Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 1st January 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:36am on Friday 1st January 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
It is snowing
wind condition
SW2m/s - W5m/s (Hirafu)
Limited
This report
Friday 1st January 2016, 8:36am
1cm
Thursday 31st December 2015, 8:38am 5cm
Wednesday 30th December 2015, 8:32am 23cm
Tuesday 29th December 2015, 8:36am 21cm
Monday 28th December 2015, 8:24am 24cm
Sunday 27th December 2015, 8:43am 20cm
Saturday 26th December 2015, 8:34am 24cm
Last 7 reports (total): 118cm
Last 14 reports (total): 136cm
Current month (January 2016) total: 1cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 309cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:36am on Friday 1st January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning and a very happy New Year to you all.

Did you have fun tonight? I enjoyed watching some fireworks from a relatively quiet corner and have managed to get myself up pretty much as normal this morning. Looks like quite a lot of people have also been able to, though I guess many will have a later start today.

Just 1cm of fresh snow to report to you this morning but it is snowing again this morning so I expect more tomorrow. Some really great conditions to enjoy yesterday as well as some gate action. Now that almost all of the resort course areas are now open it won't be long before all of the gates join in the fun. Please keep an eye on the Avalance Report posted below.

The forecast remains good for continued snowfall in the coming week. Yey!

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Let's take a look at the snowfall numbers for December 2015 and the season as a whole so far.

In December 2015 I observed a total of 244cm of snowfall here at Hirafu base, which made for a total of 308cm so far since the start of the season. Last year I observed 519cm of snowfall in the month of December, so effectively there was over twice as much as this year (though there was a bit more this year in November than the previous season).

Here's the numbers lined up:

December 2013 - 275cm (398cm since start of season)
December 2014 - 519cm (549cm since start of season)
December 2015 - 244cm (308cm since start of season)

The Japan Meteorological Agency - who record numbers in Kutchan town (close by but a bit lower down than my position) - have the following numbers over the last three seasons. These numbers are as you might expect a little lower than what I observe up here.

December 2013 - 258cm (357cm since start of season)
December 2014 - 387cm (428cm since start of season)
December 2015 - 194cm (229cm since start of season)

It's worth noting again that higher up on the mountain there will be more snowfall than down here at base. It is often said that you can probably add about 50% extra on to what we get at base to get an idea of how much snow falls up there.

The number to beat for the month of January? I observed 257cm in the month of January 2015 and 461cm for January 2014.

Let's hope this January is a repeat of 2014!

I'll keep a track on all of these numbers as the season progresses...

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Resort specific news/notes at time of writing (subject to change during the day)

Niseko Grand Hirafu
All courses now open.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
All courses now open.

Niseko Village
Resort appears to be open as normal this morning.

Niseko Annupuri
12 of 13 courses now open.
Early gondola from 7:20am-8:20am on January 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th. Charge 1000 yen.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: light sprinkle of snow and calm. Moiwa 800m: -8℃, 5cm of new snow, W8m/s, 30cm snowdrifts. Anupuri 1150m: northerly 8m/s, -10℃, light development of snowdrifts. Coastal data: Benkei cape NNW11m/s, Kamui cape N6m/s, 1019hPa, 1.2m waves.

Gates 4, 5, 6 and 10 will open today. Looking at the snowfall transition, weather data, and morning observations, the general avalanche risk is low. Out of bounds riding in Niseko and anywhere else in Japan is yet to be officially recognized by the Hokkaido and federal government. All activities outside the resort boundaries must be done at one’s own risk, however the ski resorts and the local community is deploying various efforts in order to improve the safety of all resort users.

Search and rescue operations are still difficult to conduct due to lack of snow, which is one of the reason the opening of the peak gates is delayed, however, preparations is moving on and it shouldn’t be too long before we start opening all gates. We appreciate your patience.
The slopes above 500m altitude has been moderately reset with the wind-drifts.

Happy New Year and have a nice day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Friday 1st January 2016:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 255cm
Base - 115cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 185cm
Base - 100cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 120cm
Base - 100cm

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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 8:36am on Friday 1st January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

We're pretty much all open now, at last! See main report.

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 1st January 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 1st 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 Friday 1st 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 Friday 1st January 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
1st January 1cm 15cm 10cm
31st December 5cm 40cm 5cm
30th December 23cm 0cm 10cm
29th December 21cm 0cm 20cm
28th December 24cm 0cm 15cm
27th December 20cm 25cm 5cm
26th December 24cm 45cm 2cm
Previous 7 days total 118cm 125cm 67cm
Previous 14 days total 136cm 253cm 127cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 244cm 519cm 275cm
January observed snowfall total 1cm 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 309cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 1st 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]
1cm
[309cm]
-
[309cm]
-
[309cm]
-
[309cm]
-
[309cm]
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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