Niseko Now daily snow and weather reports

Niseko Now

8:32am, 31st January 2015
Current weather conditions:
Cloud, bit of fog, some blue sky and some sun!
weather condition Precipitation:
Not snowing yet
precipitation condition
Temperature (base):
-2C Wind conditions:
N5m/s - NW13m/s (Hirafu)
wind condition
Temperature (mountain top):


Good morning from Hirafu on this busy mid-season weekend.

But what's this... sun!?

It's a difficult one this morning with a whole bunch of different things going on. Mt Yotei has been looking rather beautiful this morning with a bit of cloud around upper areas but quite a bit of blue sky around those and the sun shining through. There's cloud over our mountain on this side, with early morning fog higher up according to the resorts.

Right now as I write this report the sun is shining down through my window.

No new snowfall to report.

Wind is causing issues this morning as well with Niseko Annupuri not opening this morning and top lifts affected at Niseko Village and Niseko Grand Hirafu. I have as always added any available details as of 8:30am in the area below.

So, is this impressive snowfall on the way like we were thinking and hoping for? Conditions are forecast to deteroirate later on in the day today with snow tomorrow and Monday. I think I'll just leave it at that and report on what actually happens in my report tomorrow morning.

It has been a bit of an odd end to Janaury I feel. But anyway, here's to a good start to February!

Have a wonderful day wherever you are.


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, King Number 3 and Ace Number 4 lifts on hold due to weather conditions.
'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:
Niseko Gondola and top Wonderland lift on hold early on due to strong winds.
'Early Morning Gondola' available Saturdays and Sundays until February 8th (for 1300 yen, Gondola open from 7:30am until 8:30am).

Niseko Annupuri:
All lifts on hold early on due to strong winds.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -3C, strong wind and no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: NE10m/s, -7C, no snowfall. Annupuri 1150m: NE15m/s, -8C, no snowfall. Hirafu ridge: mild wind, -9C, no snowfall. Coastal data: Benkei cape E11m/s, Kamui cape E4m/s, 1012hPa, 0.8m waves.

Strong wind is blowing but no snowfall. The weather is forecasted to deteriorate and peak gates will be closed. The hard-packed groomers are in good shape for practicing euro-carves, probably best option for today.

Apparently, crazy dumps are falling in Spain. Recent weather pattern seems to be strangely different from 10 years ago, closer to spring time weather patterns. Road is icy due to large temperature difference and less snowfall. Be careful driving. Sometimes the Nature does not comply with people’s expectations.


Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 360cm
Base - 135cm

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 open but some lifts affected by wind this morning

Observed snowfall in the last 14 days

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Observed snowfall in this season

Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu:

16cm snowfall in the last 7 days
0cm snowfall in February 2015
806cm snowfall since the beginning of the season

Please note / Disclaimers

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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
New snowfall* 0cm
Current snow 360cm
Previous day 370cm

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