Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 11th January 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:36am on Sunday 11th January 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, fog
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
It's snowing
wind condition
W2 - NW10m/s (Hirafu)
Generally fairly poor
This report
Sunday 11th January 2015, 8:36am
6cm
Saturday 10th January 2015, 8:32am 30cm
Friday 9th January 2015, 8:25am 3cm
Thursday 8th January 2015, 8:32am 20cm
Wednesday 7th January 2015, 8:50am 15cm
Tuesday 6th January 2015, 8:40am 0cm
Monday 5th January 2015, 8:40am 3cm
Last 7 reports (total): 77cm
Last 14 reports (total): 182cm
Current month (January 2015) total: 142cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 691cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:36am on Sunday 11th January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning and hello from Niseko.

Guess what? It's snowing! Only light snow now as I look outside the window here, but it was coming down pretty hard just a short while ago. Whatever, I have another 6-7cm of fresh to report. Around -3 degrees, cloudy and foggy outside so generally quite poor visibility this morning I would say on mountain. Make sure you know where you're going.

Yesterday was busy out there, and no doubt today will be too, but I imagine the conditions made up for any of that. As I have said before, there's a good reason why Niseko is so wildly popular.

Snowfall expected to continue today and tomorrow, easing up by Tuesday when we might get some sun and blue skies.

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This may well have happened before today as I have only just noticed it and I haven't been up to that area for a few days, but anyway it looks like Niseko Grand Hirafu have now found the staff to get the Ace Number 4 lift chugging along which is good to see. If you remember about a week ago it was being reported that due to staff issues they weren't operating. Or something. It was always a bit hazy that. But the important thing is that it's moving now. Perhaps with robot staff!

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For those of you who love snow and not just that which is exclusively Niseko-related, do check out the pretty wild photos that one of the SnowJapan guys took yesterday in their area of Niigata Prefecture. Those guys sure do get a lot of snow. In fact, if you look at the Yuzawa Now daily report, you'll notice that they have actually logged up more observed snow than I have here for Niseko with a whopping 819cm!

Anyway it's definitely worth a look:

Wild Niigata snow photos

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Looks set to be open as planned this morning.
'Early Morning' lift available daily until 1st February (for 500 yen, Ace Quad Number 2 lift from 8am until 8:20am).

Niseko Hanazono:
Looks set to be open as planned this morning.

Niseko Village:
Looks set to be open as planned this morning.
'Early Morning Gondola' available today, tomorrow and on Saturdays and Sundays until February 8th (for 1300 yen, Gondola open from 7:30am until 8:30am).

Niseko Annupuri:
Looks set to be open as planned.
'Annupuri First Run' available today and tomorrow (for 1000 yen, Gondola open from 7:20-8:20am).

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -6C, 10cm of crystal snow in 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: NW12m/s, -8C, 15cm of new snow and development of snowdrifts in Anbetsu area. Annupuri 1150m: NW10m/s, -10C, snowdrifts and crusty surfaces. Hirafu ridge 1250m: W15m/w, -12C, strong gusts from the Backbowl with development of snowdrifts. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW13m/s, Kamui cape NW8m/s, 1005hPa, 2.0m waves.

A moderate north-westerly wind with snowfall is persisting. The main snowclouds are currently drifting away from Niseko area, however snowfall is forecasted to pick up during the day. The cornices above 800m altitude are unstable and likely to collapse anytime. Sunlight is weak, making it hard to see the surface. The deeper snowpack is stable and peak gates are scheduled to open. Many cases of intruders to Haru no Taki is being reported. Please remember that the freedom to ride out of bounds in Niseko is being protected in exchange of having those strictly off-limits areas closed-off. Better acknowledge that entering these strictly off-limits zones is not only neglecting the Rules, but also having a misconception of the true meaning of Freedom. Whether the conditions were safe or not, these actions are simply jeopardizing the freedom of the people that are true to the Rules. Infringers will loose their right to use the resort facilities. The Niseko Village’s Mizuno no sawa educational program has started. Follow the ski patrol’s instructions and ride safe.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 345cm
Base - 165cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 250cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 230cm
Base - 180cm

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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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Full details here

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Archive report: Posted at 8:36am on Sunday 11th January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Niseko resorts are open

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 11th January 2015
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 11th January 2015
(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 Sunday 11th January 2015
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)
  2014/2015
*as of Sunday 11th January 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
11th January 6cm 25cm 35cm
10th January 30cm 25cm 25cm
9th January 3cm 10cm 5cm
8th January 20cm 10cm 10cm
7th January 15cm 15cm 15cm
6th January 0cm 30cm 20cm
5th January 3cm 22cm 20cm
Previous 7 days total 77cm 137cm 130cm
Previous 14 days total 182cm 227cm 203cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 519cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total 142cm 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 691cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 11th 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]
142cm
[691cm]
-
[691cm]
-
[691cm]
-
[691cm]
-
[691cm]
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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