Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 25th January 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:22am on Wednesday 25th January 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-9°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
0 - NW 3m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Limited
This report
Wednesday 25th January 2017, 8:22am
9cm
Tuesday 24th January 2017, 8:24am 12cm
Monday 23rd January 2017, 8:32am 9cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 40cm
Last 14 reports (total): 96cm
Current month (January 2017) total: 116cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 409cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:22am on Wednesday 25th January 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Hello everyone.

Anyway, fine blue skies early on in the day with clouds moving in late morning and then snow starting to fall.

So what do I have to report to you this morning?

There's 9cm of fresh snowfall at my measuring point is what. I see that the Avalanche Report this morning is reporting 20-30cm in places... so those places will no doubt be sought after this morning! Sounds good to me.

It remains cold and light snow is falling. Things look calm to so I would expect everywhere to be opening as planned this morning.

The forecast is still looking good for potentially heavy snowfall on Friday and consistent snowfall following that into next week. So far I have observed 116cm of snowfall during the month of January so we still have a lot of catching up to do to come close to the amount of snow that we have seen in January over previous recent seasons. (Data can of course all be seen below and on the Snowfall Analysis page). Fingers crossed.

In the meantime, hope you have a fun day.

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Yesterday morning I had lots of fun skiing with some visitors from Australia. It was their first time in Niseko and they were having a blast. It was very interesting to hear them talk about the usual snow conditions at their home resorts and how their experience here in Niseko compares. I have never skied in Australia so am not in the position to be able to make comparisons. But it was one of those times when I realise that I need to remember to always appreciate being here and how fabulous Niseko is.

Thanks, friendly Australian family.

Still, those glossy Niseko marketing brochures that I avidly read each evening promise me the best snow in the world, so I stand by my right to have the highest expectations.

Let's expecting. :)

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -11℃, 20cm crystal snowfall. Moiwa800m: -11.4℃, NNW3.3, 30cm new snow, snowpack 160cm. Annupuri 1150m: -13℃, NW10m/s, 30cm new snow. Hirafu 1250m: -16℃, NW15m/s, 10cm snowfall. Kamui cape lighthouse: NNW5m/s, 1020hPa, 1.5m waves.

Calm morning under a high-pressure band. Good snow has deposited in the west side and no notable slabs have formed. All gates are expected to open. Please listen to the ski patrol’s advice and be prepared for backcountry travels. Beacons and helmets are not mandatory, but highly recommended. Beacon checkers at gates are sensitive, please allow 3 sec lag between each other.

The avalanche risk is low, however cornice fall or steep slope traverses can always trigger a slide. There will be many people in the out of bounds area today. Do not trigger an avalanche with a foolish act. Snowpack is still shallow, but the terrain remains and is fun. Overhead faceshots may block your sight, beware of hitting trees. Snowboarders may be better off carrying snowshoes. Always be vigilant. Prudency is key to avoid accidents.

Have a nice day.

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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
All lifts appear to be ready to move as normal at the start of the day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Wednesday 25th January 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 280cm
Base - 110cm

Niseko Village
Top - 220cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 235cm
Base - 135cm

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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 8:22am on Wednesday 25th January 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Resorts appear to be opening as normal this morning.

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(updated daily during winter)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 25th January 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Wednesday 25th January 2017
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 25th January 2017
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)
  2016/2017
*as of Wednesday 25th January 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
25th January 9cm 0cm 5cm
24th January 12cm 0cm 10cm
23rd January 9cm 12cm 2cm
22nd January 0cm 0cm 0cm
21st January 0cm 14cm 15cm
20th January 9cm 1cm 15cm
19th January 1cm 3cm 12cm
Previous 7 days total 40cm 30cm 59cm
Previous 14 days total 96cm 152cm 99cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 181cm 244cm 519cm
January observed snowfall total 116cm 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 409cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 25th 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]
116cm
[409cm]
-
[409cm]
-
[409cm]
-
[409cm]
-
[409cm]
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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