Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 31st January 2017

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Niseko (Hokkaido), Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:11am on Tuesday 31st January 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
NNW 3-7m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Limited
This report
Tuesday 31st January 2017, 8:11am
14cm
Monday 30th January 2017, 8:47am 0cm
Sunday 29th January 2017, 9:17am 0cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 45cm
Last 14 reports (total): 76cm
Current month (January 2017) total: 152cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 445cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:11am on Tuesday 31st January 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

It's the last morning of the month and I am very pleased to be able to report 14cm of fresh snowfall on the ground here at base. And it's good quality stuff too by the looks. Nice.

It is still snowing now, though expected to ease off this morning... before coming back later tomorrow.

Wind doesn't look like it is going to be an issue today so I expect the lifts to be open as planned.

In my report tomorrow I'll be looking back on January and the season so far. In the meantime... I'm off to Otaru for the day!

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A message from SnowJapan

Firstly, we would again like to thank everyone who has sent in messages this season regarding our daily reports and website in general. We read them all and appreciate the feedback. And we hope that if you have already visited Japan this season, you timed it well with conditions at your chosen destination.

It is perhaps inevitable that some people will compare the daily Now reports from different regions of Japan, and in particularly the observed new snowfall data that is posted on the reports. But if you do that please keep in mind that doing so is not really comparing like-for-like… and it’s certainly not ‘the whole picture’.

By comparing the observed snowfall data, essentially you are comparing how much snow is falling at base areas. While we believe that is a very interesting and useful piece of data - and is in fact the only practical first-hand data that could possibly be consistently recorded once a day – it is only one part of the situation.

Other important information, including the snowfall that ski resorts themselves might be reporting at higher elevations, can be found within the text of the report when available.

That is why we highly recommend that if you really want to get a more complete picture of what is going on in each of the areas covered in our reports, you should go through the individual reports including all the archives.

A few other quick points:

Each report is written independently from the other reports, by different people.

The reports are not ‘connected’ in any way.

For one reporter, a temperature of -2C might be described as ‘cold’. For another reporter, on the same day, a temperature of -2C might be described as ‘relatively warm’.

For one reporter, 15cm of snowfall overnight might be described as ‘a lot’. For another reporter, on the same day, 15cm of snowfall might be described as less exciting.

The person posting Niseko Now is reporting from Niseko, and is not making comparisons with any of the other reports, or considering what is happening elsewhere. (Unless clearly stated of course).

The person posting Hakuba Now is reporting from Hakuba, and the same applies.

While each report is coming to you from the respective resort base areas, some ski resorts have much more ‘vertical’ than others. Some will experience much more of a difference in the amount of snow that falls at base/village level than falls at higher elevations.

And one more very important thing.

If the reporters pretended to be overly-excited about conditions even when they are actually sub-par… not only would that be intentionally misleading, but how would you then know when they really were genuinely excited by excellent conditions?

Being able to clearly distinguish between varying situations is one of the real advantages of not feeling any need to talk up or sugar-coat conditions. Remember, we’re not a glossy travel brochure selling you holidays and tours.

What we are trying to do is to provide our readership with honest, interesting and informative reports. And we will continue to do that.

If you didn’t read the previous general messages that we posted on our daily reports, you can find them here.

Thank you!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: 20cm snowfall. Moiwa800m: -8.5℃, NE5m/s, 25cm snowfall. Annupuri1150m: -13℃, NW12m/s, 30-40cm, moderate development of snowdrifts. Hirafu1250m: -13℃, moderate NE wind, 20cm snowfall. Kamui cape lighthouse: NNW12m/s, 1014hPa, 2.5m waves.

The winter weather pattern brought a good amount of snowfall, averaging 25cm at west areas of 800m elevation. Snowdrifts are developing, but in slow speed. Looking at the snowfall transition, and snow observations, the general avalanche risk is low, however 40cm surface slab avalanches from Jan 29th layer are to be expected in Higashi=one steep slopes where slabs have formed under the past north-easterly wind. Caution in needed in open steep, cornices and knoll terrains. Better not party-run, go one by one and ride the fall-line, not across it. The new snow is a bit shallow, but good. Beware of losing control. Do not stay at valley bottoms.

Gates are scheduled to open. Listen to the ski patrol’s advice and please respect the Niseko Rules.

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All areas opening as planned at the start of the day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Tuesday 31st January 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 300cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Village
Top - 230cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 275cm
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 8:11am on Tuesday 31st January 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas expected to be open this morning

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Japan snowfall data
(updated daily during winter)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 31st January 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Tuesday 31st January 2017
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 31st January 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2016/2017
*as of Tuesday 31st January 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
31st January 14cm 8cm 0cm
30th January 0cm 1cm 3cm
29th January 0cm 6cm 10cm
28th January 11cm 1cm 3cm
27th January 0cm 16cm 0cm
26th January 11cm 14cm 0cm
25th January 9cm 0cm 5cm
Previous 7 days total 45cm 46cm 21cm
Previous 14 days total 76cm 76cm 90cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 181cm 244cm 519cm
January observed snowfall total 152cm 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 445cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 31st 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]
152cm
[445cm]
-
[445cm]
-
[445cm]
-
[445cm]
-
[445cm]
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]
  October November December January February March April May
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