Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 6th January 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:40am on Tuesday 6th January 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
2°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Confused mix: nothing, rain, sleet, snow.
wind condition
W5m/s - S15m/s (Hirafu)
OK to poor
This report
Tuesday 6th January 2015, 8:40am
0cm
Monday 5th January 2015, 8:40am 3cm
Sunday 4th January 2015, 8:46am 15cm
Saturday 3rd January 2015, 9:01am 10cm
Friday 2nd January 2015, 8:40am 25cm
Thursday 1st January 2015, 8:50am 15cm
Wednesday 31st December 2014, 8:34am 40cm
Last 7 reports (total): 108cm
Last 14 reports (total): 223cm
Current month (January 2015) total: 68cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 617cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:40am on Tuesday 6th January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

It's not the best of Niseko mornings.

I was just out and got... rained on a bit. It was trying to be sleet, you could tell it was trying, but just couldn't pull through. Seems to have stopped now outside, but it is a quite mild morning. (Snow higher up though? Niseko Village have snowstorm down as the weather conditions at peak.)

It's windy too. Strong southerly winds are affecting the lifts at resorts and the top areas are closed as I write this report. The current situation outlined below.

There is better news though - snow is on the way back. Once we get through what today brings us, by the time I come to write my next thrilling installment of Niseko Now, I should have snow to report. And as we return to snowy conditions once again, we'll also be back to colder temperatures and back to something more like. Will have to keep an eye on the wind though as it might tease us over the next few days.

Personally I think today is a good one to do some of those non-skiing activities. Onsen for me!

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Resort specific news at time of writing - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Hirafu Gondola, King Number 3 Triple, King Number 4, Ace Number 3 and Swinging Monkey lifts on hold due to wind.
'Early Morning' lift available from 10th January to 1st February (for 500 yen, you can ride Ace Quad Number 2 lift from 8am until 8:20am).

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

Niseko Village:
Niseko Gondola and Wonderland Chair on hold due to wind

Niseko Annupuri:
Annupuri Gondola and Jumbo Number 4 lifts on hold due to wind.
'Annupuri First Run' available on 11th and 12th January (for 1000 yen, you can ride the Gondola from 7:20-8:20am).

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: 0C, no snowfall in the last 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: SE10m/s, -3C, no snowfall. Annupuri 1150m: S13m/s, -5C, no snowfall. Hirafu 1000m: SE15m/s, -4C, snowfall started and visibility is bad. Coastal data: Benkei cape S6m/s, Kamui cape S11m/s, 1002hPa, 1.2m waves.

A strong southerly wind is blowing above 800m as the next low-pressure system approaches. Visibility is poor. The wind will shift north-westerly and pick up as the cold front passes. Beware of sudden gusts. Peak gates 2 & 3 will be closed. Others will depend on the chair-lifts operations. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. Surface slab avalanche risk will rise as soon as the storm picks up and generates new snowdrifts. The most prominent weak layer will be the layer from Jan 6th. Many of the avalanche accidents occur in leeward slopes during stormy weather. The out of bounds area is fully tracked out, beware of falls and hitting trees. Do not seek fresh tracks in the strictly off-limits areas. The groomers are in perfect condition today. The mountain condition is ever changing, keep your touring plans flexible and adjust them according to the weather conditions.

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Official snow depth numbers and any notes at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 300cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 220cm
Base - 150cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 220cm
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
(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 8:40am on Tuesday 6th January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Niseko resort areas are open - but affected by wind this morning

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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  2014/2015
*as of Tuesday 6th January 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
6th January 0cm 30cm 20cm
5th January 3cm 22cm 20cm
4th January 15cm 15cm 20cm
3rd January 10cm 15cm 15cm
2nd January 25cm 15cm 10cm
1st January 15cm 10cm 20cm
31st December 40cm 5cm 3cm
Previous 7 days total 108cm 112cm 108cm
Previous 14 days total 223cm 204cm 183cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 519cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total 68cm 461cm 443cm
February observed snowfall total - 178cm 316cm
March observed snowfall total - 113cm 164cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 32cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 2cm
Season observed snowfall total 617cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 6th January 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
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
68cm
[617cm]
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[617cm]
-
[617cm]
-
[617cm]
-
[617cm]
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]
  October November December January February March April May
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