Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 7th January 2015

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:50am on Wednesday 7th January 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, fog
Base temp:
-9°C

Top temp:
-15°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
5-16m/s (Hirafu)
Poor
This report
Wednesday 7th January 2015, 8:50am
15cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 83cm
Last 14 reports (total): 213cm
Current month (January 2015) total: 83cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 632cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:50am on Wednesday 7th January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

It's something of a ride at the moment here.

Yesterday we were treated to a healthy dose of rain and warmer conditions in the area. Not nice conditions at all. Happily we don't get many of those days here in Niseko, but I can't remember a season when we didn't get at least a few. Just got to get through it and look forward to the snow on the other side...

With that behind us, let me report the good stuff. The rain turned to snow and this morning there's about 15cm of fresh snow on the ground. (Well, when it hasn't been blown away anyway). It's back to being really cold as well, and it does feel very cold out there. The strong winds that are still with us this morning adding to that cold feeling. Wind chill factor alert!

Unfortunately the strong winds are preventing resorts from fully opening and in the case of Niseko Annupuri and Niseko Hanazono areas all of the lifts closed, so there's limited choice this morning for those willing to brave the elements. Latest details at the time of writing this report shown below.

The amount of snow we got overnight won't be enough to cover some icy conditions in places, but the forecasts give us continued snowfall through into next weekend and beyond so it looks like there is plenty of refresh on the way. If it isn't snowing, it shouldn't be far off.

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
King Number 3 Triple, King Number 4, Ace Number 3 and Swinging Monkey lifts on hold due to wind. Hirafu Gondola is moving.
'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:
All lifts at Hanazono on hold due to strong winds.

Niseko Village:
Niseko Gondola and Wonderland Chair not operating due to wind.

Niseko Annupuri:
All lifts at Annupuri on hold due to strong winds.
'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: -10C, 15cm of snowfall in 12 hours with developing snowdrifts. Moiwa 800m: -13C, NW15m/s, snowstorm and developing snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: -18C, stormy and notable development of snowdrifts. Hirafu 1000m: -16C, 20cm snowfall and growing snowdrifts. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW25m/s, Kamui cape WSW20m/s, 988hPa, 3.5m waves.

The ocean and the mountain range are in a stormy condition under a wintry atmospheric pressure pattern. The high wind above 1000m is sweeping the new snow away and making the surface freeze. Thick snowdrifts are developing in leeward slopes below 1000m. According to observations and snowfall transition, the avalanche risk is extreme today. 80cm or bigger surface slab slides from Jan 6th (passing low-pressure system snowfall) layer are to be expected in 900m Annupuri bowl (Osawa) cornice slopes, Backbowl (Kozan no Sawa), Higashi-One and Mikaeri sawa. Peak gates 2 & 3 as well as gate 1 & 4 will be kept closed all day. Avalanche risk is high in all elevations today. Stay away from steep slopes, cornices and knoll terrains. Keep in mind that many avalanche accidents occur during and just after storms. Better not overestimate your skills and knowledge, you can never be too careful in the mountains. Always stay prudent and humble. The conditions will get better soon. The snow in the tree-runs is wind-affected and heavy. Beware of frostbites and have a nice day.


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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 8:50am on Wednesday 7th January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts are open for the season but today affected by winds - see main report

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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  2014/2015
*as of Wednesday 7th January 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
7th January 15cm 15cm 15cm
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
Previous 7 days total 83cm 122cm 120cm
Previous 14 days total 213cm 184cm 193cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 519cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total 83cm 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 632cm 1163cm 1493cm
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The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 7th 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)
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2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season 0cm
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30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
83cm
[632cm]
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[632cm]
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[632cm]
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[632cm]
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[632cm]
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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