Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 17th January 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Sunday 17th January 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy; limited visibility in places, bit of sun shining through in others
Base temp:
-8°C

Top temp:
-14°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snowing in places, looks like it might ease off
wind condition
0 - W2m/s (Hirafu)
Variable
This report
Sunday 17th January 2016, 8:31am
31cm
Saturday 16th January 2016, 8:18am 17cm
Friday 15th January 2016, 8:23am 24cm
Thursday 14th January 2016, 8:31am 15cm
Wednesday 13th January 2016, 8:33am 23cm
Tuesday 12th January 2016, 7:55am 12cm
Monday 11th January 2016, 8:56am 11cm
Last 7 reports (total): 133cm
Last 14 reports (total): 214cm
Current month (January 2016) total: 227cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 535cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Sunday 17th January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

I'm sitting here writing this with a big grin on my face.

After some heavy snowfall through the day yesterday, how does 31cm of snow since my last report sound? As you can see the Avalanche Report bringing in numbers of 40cm and above.

That's what we have got as it just keeps on piling up. I expect conditions will be... rather good this morning. ;)

Perhaps less snow today and tomorrow (though it has started off snowing at the moment), and maybe we will get a bit of that sun we were promised (actually the sun does seem to be peaking through clouds in some places)... and then back to heavier snow and stormy conditions Tuesday and Wednesday.

It is looking likely that lots of Japan will be getting snow and stormy conditions around then so I hope my friends down there get large amounts as well. With the snow we have been getting the last few weeks, it's hard to imagine that lots of ski resorts to the south of us are still struggling with snow.

I don't actually know what else to say this morning!

I hope you can get out to enjoy it.

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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 be opening as planned this morning.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -8℃, 40cm of crystal snowfall, calm. Moiwa 800m: -11℃, mild wind, 40cm of fresh and no snowdrift development. Mikaeri 740m: -10.8℃, SW0.9m/s. Annupuri 1150m: -12℃, N5m/s, 45cm snowfall. Hirafu 1000m: -13℃, 40cm new snow, no snowdrift development. Benkei cape: N5m/s, Kamui cape: WNW6m/s, 1019hPa, 1.4m waves.

Niseko area is under a high-pressure area and the isobars are spaced out. Good amount of crystal snowflakes have dumped under the calm weather condition. The overall avalanche hazard level is low, peak gates will open from the morning. Please follow the patrol’s instructions and step out from the gates. The snow is deep, beware of falling upside-down and being suffocated. Never step in Haru No Taki strictly off-limits areas. Today’s new snowpack may form a large connected slab under the sun and risks of surface slab avalanche of 60cm thickness, triggered by ski stimulation would raise after 9am. A fatal accident occurred in Haru No Taki area under a similar condition in 1998. The Niseko Rules exist for the sole purpose of protecting people’s freedom and safety of riding. We strongly hope that everyone acknowledge the significance of those Rules. Have a nice day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 17th January 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 340cm
Base - 165cm

Niseko Village
Top - 250cm
Base - 150cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 230cm
Base - 160cm

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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 8:31am on Sunday 17th 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 Sunday 17th January 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 17th January 2016
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 17th 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 Sunday 17th January 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
17th January 31cm 4cm 10cm
16th January 17cm 0cm 25cm
15th January 24cm 0cm 15cm
14th January 15cm 0cm 40cm
13th January 23cm 1cm 30cm
12th January 12cm 20cm 25cm
11th January 11cm 6cm 25cm
Previous 7 days total 133cm 31cm 170cm
Previous 14 days total 214cm 117cm 297cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 244cm 519cm 275cm
January observed snowfall total 227cm 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 535cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 17th 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]
227cm
[535cm]
-
[535cm]
-
[535cm]
-
[535cm]
-
[535cm]
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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