Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 16th January 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:18am on Saturday 16th January 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Clouds though I can see some blue sky
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
It was snowing, not just now
wind condition
W 2m/s - NW 5m/s (Hirafu)
Decent
This report
Saturday 16th January 2016, 8:18am
17cm
Friday 15th January 2016, 8:23am 24cm
Thursday 14th January 2016, 8:31am 15cm
Wednesday 13th January 2016, 8:33am 23cm
Tuesday 12th January 2016, 7:55am 12cm
Monday 11th January 2016, 8:56am 11cm
Sunday 10th January 2016, 8:41am 20cm
Last 7 reports (total): 122cm
Last 14 reports (total): 188cm
Current month (January 2016) total: 196cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 504cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:18am on Saturday 16th January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Hirafu base here in Niseko.

What a truly wonderful day yesterday was.

The sun was out in the morning and there were lovely clear blue skies. It was good and cold. There were excellent deep snow conditions (I usually try to avoid that word, but I really could not think of another that fit better!)

And then later on in the day the snow clouds came back and started to give us yet another refresh.

So this morning my measure of the new snow is 17cm. I see that the Avalanche Report below is showing 20-30cm as well which is great to hear.

Once again it's top quality stuff as well, dry and light, just how we like it. See if you can make a snowball out of it!

This morning it has been snowing (again) though it is actually quite bright as I write this and I can see some blue skies over to the east and Mt Yotei. The sun seems to be breaking through in places too.

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I have observed 197cm of fresh snowfall here since the beginning of January, and over 504cm of snowfall since the season began. With the forecast still showing lots of snow over the coming week, it looks like we are very likely going to be easily 'beating' the snowfall I observed last January (which was 257cm). Perhaps we might even start to catch up on the total for the season even with our late start.

Those of you who picked to come to Niseko around now... Congratulations! I hope it continues so that all of you folk coming soon can also experience these conditions.

Have a great weekend wherever you may be.

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
Seems calm this morning so I expect that all resort areas will be opening as planned this morning.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -8℃, 30cm of crystal snow and calm morning. Moiwa 800m: -12℃, mild wind, 20cm of new snow and no development of snowdrifts. Mikaeri 740m: -10.8℃, Southerly0.8m/s, 30cm snowfall. Annupuri 1150m: -13℃, NW8m/s, 20cm snowfall. Hirafu 1000m: -12℃, 15cm snowfall, no development of snowdrifts. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW14m/s, Kamui cape W10m/s, 1015hPa, 1.1m waves.

The isobars are spaced out and the weather is calm. A NW wind is predicted to pick up in higher elevation. The overall snowdrift development is minimal and the mountain is blanketed with 20-30cm of fresh snow. Jan 15th layer would become a notable layer in the future snowpack. Layer observations and snowdrifts development are key features for avalanche prediction. Avalanches in Niseko are typically triggered by collapse of developing snowdrifts, and become an incident when people are caught in it.
Peak gates are scheduled to open. Ask the patrol’s feedback before stepping out. Gate 7 (A-sawa) & 9 (Waterfall) are also scheduled to open today. Beware not to fall into creeks.

This information is released for the sake of all ski resort user’s safety in the out of bounds area. Carrying avalanche gear (beacon, shovel, probe) may not be compulsory, but is strongly recommended to do so. Have a nice day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 16th January 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 320cm
Base - 150cm

Niseko Village
Top - 240cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 200cm
Base - 150cm

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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 8:18am on Saturday 16th January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

The mountain is open and enjoying excite conditions

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 16th January 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 16th January 2016
(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 Saturday 16th January 2016
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)
  2015/2016
*as of Saturday 16th January 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
16th January 17cm 0cm 25cm
15th January 24cm 0cm 15cm
14th January 15cm 0cm 40cm
13th January 23cm 1cm 30cm
12th January 12cm 20cm 25cm
11th January 11cm 6cm 25cm
10th January 20cm 30cm 25cm
Previous 7 days total 122cm 57cm 185cm
Previous 14 days total 188cm 123cm 302cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 244cm 519cm 275cm
January observed snowfall total 196cm 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 504cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 16th 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
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
196cm
[504cm]
-
[504cm]
-
[504cm]
-
[504cm]
-
[504cm]
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]
  October November December January February March April May
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