Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 28th January 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:33am on Saturday 28th January 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Clouds + light snow
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
W 5m/s - SW 18m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Varied but on the side of limited-poor
This report
Saturday 28th January 2017, 8:33am
11cm
Friday 27th January 2017, 8:22am 0cm
Thursday 26th January 2017, 8:12am 11cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 52cm
Last 14 reports (total): 75cm
Current month (January 2017) total: 138cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 431cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:33am on Saturday 28th January 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Morning from Niseko.

First of all, Happy (Chinese) New Year! Here's to a good one for all.

The lifts I mentioned in the report yesterday remained closed through the day, with a few others joining them including the Annupuri Gondola later in the day. The fairly nasty weather conditions continued too; the rain turned into snow but it was fairly wet. I noticed that the Free Ride Park at Grand Hirafu also closed mid-morning - due to poor visibility.

So onto today. And the good news... is that the rain turned into snow and there's 11cm of it to report at my measuring point. However, with the day starting off with rain and mild conditions yesterday, it's perhaps not much of a surprise that the snow is heavy and wet.

It is colder again this morning too which is good.

Unfortunately, is still very windy indeed this morning. At the start of the day Annupuri is completely closed due to the conditions and top lifts at the other three resort areas not able to open.

Today might well be another good day to sit out, relax in an onsen or do some other kind of activity. Having said that, the slopes that are open may be quiet!

Tomorrow sunshine is forecast at least for part of the day and things should be much calmer. I suspect it will also be busy out there. Planning for early tracks recommended.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -11℃, 20cm snowfall. Moiwa800m: WNW12m/s, -9℃, 30cm snowfall, 60cm snowdrifts and 200cm snowpack depth. Annupuri1150m: -17℃, W25m/s. Hirafu1150m: -13℃, WSW20m/s, large development of snowdrifts. Kamui cape lighthouse: WSW20m/s, 1013hPa, 3.7m waves. Benkei cape lighthouse: NW23m/s.

Isobars are tight, wind is strong and snowdrifts are drastically developing in all altitude. Observations and pressure test results show that 60cm thick surface slab avalanches are highly expected to occur in leeward cornices and knoll slopes above 800m elevation. Snowdrifts are heavy and dense and are extremely unstable and likely to collapse in large slabs. The avalanche risk is extreme. Peak gates will be closed for the sake of all users.

A visitor in Moiwa tried to step out of bounds from closed gate 6 yesterday, got stopped by a ski patrol and started to rant at him. Apparently said something like "Childish Moiwa" - we are awe-stuck by how embarrassing, selfish and childish this person can be. We would like to remind that the Niseko community is trying the best to respect everyone’s (including this fool’s) freedom to ride, but at the same time trying the best to keep everyone (including this fool) safe. People who cannot cope with the Rules will be refused to use the resort premises, and the Rules apply to all nationalities and experience level. Please read the Niseko Rules carefully.

The snow in the trees is a bit heavy but in good shape.

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
The top Ace Number 3, King Number 3, Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts are on hold at the start of the day.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
The top Hanazono Number 3 lift is on hold at the start of the day.

Niseko Village
The Niseko Gondola and top Wonderland Chair lift are on hold at the start of the day.

Niseko Annupuri
Annupuri is all closed at the start of the day. They will try to open if any when the conditions improve.

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Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 28th January 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 310cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Village
Top - 230cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 250cm
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 8:33am on Saturday 28th January 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Top lifts affected by strong winds, Annupuri closed at start of day. See above.

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 28th January 2017
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 28th January 2017
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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  2016/2017
*as of Saturday 28th January 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
28th January 11cm 1cm 3cm
27th January 0cm 16cm 0cm
26th January 11cm 14cm 0cm
25th January 9cm 0cm 5cm
24th January 12cm 0cm 10cm
23rd January 9cm 12cm 2cm
22nd January 0cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 52cm 43cm 20cm
Previous 14 days total 75cm 133cm 81cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 181cm 244cm 519cm
January observed snowfall total 138cm 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 431cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 28th 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]
138cm
[431cm]
-
[431cm]
-
[431cm]
-
[431cm]
-
[431cm]
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]
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