Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 1st January 2017

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:20am on Sunday 1st January 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy - overcast
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
SE 2m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Decent
This report
Sunday 1st January 2017, 8:20am
0cm
Saturday 31st December 2016, 8:35am 5cm
Friday 30th December 2016, 8:31am 14cm
Thursday 29th December 2016, 8:31am 3cm
Wednesday 28th December 2016, 8:33am 4cm
Tuesday 27th December 2016, 8:31am 1cm
Monday 26th December 2016, 8:31am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 27cm
Last 14 reports (total): 44cm
Current month (January 2017) total: 0cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 293cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:20am on Sunday 1st January 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning and a very happy new year to you all. May it be a good one for you and yours. And may it be full of fresh, fluffy, dry and light snow.

Alas, I do not have any fresh snowfall to report to you this morning. After a rather boisterous and noisy New Years Eve (well, if you wanted it to be), it is a fairly calm and cloudy start to the day. Last night the weather was good for the fireworks and the torch-lit skiing display thingy, and the drinking and eating places were very lively with people celebrating. I suspect there might be one or two few sore heads this morning.

As I said, it is a calm morning here and generally cloudy conditions. We may get a light dusting over the next few days but the forecasts seem to be telling us to expect the next proper snowfall from Wednesday.

Gates are gradually opening with 4, 5 and 6 already open and 2 and 3 scheduled to open from today. There's more on that in the Avalanche Report below.

Snow-wise, the month of December ended up with me observing 181cm of snowfall. Better than most of the other reports posted on the site I notice, but definitely less than each of the previous (at least) four seasons... and in a few cases much less. Hmmmm. Anyway, you can see the numbers for yourself below and on the 'Snowfall Analysis' page (big blue tab button at the top of the page), but I'll do a little mini-review sometime in the next few days.

I observed 303cm of snowfall in January 2016. Let's beat that shall we...

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -5℃, no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -7℃, mild wind and no snowfall. Annupuri 1150m: -9℃, no snowfall, foggy. Hirafu1200m: -9℃, mild wind, no snowfall, foggy and poor visibility. Coastal data: Kamui cape SW12m/s, 1019hPa, 1.0m waves.

Happy New Year.

The weather is calm under a high-pressure system. There are no snowfall or snowdrifts development and the general avalanche risk is low. Gates 6, 4 & 5 have opened, and Gate 2 (Annupuri peak) and 3 (Hirafu peak) are scheduled to open today. Gate 4 will open a while after the peak opens. Area above 1100m is foggy and visibility is very bad.

Although the snow is insufficient, slopes above 800m are relatively good. The lower you go, the thicker are the bushes and some streams aren’t filled in yet. Many holes are present in Annupuri Osawa valley’s bottom. Make sure to avoid the bottom of the valley and stick on the left bank (Annupuri resort side).

Cornices can collapse anytime; do not stimulate them. People may be riding under it.

Freedom to ride out of bounds is tolerated in Niseko, however safety of all users is also a great concern. The area outside the gates is not within the resort management. Many hazards are present in the backcountry, please be prudent.

Wearing helmets and avalanche beacons are strongly recommended. Carrying a rope would be handy if you fall in a hole. Following unknown tracks can leave you astray. Know where you go and know where you are. People ducking ropes will have their liftpass confiscated.

Have a nice day.

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Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All lifts appear to be operating as planned.

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Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 1st January 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 240cm
Base - 90cm

Niseko Village
Top - 140cm
Base - 100cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 140cm
Base - 90cm

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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 8:20am on Sunday 1st January 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

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 Sunday 1st January 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 1st January 2017
(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 Sunday 1st January 2017
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)
  2016/2017
*as of Sunday 1st January 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
1st January 0cm 1cm 15cm
31st December 5cm 5cm 40cm
30th December 14cm 23cm 0cm
29th December 3cm 21cm 0cm
28th December 4cm 24cm 0cm
27th December 1cm 20cm 25cm
26th December 0cm 24cm 45cm
Previous 7 days total 27cm 118cm 125cm
Previous 14 days total 44cm 136cm 253cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 181cm 244cm 519cm
January observed snowfall total 0cm 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 293cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 1st January 2017
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 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
0cm
[293cm]
-
[293cm]
-
[293cm]
-
[293cm]
-
[293cm]
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]
  October November December January February March April May
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