Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 21st January 2015

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Niseko (Hokkaido), Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:22am on Wednesday 21st January 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, some blue sky
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
'Flurries' forecast, maybe
wind condition
SW3m/s - W5m/s (Hirafu)
Decent
This report
Wednesday 21st January 2015, 8:22am
15cm
Tuesday 20th January 2015, 8:32am 15cm
Monday 19th January 2015, 8:33am 12cm
Sunday 18th January 2015, 8:26am 15cm
Saturday 17th January 2015, 8:20am 4cm
Friday 16th January 2015, 8:26am 0cm
Thursday 15th January 2015, 8:14am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 61cm
Last 14 reports (total): 141cm
Current month (January 2015) total: 224cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 773cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:22am on Wednesday 21st January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Hello from Niseko, and good morning to you all. Another 15cm this morning. It seems to the fashionable number of late!

There was some snow falling earlier on but it's not now and I can see more blue sky once again over the mountain. Looking over towards Mt Yotei, that lovely mountain has a big dark grey cloud over it's summit at the moment but the sun is managing to shine through to the side making for some dramatic scenery.

It's a cold morning. Bit of sun, bit of blue sky, cloud, flurries of snow at times. Mixed bunch of conditions expected this morning.

More snow clouds moving in tomorrow.

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Another question answered. Someone said it would be great to have a weather forecast available. Already available! Check the link at the bottom of my report every day that takes you directly to the 6 day forecast for Niseko Grand Hirafu. Forecasts are available for 400 or so other Japanese ski resorts on the respective resort pages on SnowJapan. Just go to the Snow Resorts section (big blue button above) and go from there - it's on the 'Weather Info' tab for each resort.

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Excite resort news!

The King Pair Number 1 lift started operating yesterday. Welcome to the season, lazy bones! Here's what Niseko Grand Hirafu says - 'we’re very sorry that lift operation has started late this year due to a delay in the system required for safe operation'. Still seems a bit odd to me (and it still leaves the King Number 2 not moving), but there you go... I'm happy that it's moving. Perhaps they can get working on the system required for the safe operation of King Number 2 too! ;)

The King Pair Number 1 lift will be doing it's thing from 10am until 4pm every day until 22nd March.

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Resort specific news at time of writing - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Looks set to be open as planned this morning.
'Early Morning' lift available daily until 1st February (for 500 yen, Ace Quad Number 2 lift from 8am until 8:20am).

Niseko Hanazono:
Looks set to be open as planned this morning.

Niseko Village:
Looks set to be open as planned this morning.
'Early Morning Gondola' available Saturdays and Sundays until February 8th (for 1300 yen, Gondola open from 7:30am until 8:30am).

Niseko Annupuri:
Looks set to be open as planned this morning.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -6C, 20cm snowfall in 12 hours, calm. Moiwa 800m: NE breeze, -7C, 20cm snowfall. Annupuri 1150m: N8m/s, -10C, 20cm snowfall. Hirafu ridge: mild wind, 20cm snowfall. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW12m/s, Kamui cape SW10m/s, 1026hPa, 1.5m waves.

A high-pressure system is flowing over the western Sea of Japan and the weather is ameliorating. According to observations and snowfall transition, the snowpack is settling down and the general avalanche risk is lowering. Peak gates are scheduled to open. Please follow the ski patrol’s instruction and step out of the gates. Wind-affected steep slopes, such as 1100m Kozan no sawa (Backbowl) sidewalls, Osawa cornice slopes and Higashi-One, are still unstable and should be avoided during the morning. Riding stimulation could lead to failure of deeper weak layers and trigger an avalanche. Relatively high risks also remain in Mikaeri bowl during the morning. Slides in tight gullies would easily bury a person deep down at the bottom. Consequences can be big. Avoid staying put at the bottom of the valleys and carefully choose your touring route. Better start from slopes close to the gates. Have you switched your avalanche transceiver on? Avalanche safety equipments aren’t fashion accessories, it’s good to have them, but need to be familiar with their functions as the time will come without warning.

Pretty good conditions today. Be safe and have a nice day.

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Official snow depth numbers and any notes at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 370cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 270cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 245cm
Base - 180cm

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Lifts open for night skiing (planned):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift

Niseko Hanazono Resort
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 8:22am on Wednesday 21st January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas look set to be open as normal

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 21st January 2015
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Wednesday 21st January 2015
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 21st January 2015
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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  2014/2015
*as of Wednesday 21st January 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
21st January 15cm 5cm 3cm
20th January 15cm 3cm 10cm
19th January 12cm 2cm 35cm
18th January 15cm 0cm 32cm
17th January 4cm 10cm 20cm
16th January 0cm 25cm 20cm
15th January 0cm 15cm 3cm
Previous 7 days total 61cm 60cm 123cm
Previous 14 days total 141cm 225cm 250cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 519cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total 224cm 461cm 443cm
February observed snowfall total - 178cm 316cm
March observed snowfall total - 113cm 164cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 32cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 2cm
Season observed snowfall total 773cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 21st January 2015
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 - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
224cm
[773cm]
-
[773cm]
-
[773cm]
-
[773cm]
-
[773cm]
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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