Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 4th January 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:45am on Saturday 4th January 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Mostly cloud, sunny spells later?
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
NW 5-7m/s (Hirafu)
Decent
This report
Saturday 4th January 2014, 8:45am
15cm
Friday 3rd January 2014, 8:50am 15cm
Thursday 2nd January 2014, 8:55am 15cm
Wednesday 1st January 2014, 8:50am 10cm
Tuesday 31st December 2013, 8:40am 5cm
Monday 30th December 2013, 8:05am 10cm
Sunday 29th December 2013, 8:40am 20cm
Last 7 reports (total): 90cm
Last 14 reports (total): 172cm
Current month (January 2014) total: 55cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 453cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:45am on Saturday 4th January 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Another nice cold morning with another 15cm or so of new snowfall to report. It's not going to get much above -5 degrees here at base today, with temperatures down into minus double figures higher up. Go out prepared! And prepared for some excellent snow conditions as well. No doubt some people want to see clear skies and some views, but I think most people will be in Niseko primarily to experience those famous snow conditions. On that score, this weekend will definitely deliver.

Having said that, there are signs that the clouds might clear a bit this morning and the sun might even try to make an guest appearance at today and tomorrow. Even so, the snow clouds probably won't be far away, if we are to believe the forecasts.

All resort areas on the mountain seem to be open as planned this morning with the only exception being a late start for the Swinging Monkey lift at Hirafu due to some kind of maintenance.

We're still in New Year mode in Japan, and it is still busy out there. Most Japanese go back to work early in the week and so it's back to something like normal from Monday. Peak season in Niseko though is never quiet!

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -7C, 10cm of crystal snow. Moiwa 800m: NW8m/s, 10cm of fresh, moderate development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: NW12m/s, -9C, 10cm of fresh, moderate development of snowdrifts. Hirafu 1000m: 10cm of fresh, moderate development of snowdrifts. Annupuri peak 1308m: NW11m/s, -14C. Wind forecast at noon: NW15m/s. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW13m/s, Kaui cape WNW9m/s, 1.4m waves, 1007hPa.

Isobars are spacing out and the wind is stagnating below NW15m/s. No drastic development of snwdrifts can be observed and the general avalanche risk is low. Peak gates are scheduled to open. Seek for ski patrol’s advice at the gate before stepping out of bounds. The resort is not managing the area outside the gates and avalanches can happen at any time in steep slopes, cornice slopes and knolls during winter. Beginners should not go or be taken to places like the Backbowl. The mountain condition is ever changing; hazard level and snow conditions change everyday. Although Niseko may be a gentle mountain, negligence could lead critical consequences. Have a nice day.

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Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 280cm
Base - 125cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 195cm
Base - 135cm

Annupuri:
Top - 155cm
Base - 140cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:45am on Saturday 4th January 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts are open

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 4th January 2014
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 4th January 2014
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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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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  2013/2014
*as of Saturday 4th January 2014
2012/2013
Season
2011/2012
Season
4th January 15cm 20cm -
3rd January 15cm 15cm -
2nd January 15cm 10cm -
1st January 10cm 20cm -
31st December 5cm 3cm -
30th December 10cm 0cm -
29th December 20cm 5cm -
Previous 7 days total 90cm 73cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 172cm 165cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 123cm 118cm -
December observed snowfall total 275cm 418cm -
January observed snowfall total 55cm 443cm -
February observed snowfall total - 316cm -
March observed snowfall total - 164cm -
April observed snowfall total - 32cm -
May observed snowfall total - 2cm -
Season observed snowfall total 453cm 1493cm 0cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 4th January 2014
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
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2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
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2013/2014 season 0cm
[0cm]
123cm
[123cm]
275cm
[398cm]
55cm
[453cm]
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[453cm]
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[453cm]
-
[453cm]
-
[453cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
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