Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 21st January 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Thursday 21st January 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Not snowing right now, light snow possible
wind condition
N 4-5m/s (Hirafu)
Fairly decent
This report
Thursday 21st January 2016, 8:32am
14cm
Wednesday 20th January 2016, 8:32am 1cm
Tuesday 19th January 2016, 8:32am 3cm
Monday 18th January 2016, 8:28am 0cm
Sunday 17th January 2016, 8:31am 31cm
Saturday 16th January 2016, 8:18am 17cm
Friday 15th January 2016, 8:23am 24cm
Last 7 reports (total): 90cm
Last 14 reports (total): 193cm
Current month (January 2016) total: 245cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 553cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Thursday 21st January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Hirafu.

Yesterday the Niseko Annupuri resort area did actually manage to get their Jumbo Number 1 quad operating late on in the afternoon, but it was generally a day of strong winds and lots of lift disruptions unfortunately. Today will hopefully be much better in that respect...

There's a new 14cm of fresh snowfall to report to you this morning.

The other good news is that there is much less wind around this morning (always good to hear that), or there certainly seems less down here in the village. I note that the Avalance Report is saying there's still some strong winds above 800m, but it looks like the lifts at all four resort areas are going to be opening as planned this morning. Fingers crossed it stays that way.

(Update since I started making this report: It seems the opening of the top lifts at Hirafu is questionable... doh!)

It is just cloudy at the moment but snow could be falling any time as those clouds are still hanging around and due to be with us into the weekend. It does look like any deliveries of snow we get will be more modest than heavy snow, and there's a chance of some clearer skies as well particularly on Saturday. Anyway keep an eye on the weather forecast (link below) for all of that.

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Top Ace Number 4, King Number 4 and King Number 3 lifts may not be opening as planned.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
It seems Niseko Hanazono is opening as normal.

Niseko Village
Niseko Gondola and Wonderland chair may be late getting going due to some early morning maintenance and checks (or something).

Niseko Annupuri
It seems Niseko Annupuri is opening as normal.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -5℃, 10cm snowfall, small development of snowdrifts. Moiwa 800m: W10m/s, 20cm snowfall and snowdrifts development. Mikaeri 740m: -7.6℃, W7.1m/s, 50cm new snow and development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: -11℃, NW10m/s, 50cm snowdrifts. Hirafu 1000m: -12℃, no snowfall but snowdrifts development. Benkei cape: N11m/s, Kamui cape: N11m/s, 1014hPa, 3.2m waves.

The wind remains strong above 800m elevation and snowdrifts are continuing to develop. 80cm thick slabs are present and growing in knoll terrain above 800m elevation. The avalanche risk is high this morning, especially in upper parts, knolls and cornice slopes with heavy load of wind-affected snowdrifts. Peak gates opening is still undecided, please respect the patrol’s decision. Many of the accidents occur during and just after storms. Avalanches are natural phenomena; in Niseko, most of them are caused by collapsing unstable snowdrifts. Do not drop into snowdrift loaded slopes. Accidents can be averted by avoiding hazardous slopes. The snow in the trees is a bit shallow but in good shape, beware of tomahawking into hidden pockets of heavy snowdrifts. Avalanche mechanism related experiments are in operation around the Mikaeri cat track, we appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

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Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 21st January 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 300cm
Base - 120cm

Niseko Village
Top - 270cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 240cm
Base - 160cm

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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 8:32am on Thursday 21st January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Most lifts working, check main report for more info

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 21st January 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 21st January 2016
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 21st 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 Thursday 21st January 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
21st January 14cm 15cm 5cm
20th January 1cm 15cm 3cm
19th January 3cm 12cm 2cm
18th January 0cm 15cm 0cm
17th January 31cm 4cm 10cm
16th January 17cm 0cm 25cm
15th January 24cm 0cm 15cm
Previous 7 days total 90cm 61cm 60cm
Previous 14 days total 193cm 141cm 225cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 244cm 519cm 275cm
January observed snowfall total 245cm 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 553cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 21st 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]
245cm
[553cm]
-
[553cm]
-
[553cm]
-
[553cm]
-
[553cm]
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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