posts down)

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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.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -11℃, 20cm snowfall, no snowdrifts development.
Moiwa 750m: -13℃, WSW10m/s, 20cm snow, cornices/snowdrifts are developing.
Mikaeri turnoff: -13℃, W2.0m/s, 30cm snowfall with snowdrifts.
Anupuri 1150m: -15℃, W8m/s, scarce snowfall on the course, developing snowdrifts.
Hirafu 1200m: -15℃, stormy weather with poor visibility.
Benkei cape: NNW14m/s. Kamui cape: NNW10m/s, 1015hPa, 2.4m waves.

The winter pressure distribution is generating intermittent strong wind and snow in areas above 1000m as the isobars spacing shifts. The stabilization of the snowdrifts in slopes with cornice/knoll features is delayed and are highly likely to collapse. The overall avalanche hazard level is moderate to high, highest in leeside steep slopes above 1200m elevation.

The peak gates’ opening will be delayed and hinge upon lifts operation. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. Stay away from hazardous aspects. Coldest temperature of the season so far, beware of frostbites and hypothermia. Wind-affected soft snow has blanketed the tree runs. Cracks are opening and are hard to notice from above, be careful not to fall in one.

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Official resort snow depths as of Monday 11th January 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 280cm
Base - 125cm

Niseko Village
Top - 200cm
Base - 120cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 165cm
Base - 110cm

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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 8:56am on Monday 11th January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All open as planned early this morning

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  2015/2016
*as of Monday 11th January 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
11th January 11cm 6cm 25cm
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
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Previous 14 days total 154cm 182cm 227cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 244cm 519cm 275cm
January observed snowfall total 105cm 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 413cm 1144cm 1163cm
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  October November December January February March April May
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
105cm
[413cm]
-
[413cm]
-
[413cm]
-
[413cm]
-
[413cm]
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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