Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 5th January 2015

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Niseko (Hokkaido), Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:40am on Monday 5th January 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy, overcast
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
No snow falling this morning
wind condition
N 1-4m/s (Hirafu)
OK
This report
Monday 5th January 2015, 8:40am
3cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 108cm
Last 14 reports (total): 253cm
Current month (January 2015) total: 68cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 617cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:40am on Monday 5th January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

No snow overnight but a few cm since the report I posted yesterday, so I'll dutifully log those cm in!

It's a cloudy-overcast kind of morning here in Niseko with some forecasts giving us a chance of seeing the sun and clearer skies later in the day.

While it's a fairly cold start to the day it should be warming up slightly today and tomorrow before temperatures going back down again later Tuesday. Snowfall is due back over Niseko later on tomorrow as well and we should be seeing daily refreshes through until the end of the week at least.

Now that the New Year holidays are over for most people we can maybe get into a more normal routine --- not that it makes that much of a difference here with all of the peak months very popular and busy.

Final snowfall in Kutchan statistic for last month to compare with the last few seasons:

December 2014 - 387cm
December 2013 - 258cm
December 2012 - 306cm
December 2011 - 349cm
December 2010 - 201cm

Last season January saw 317cm of snowfall in Kutchan, so there's the target!

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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. 'Early Morning' lift available from 10th January to 1st February (for 500 yen, you can ride Ace Quad Number 2 lift from 8am until 8:20am).

Niseko Hanazono:
Looks set to be open as planned. Sorry in my report yesterday I put the Hirafu lift news in this bit under Hanazono by mistake.

Niseko Village:
Looks set to be open as planned.

Niseko Annupuri:
Looks set to be open as planned. 'Annupuri First Run' available on 11th and 12th January (for 1000 yen, you can ride the Gondola from 7:20-8:20am).

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base: -4C, no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: NW10m/s, no snowfall. Annupuri 1150m: NW5m/s, -9C, light snowfall with small development of snowdrifts. Hirafu 1000m: -9C, no snowfall. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW10m/s, Kamui cape NW4m/s, 1015hPa, 0.4m waves.

A high-pressure system is flowing in and the ocean and the mountains are in a calm condition. A moderate wind is still blowing at the peak, however the general avalanche risk is relatively low. Peak gates will open as soon as they’re ready. Seek some advice from the ski patrol before stepping out of the gates. Many people went out of bounds yesterday, and 2 cases of accidents have been reported. One fractured leg and one lost his way. Better not overestimate your skill and knowledge; always think safety first and enjoy within your limits. Following unknown people’s tracks will not necessarily take you safely back on track. You may end up astray in the middle of nowhere. There are no buses coming back from Goshiki Onsen.

We make this information in hope to avoid people from encountering accidents. Having everybody respect the Rules is the only way to protect the freedom of out of bounds riding in Niseko. Strictly off-limits areas are restricted for good reasons, do not duck ropes to seek fresh tracks in there. The groomers are in a fantastic conditions today. Beware of crashes.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 310cm
Base - 165cm

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 8:40am on Monday 5th January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts are open

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Monday 5th January 2015
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 5th January 2015
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)
  2014/2015
*as of Monday 5th January 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
5th January 3cm 22cm 20cm
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
Previous 7 days total 108cm 92cm 88cm
Previous 14 days total 253cm 189cm 175cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 519cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total 68cm 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 617cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 5th 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]
68cm
[617cm]
-
[617cm]
-
[617cm]
-
[617cm]
-
[617cm]
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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