Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 23rd January 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:34am on Saturday 23rd January 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Partly cloudy, blue skies
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None just now
wind condition
S 1m/s - W 13m/s (Hirafu)
Mostly very good
This report
Saturday 23rd January 2016, 8:34am
12cm
Friday 22nd January 2016, 8:40am 0cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 61cm
Last 14 reports (total): 183cm
Current month (January 2016) total: 257cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 565cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:34am on Saturday 23rd January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko where the headline for the day is 12cm of fresh light snowfall round my place here near Hirafu base.

Interestingly the Avalanche report (below) is reporting 20-40cm of snow on the mountain which I think definitely needs to be investigated first hand this morning. I will selflessly volunteer for such a job!

It was a lovely day yesterday and there's lots of blue sky around this morning as well. There is more cloud around than yesterday and shadows being cast, but still the blue skies are generally winning out just at the moment. It is pretty calm here at base though I hear there's a moderate westerly wind as you get higher up the mountain. As of 8:30am though all of the resorts appear to be opening up as normal.

We are told to expect the chance of some snow later on today - and regular top-ups through the coming week as well.

What we can expect over the coming days still seems to be more a case of 'steady regular' than 'huge dumpage'.

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Niseko Grand Hirafu today have upped their snow depth for upper slopes to 315cm. Of more interest, as of yesterday I had recorded/observed more snowfall for the month of January 2016 than I did for the whole of December 2015.

Today that January 2016 observed snowfall number for here at base rises to 257cm... which just so happens to be exactly the number that I recorded for the whole of January 2015 (last season). That means that any further snowfall we get this month will be more than January last season.

We're still quite a ways behind the ongoing total for the season though.

You can find these numbers lower down on this page. (If you are viewing this on the mobile site, please go to the PC version to see it all).

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All resort areas opening as planned this morning.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -7°C, 20cm new snowfall, calm. Moiwa 800m: -10°C, NW8m/s, 30cm new snowfall. Mikaeri 740m: -9.7°C, light winds, 40cm new snow, no snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -13°C, NW13m/s, 40cm new snowfall. Hirafu 1000m: -10°C, NW10m/s, 30cm new snow, snowdrift development on eastern aspect.. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NW10m/s. Kamui Cape SW8m/s, 1017hPa, wave 2.3m.

A passing small low pressure system has dropped 30cm of crystal snow overnight. Above 1000m there is moderately strong NW wind and on leeward slopes snowdrifts are growing gradually. From data and observation general avalanche risk is low. All peak gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice before passing through gates. Take care in Higashi one(east ridge) area, the surface has been scoured by past wind and now covered by snowdrifts. The newly developed cornice will easily fracture which can trigger an avalanche below. Dont wait on steep leeward slopes or at the valley bottoms. Always be aware of avalanches from above. Snow around 800m is reset and the snow in the trees is very good. Do not overestimate your skills or equipment. Through caution and care avoid having an accident.

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Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 23rd January 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 315cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Village
Top - 270cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 250cm
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 8:34am on Saturday 23rd January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All open as planned this morning

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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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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  2015/2016
*as of Saturday 23rd January 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
23rd January 12cm 2cm 20cm
22nd January 0cm 0cm 15cm
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
Previous 7 days total 61cm 63cm 55cm
Previous 14 days total 183cm 120cm 240cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 244cm 519cm 275cm
January observed snowfall total 257cm 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 565cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 23rd 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]
257cm
[565cm]
-
[565cm]
-
[565cm]
-
[565cm]
-
[565cm]
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]
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