Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 26th January 2016

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:20am on Tuesday 26th January 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snowing
wind condition
W 1m/s - S 5m/s (Hirafu)
OK, perhaps limited higher up
This report
Tuesday 26th January 2016, 8:20am
14cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 41cm
Last 14 reports (total): 154cm
Current month (January 2016) total: 271cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 579cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:20am on Tuesday 26th January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

A very good morning to you from here near Hirafu base.

I have 14cm of fresh snow to report here at base this morning with most of that was falling later on in the day yesterday and late night. Not bad! More please. (I always want more).

First lifts should be good today and it looks like there are lots of people thinking the same too waiting for the lifts to start moving.

Wind doesn't seem to be an issue this morning and so I expect the resorts to be opening as planned and gates are expected to be open.

It is snowing as I write this and indeed the 6-day forecast has regular snow lined up each day so hopefully we will get the daily top-ups.

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It is Australia Day today and of course there are more than a handful of good Australian folk here in Niseko, either on holiday or working. No doubt there will be some fun celebrations as well, so I will see you in the bar tonight!

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A close friend mentioned to me last night that I'm still not half way through my daily reporting duties for the season (if you didn't know, I continue posting these reports every day right through until the end of the season in early May). It's pretty daunting when I think about it like that, just have to take it one day at a time.

Help me out by keeping on reading even if your Niseko visit is over and done for the season, ok! Arigato.

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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: -7°C, 15cm crystal snowfall, calm. Moiwa 800m: -8°C, W5m/s, 20cm new snow, minor snowdrift development. Mikaeri 740m: -8.0°C, light winds, 30cm new snow. Annupuri 1150m: -9°C, W10-15m/s. Hirafu ridge line -10°C, w5m/s, 20cm new snow, minor snowdrift development. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:WNW14m/s. Kamui Cape SW14m/s, 1015hPa, wave 1.4m.

Isobars are far apart and the weather is calm. Snow fell till around midnight and has settled till dawn. Leeward slopes are reset. From data and observation general avalanche risk is low. All peak gates are expected to be open. Please talk to the patrol before going out of bounds. It is possible the wind will pick up above 1000m with the passing of a low pressure trough. Be aware of a sudden change in the weather and bad visibility. Snow conditions above 1000m are crusty, snow in the trees is good.
Do not enter Strictly Off Limits areas(Yu no Sawa, Haru no Taki). If you get caught you will loose your pass and you season will be finished. Respect and follow Niseko Rules. Your freedom and a minimum level of safety to ride out of bounds is protected by Niseko Rules. Have a safe day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Tuesday 26th January 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 310cm
Base - 135cm

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 8:20am on Tuesday 26th January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas appear to be opening as planned this morning

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Tuesday 26th January 2016
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 26th 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 Tuesday 26th January 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
26th January 14cm 0cm 2cm
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
Previous 7 days total 41cm 47cm 47cm
Previous 14 days total 154cm 79cm 169cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 244cm 519cm 275cm
January observed snowfall total 271cm 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 579cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 26th 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]
271cm
[579cm]
-
[579cm]
-
[579cm]
-
[579cm]
-
[579cm]
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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