Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 11th January 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Wednesday 11th January 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-11°C

Top temp:
-16°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light to moderate snow
wind condition
0m/s - W 5m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Poor
This report
Wednesday 11th January 2017, 8:31am
8cm
Tuesday 10th January 2017, 8:30am 3cm
Monday 9th January 2017, 8:31am 0cm
Sunday 8th January 2017, 8:28am 0cm
Saturday 7th January 2017, 8:22am 0cm
Friday 6th January 2017, 8:13am 1cm
Thursday 5th January 2017, 8:33am 8cm
Last 7 reports (total): 20cm
Last 14 reports (total): 42cm
Current month (January 2017) total: 20cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 313cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Wednesday 11th January 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

And it is an extremely cold one too. Feels like the coldest of the season to me for sure. -10 degrees my thermometer was saying.

There is new snow out there, I measure just over 8cm, which is very nice though personally I wouldn't imagine it to be enough to properly cover that harder layer that we've been gliding on over the last few days. Perhaps there's much more higher up. Whatever, the next few days should see to that with decent snowfall still showing on the forecast. Snow is expected to continue falling throughout the day today and tomorrow. And hopefully beyond that.

It is going to be windy too and we can expect lift disruption - at the start of the day the top lifts at Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri are on hold. Usually I'd be a bit put out by that, and I can certainly sympathise with the good folk visiting Niseko for their holidays just at this moment. But I think we would all agree with the real need of lots of fresh snow and a run of days of stormy conditions. Let's hope disruption is kept to a minimum.

There's lots of people out early this morning eager to claim first tracks this morning. I'm going to join them soon.

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I have been very interested in reading some of the really very fine comments that a lot of you have sent to SnowJapan since the message posted on the report a few days ago. It’s really great to read them. Thank you very much for the kind comments. I must admit that some days I really would like to have a big lie-in and some days I would love to be at the front of the queue for the first lifts of the day, but I do really enjoy posting the reports. I will continue to gambarimasu.

(Don’t worry, the comments I was shown were 100% anonymous. Though perhaps do look out for loads of ‘Book Now’ emails coming soon**)

I do not read any other snow reports - either ones from Japan or overseas. Well, apart from the ones on this website. In the case of Niseko in particular, I have always felt that it is best that I write my reports without reading what anyone else might be saying on the subject.

I perhaps naively thought that ‘honest reports’ would be the norm, rather than the exception. But lots of you seem to be expressing some serious irritation with resorts and snow reports in general. Not just ones from Japan but from pretty much everywhere. I don’t know how folk can sleep at night if they are intentionally misleading or even posting outright lies.

But anyway if you approve of the concept, it’s all the more reason to try to spread the word about SnowJapan.com to other people. Let’s turn it round, and put pressure on ‘the bad guys’!






** I am totally joking. Please don’t worry

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -11℃, 10cm new snow. Moiwa850m: -12℃, W15m/s, cornice and snowdrifts developing. Annupuri1150m: -19℃, W24m/s, 70cm snowdrifts. Hirafu1250m: -18℃, NW15m/s, snowdrifts developing. Kamui cape lighthouse: W13m/s, 1007hPa, 2.6m waves.

The current strong wintery pressure system is bringing cold air and strong westerly wind. The gates’ opening is yet to be decided, please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. The snow below tree level has been reset and in good shape. The storm is forecasted to pick up and make the snowdrifts and cornices drastically grow. The avalanche risk is already high and will rise accordingly. Most avalanche accidents occur in leeward heavily snow-loaded slopes during strong storms. Today’s conditions are different from yesterday’s. Make conservative decisions today.

A guided tour tried to walk over the net of the closed Gate 6 yesterday afternoon. Moiwa may not be within the Niseko United group, but is strictly conforming the Niseko Rules. Anyone disregarding the Rules will be refused to use the resort premises. The freedom to ride out of bounds and the guiding business relying on that can only be guaranteed by abiding the Rules. Better not make light of them.

Beware of frostbites.

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Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
The top Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts are on hold due to wind conditions.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
All three lifts appear to be opening as planned.

Niseko Village
The top Wonderland Chair lift is on hold due to wind conditions and the Gondola is running at reduced speed.

Niseko Annupuri
The Gondola and top Jumbo Number 4 lifts are on hold due to wind conditions.

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Official resort snow depths as of Wednesday 11th January 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 250cm
Base - 100cm

Niseko Village
Top - 150cm
Base - 100cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 155cm
Base - 95cm

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Night skiing is planned until Monday 20th March 2017 at the Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village resort areas. There is no nighta in the Hanazono area.

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Wednesday 11th January 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Top lifts affected by wind - see report above

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Season
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9th January 0cm 11cm 3cm
8th January 0cm 11cm 20cm
7th January 0cm 14cm 15cm
6th January 1cm 15cm 0cm
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[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
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[313cm]
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[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
303cm
[611cm]
266cm
[877cm]
109cm
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0cm
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[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
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