Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 12th January 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:34am on Monday 12th January 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light to moderate snowfall
wind condition
SE1 - N13m/s (Hirafu)
Limited
This report
Monday 12th January 2015, 8:34am
20cm
Sunday 11th January 2015, 8:36am 6cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 94cm
Last 14 reports (total): 202cm
Current month (January 2015) total: 162cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 711cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:34am on Monday 12th January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Light snow falling outside now and there's another 20cm of snow outside. The Avalanche Report below says 30cm in Hirafu at 1000m. So another fine delivery of snow.

It doesn't feel too windy to me here, but then again I'm right down in the village. Higher up obviously there's some wind action going on and it's affecting our fun potential this morning again unfortunately...

Yes, weather conditions this morning are preventing the top lifts at all of the four resort areas from opening, so if you want to get between places this morning it's shuttle bus time folks. Probably best just to stick to one area.

Snow and wind are expected pretty much for the day today but it should ease off by opening tomorrow. A break from the snow and some sunshine is a real possibility tomorrow and particularly Wednesday with temperatures getting a little milder as well. Might just be me but it doesn't feel quite as cold this morning - my thermometer says -2 now.

When I started putting this report together a bit earlier it was just snowing lightly. It's coming down a bit heavier just now.

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I was talking with a friend yesterday about how long the season is here in Niseko, until early May. So there's just 112 or so more daily morning reports left to put together this season... that thought kept me awake a bit last night! I hope you'll all stay with me through until the end. Though please be warned that we don't get 20cm of fresh snow every day in April. Spring skiing does have it's appeal though, just a different kind.

For those interested in previous seasons, you can check out the Niseko Now archives going back quite a few years. Find them at the bottom of this (and every Niseko Now) page.

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
King Number 3, King Number 4, Ace Number 4 lifts not moving due to weather conditions.
'Early Morning' lift available daily until 1st February (for 500 yen, Ace Quad Number 2 lift from 8am until 8:20am).

Niseko Hanazono:
Top Hanazono Number 3 lift not moving due to weather conditions.

Niseko Village:
Niseko Gondola and top Wonderland Chair lift not moving due to weather conditions.
'Early Morning Gondola' available Saturdays and Sundays until February 8th (for 1300 yen, Gondola open from 7:30am until 8:30am).

Niseko Annupuri:
Annupuri Gondola running at slower speed right now and the top Jumbo Number 4 lift temporarily suspended.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -3C, 20cm snowfall in 12 hours, no development of snowdrifts. Moiwa 800m: -5C, N15m/s, 20cm fresh snow and 50cm of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: -6C, N13m/s, large development of snowdrifts. Hirafu 1000m: -5C, NE15m/s, 30cm snowfall with development of snowdrifts. Coastal data: Benkei cape ENE7m/s, Kamui cape SE3m/s, 1012hPa, 3.4m waves.

A small low-pressure system is passing and warm air is flowing in. The new snow is humid and snowdrifts have developed in various areas. A northerly wind is forecasted to pick up before noon and the avalanche risk will rise accordingly. Looking at the snowfall transition and other observations, potential trigger layer will be the low-pressure snowfall layer of Jan 11th. Gates 2 & 3 will be kept closed. 40cm surface slab avalanches are likely to occur in Osawa cornice slopes, Higashi-One area in the afternoon. Better not venture too far away from the resort today. It is strictly restricted to duck the ropes to access the out of bounds areas. One track under the rope will lead many others to do the same and raise the odds for accidents to happen. Please respect the Niseko Rules. Great snow can be found in the treeruns. The visibility will turn bad during the day, please beware of hitting trees. Have a safe day.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 360cm
Base - 150cm

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 8:34am on Monday 12th January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts are open but affected by wind this morning

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  2014/2015
*as of Monday 12th January 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
12th January 20cm 25cm 25cm
11th January 6cm 25cm 35cm
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
Previous 7 days total 94cm 140cm 135cm
Previous 14 days total 202cm 232cm 223cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 519cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total 162cm 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 711cm 1163cm 1493cm
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  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]
162cm
[711cm]
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[711cm]
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[711cm]
-
[711cm]
-
[711cm]
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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