Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 27th January 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:36am on Wednesday 27th January 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, some blue sky and a bit of sun
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None currently
wind condition
E 2m/s - W 5m/s (Hirafu)
Good
This report
Wednesday 27th January 2016, 8:36am
16cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 56cm
Last 14 reports (total): 147cm
Current month (January 2016) total: 287cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 595cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:36am on Wednesday 27th January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning, and I have a decent amount of fresh snow to report this morning... a good 16cm of it observed by myself and the Avi report mentioning up to 30cm of fresh up there.

Nice.

And the regular snowfall should continue through at least into next week.

This morning there's lots of cloud around but some blue sky as well. Perhaps snowfall arriving overnight tonight - just how it should be!

Should be a good morning.

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Soon after my report went up yesterday, it seems that wind had it's own ideas and was causing problems with summit lifts. The top lifts at Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri were quite quickly put on hold due to wind and apparently poor visibility; to be joined by the Niseko Gondola early afternoon and then the top Niseko Hanazono lift mid afternoon.

Oh dear, so much for all being open! Sorry about that - all was looking 'normal' with the information I had available when I was preparing the report. As the Avalanche Report noted so well in the same report, 'be aware of a sudden change in the weather and bad visibility'. It can and does happen.

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It is interesting to see the large messages that are popping up on the Niseko United website and in other places at the moment.

It seems that the resorts need to remind some people that season passes are not transferable and that they'll be doing more checks on them from now on - and cancelling any passes that are being used by anyone other than the original owner.

Obviously there must have been more than a few instances of people passing around season passes. They have every right to not be happy if people are doing that - it's pretty clear that the passes are not transferable. Anyway, I can't remember seeing such a prominent message like that before so it looks like they are now taking action on it.

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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 appear to be opening up as planned this morning! Let's hope so.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -4°C, 20cm new snow, minor snowdrift development, stormy. Moiwa 800m: -6°C, NW10m/s, 30cm new snow, snowdrift development. Mikaeri 740m: NNW10m/s, 30cm new snow, snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -8°C, W15m/s, 30cm new snow, poor visibility, snow drift development. Hirafu ridge line -8°C, blizzard conditions, 30cm new snow, snowdrift development. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NNW12m/s. Kamui Cape W9m/s, 1016hPa, wave 1.3m.

Maritime and mountain data suggests the wind below 1000m is starting to drop, however above 1200m blizzard conditions will persist. From observation, around 800m western aspect knolls , 60cm new slabs have grown which will easily fracture from skier stimulation this morning. Peak gates opening times yet to be decided. Please listen to the patrols decisions. Do not ignore the rules and duck the ropes to go out of bounds. Most avalanches occur during and just after snowstorms. The newly developed slabs are unstable and will fracture easily. The frost layer formed from Jan 26 low pressure snowfall will become a weak layer in the future snowpack.

Snow conditions change daily, today's avalanche conditions are higher than yesterday. Cautious behavior is prudent. Is your beacon turned on? Snow in the trees is reset and in great condition.

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Official resort snow depths as of Wednesday 27th January 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 320cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Village
Top - 270cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 260cm
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 8:36am on Wednesday 27th January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All 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 Wednesday 27th January 2016
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 27th 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 Wednesday 27th January 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
27th January 16cm 0cm 15cm
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
Previous 7 days total 56cm 32cm 59cm
Previous 14 days total 147cm 78cm 154cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 244cm 519cm 275cm
January observed snowfall total 287cm 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 595cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 27th 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]
287cm
[595cm]
-
[595cm]
-
[595cm]
-
[595cm]
-
[595cm]
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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