Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 6th January 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:13am on Friday 6th January 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None currently
wind condition
up to NW 5m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Decent - limited in places
This report
Friday 6th January 2017, 8:13am
1cm
Thursday 5th January 2017, 8:33am 8cm
Wednesday 4th January 2017, 9:02am 0cm
Tuesday 3rd January 2017, 7:59am 0cm
Monday 2nd January 2017, 8:12am 0cm
Sunday 1st January 2017, 8:20am 0cm
Saturday 31st December 2016, 8:35am 5cm
Last 7 reports (total): 14cm
Last 14 reports (total): 50cm
Current month (January 2017) total: 9cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 302cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:13am on Friday 6th January 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

I have just 1cm of fresh snow to report to you from base this morning.

The good news is that it is not as windy this morning and so I expect all four of the resorts to be open as planned from 8:30am. With some lifts and areas not being available yesterday because of the wind halting them, there should be some fresh to be found this morning.

It is a cloud-covered start to the day here and I can't see any of Mt Yotei, other than the very lower parts. Perhaps though we might see a bit of sun at times today?

The next snowfall is due late Monday and I think everyone is hoping it will be the start of a run of snowy days. For the weekend we will very probably be playing in what we got. Temperatures are remaining cold and so conditions should be keeping, but a lot of tracks are being made out there so without regular top-ups, conditions will probably be getting rather tracked out by the time that fresh snow arrives.

The 'Early Morning' service at Niseko Grand Hirafu starts from tomorrow and continues until 29th January. Basically it involves the Ace Number 2 quad lift operating from 8am until 8:20am and the Super, Furiko, Green (part), Alpen and Sen-no-ki courses available. It costs 500 yen - please note that this is not covered by a season pass or a normal lift pass. It's premium!

Annupuri also offers a similar early morning service tomorrow, Sunday and Monday. On those days the Gondola will be operating between 7:20am and 8:20am and the charge is 1000 yen.

(It's a pity that - for this weekend at least - it doesn't look like there'll be any (newly fallen) fresh snow to play in).

With Monday being a national holiday in Japan and of course early January being peak season, I suspect that it is going to be a very busy weekend out there...

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -6℃, no snowfall. Moiwa800m: -8℃, mild wind, no snowfall, but 60cm snowdrift development. Annupuri1150m: -10℃, 15cm snowfall, NNW5m/s, snowdrifts developing. Hirafu1200m: -8℃, mild wind and light snowfall. Kamui cape lighthouse: WNW4m/s, 1024hPa, 1.8m waves.

The snowdrifts developed yesterday have stabilized and the general avalanche risk is low. Beware of falling cornices. Gate 1, 8 and 10 are scheduled to open today. Snowpack is insufficient and bushes are thick. Be careful not to break your goggles. You won’t be able to come back to the course if you drop the line too far down. Snowboarders better carry snowshoes.

The Niseko Rules are being officially put into practice with the understanding of all related organizations in order to protect the freedom and safety of all guests. It seems some companies are interpreting it as a gray zone of the Japanese Law, neglecting it and trying to run a business in a selfish assumption. The National Park Law authorizes anyone to use the parks. Even if a business has been approved by a local authority to operated in those park areas, they must act in accordance to the law. Monopolizing the use of a public area, running snowmobiles or snowcats outside the leased land and/or oppressing and exclusive attitude to other park users are all against the law in Japan.

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All four resort areas appear to be opening as planned this morning

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Official resort snow depths as of Friday 6th January 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 245cm
Base - 80cm

Niseko Village
Top - 140cm
Base - 100cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 150cm
Base - 95cm

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Night skiing is planned until Monday 20th March 2017 at the Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village resort areas. There is no nighta in the Hanazono area.

Archive report: Posted at 8:13am on Friday 6th January 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Please see above report for more info

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 6th January 2017
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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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  2016/2017
*as of Friday 6th January 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
6th January 1cm 15cm 0cm
5th January 8cm 10cm 3cm
4th January 0cm 0cm 15cm
3rd January 0cm 5cm 10cm
2nd January 0cm 7cm 25cm
1st January 0cm 1cm 15cm
31st December 5cm 5cm 40cm
Previous 7 days total 14cm 43cm 108cm
Previous 14 days total 50cm 162cm 223cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 181cm 244cm 519cm
January observed snowfall total 9cm 303cm 257cm
February observed snowfall total - 266cm 196cm
March observed snowfall total - 109cm 139cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 3cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 302cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 6th January 2017
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 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
9cm
[302cm]
-
[302cm]
-
[302cm]
-
[302cm]
-
[302cm]
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
303cm
[611cm]
266cm
[877cm]
109cm
[986cm]
6cm
[992cm]
0cm
[992cm]
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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