Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 25th January 2016

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:40am on Monday 25th January 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-9°C

Top temp:
-15°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow as I write this
wind condition
NW 1-8m/s (Hirafu)
Varied
This report
Monday 25th January 2016, 8:40am
0cm
Sunday 24th January 2016, 8:46am 0cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 30cm
Last 14 reports (total): 152cm
Current month (January 2016) total: 257cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 565cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:40am on Monday 25th January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko and there is just another dusting to report to you this morning. If I added the few mm from yesterday to the few mm this morning I might get close to a magnificent 1cm of snow to add to my report, but that sounds a bit like cheating.

After those fine sunny conditions yesterday I wonder what today will bring.

The day has started cloudy with light snow falling outside my window here just now. It is very cold too, it was down to minus double digits overnight and not much warmer now. It is a very cold morning here, brrrrrr. Extra layers are definitely worth putting on this morning.

We could certainly do with some fresh snow now as well with not so much falling over the last week, so when is it coming?

Snowfall is still on the forecasts daily through until the weekend, but like I have mentioned it looks to be a case of occasional light snow. Hopefully we'll be surprised and get more than that, a bit like the way we got that lovely day yesterday.

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A few comments were sent in regarding the comments I made about places being crowded or not yesterday.

I think in some ways it's relative isn't it; different people will probably have different ideas based on their experiences. That friend that I mentioned in Nagano? For him and his local ski hill, crowded means there's more than 20 people on the whole hill! People who are used to Niseko 'now' (see what I did there?) with no experience of Niseko 20+ years ago may have a different take on how crowded Niseko is than people like myself who have seen it transform over that period. Or something like that.

There's no denying that a place is busy though when you have long waits for lifts and popular runs are tracked out in a morning.

I think one of the points that I was trying to make is that even at an extremely popular mountain such as Niseko, there are areas that are less busy than the main popular 'headline' runs. Let's exploring, it's part of the fun isn't it.

(Oh and just to be clear here, I am definitely not encouraging people to venture into places that they shouldn't be venturing into - let's move forward and try to make progress by keeping to the Niseko Rules rather than causing problems!)

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I'm very happy for my friend in Nagano by the way as it seems that they have been enjoying lots of snow in the last week after the late and lean start to their season. Lots of snow for everyone, please!

Including us here.

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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 are opening as planned this morning.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -10°C, trace broken crystal snow. Moiwa 800m: -10°C, NW10m/s, some snowdrift development. Mikaeri 740m: -10.9°C, NW8.3m/s, trace of new snow, minor snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -16°C, NW15m/s. Hirafu 1000m: -10°C, peak ridge line -18°C. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:ENE5m/s. Kamui Cape ENE4m/s, 1006hPa, wave 1.6m.

Weak winter weather pattern with light snowfall, wind dropped around midnight and the snowdrifts are stable. Take care, although new cornice development is small they will fracture easily. Some areas have formed hard slabs which will also fracture easily. Be careful on steep slopes, upper level temperatures are low but there has been no new snowfall yet. Be patient. Above 1000m NW wind is dropping. Out of bounds is hard and tracked out, with snow drifts, making conditions difficult. Groomed runs are also hard, be careful loosing control and crashing into something.

There are people who are aware and know Niseko Rules illegally entering Haru no Taki and Yu no Sawa. If this continues others will follow their tracks increasing chances of an accident. For your own freedom respect Niseko Rules.

All peak gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice before leaving the ski areas. Be aware of a sudden change in the weather and frostbite. Switch your beacon on. Have a good day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 24th January 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 290cm
Base - 120cm

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 8:40am on Monday 25th January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas open as planned at the start of the day

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 25th January 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Monday 25th January 2016
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 25th January 2016
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 Monday 25th January 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
25th January 0cm 5cm 0cm
24th January 0cm 10cm 2cm
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
Previous 7 days total 30cm 59cm 47cm
Previous 14 days total 152cm 99cm 192cm
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 Monday 25th 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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