Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 12th January 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:10am on Thursday 12th January 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-12°C

Top temp:
-17°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
N 2m/s - W 13m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Varied
This report
Thursday 12th January 2017, 8:10am
12cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 24cm
Last 14 reports (total): 51cm
Current month (January 2017) total: 32cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 325cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:10am on Thursday 12th January 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

There is more snow to report today - 12cm of fresh snow on the ground at base this morning. It's also continuing to be very cold indeed, with my thermometer here currently saying -12C. Light snow is continuing to fall (though just a short while ago I also see a little patch of blue sky over to the east - it's been covered again by cloud now though). It should generally be snowing through the day.

As yesterday, it looks like the top lifts are going to be affected this morning due to windy conditions though they are expected to ease off later on.

Weather conditions are forecast to be generally calmer tomorrow, so if we get more snow before then the conditions should be very fine tomorrow.

The weather was making the top headlines on the national news here in Japan last night. It looks like a lot of Japan is at last getting the decent snowfall that it has been waiting for which is great to see. Loads of snow for all of the mountains please.

Take care out there.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base: -12℃, 15cm snowfall and snowdrift development. Moiwa850m: -14℃, W15m/s, cornices and snowdrifts developing. Annupuri1150m: -24, WNW30m/s, large cornices and snowdrifts (up to 150cm) developing. Hirafu1250m: -19℃, cornices and snowdrifts developing. Kamui cape lighthouse: WSW19m/s, 997hPa, 3.1m waves.

The tight isobars have brought the storm. Snowdrifts are developing drastically and cornices around 800m elevation have grown big rapidly. The newly formed wind-drifts on top of Jan 9th layer have reached up to 80cm and growing in east-facing slopes. The overall avalanche risk is extreme today. All gates above 800m will be closed. Similar hazard level applies to surrounding mountains. Today is not the right day for touring. The hazard level will stay high for a while after the wind calms down in the afternoon.

This information is issued in hopes to prevent accidents. Avalanches are natural occurrences and only become an accident only if a person is involved in it. Never underestimate the risk you’re taking. Being prudent and making conservative decisions are key to avoid accidents. The conditions will turn better soon. We strongly hope there will be no accidents during this storm. It’s cold out there, beware of frostbite.

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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, King Number 3 and King Number 4 lifts will be on hold due to wind conditions.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Not confirmed.

Niseko Village
The Gondola and top Wonderland Chair lift will be on hold due to wind conditions.

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

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Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 12th January 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 260cm
Base - 110cm

Niseko Village
Top - 180cm
Base - 110cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 185cm
Base - 115cm

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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 8:10am on Thursday 12th January 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Top lifts affected by wind at the start of the day

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  2016/2017
*as of Thursday 12th January 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
12th January 12cm 12cm 20cm
11th January 8cm 11cm 6cm
10th January 3cm 20cm 30cm
9th January 0cm 11cm 3cm
8th January 0cm 11cm 20cm
7th January 0cm 14cm 15cm
6th January 1cm 15cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 24cm 94cm 94cm
Previous 14 days total 51cm 145cm 202cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 181cm 244cm 519cm
January observed snowfall total 32cm 303cm 257cm
February observed snowfall total - 266cm 196cm
March observed snowfall total - 109cm 139cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 3cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 325cm 992cm 1144cm
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The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 12th January 2017
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 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
32cm
[325cm]
-
[325cm]
-
[325cm]
-
[325cm]
-
[325cm]
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
303cm
[611cm]
266cm
[877cm]
109cm
[986cm]
6cm
[992cm]
0cm
[992cm]
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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