Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 29th January 2015

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:15am on Thursday 29th January 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snowing
wind condition
0 - W3m/s (Hirafu)
Fair lower, limited higher
This report
Thursday 29th January 2015, 8:15am
10cm
Wednesday 28th January 2015, 8:32am 3cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 30cm
Last 14 reports (total): 91cm
Current month (January 2015) total: 254cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 803cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:15am on Thursday 29th January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Morning friends, and it's snowing outside this cold morning. There's around 10cm outside my place here, with 15cm of fresh being reported from upper resort areas.

Nice and cold, the snow should be of the fine kind.

As the Avalanche report says this morning, the snowfall has 'moderately reset' the mountain, which is of course great - but I think it's fair to say that most of us want more. Snowfall today will probably ease this morning (though as I type this report it's coming down quite nicely actually), leaving us with mostly cloudy conditions for later today and tomorrow with perhaps some sunshine at times.

To be followed by decent snowfall going into Saturday which is still forecast to continue into early next week. It's looking promising.

All the resorts plan to be open as normal this morning and peak gates are scheduled to be open. Have a good Friday.

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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.
'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:
Looks set to open as planned this morning.
'Early Morning Gondola' available Saturdays and Sundays until February 8th (for 1300 yen, Gondola open from 7:30am until 8:30am).

Niseko Annupuri:
Looks set to open as planned this morning.
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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -9C, 15cm of crystal snowfall in 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: NW8m/s, 20cm snowfall, small development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: N8m/s, -13C, 20cm snowfall. Hirafu 1000m: N5m/s, -13C, 10cm snowfall. Coastal data: Benkei cape NNW14m/s, Kamui cape WSW8m/s, 1022hPa, 1.7m waves.

The isobars are spaced out and the weather is calm. Light snowfall has moderately reset the mountain. Good & fast snow can be found. Peak gates are scheduled to open, listen to the ski patrol’s advice before stepping out of the gates. January 27th low-pressure snowfall layer has become a notable weak layer in the snowpack. Avalanches of up to 40cm thickness are to be expected in leeward snowdrift loaded slopes around 1000m. The general risk is low, however unexpected incidents can happen in the mountain. Be prudent and be safe. 99% of the people seem to respect the Niseko Rules, but it is very disappointing to see a handful of disrespectful people that seems to deliberately disregard the Rules and enter Haru no Taki and/or Yu no Sawa off-limits areas. Beware of cracks, falls and hitting trees. Have a nice day. Using a leash is recommended to people using delicate lightweight bindings.

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Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 370cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 280cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 265cm
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 8:15am on Thursday 29th January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open as planned

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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  2014/2015
*as of Thursday 29th January 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
29th January 10cm 20cm 0cm
28th January 3cm 20cm 3cm
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
Previous 7 days total 30cm 79cm 63cm
Previous 14 days total 91cm 139cm 183cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 519cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total 254cm 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 803cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 29th January 2015
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 - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
254cm
[803cm]
-
[803cm]
-
[803cm]
-
[803cm]
-
[803cm]
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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