Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 22nd January 2017

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Niseko (Hokkaido), Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:34am on Sunday 22nd January 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud. Snow due.
Base temp:
-8°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Soon. (Please).
wind condition
0 - SW 5m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Fair
This report
Sunday 22nd January 2017, 8:34am
0cm
Saturday 21st January 2017, 8:32am 0cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 22cm
Last 14 reports (total): 77cm
Current month (January 2017) total: 86cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 379cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:34am on Sunday 22nd January 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

And friendly greetings to you all on this Sunday morning.

No new cm of snow to report - just light dustings really that don't amount to much. It is a cold morning down to -8C and calm as well so I expect the resorts to all be open as planned.

Snow is forecast for today. And tomorrow. And the day after. And it does look quite promising... though winds may become an issue too. I will of course let you know how things are progressing tomorrow morning. Fingers crossed everyone.

There really isn't much else to report this morning so I'll leave it at that and let you get on with your day!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -11℃, no snowfall. Moiwa800m:-12℃, no snowfall. Annupuri1150m: -12℃, NE10m/s, no snowfall. Hirafu1250m: -13℃, mild wind, no snowfall, no snowdrifts. Kamui cape lighthouse: S3m/s, 1015hPa, 0.7m waves.

The next low-pressure system is approaching but the isobars are spaced out for the moment and the weather is calm. South-easterly wind will start picking up and snow will start to fall as the system approaches. Peak gates will open in the morning, however might close as the weather deteriorates. Accidents often happen during storms. 18+m/s storm generates fast deposit of snowdrifts in leeward slopes which become highly prone to slide. Surface slab avalanches are caused as those storm affected snowdrifts collapse. According to observations, potential trigger layer will be the layer which will sit in between today’s surface layer or the coming pre-low pressure snowfall, and the fast developing snowdrift slabs that are forecasted to come. The hazard level will depend on the slope’s orientation and elevation, however no matter the layers’ configurations, a fast developing snowdrift slab is a prominent red flag. Keep an eye on the coming snowfall and weather transition.

The snow quality stays relatively good as the temperature difference stays small.

Powder snow can still be found if you're willing to walk and look for it.

Ducking ropes is strictly restricted in Niseko. Please respect the Niseko Rules.

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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 Sunday 22nd January 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 255cm
Base - 90cm

Niseko Village
Top - 210cm
Base - 120cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 225cm
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 8:34am on Sunday 22nd January 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts opening as planned at the start of the day

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 22nd January 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 22nd January 2017
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 22nd 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 Sunday 22nd January 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
22nd January 0cm 0cm 0cm
21st January 0cm 14cm 15cm
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
Previous 7 days total 22cm 66cm 61cm
Previous 14 days total 77cm 182cm 121cm
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 Sunday 22nd 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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