Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 7th January 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Thursday 7th January 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
It continues to snow
wind condition
0m/s - WSW4m/s (Hirafu)
Fair
This report
Thursday 7th January 2016, 8:32am
14cm
Wednesday 6th January 2016, 8:30am 15cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 52cm
Last 14 reports (total): 176cm
Current month (January 2016) total: 52cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 360cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Thursday 7th January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Oh dear, I noticed yesterday afternoon that fairly soon after I had posted my morning report (when I was saying that all resorts were planning on being open as normal), wind was affecting some lifts around the resorts.

Over at Annupuri early on it was the top Jumbo 4 lift; at Hirafu it was the top King Number 4 and Ace Number 3 lifts; and at Niseko Village the top Wonderland Chair. Later in the day around lunchtime the Annupuri Gondola and Jumbo Number 3 lift at Annupuri also stopped, with the Jumbo 3 lift starting up again fairly soon after. Hanazono also stopped their top Hanazono 3 quad mid afternoon. So, in the end we were affected by the wind. Sorry about that! I always try and give you the latest available information at the time of posting my report, and around 8:30am is usually a good time to be able to do that. But conditions (both nature and resort operations) can of course change quickly and alas I am not online all day doing live reports.

Anyway, on to this morning and I have another respectable 14cm of fresh snow to report to you from by my base here in Hirafu.

It's nice and cold and there seems to be less wind on mountain this morning, so fingers crossed resorts and lifts will be open as planned and able to stay all open for the day.

It should be another excellent day out there and the forecast remains regular snowfall right through the coming week. Things are shaping up very nicely.

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This morning I thought it would be quite interesting to check out the Hirafu Ace Number 2 Quad lift webcam early in order to see when people start lining up for it. The first people in the queue seemed to arrive just before 7:50am and by 8am the line was long enough for it to fill the webcam image. That lift starts moving at 8:30am. I am referring to the third webcam image that can be found here by the way.

I may be wrong but I'd be surprised if there were many ski resorts in Japan where people are queuing for a ski lift over 30 minutes before it opens.

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Niseko Grand Hirafu will start their 'Early Morning' (*rumours of it being re-named 'Early Moaning' are unconfirmed right now) service from January 9th and that should continue through until 31st January 2016. Basically they start up the Ace Quad lift Number 2 earlier than normal from 8am to 8:20am with the Super, Furiko, Green, Alpen and Sen-no-ki courses open. A special ticket is required for that 20 minutes and it costs 500 yen - it can be bought from the .Base lift ticket counter. Note that normal lift tickets will not get you a ride on the lifts during this special early time.

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Hopefully it will stay that way!

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Hopefully it will stay that way!

Niseko Village
Resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Hopefully it will stay that way!

Niseko Annupuri
Resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Hopefully it will stay that way!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -7℃, 15cm snowfall, no development of snowdrifts. Moiwa 800m: NW8m/s, 60cm of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: -12℃, WNW15m/s. Coastal data: Benkei cape NNW12m/s, Kamui cape WNW10m/s, 1019hPa, 2.1m waves.

Typical winter pressure distribution is generating intermittent westerly wind with snowfall above 600m elevation. Looking at snow cat’s fracture test, the newly formed 50cm thick slab’s shock propagation is relatively small, showing that the snowdrifts are developing while stabilizing itself. The overall avalanche risk is relatively small in areas below 1000m elevation. The storm is stronger above 1000m and the wind-chill can easily lead to hypothermia. Wool base layers are recommended when touring.

Gates 3 (Hirafu peak) and 2 (Annupuri peak) are scheduled to open today. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. Traversing across under cornices is as if trying to deliberately triggering an avalanche. DO NOT! Many hazards are present in the mountains, but can be avoided if you are aware of them and stay prudent. Never underestimate the dangers, always remain humble and think safety first. The snow is in a wonderful condition today.

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Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 7th January 2016:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 270cm
Base - 120cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 190cm
Base - 110cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 140cm
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 8:32am on Thursday 7th January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Please see the main report for more information

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  2015/2016
*as of Thursday 7th January 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
7th January 14cm 15cm 15cm
6th January 15cm 0cm 30cm
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
Previous 7 days total 52cm 83cm 122cm
Previous 14 days total 176cm 213cm 184cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 244cm 519cm 275cm
January observed snowfall total 52cm 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 360cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 7th 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
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
52cm
[360cm]
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[360cm]
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[360cm]
-
[360cm]
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[360cm]
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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