Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 5th January 2016

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:49am on Tuesday 5th January 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
E2m/s - N8m/s (Hirafu)
OK to limited
This report
Tuesday 5th January 2016, 8:49am
10cm
Monday 4th January 2016, 8:08am 0cm
Sunday 3rd January 2016, 8:42am 5cm
Saturday 2nd January 2016, 9:02am 7cm
Friday 1st January 2016, 8:36am 1cm
Thursday 31st December 2015, 8:38am 5cm
Wednesday 30th December 2015, 8:32am 23cm
Last 7 reports (total): 51cm
Last 14 reports (total): 147cm
Current month (January 2016) total: 23cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 331cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:49am on Tuesday 5th January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Greetings from Niseko and this morning I have 10cm of fresh snow to report from my base here in Hirafu.

I have been talking about 'lots of snowfall on the forecast over the next week' for a few days now I recall, but so far over the last few days it has been somewhat modest deliveries rather than blizzard snowstorms depositing huge amounts of deep. Still, we'll happily take it.

The updated forecast still has regular snowfall on it right through until at least the end of the weekend. Just how much snow actually falls I suppose we will have to just wait and see. As well as regular snowfall, it's also very likely to keep cold and maybe some stronger winds at times.

Oh yes, talking about those strong winds. They're here this morning and stopping some lifts from moving - the situation at the time of writing has been added below. Fingers crossed the affected lifts will be able to start during the day. Wind is expected to get less later on but still might cause problems. Check with the resorts.

Other than that, it is continuing to snow lightly again this morning and mostly rather grey and cloudy, current temperature of -5C.

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For those who didn't see the news in my report yesterday --- one lucky person plus two friends is going to be winning and enjoying a very nice full day private tour here in Niseko. For more information and how you can enter, please check out the SnowJapan Facebook page here. Good luck!

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And congratulations to SnowJapan for starting up two new daily report sections as well. When I am not writing Niseko Now, every day I read through the other reports even if I am not going to those places (well, not just now anyway). It's always interesting to see how the season is shaping up in different areas of Japan, although it makes for some difficult reading just at the moment with the snow not arriving in expected quantities in some areas.

So, welcome to the 'Appi Kogen Now' and 'Grandeco Now' reports. You can of course find all of the SnowJapan 'Now' reports here:

SnowJapan 'Now' daily reports

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Top Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts on hold and King Number 3 lift running slow due to wind conditions.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Top quad running slow due to wind conditions.

Niseko Village
Niseko Gondola running slow and the top Wonderland Chair on hold due to wind conditions.

Niseko Annupuri
Gondola, Jumbo 3 and Jumbo 4 lifts on hold due to wind conditions.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

There is no Niseko Avalanche bulletin today.

Please seek further information from the ski patrols before stepping out of the gates.
There are many risks involved in out of bounds riding.

Avalanches, hitting trees, falling in creeks, sudden changes of weather, suffocation and loosing way are some of them.
The out of bounds area is outside the ski resort’s management. You are self-responsible for all your actions.

Be prepared and be prudent.

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Official resort snow depths as of Tuesday 5th January 2016:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 250cm
Base - 110cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 185cm
Base - 100cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 130cm
Base - 100cm

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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

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Archive report: Posted at 8:49am on Tuesday 5th January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Some lifts this morning affected by wind - see main report for more details

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 5th January 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Tuesday 5th January 2016
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 5th January 2016
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2015/2016
*as of Tuesday 5th January 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
5th January 10cm 3cm 22cm
4th January 0cm 15cm 15cm
3rd January 5cm 10cm 15cm
2nd January 7cm 25cm 15cm
1st January 1cm 15cm 10cm
31st December 5cm 40cm 5cm
30th December 23cm 0cm 10cm
Previous 7 days total 51cm 108cm 92cm
Previous 14 days total 147cm 253cm 189cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 244cm 519cm 275cm
January observed snowfall total 23cm 257cm 461cm
February observed snowfall total - 196cm 178cm
March observed snowfall total - 139cm 113cm
April observed snowfall total - 3cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 331cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 5th January 2016
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
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
23cm
[331cm]
-
[331cm]
-
[331cm]
-
[331cm]
-
[331cm]
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
257cm
[806cm]
196cm
[1002cm]
139cm
[1141cm]
3cm
[1144cm]
0cm
[1144cm]
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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