Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 27th January 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:20am on Tuesday 27th January 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, fog
Base temp:
3°C

Top temp:
0°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Rain, sleet, turn to snow soon please
wind condition
Westerly 3-6m/s (Hirafu)
OK
This report
Tuesday 27th January 2015, 8:20am
0cm
Monday 26th January 2015, 8:33am 0cm
Sunday 25th January 2015, 8:40am 5cm
Saturday 24th January 2015, 8:20am 10cm
Friday 23rd January 2015, 8:25am 2cm
Thursday 22nd January 2015, 8:15am 0cm
Wednesday 21st January 2015, 8:22am 15cm
Last 7 reports (total): 32cm
Last 14 reports (total): 78cm
Current month (January 2015) total: 241cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 790cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:20am on Tuesday 27th January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Oh dear... rain.

I like rain a lot when it feeds the plants and trees in my garden, and cools us down a bit on a hot summer day (yes, it can get quite hot here even in Hokkaido)... but not when it falls peak snow season!

Enough of my sad talk because it's not going to continue forever of course - or even that long, as yes we are still looking forward to snowfall today.

It looks like it is snowing already higher up on the mountain, though I seriously doubt it's the light powder that we love and expect in these parts - I don't think I'm going to try and find out.

Currently it is +3 degrees here after a very mild overnight in the region but temperatures will be dropping during the day today and that horrid rain turning into snow; and then we should be having snow falling through tomorrow as well so fingers crossed for a nice new layer to report tomorrow.

Weekend onwards it's looking positive as well for snow.

It's never far away, honest! :)

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Please see my previous report for an explanation about change in the official 'snow depth' number on the reports.

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Resort specific news at time of writing - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Looks set to open as planned this morning, some lifts maybe opening a bit later than normal.
'Early Morning' lift available daily until 1st February (for 500 yen, Ace Quad Number 2 lift from 8am until 8:20am).

Niseko Hanazono:
Looks set to open as planned this morning.

Niseko Village:
Niseko Gondola and top Wonderland Chair on hold early on due to weather conditions.
'Early Morning Gondola' available Saturdays and Sundays until February 8th (for 1300 yen, Gondola open from 7:30am until 8:30am).

Niseko Annupuri:
Top Jumbo Number 4 not open early on.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: +3C, Moiwa 800m: ESE10m/s, thick fog and 10cm of wet snow with snowdrifts development. Annupuri 1150m: SW15m/s, 0C, wind & snow with snowdrift development. Coastal data: Benkei cape WNW8m/s, Kamui cape SW12m/s, 1002hPa, 1.2m waves.

Warm air is flowing in due to the passing low-pressure system. Rain is falling at the base and thick fog lies up high. As the cold-front passes this afternoon, the temperature will drop and snow & wind will pick up. Cracks are forming in south facing slopes. Those cracks are the result of the snowpack’s tension release and usually won’t immediately slides, however it can be the trigger of a large avalanche in steep/cliff terrains, especially hazardous in Haru no Taki off-limits area. Cracks cannot be seen from above, beware not to fall in them. Intruders to strictly off-limits areas never seem to cease, but we will not ignore this situation. Violators will have their lift passes confiscated and will be refused to further use the resort facilities.
Good condition will come back soon. Better call it a day early and head to the onsen today. Have a good day.

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Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 350cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 270cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 260cm
Base - 180cm

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Lifts open for night skiing (planned):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift

Niseko Hanazono Resort
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 27th January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Niseko resorts open

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  2014/2015
*as of Tuesday 27th January 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
27th January 0cm 15cm 45cm
26th January 0cm 2cm 5cm
25th January 5cm 0cm 10cm
24th January 10cm 2cm 0cm
23rd January 2cm 20cm 0cm
22nd January 0cm 15cm 0cm
21st January 15cm 5cm 3cm
Previous 7 days total 32cm 59cm 63cm
Previous 14 days total 78cm 154cm 198cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 519cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total 241cm 461cm 443cm
February observed snowfall total - 178cm 316cm
March observed snowfall total - 113cm 164cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 32cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 2cm
Season observed snowfall total 790cm 1163cm 1493cm
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2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
241cm
[790cm]
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[790cm]
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[790cm]
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[790cm]
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[790cm]
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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