Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 19th January 2017

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:34am on Thursday 19th January 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
N 3m/s - N 11m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Limited to probably poor higher up
This report
Thursday 19th January 2017, 8:34am
1cm
Wednesday 18th January 2017, 8:10am 0cm
Tuesday 17th January 2017, 8:08am 4cm
Monday 16th January 2017, 8:36am 8cm
Sunday 15th January 2017, 8:31am 1cm
Saturday 14th January 2017, 8:30am 13cm
Friday 13th January 2017, 8:07am 18cm
Last 7 reports (total): 45cm
Last 14 reports (total): 69cm
Current month (January 2017) total: 77cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 370cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:34am on Thursday 19th January 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

Just slightly over 1cm of fresh snow at my measuring point this morning but I notice the report below is mentioning 10cm of fresh at Niseko base. It is snowing lightly here at the moment

Wind is an issue at the start of the day and top lifts are affected. See below for more on that as of 8:30am.

So, about the next decent snowfall... I wouldn't expect much before Sunday, but as that day ends it is looking promising. Onegai shimasu!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -5℃, 10cm snowfall but large development of snowdrifts. Moiwa800m: strong winds with snowdrift developments. Annupuri 1150m: -10℃, N20m/s, windswept. Hirafu1250m: -10℃, strong winds. Kamui cape lighthouse: ENE8m/s, 1016hPa, 0.5m waves.

Snowdrifts are developing drastically as the passing low-pressure is generating strong north-easterly wind. 60cm thick slabs are sliding with pressure test at 800m elevation. Trigger layer being Jan 17th pre-low pressure snowfall. However, developing snowdrifts and heavy wind-loads can collapse and slide without any predominant weak layers. The overall snowfall amount is small, however highly wind-affected snowdrifts and cornices are very unstable. The avalanche risk is very high today. The hazard level will remain high a while after the wind calms down, better not go out of bounds today. Hazardous conditions in surrounding mountains too. Gates opening is undecided. Please respect the ski patrol’s decision and do not duck ropes.

Some troubles have occurred between hikers walking in a closed ski resort and the cat operation company running in there yesterday. Under the Japanese legislation, no ski resort operators have the right to ban people from hiking up Public Park areas, even if these hikers were interfering the CAT’s running course, machine operators have heavier safety responsibilities than walking people.

This information is issued for the sake of resort users stepping out of bounds, as well as for the same people recreationally entering Niseko’s surround mountains. Municipality areas, national forest or Hokkaido forest have no differences in the mountains, and snowcats and snowmobile are severely restricted in National park areas. We’re hoping no further troubles would occur on this matter.

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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 and King Number 4 lifts are on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
All three lifts appear to be planned to be opening as normal.

Niseko Village
The Niseko Gondola and top Wonderland Chair lift are on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds.

Niseko Annupuri
The Annupuri Gondola and top Jumbo Number 4 lift are on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds.

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Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 19th January 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 260cm
Base - 100cm

Niseko Village
Top - 200cm
Base - 120cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 220cm
Base - 120cm

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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 8:34am on Thursday 19th January 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Many top lifts on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds. See above.

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  2016/2017
*as of Thursday 19th January 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
19th January 1cm 3cm 12cm
18th January 0cm 0cm 15cm
17th January 4cm 31cm 4cm
16th January 8cm 17cm 0cm
15th January 1cm 24cm 0cm
14th January 13cm 15cm 0cm
13th January 18cm 23cm 1cm
Previous 7 days total 45cm 113cm 32cm
Previous 14 days total 69cm 207cm 126cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 181cm 244cm 519cm
January observed snowfall total 77cm 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 370cm 992cm 1144cm
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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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  October November December January February March April May
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
77cm
[370cm]
-
[370cm]
-
[370cm]
-
[370cm]
-
[370cm]
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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