Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 20th January 2017

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:28am on Friday 20th January 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Blue sky and cloud, some sunshine. Changeable early on.
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None currently
wind condition
NW 1-6m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Good
This report
Friday 20th January 2017, 8:28am
9cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 36cm
Last 14 reports (total): 77cm
Current month (January 2017) total: 86cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 379cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:28am on Friday 20th January 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko and a bit of a nice surprise with just over 9cm of lovely fresh snowfall to report to you.

Most welcome! Hopefully there'll be a bit more than that up on them there slopes, and so I will be heading up myself very soon. Just so that I can check.

There was cloud over the mountain an hour or so ago (and clearer over towards Mt Yotei) but it's the other way round now as this report is about to be posted and the sun is out over the mountain. Should be a nice early morning.

The forecast now seems to be showing snowfall from Sunday through Tuesday, so all fingers crossed we get both quality and quantity.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -6℃, mild wind, 10cm snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -8℃, NW8m/s, 15cm new snow with no snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m:-13℃, W10m/s, 15cm snow without snowdrifts. Hirafu 1250m: -11℃, light breeze, 10cm new snow and no snowdrifts development. Kamui cape lighthouse:ENE3m/s, 1014hPa, 1.7m waves.

The isobars are spread out and the weather is calm. 10-15cm light crystal snowfall fell overnight and is blanketing the mountain. New snowdrifts and cornices development is minimal, the snowpack seems stable and the general avalanche risk is low.

All gates are scheduled t open from the morning. Listen to the ski patrol and step out of the gates. Wearing a beacon and a helmet is highly recommended.

The snow is shallow but good. Very light and dry snow this morning. Sluffs are to be expected, however slab slides are less probable. More emphasize should be put on weather and snowfall transition for evaluating hazard levels in the mountains. We would like to remind that most accidents occur during and just after foul weather. Snowdrifts and slabs that formed during storms and high winds are the cause of many surface slab avalanches. Keep an eye on the snowfall patterns. There are many other hazards lurking in the out of bounds area. Better not over-estimate your knowledge, skills and equipment. Always be prudent and humble in the mountains.

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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

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Official resort snow depths as of Friday 20th January 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 265cm
Base - 100cm

Niseko Village
Top - 210cm
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 8:28am on Friday 20th January 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas appear to be opening as normal

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 20th January 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2016/2017
*as of Friday 20th January 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
20th January 9cm 1cm 15cm
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
Previous 7 days total 36cm 91cm 46cm
Previous 14 days total 77cm 193cm 141cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 181cm 244cm 519cm
January observed snowfall total 86cm 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 379cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 20th 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]
86cm
[379cm]
-
[379cm]
-
[379cm]
-
[379cm]
-
[379cm]
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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