Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 13th January 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:42am on Tuesday 13th January 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Generally cloudy conditions
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Not snowing!
wind condition
N1 - NW2 m/s (Hirafu)
Decent
This report
Tuesday 13th January 2015, 8:42am
1cm
Monday 12th January 2015, 8:34am 20cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 95cm
Last 14 reports (total): 203cm
Current month (January 2015) total: 163cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 712cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:42am on Tuesday 13th January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

It's not snowing this morning and just a dusting to report. It makes a change, I suppose!

Not snowing here at base anyway, though Niseko Village seem to be saying snow higher up - I'll have to get up there to check.

But yes it's generally just cloudy conditions over the Niseko area early this morning. I'm happy to report that winds are calm and all of the resort areas look set to be open as planned. As per the report below, Gates 2 & 3 are going to be closed with others still to be determined.

We were hoping for a bit of sunshine this morning, maybe we'll get it later on. Very probably sunny conditions to enjoy tomorrow though and maybe even on Thursday too. Looking like we're on for a bit of a break from fresh snowfall... though it should be back by Friday freshening us up for the weekend.



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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 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 this morning.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -3C, 15cm of snowfall in 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: -7C and developing snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: NW10m/s, -10C with snowdrifts developments. Hirafu ridge: W10m/s, -11C and large development of snowdrifts. Coastal data: Benkei cape NNW10m/s, Kamui cape N5m/s, 1024hPa, 1.8m waves.

The wind is starting to calm down, however the snow surface above 800m has been affected by the wind overnight, forming wind-ripples and crusts and the snowdrifts stabilization is being delayed. The avalanche risk is high in leeward slopes around 1000m. Gates 2 & 3 will be closed; others still to be determined. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. The snow in the trees is a bit better than yesterday’s, but catchy and easy to loose control. Beware of hitting trees. The snow condition is ever changing and the hazard level varies from not only the terrain & slope orientation, but also from altitude difference. Better not overestimate your skills or knowledge; stay prudent and humble towards the mountain. Avalanches are natural phenomena that can occur in the least expected situations, however most can be avoided if precautions are taken. The groomers are in fantastic condition today.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 350cm
Base - 150cm

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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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Archive report: Posted at 8:42am on Tuesday 13th January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas are open

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  2014/2015
*as of Tuesday 13th January 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
13th January 1cm 30cm 12cm
12th January 20cm 25cm 25cm
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
Previous 7 days total 95cm 140cm 127cm
Previous 14 days total 203cm 252cm 235cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 519cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total 163cm 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 712cm 1163cm 1493cm
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519cm
[549cm]
163cm
[712cm]
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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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