Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 2nd January 2015

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:40am on Friday 2nd January 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, some blue sky and bit of a sunshine
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
It's not snowing at the moment just here, but snowfall likely during the day
wind condition
3-6m/s (Hirafu)
Good
This report
Friday 2nd January 2015, 8:40am
25cm
Thursday 1st January 2015, 8:50am 15cm
Wednesday 31st December 2014, 8:34am 40cm
Tuesday 30th December 2014, 8:45am 0cm
Monday 29th December 2014, 10:01am 0cm
Sunday 28th December 2014, 8:35am 0cm
Saturday 27th December 2014, 8:50am 25cm
Last 7 reports (total): 105cm
Last 14 reports (total): 248cm
Current month (January 2015) total: 40cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 589cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:40am on Friday 2nd January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Morning from Niseko and I have another 25cm of snow to report for you. Just been and moved it out from the front of my place. Always a pleasure! Take a look at the Avalance report too - Moiwa 30cm; Annupuri 50cm; Hirafu 30cm.

So yes, tracks will have been filled in nicely and reset... and it's time to get out once again.

Lots of cloud around still but there's also some sky on show again and as I type this the sun is putting in an appearance too.

The forecast though is for snowfall at times through today and tomorrow.

Generally clearer conditions are expected on Monday, along with 'not as cold' temperatures, followed by the next delivery of snow to come starting later on Tuesday.

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Looks set to be open as planned.

Niseko Hanazono:
Looks set to be open as planned.

Niseko Village:
Looks set to be open as planned.

Niseko Annupuri:
Looks set to be open as planned. 'Annupuri First Run' is available from until Sunday and then also on the 11th and 12th January. For 1000 yen, you can get to ride the Gondola from 7:20-8:20am.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base: -6C, 20cm snowfall in 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: -9C, 30cm snowfall and moderate development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m:W10m/s, -12C, 50cm snowfall with snowdrifts development. Hirafu 1000m: -13C, 30cm snowfall and heavy development of snowdrifts in 1200m NE area. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW12m/s, Kamui cape NW8m/s, 1004hPa, 1.8m waves.

Typical winter weather pattern is generating a moderate snowfall above 800m treeline and snowdrifts are slowly developing. Wide 40cm surface slab avalanches are likely to occur in 40°open slopes above 1000m altitude. Gates 2 & 3 are scheduled to open from today but the time yet to be determined. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. Moderate to high avalanche hazards in Kozan no Sawa sidewalls (Backbowl), Higashi-One cornice slope and Osawa cornice slopes. These faces should be left untouched until the weather settles down and the snowpack stabilizes.

The snow in the trees has been reset and in excellent condition. Cutting across knolls and/or traversing underneath cornices is total foolishness. Avalanches strikes from above; stay away from gullies and bottom of valleys. It is strongly recommended to carry an avalanche beacon. They are not the ultimate solution, but may save your life.

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Official snow depth numbers and any notes at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 310cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 220cm
Base - 150cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 210cm
Base - 150cm

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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
(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 8:40am on Friday 2nd January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts are open

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 2nd January 2015
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 2nd January 2015
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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  2014/2015
*as of Friday 2nd January 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
2nd January 25cm 15cm 10cm
1st January 15cm 10cm 20cm
31st December 40cm 5cm 3cm
30th December 0cm 10cm 0cm
29th December 0cm 20cm 5cm
28th December 0cm 15cm 15cm
27th December 25cm 5cm 20cm
Previous 7 days total 105cm 80cm 73cm
Previous 14 days total 248cm 142cm 182cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 519cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total 40cm 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 589cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 2nd 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]
40cm
[589cm]
-
[589cm]
-
[589cm]
-
[589cm]
-
[589cm]
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]
  October November December January February March April May
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