Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 9th January 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:35am on Saturday 9th January 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snowfall continues!
wind condition
0 - NW6m/s (Hirafu)
Limited in places
This report
Saturday 9th January 2016, 8:35am
11cm
Friday 8th January 2016, 8:22am 11cm
Thursday 7th January 2016, 8:32am 14cm
Wednesday 6th January 2016, 8:30am 15cm
Tuesday 5th January 2016, 8:49am 10cm
Monday 4th January 2016, 8:08am 0cm
Sunday 3rd January 2016, 8:42am 5cm
Last 7 reports (total): 66cm
Last 14 reports (total): 167cm
Current month (January 2016) total: 74cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 382cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:35am on Saturday 9th January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko and the start of the long weekend as Monday being a holiday in Japan (Coming of Age Day).

As far as I can tell this morning Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri resort areas all went ahead with their planned early morning services and they will also be happening tomorrow and Monday - more details on those can be found below.

So yes, I have more fresh snow to report this morning as it continues to pile up. My ruler tell me it's another 11cm, so the last five days it has been around 10cm-15cm of fresh per day. (Here at base of course. No doubt more up there on the mountain). If you take a look at the graph near the bottom of the page as well (during today), you will see just how consistent the last few weeks has been. Very nice.

There still doesn't look like there will be much of a break in the snowfall in the coming week as it is still forecast to be falling from the skies at a consistent pace. Soon we will no doubt be hearing some folk yearning for clear sunny weather rather than snow. Actually I wouldn't mind that myself - as long as we get the snow overnight before it of course.

It is snowing still as I write the report this morning and should continue be for most of the day with some forecasts predicting the snow easing off this afternoon but back later tonight.

There's not much else to report really - all is good. Very good, in fact.

I hope that you have a very enjoyable weekend.

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Good luck to everyone who enters, it really is a fantastic prize.

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

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

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -6℃, 10cm of new snow, no development of snowdrifts. Moiwa 800m: -8℃, light westerly breeze, 15cm of new snow with snowdrift development. Mikaeri anemometer: -10.8℃, W1.8m/s. Annupuri 1150m: -9℃, W15m/s, snowdrifts developing. Hirafu 1000m: -10℃, mild westerly wind, 10cm new snow with overnight snowdrift development. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW18m/s, Kamui cape WSW12m/s, 1009hPa, 2.6m waves.

The winter pressure distribution continues with moderate snow and wind above 800m, stronger wind in higher elevation. The new snowdrifts are forming soft slabs, the general avalanche risk is moderate in most areas. Peak gates are scheduled to open. Listen to the ski patrol’s instructions before stepping out of the gates.
Intermittent stronger snowfall and wind are predicted as the isobars moves on. Beware of hypothermia and frostbites. The hazard evaluation is relatively low at this stage but the conditions may change quickly. Always remain prudent and humble in the mountains. The snow is in a fantastic condition.

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 'Early Morning'
Dates: Until Sunday 31st January 2016
Time: 8:00am until 8:20am
Cost: 500 yen
Details: Ace Number 2 Quad lift with the Super, Furiko, Green, Alpen and Sen-no-ki courses open

Niseko Annupuri 'First Run'
Dates: Sunday 10th, Monday 11th January 2016
Time: 7:20am until 8:20am
Cost: 1,000 yen
Details: Gondola operation

Niseko Village 'Early Morning Gondola'
Dates: Sunday 10th, Monday 11th January 2016
Time: 7:30am until 8:30am
Cost: 1,300 yen
Details: Gondola operation

It's important to note that these early morning lift operations require special tickets, which basically means that you have to pay extra for them. Season tickets and normal day passes cannot be used. In the case of bad weather conditions they may be cancelled.

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Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 9th January 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 275cm
Base - 120cm

Niseko Village
Top - 190cm
Base - 110cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 150cm
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 8:35am on Saturday 9th January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

The mountain is open and we're enjoying fine conditions

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 9th January 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 9th January 2016
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 9th January 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 Saturday 9th January 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
9th January 11cm 3cm 10cm
8th January 11cm 20cm 10cm
7th January 14cm 15cm 15cm
6th January 15cm 0cm 30cm
5th January 10cm 3cm 22cm
4th January 0cm 15cm 15cm
3rd January 5cm 10cm 15cm
Previous 7 days total 66cm 66cm 117cm
Previous 14 days total 167cm 171cm 197cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 244cm 519cm 275cm
January observed snowfall total 74cm 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 382cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 9th 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]
74cm
[382cm]
-
[382cm]
-
[382cm]
-
[382cm]
-
[382cm]
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]
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