Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 31st January 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Saturday 31st January 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, bit of fog, some blue sky and some sun!
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Not snowing yet
wind condition
N5m/s - NW13m/s (Hirafu)
Fair to limited
This report
Saturday 31st January 2015, 8:32am
0cm
Friday 30th January 2015, 8:22am 3cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 21cm
Last 14 reports (total): 90cm
Current month (January 2015) total: 257cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 806cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Saturday 31st January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Hirafu on this busy mid-season weekend.

But what's this... sun!?

It's a difficult one this morning with a whole bunch of different things going on. Mt Yotei has been looking rather beautiful this morning with a bit of cloud around upper areas but quite a bit of blue sky around those and the sun shining through. There's cloud over our mountain on this side, with early morning fog higher up according to the resorts.

Right now as I write this report the sun is shining down through my window.

No new snowfall to report.

Wind is causing issues this morning as well with Niseko Annupuri not opening this morning and top lifts affected at Niseko Village and Niseko Grand Hirafu. I have as always added any available details as of 8:30am in the area below.

So, is this impressive snowfall on the way like we were thinking and hoping for? Conditions are forecast to deteroirate later on in the day today with snow tomorrow and Monday. I think I'll just leave it at that and report on what actually happens in my report tomorrow morning.

It has been a bit of an odd end to Janaury I feel. But anyway, here's to a good start to February!

Have a wonderful day wherever you are.

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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 as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Top King Number 4, King Number 3 and Ace Number 4 lifts on hold due to weather conditions.
'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:
Niseko Gondola and top Wonderland lift on hold early on due to strong winds.
'Early Morning Gondola' available Saturdays and Sundays until February 8th (for 1300 yen, Gondola open from 7:30am until 8:30am).

Niseko Annupuri:
All lifts on hold early on due to strong winds.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -3C, strong wind and no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: NE10m/s, -7C, no snowfall. Annupuri 1150m: NE15m/s, -8C, no snowfall. Hirafu ridge: mild wind, -9C, no snowfall. Coastal data: Benkei cape E11m/s, Kamui cape E4m/s, 1012hPa, 0.8m waves.

Strong wind is blowing but no snowfall. The weather is forecasted to deteriorate and peak gates will be closed. The hard-packed groomers are in good shape for practicing euro-carves, probably best option for today.

Apparently, crazy dumps are falling in Spain. Recent weather pattern seems to be strangely different from 10 years ago, closer to spring time weather patterns. Road is icy due to large temperature difference and less snowfall. Be careful driving. Sometimes the Nature does not comply with people’s expectations.

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Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 360cm
Base - 135cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 280cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 270cm
Base - 160cm

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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 8:32am on Saturday 31st January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Niseko resorts open but some lifts affected by wind this morning

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  2014/2015
*as of Saturday 31st January 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
31st January 0cm 10cm 0cm
30th January 3cm 10cm 10cm
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
Previous 7 days total 21cm 77cm 73cm
Previous 14 days total 90cm 124cm 153cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 519cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total 257cm 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 806cm 1163cm 1493cm
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  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]
257cm
[806cm]
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[806cm]
-
[806cm]
-
[806cm]
-
[806cm]
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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