Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 28th January 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:41am on Thursday 28th January 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud cover
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Very light snow
wind condition
NW 2m/s - NW 8m/s (Hirafu)
Decent
This report
Thursday 28th January 2016, 8:41am
1cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 43cm
Last 14 reports (total): 133cm
Current month (January 2016) total: 288cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 596cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:41am on Thursday 28th January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Hello to you all from Niseko.

Just a little bit of fresh snow at base since my last report, 1cm of it in fact.

Wind caused some problems with lifts once again yesterday - early afternoon with the Gondola and two top lifts at Annupuri coming to a halt as well as the Niseko Gondola and top Wonderland lift at Niseko Village and the two top lifts at Niseko Grand Hirafu.

Just leave us alone wind, ok?! That's what I said yesterday, but it doesn't seem to be listening for now as at the start of the day top lifts at Hirafu, Village and Annupuri are at a standstill, as noted below.

This morning light snow is falling and visibility seems fairly decent. The forecast is still telling us of regular snowfall on and off through the coming week, maybe more around Sunday than other days.

...and hopefully less wind! Naughty wind.

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Just a few more days left in January and so far for this month I have observed 288cm of snowfall here at base. 31cm more than January last year. The running total for the season so far is 596cm; at the end of January last year the running total for the season so far was 806cm. So we're currently just over 2m of snow behind where we were last season.

One interesting thing is that if you look at the numbers you'll see that last season the snowfall was somewhat front-loaded with the most falling in December and then less each month from then on. Let's hope for a bumper February.

I'll look back over the statistics once again once we get into February.

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Resort specific lift opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
The top Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts are not starting the day as planned due to strong winds. King Number 3 is operating but at a slower speed.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
All three Hanazono lifts plan to be operating as normal at the start of the day.

Niseko Village
The Niseko Gondola and top Wonderland lift are not starting the day as planned due to strong winds.

Niseko Annupuri
The Annupuri Gondola and top Jumbo Number 3 and Number 4 lifts are not starting the day as planned due to strong winds.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -5°C, trace new snow, minor snowdrift development. Moiwa 800m: -10°C, W8m/s, trace new snow, snowdrift development. Mikaeri 740m: -8°C, SW3.7m/s, Annupuri 1150m: -11°C, W10m/s, poor visibility. Hirafu ridge line -12°C, W18m/s. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NW15m/s. Kamui Cape WSW12m/s, 1020hPa, wave 2.1m.

A steep atmospheric pressure gradient is producing a westerly wind 10-18m/s above 1000m. Although only a trace of snow has fallen, due to the strong wind there has been significant cornice and snowdrift development above 900m. Groomed runs higher on the mountain are hard. From observation Kozan no sawa(backbowl) side wall 1000m and Osawa SE side 1000-1100m, Higashi One (east ridge)1000m cornice slopes, the avalanche risk is high, surface slabs fracturing at about 50cm depth. Do not duck ropes to enter these areas. Gates 2,3 will be closed. Until the current weather system changes please be patient. Below 1000m don't carelessly ride open steep slopes, cornices, knoll terrain, you may have an accident. The snow in the trees is reset. Have a good day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 28th January 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 320cm
Base - 135cm

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 8:41am on Thursday 28th January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Top lifts affected by wind at the start of the day again.

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 28th January 2016
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 28th 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 Thursday 28th January 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
28th January 1cm 3cm 20cm
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
Previous 7 days total 43cm 20cm 74cm
Previous 14 days total 133cm 81cm 134cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 244cm 519cm 275cm
January observed snowfall total 288cm 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 596cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 28th 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]
288cm
[596cm]
-
[596cm]
-
[596cm]
-
[596cm]
-
[596cm]
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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