Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 3rd January 2015

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:01am on Saturday 3rd January 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, fog
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snowing
wind condition
5-7m/s (Hirafu)
Limited
This report
Saturday 3rd January 2015, 9:01am
10cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 90cm
Last 14 reports (total): 257cm
Current month (January 2015) total: 50cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 599cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:01am on Saturday 3rd January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

It was a great day out yesterday with the sun doing it's thing along with the fine snow conditions to enjoy.

This morning I have another 10cm of fresh snowfall to report and it is still snowing now. Not a huge amount expected today, more the chance of it getting less during the day with just cloud expected tomorrow and then sunshine on Monday.

Currently -4 degrees but still much colder higher up. From tomorrow we are still told to expect somewhat warmer (or should I say not as cold) temperatures.

It looks fairly calm out there from what I can see, but the top King lift at Hirafu that is being affected by windy conditions - but all other areas seem to be open as planned.

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There's a curious bit of news from the Niseko Grand Hirafu area.

Some of you may have noticed that the following lifts haven't been joining in the party yet this season:

- King Number 1 pair lift
- King Number 2 quad lift
- Ace Number 4 pair lift

The reason being stated seems to be along the lines there not being enough staff to operate the lifts safetly. Which seems odd. But anyway there's no date given for when they might get moving, if indeed they will. This doesn't mean of course that any courses are closed, but it would be good to have the lift capacity.

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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:
Top King Nunber 4 lift delayed due to strong winds.

Niseko Village:
Looks set to be open as planned.

Niseko Annupuri:
Looks set to be open as planned. 'Annupuri First Run' is available 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: -8C, 15cm of broken crystal snow in 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: NW15m/s, -12C, 25cm snowfall with snowdrifts development. Annupuri 1150m: -12C, 25cm snowfall with snowdrifts development. Hirafu 1000m: -12C, 25cm snowfall with snowdrifts development. Coastal data: Benkei cape NNW17m/s, Kamui cape W12m/s, 1005hPa, 1.4m waves.

The isobars are momentarily narrowing and intermittent stormy condition is continuing. Strong northerly wind with heavy snowfall persists above 1200m, generating heavy and unstable development of snowdrifts. Peak gates 2 & 3 opening is yet to be decided. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. Adjust your touring plans according to the weather conditions. Entering Osawa (Annupuri bowl) by crossing the rope below gate 2 is strictly prohibited. Better not risk your lift pass. The freedom of out of bounds riding in Niseko is barely protected by having everyone respecting the Rules. The snow in the trees has been reset, but is wind affected and a bit heavy. It is strongly advised not to stimulate knolls, cornice slopes and steep gully side-slopes below 800m. Thin surface slab avalanches are highly likely to occur. Most of avalanche related accidents happens in leeward snowdrift-loaded slopes during bad weather. Be prudent and have a nice day.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 300cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 220cm
Base - 150cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 220cm
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 9:01am on Saturday 3rd January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All Niseko areas are open

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 3rd January 2015
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 3rd 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 Saturday 3rd January 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
3rd January 10cm 15cm 15cm
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
Previous 7 days total 90cm 90cm 68cm
Previous 14 days total 257cm 157cm 162cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 519cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total 50cm 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 599cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 3rd 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]
50cm
[599cm]
-
[599cm]
-
[599cm]
-
[599cm]
-
[599cm]
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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