Niseko Now daily snow and weather reports

Niseko Now

7:58am, 13th February 2016
Current weather conditions:
Cloud, fog
weather condition Precipitation:
precipitation condition
Temperature (base):
3C Wind conditions:
W 6m/s - S 12m/s (Hirafu)
wind condition
Temperature (mountain top):


Hello from Niseko and it's not a good morning I'm afraid.

It's raining.

And unfortunately it's probably going to be raining for lots of the day today. And to make things worse, heavy rain and stormy windy conditions are forecast for tomorrow too.


I'm posting this a bit early today (going to escape to Otaru), but strong winds probably also mean that (at least) the top lifts are probably going to be affected this morning (and tomorrow too).

This kind of weather situation is not unexpected, and a mid season bit of rain isn't that uncommon either actually. Still, it doesn't make it any nicer or easier to accept!

The good news?

Well, there's two things really. First of all, this not nice weather is a good chance/excuse to try and get something 'cultural' in, or just do something other than sit on a ski lift being rained on.

More importantly, you can enjoy doing those things knowing that fresh snow is going to be back with us soon - hopefully as soon as tomorrow evening - and temperatures are going to drop right down there once again.

So we've just got to get through today and most of tomorrow really. You never know, it might not end up being as bad as the forecasts tell us (...but don't think so).


Resort specific lift opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
There's a high chance that wind will be affecting top lifts this morning.
Please do check with the resorts before choosing where to go - though an onsen might be better! :)


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: +3℃, misty rain and thawing. Mikaeri 740m: +1.3℃, NE1.3m/s. Hirafu ridge +1℃, strong wind and thick fog. Coastal data Benkei cape: S6m/s, Kamui cape S18m/s, 1012hPa, 1.1m waves.

A Low is passing through the sea of Japan, making warm southerly air flowing in. Rain and thaw will make new cracks to form in steep slopes and ground avalanche hazard will potentially rise.

The out of bounds condition is poor, better stick on-piste today. Peak gates will be closed. Do not break the Rules and step out when gates are shut.
Heavy surface slab slides are likely to occur even inbounds in steep spots under lift-lines or course sides. Getting buried in this type of avalanche can easily be fatal. Many of the critical accidents occur during poor weather. Be smart and adjust your plans with the conditions.

It is recommended to call it a day early and chill at an onsen today. Roads are treacherous, drive safe!


Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 13th February 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 320cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Village
Top - 310cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 330cm
Base - 180cm


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


Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Top lifts likely to not be opening early on at least

Observed snowfall in the last 14 days

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Observed snowfall in this season

Report Current Season Monthly Observed Snowfall
7 Days
Feb 2016 15-16
So far
Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May
Niseko Now
13th February 2016, 7:58 AM
25cm 117cm 728cm 2015/2016 season
- - -
2014/2015 season

Observed Japan snowfall graphs and tables – please be sure to read this page for more information on the data.

Please note / Disclaimers

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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
Observed snowfall* 0cm
Official snow depth 140cm
Previous day 150cm

Observed Japan snowfall graphs and tables – please be sure to read this page for more information on the data.

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