Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 4th February 2016

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Niseko (Hokkaido), Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Thursday 4th February 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Moderate snowfall
wind condition
SW 1-2m/s (Hirafu)
Limited
This report
Thursday 4th February 2016, 8:30am
9cm
Wednesday 3rd February 2016, 8:33am 18cm
Tuesday 2nd February 2016, 7:45am 13cm
Monday 1st February 2016, 8:34am 12cm
Sunday 31st January 2016, 8:33am 8cm
Saturday 30th January 2016, 8:45am 1cm
Friday 29th January 2016, 8:39am 6cm
Last 7 reports (total): 67cm
Last 14 reports (total): 110cm
Current month (February 2016) total: 52cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 663cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Thursday 4th February 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Hello and good morning again from Niseko.

After an excellent day on the slopes yesterday, do I have news of our 'daily refresh'? Yes I do!

This morning I measure 9cm of fresh snowfall and it's still snowing. I have just wiped the area to reset it and start recording new snow for my report tomorrow. And there's going to be some to report as well - the snow clouds are going to remain over Niseko (or at least be very close by) through until the end of the weekend. Forecasts seem to show a break in the snow on Monday and some sunshine (Happy Chinese New Year!) but then more snow after that from Tuesday.

We are certainly enjoying conditions at the moment, that's for sure.

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I have heard a few conversations over the last week or so from people who have decided at the last minute to come up to Hokkaido (and specifically Niseko or Furano) after originally booking places down in some popular resort areas on Honshu. It seems that they didn't like hearing about the relative lack of snow down there and at the same time hearing about the regular snowfall up here, and it's hard to argue with that.

I must admit though it does seem a pretty stark contrast this season. As I have said before in these reports - and as the statistics show - such a big contrast isn't 'the norm' and I'm sure that lots of SnowJapan readers are interested in the bigger picture rather than just snapshots. It is interesting to read through the reports from, say, last season and look at some of the statistics here. I find it really interesting anyway.

Whatever, it is certainly going to be interesting to see how the rest of the season shapes up, both up here in Niseko and in other regions.

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All resorts appear to be opening as planned this morning.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -5℃, 10cm snowfall. Moiwa800m: -8℃, mild wind, 10cm snow. Mikaeri 740m: -7.3℃, calm, 15cm crystal snow. Annupuri 1150m: -9℃, W5m/s, 15cm snowfall, excellent groomer conditions. Hirafu 1150m: W10m/s, 15cm snowfall, no notable development of snowdrifts. Sea of Japan Benkei cape:W11m/s at 5am, Kamui cape: SW11m/s, 1016hPa, 1.1m waves.

A small low-pressure system is present in western Sea of Japan, however the pressure gradient is small and the mountain is in a calm condition this morning. Light snowfall overnight without notable development of snowdrifts. The general avalanche risk is low. All gates are scheduled to open from the morning. Get information from the ski patrol and be well prepared before going out of the gates. Always be ready for sudden weather changes, especially in higher elevation. The snow condition is ever changing.
Paying attention to the weather transition is key to evaluate the hazards. Accidents mostly occur during stormy weather. Stay humble, hone your senses and always be prudent. The Niseko community respects the freedom to ride, but is also deeply concerned about all user’s safety. The snow is in good condition. Be careful not to hit trees and not to fall in cracks.

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Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 4th February 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 350cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Village
Top - 290cm
Base - 170cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 300cm
Base - 170cm

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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 8:30am on Thursday 4th February 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts appear to be opening as planned this morning

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(updated daily during winter)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 4th February 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 4th February 2016
(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 Thursday 4th February 2016
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)
  2015/2016
*as of Thursday 4th February 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
4th February 9cm 3cm 10cm
3rd February 18cm 15cm 5cm
2nd February 13cm 10cm 2cm
1st February 12cm 15cm 20cm
31st January 8cm 0cm 10cm
30th January 1cm 3cm 10cm
29th January 6cm 10cm 20cm
Previous 7 days total 67cm 56cm 77cm
Previous 14 days total 110cm 76cm 151cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 244cm 519cm 275cm
January observed snowfall total 303cm 257cm 461cm
February observed snowfall total 52cm 196cm 178cm
March observed snowfall total - 139cm 113cm
April observed snowfall total - 3cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 663cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 4th February 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]
303cm
[611cm]
52cm
[663cm]
-
[663cm]
-
[663cm]
-
[663cm]
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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