Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 17th January 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:20am on Saturday 17th January 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snowing again, hurray!
wind condition
N2 - NW10m/s (Hirafu)
Fair to limited
This report
Saturday 17th January 2015, 8:20am
4cm
Friday 16th January 2015, 8:26am 0cm
Thursday 15th January 2015, 8:14am 0cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 31cm
Last 14 reports (total): 117cm
Current month (January 2015) total: 167cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 716cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:20am on Saturday 17th January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Ah yes, back to snow.

Certainly not a whole lot just yet - less than 5cm outside my place and 5-10cm being reported on mountain by the resorts - but definitely good to see snow falling once again after a break of a few days.

For the report icons I need to choose light, moderate or heavy for the snowfall.... going to go with 'light', but very much hoping that it will be falling at more of a pace soon. The forecast is looking promising and the snow clouds should be over the region beyond Monday.

So I'm hoping for a good number to put in my report tomorrow morning.

A light wind right now but along with the heavier snow we're also expecting stronger winds later on; it's going to be and feel cold out there today.

Hope you have a fun weekend.

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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: -6C, 5cm snowfall in 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: N5m/s, -7C, 10cm snowfall. Annupuri 1150m: N10m/s, -8C, 10cm snowfall. 230cm snowpack at 1000m. Hirafu ridge: NE10m/s, -10C, 5cm snowfall. Coastal data: Benkei cape NNE9m/s, Kamui cape ENE2m/s, 1001hPa, 0.9m waves.

A low-pressure system is moving across the Sea of Japan. Pre-low pressure snowfall started from 2am and dropped 10cm of snow until the morning. A northerly wind is forecasted to pick up, bringing snow and gusts. The avalanche risk will stay low during the morning, but will rise in the afternoon, especially in higher areas such as the Backbowl sidewalls around 1000m. Many of the avalanche accidents occur in leeward snowdrift slopes during a storm. Today’s snow is different from yesterdays. Always be prudent. The old tracks remains and the slopes aren’t reset; ride carefully. Keep your touring plans flexible and adjust them according to the weather. All gates are scheduled to open. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. Don’t duck ropes! Good to see some new snow coming. Have a nice day.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 330cm
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 8:20am on Saturday 17th January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts are open

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  2014/2015
*as of Saturday 17th January 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
17th January 4cm 10cm 20cm
16th January 0cm 25cm 20cm
15th January 0cm 15cm 3cm
14th January 0cm 40cm 15cm
13th January 1cm 30cm 12cm
12th January 20cm 25cm 25cm
11th January 6cm 25cm 35cm
Previous 7 days total 31cm 170cm 130cm
Previous 14 days total 117cm 297cm 245cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 519cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total 167cm 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 716cm 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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2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
167cm
[716cm]
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[716cm]
-
[716cm]
-
[716cm]
-
[716cm]
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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