Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 14th January 2017

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Saturday 14th January 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, some blue sky right now, bit of sun in places
Base temp:
-10°C

Top temp:
-15°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None currently, light snow eased off for now
wind condition
0 - NW 6m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Good to perhaps limited higher up early on
This report
Saturday 14th January 2017, 8:30am
13cm
Friday 13th January 2017, 8:07am 18cm
Thursday 12th January 2017, 8:10am 12cm
Wednesday 11th January 2017, 8:31am 8cm
Tuesday 10th January 2017, 8:30am 3cm
Monday 9th January 2017, 8:31am 0cm
Sunday 8th January 2017, 8:28am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 54cm
Last 14 reports (total): 63cm
Current month (January 2017) total: 63cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 356cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Saturday 14th January 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

I had an excellent day on the mountain yesterday even though those clearer early morning skies I was reporting yesterday didn't last too long.

And so, Saturday morning. And I have 13cm of fresh snow to report on the ground here at base. It is another very cold morning and the snow looks top quality again so conditions should be very good. There's not much of a wind around, here at base at least, and I would think that resorts should be opening as planned this morning.

This is not 'being negative' - I must admit I was hoping for more snow than that really. It seems that lots of areas on the main Honshu island to the south of us are getting some serious numbers at the moment. Hokkaido seems to be hogging the 'crazy cold news' while lots of the Honshu areas are hogging the 'crazy snow news' this weekend. I'm actually really pleased to see that regions that were struggling a bit for snow now seem to suddenly have rather a lot of it! And we can't get all the headlines all the time.

I know, I'm greedy when it comes to wanting endless supplies of fresh powder. It's one of the things you increasingly become especially after having lived here for a while... :)

This morning as I prepare to post this report there's a lot of cloud hanging around the mountain but some blue sky appearing and a bit of sun in places as well. Perhaps a mix of light snow at times and clearer spells today? We'll have to see what nature sees fit for the day.

The forecast? Hmmmm, clearer skies ahead for a few days by the looks after more snow tomorrow. See the forecast page for more on that.

So yes anyway, it should be very fine morning out there. And I hope to speak with some of you on the lifts.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -11℃, 10cm of crystal snow. Moiwa850m: -12℃, 15cm snowfall, no snowdrift development. Annupuri1150m: -18℃, WNW10m/s, 10cm new snow and no snowdrift development. Hirafu 1250m: slight snowfall and snowdrift development. Kamui cape lighthouse: SW7m/s, 1001hPa, 1.3m waves.

A small Low-pressure system is slowing the weather down around the northern sea of Japan. New snowfall is scarce and the old tracks aren’t buried below 1000m elevation, however the snow remains good and good condition continues. The formation of slabs isn’t prominent and the general avalanche risk is low. The present Jan 14th layer below 800m elevation will turn into a surface hoar layer in the future snowpack. Keep an eye on it. All gates are scheduled to open from the morning. Ask the ski patrol’s advise before stepping out of the gates.

Risk of a 100cm thick slab slide is present in strictly off-limits Haru No Taki area, should the sun affect the surface snow forming into slabs. Do not step into strictly off-limits areas. The snow is stable, however 100% safety does not exist in the mountains and there are no inevitable accidents. Stay away from valley bottoms.

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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
Resorts expected to be opening as planned this morning.

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Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 14th January 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 270cm
Base - 120cm

Niseko Village
Top - 190cm
Base - 120cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 190cm
Base - 120cm

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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 8:30am on Saturday 14th January 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Resort areas appear to be opening as planned this morning

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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 Saturday 14th January 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
14th January 13cm 15cm 0cm
13th January 18cm 23cm 1cm
12th January 12cm 12cm 20cm
11th January 8cm 11cm 6cm
10th January 3cm 20cm 30cm
9th January 0cm 11cm 3cm
8th January 0cm 11cm 20cm
Previous 7 days total 54cm 103cm 80cm
Previous 14 days total 63cm 155cm 163cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 181cm 244cm 519cm
January observed snowfall total 63cm 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 356cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 14th 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]
63cm
[356cm]
-
[356cm]
-
[356cm]
-
[356cm]
-
[356cm]
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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