Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 4th January 2015

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:46am on Sunday 4th January 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snowing
wind condition
1-4m/s (Hirafu)
Limited in places
This report
Sunday 4th January 2015, 8:46am
15cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 105cm
Last 14 reports (total): 270cm
Current month (January 2015) total: 65cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 614cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:46am on Sunday 4th January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

15-20cm of beautiful light new snow this morning outside my place and about that being reported by the resorts as well so another very nice new layer of fresh to play in. Oh we are spoilt!

It's still snowing now but expected to stop today perhaps sometime this morning.

Sunshine and blue skies are forecast for tomorrow so charge up those cameras for a chance of scenery pics.

It won't last long though as we should be back to snow on Tuesday.

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The 'Early Morning' lift operations will begin at Niseko Grand Hirafu from Saturday 10th January, through to Sunday 1st February. It's basically 20 minutes of extra lift ticket time from 8am. The Ace Quad Lift Number 2 operates and the courses open are Super, Furiko, Green, Alpen and Sennoki. If you want that extra 20 minutes and think it's worth the 500 yen that it costs for a special ticket, then head over to the lift ticket counter at .Base from 7:45am on the days it's open.

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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 slightly due to having to move snow. Not the worst problem to have!

Niseko Village:
Looks set to be open as planned.

Niseko Annupuri:
Looks set to be open as planned. 'Annupuri First Run' is available until today 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: -6C, 15cm of snowfall in 12 hours, no snowdrifts. Moiwa 800m: westerly 8m/s, -9C, 20cm of snowfall and snowdrifts development up to 100cm. Annupuri 1150m: westerly breeze, -10C, 20cm snowfall with snowdrifts development. Hirafu 1000m: -8C, 20cm snowfall with snowdrifts development. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW14m/s, Kamui cape WSW9m/s, 1010hPa, 1.7m waves.

The isobars are spacing out and snowclouds are fading. Peak gates 2 & 3 are scheduled to open today. Heavy snowdrifts have developed in leeward slopes above 800m in the last 24 hours. The newly formed snowdrifts are still very unstable and avalanche risk is high, especially around 1000m areas in the Backbowl, Osawa and Higashi-One. These steep faces should be left untouched today. Better not underestimate the hazards of out of bounds (backcountry) riding, the consequences can be more severe than you think. Ask the ski patrol’s advice before stepping out and always think safety first. Do not cross boundary ropes, always use the access gates. The snow in the trees has been reset and is in splendid condition.

Have you switched your beacon on? Carrying avalanche gear may not be mandatory, but is strongly recommended to do so.
Have a great day.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 320cm
Base - 170cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 220cm
Base - 150cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 220cm
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
(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 8:46am on Sunday 4th January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Niseko resorts 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 Sunday 4th January 2015
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 4th 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 Sunday 4th January 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
4th January 15cm 15cm 20cm
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
Previous 7 days total 105cm 90cm 73cm
Previous 14 days total 270cm 172cm 165cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 519cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total 65cm 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 614cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 4th 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]
65cm
[614cm]
-
[614cm]
-
[614cm]
-
[614cm]
-
[614cm]
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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