Niseko Now daily snow and weather reports

Niseko Now

8:22am, 30th January 2015
Current weather conditions:
Cloudy, fog
weather condition Precipitation:
Not snowing
precipitation condition
Temperature (base):
-3C Wind conditions:
SW 2m/s - S 7m/s (Hirafu)
wind condition
Temperature (mountain top):


It's a cloudy morning here in Niseko, as the forecast told us to expect really. A small amount of snow during the day yesterday and there's a chance of light snow during the day today but it won't be anything major at all.

Limited visibility up on the mountain is preventing top lifts from opening first thing this morning, hopefully that situation might change during the morning with gates looking like they are expected to be open today.

That snowfall that we have all been eyeing up the last few days is still due to be with us from tomorrow. I so much want to get back to writing reports of large volumes of fresh snow. (Though I could do without strong winds!) Whatever, such conditions do seem likely over the weekend so be ready.

That's about it for today I think. Until tomorrow, have a good day wherever you may be.


Please see my previous report for an explanation about change in the official 'snow depth' number on the reports.


Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Top King Number 4 and Ace Number 4 lifts on hold due to poor visibility.
'Early Morning' lift available daily until 1st February (for 500 yen, Ace Quad Number 2 lift from 8am until 8:20am).

Niseko Hanazono:
Looks set to open as planned this morning.

Niseko Village:
Top Wonderland lift on hold due to poor weather conditions.
'Early Morning Gondola' available Saturdays and Sundays until February 8th (for 1300 yen, Gondola open from 7:30am until 8:30am).

Niseko Annupuri:
Top Jumbo Number 4 lift on hold due to poor visibility.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -5C, 5cm new crystal snow in the last 12hrs, calm. Moiwa 800m: -7C, wind SW 5m/s, trace of new snow. Annupuri 1150m: -7C, wind SW8m/s, trace of new snow, poor visibility at times. Hirafu Peak Ridge light winds, -10C, trace of new snow, minor snowdrift development. Cape Benkei: SW5m/s, Cape Kamui: S6m/s, wave 0..8m, pressure 1020hPa.

The pressure gradient is low and the mountain conditions are calm. From observation 10cm of new light crystal snow above 600m, snow pack is stable and the general avalanche risk is low. Yesterdays tracks still remain but the snow is good. Peak gates are expected to be open. Please respect the patrols advice when using the gates. Always be aware and take care on open steep slopes and cornice slopes around 1000m. When you cause an avalanche people below will be in danger. There has been increase in lost people out of bounds. The gates are there for everyone to use, but if you blindly follow someone else's tracks you may not come back.

Niseko respects peoples right to ride out of bounds and also tries to maintain a certain level of safety, however the mountain has many dangers still. Take care , have a safe day.


Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 370cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 280cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 270cm
Base - 160cm


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

Niseko Hanazono Resort
No night skiing at the Hanazono area

Niseko Village
Community Chair and Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri
Jumbo Number 1 Quad


Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Niseko resorts are all open - though early on today poor visibility affecting some top lifts

Observed snowfall in the last 14 days

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Observed snowfall in this season

Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu:

31cm snowfall in the last 7 days
257cm snowfall in January 2015
806cm snowfall since the beginning of the season

Please note / Disclaimers

For more information about the Now daily snow and weather reporting on SnowJapan, please read this.

Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
New snowfall* 3cm
Current snow 370cm
Previous day 370cm

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