Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 13th January 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:33am on Wednesday 13th January 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-8°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Yes, it continues to snow
wind condition
0m/s - 7m/s (Hirafu)
Limited
This report
Wednesday 13th January 2016, 8:33am
23cm
Tuesday 12th January 2016, 7:55am 12cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 102cm
Last 14 reports (total): 145cm
Current month (January 2016) total: 140cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 448cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:33am on Wednesday 13th January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

A very good morning to you from Hirafu.

And it most certainly is a very good morning with a lovely 23cm of fresh dry and light snowfall to report to you from here at base. That might be 30+cm higher up. Nice. And it is continuing to snow as well and coming down at quite the rate as well at the moment.

The Niseko Grand Hirafu resort are now just 5cm off hitting an official upper mountain snow depth of 3m, not that official snow depths are quite as important as the fresh snow that we receive each day.

If I were so inclined just around now would be around the time when I'd be bringing out the clichéd and cheesy adjectives to describe conditions! :)

Yes, things are going very well indeed and the folk lining up for those first lifts of the day must be very excited about what's just ahead of them.

Unfortunately, top lifts were affected by strong wind and poor visibility across the mountain from around mid-morning yesterday, but while it continues to snow and visibility will probably be limited up there this morning it seems that wind is not going to be a factor this morning. As we all know though, that can change quickly.

Is that actually a break from snowfall I see on the forecast for around Sunday, and appropriately maybe a bit of sun? It might be (though it's probably back to snowfall from Monday). Until then we can expect further snow every day through until Saturday. I think we all love those beautiful clear sunny days and in a period like this we don't get that many here, so they are to be treasured. Having said that, it would almost be a shame for the consistent daily snowfall to take a break.

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Please take a look at today's 'Hakuba Now' report. My friend down there posted something we should all read:

Hakuba Now report

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10 Niseko United one-day lift tickets are currently available to win on SnowJapan here. Good luck.

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Resort specific lift opening news 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 6.00am: -9°, 20cm new crystal snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -12°, wind NW8m/s, 20cm new snowfall, cornice and snowdrift development. Mikaeri 740m: -10.4°, wind SSE0.9m/s, 40cm new snowfall. Hirafu 1000m: -12°, light winds, 20cm new snowfall. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NW 16m/s,. Kamui Cape WSW 13m/s, 1010hPa, wave 2.1m.

Currently the pressure gradient is shallow and with the approaching low pressure system crystal snow is falling. There has been minor cornice and snowdrift development and propagation from impact is not carrying a great distance. From observation and data analysis, general avalanche risk is low. All gates are expected to be open. Please follow the patrols instructions. Be careful of sudden changes in the weather.

The Moiwa to Annupuri via Mikaeri Ridge trail is now completed. This route is managed and maintained and by The Niseko Avalanche Institute for the purpose of snow research, by the Institute, and where necessary to, aid in rescues. During these times the route will be closed to the public
Please take care over estimating your speed and hitting trees. Snow conditions are fantastic, have a good day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Wednesday 13th January 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 295cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Village
Top - 210cm
Base - 120cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 180cm
Base - 120cm

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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 8:33am on Wednesday 13th January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

The mountain is open and enjoying excellent conditions

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 13th January 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Wednesday 13th 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 Wednesday 13th 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 Wednesday 13th January 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
13th January 23cm 1cm 30cm
12th January 12cm 20cm 25cm
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
Previous 7 days total 102cm 95cm 140cm
Previous 14 days total 145cm 203cm 252cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 244cm 519cm 275cm
January observed snowfall total 140cm 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 448cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 13th 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]
140cm
[448cm]
-
[448cm]
-
[448cm]
-
[448cm]
-
[448cm]
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
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