Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 2nd February 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Monday 2nd February 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, overcast, bit of blue
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Not snowing just now
wind condition
N 2m/s - N 13m/s (Hirafu)
Decent
This report
Monday 2nd February 2015, 8:32am
10cm
Sunday 1st February 2015, 8:32am 15cm
Saturday 31st January 2015, 8:32am 0cm
Friday 30th January 2015, 8:22am 3cm
Thursday 29th January 2015, 8:15am 10cm
Wednesday 28th January 2015, 8:32am 3cm
Tuesday 27th January 2015, 8:20am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 41cm
Last 14 reports (total): 88cm
Current month (February 2015) total: 25cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 831cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Monday 2nd February 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

The wind had a hold on the top areas of the mountain through the day yesterday. At Hirafu and Hanazono, the lift situation remained the same through the day (ie. top lifts closed), but over at Niseko Village their gondola did start moving around 1pm, and the Niseko Annupuri gondola also finally got moving before 2pm.

I have just a bit of snowfall to report overnight and adding to that what we got during the day yesterday I'm calling 10cm for the purposes of the report.

It looks like we are on for some mixed weather conditions today and tomorrow - cloud, light snow at times, clearings at times. I can see a bit of blue up there now actually.

Wind is unfortunately affecting top lifts at Hirafu, Hanazono and Annupuri (but not at Village looking at the latest info) at the start of the day... hopefully it will be less of an issue during the day today.

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As we are now into February I thought it would be a good time to take a look at some statistics from January 2015 and the season so far.

First of all, my observed snowfall data here in the Hirafu base area.

December 2014 (519cm) easily beat out December 2013 (275cm) in terms of snowfall, but January this year (257cm) was behind the previous January (461cm)…by a fair bit actually (204cm).

Season so far totals at the end of January:

Last season: 859cm
This season: 806cm

Over to the Japan Meteorological Agency numbers. Remember, this data is taken in Kutchan town so lower down than the resort areas - more up here in Hirafu and more still on mountain.

January 2011: 420cm
January 2012: 290cm
January 2013: 268cm
January 2014: 317cm
January 2015: 230cm

The season so far at the end of January:
10/11 season: 661cm (63%)
11/12 season: 721cm (69%)
12/13 season: 672cm (64%)
13/14 season: 674cm (71%)
14/15 season: 658cm

They actually look fairly consistent, don’t they.

See those numbers in brackets - they show the percentage of the total snowfall for that season had fallen by the end of January. So basically last season in Kutchan, by the end of January 71% of the total snowfall for the season had fallen, with 39% left to look forward to.

Doing the same calculation with my observations from here at base in Hirafu last season, the 859cm up until the end of January 2014 represented about 74% of the total observed 1163cm of snowfall for the season. So basically at this point of the season, we had another 3m or so of snowfall to look forward to here in the village area.

It goes without saying of course that we’d like more this season.

All very interesting... well, I think so, I hope you do too!

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
The top King Number 3, King Number 4 and Ace Number 4 lifts on hold due to wind situation.
The early morning lift operation at Hirafu has now ended.

Niseko Hanazono:
Top Hanazono Number 3 lift on hold due to wind situation.

Niseko Village:
Looks set to be open as planned.
'Early Morning Gondola' on Saturday (7th) and Sunday (8th) for 1300 yen, Gondola open from 7:30am until 8:30am.

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

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -6C, 10cm of snowfall in 12 hours, calm. Moiwa 800m: N10m/s, -10C, 15cm snowfall and snowdrift development up to 100cm in some places. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 280cm, N12m/s, 20cm of new snow on the course with development of snowdrifts. Hirafu peak ridge: -13C, 20cm snow on the course with snowdrifts development. Peak anemometer: NNW17m/s, -13.2C. Coastal data: Benkei cape N10m/s, Kamui cape NNE9m/s, 1019hPa, 2.2m waves.

Similar atmospheric pressure pattern remains with strong northerly wind above 800m. The snowfall is small, however a lot of snow got carried to the valleys by the wind. Looking at the snowfall transition and observations, 60-100cm of drifted snow has deposited in leeward slopes. 60cm thick surface slab avalanches are to be expected in 800m Mikaeri bowl area, Osawa cornice slopes. Peak gates opening is undecided, please follow the ski patrol’s decision. The wind is relatively calm this morning but is forecasted to pick up again during the day. Avalanche hazard will remain high in cornice slopes, knolls and open steep faces until the wind settles down. Many of the past avalanche accidents happened by stimulating developing snowdrift slabs during high wind weather. Better stay away from open steep slopes today. The snow in the trees is a bit heavy but in good shape. Always stay prudent when riding.

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Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 360cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 280cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 280cm
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

Niseko Hanazono Resort
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 8:32am on Monday 2nd February 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open this morning - a few lifts at Hirafu and Hanazono affected by wind early on

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Monday 2nd February 2015
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 2nd February 2015
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2014/2015
*as of Monday 2nd February 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
2nd February 10cm 2cm 0cm
1st February 15cm 20cm 0cm
31st January 0cm 10cm 0cm
30th January 3cm 10cm 10cm
29th January 10cm 20cm 0cm
28th January 3cm 20cm 3cm
27th January 0cm 15cm 45cm
Previous 7 days total 41cm 97cm 58cm
Previous 14 days total 88cm 144cm 86cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 519cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total 257cm 461cm 443cm
February observed snowfall total 25cm 178cm 316cm
March observed snowfall total - 113cm 164cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 32cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 2cm
Season observed snowfall total 831cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 2nd February 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
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
257cm
[806cm]
25cm
[831cm]
-
[831cm]
-
[831cm]
-
[831cm]
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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