Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 14th January 2015

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:12am on Wednesday 14th January 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Sun, blue sky, cloud
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow ain't falling!
wind condition
2-8m/s (Hirafu)
Very good
This report
Wednesday 14th January 2015, 8:12am
0cm
Tuesday 13th January 2015, 8:42am 1cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 80cm
Last 14 reports (total): 163cm
Current month (January 2015) total: 163cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 712cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:12am on Wednesday 14th January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

The sun has got his/her hat on this morning and shining down through my window here. Yes, the sun does visit Niseko sometimes. And when it does, there is a real need to get out there on the snow and make the most of it.

It looks like it might just turn into a lovely morning here.

There's still quite a lot of cloud around and looking over towards Mt Yotei we can see that particular mountain is covered with a rather grey looking mass of cloud at the moment. But turn round and look towards the runs here on the mountain and it's all looking very inviting.

No new snowfall to report and a relatively mild start to the day with the temperature rising just above 0 degrees as we approach 8:30am.

We're going to have to hold tight and just enjoy things as they are for the next few days as the next fresh snowfall is due for later Friday into Saturday.

Peak gates scheduled to open this morning and all resort areas set to be open as planned.

A very good day ahead I think.

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Looks set to be open as planned this morning.
'Early Morning' lift available daily until 1st February (for 500 yen, Ace Quad Number 2 lift from 8am until 8:20am).

Niseko Hanazono:
Looks set to be open as planned this morning.

Niseko Village:
Looks set to be open as planned this morning.
'Early Morning Gondola' available Saturdays and Sundays until February 8th (for 1300 yen, Gondola open from 7:30am until 8:30am).

Niseko Annupuri:
Looks set to be open as planned this morning.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -3C, no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: W8m/s, -5C and slight development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: NW10m/s, -7C with snowdrift development. Hirafu ridge: SW10m/s, -8C with snowdrifts development. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW12m/s, Kamui cape SW12m/s, 1023hPa and 1.0m waves.

The ocean and the mountain range are in a calm condition as a high-pressure system approaches. There are no notable developments of snowdrifts and the snowpack is stable. The general avalanche risk is low. Peak gates are scheduled to open. Please listen to the ski patrol’s instructions before stepping out of the gates. Beware of hard-packed wind-slabs in steep faces around the peak. A fast & shallow slide could be triggered if falling; powerful enough to sweep a person down to the bottom. Do not cut across the slopes under cornices as it could cause an avalanche and bury people that are riding at the bottom of the valleys. Kickers must be destroyed once done with it. It can be a cause for unexpected accidents. Have you turned your avalanche beacon on? There will never be a 100% safe day at the mountain. Always remain prudent and think safety first. Too many cases of people intruding into Haru No Taki area are being reported. It is really a shame to see that people still cannot get their head around the significance of the Niseko Rules.
Have a great day.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 340cm
Base - 140cm

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 8:12am on Wednesday 14th January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas are open

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Wednesday 14th January 2015
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2014/2015
*as of Wednesday 14th January 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
14th January 0cm 40cm 15cm
13th January 1cm 30cm 12cm
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
Previous 7 days total 80cm 165cm 127cm
Previous 14 days total 163cm 287cm 247cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 519cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total 163cm 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 712cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 14th January 2015
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 - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
163cm
[712cm]
-
[712cm]
-
[712cm]
-
[712cm]
-
[712cm]
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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