Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 3rd January 2016

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Niseko (Hokkaido), Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:42am on Sunday 3rd January 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Not currently snowing
wind condition
0m/s - SE8m/s (Hirafu)
Fair
This report
Sunday 3rd January 2016, 8:42am
5cm
Saturday 2nd January 2016, 9:02am 7cm
Friday 1st January 2016, 8:36am 1cm
Thursday 31st December 2015, 8:38am 5cm
Wednesday 30th December 2015, 8:32am 23cm
Tuesday 29th December 2015, 8:36am 21cm
Monday 28th December 2015, 8:24am 24cm
Last 7 reports (total): 86cm
Last 14 reports (total): 138cm
Current month (January 2016) total: 13cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 321cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:42am on Sunday 3rd January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Hello and good morning from Hirafu.

Sorry, I don't have that 20cm to report to you, as it's another modest delivery of 5cm this morning since my last report.

Still, 5cm is better than 0cm. And Hokkaido regions do seem to be doing considerably better than many regions of Honshu this winter so far. It doesn't make me happy to hear of other regions struggling with snow - we all know what it's like and the more snow the better in all Japan if you ask me. Here's hoping that we all get our fair share for the remainder of the (long) season!

Anyway back to the details. Yesterday felt a bit odd in some ways. At times it was snowing quite heavily though it remained relatively mild and so the snow falling was not top quality and somewhat wetter than we are used to.

There are no major wind issues this morning affecting lifts with them all moving as planned early on.

It's currently cloudy and overcast with the earlier snow now eased off, and it might just end up being a generally cloudy day and not too cold again. Having said that, it should stay just below zero through the day.

We are expecting the snow to return overnight tonight and the forecast still has snow at times every day through until at least the end of the week.

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Resort appears to be open as normal at time of writing.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Resort appears to be open as normal at time of writing.

Niseko Village
Resort appears to be open as normal at time of writing.

Niseko Annupuri
Resort appears to be open as normal at time of writing.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -3℃, no snowfall and calm. Moiwa 800m: -5℃, W8m/s, no snowfall and light development of wind snowdrifts. 1000m: W10m/s, Annupuri 1150m: W12m/s. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW12m/s, Kamui cape W11m/s, 1012hPa, 2.2m waves.

Although no snow-clouds can be observed over the Sea of Japan, a moderate westerly wind is persisting in higher elevation. New snowfall is almost non-existent, but the wind has moderately reset the slopes around 800m. Sasa-bamboo and bushes are still thick below 500m, making route finding difficult. Gates 4, 5, 6 and 10 will open. Gate 11, Mizuno no sawa, is scheduled to open tomorrow. Please follow the patrol’s instructions.

Do not enter strictly off-limits areas (Haru no taki & Yu no sawa) to seek fresh tracks or duck any ropes to step out of bounds. The freedom to ride the out of bounds area in Niseko can only be maintained by having everyone respect the Rules.

There’s been many reports of inbounds collision injuries. Always keep an eye around you and ride within your limits. Your safety is our number one concern. Have a nice day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 3rd January 2016:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 240cm
Base - 100cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 185cm
Base - 100cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 130cm
Base - 100cm

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Lifts planned to be open for night skiing:

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 8:42am on Sunday 3rd January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas now open, just a few limitations still

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 3rd January 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 3rd January 2016
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 3rd January 2016
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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  2015/2016
*as of Sunday 3rd January 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
3rd January 5cm 10cm 15cm
2nd January 7cm 25cm 15cm
1st January 1cm 15cm 10cm
31st December 5cm 40cm 5cm
30th December 23cm 0cm 10cm
29th December 21cm 0cm 20cm
28th December 24cm 0cm 15cm
Previous 7 days total 86cm 90cm 90cm
Previous 14 days total 138cm 257cm 157cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 244cm 519cm 275cm
January observed snowfall total 13cm 257cm 461cm
February observed snowfall total - 196cm 178cm
March observed snowfall total - 139cm 113cm
April observed snowfall total - 3cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 321cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 3rd January 2016
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 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
13cm
[321cm]
-
[321cm]
-
[321cm]
-
[321cm]
-
[321cm]
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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