Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 18th January 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:26am on Sunday 18th January 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, blue sky, sun at the moment
Base temp:
-8°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Not snowing just now
wind condition
E4m/s - SW12m/s (Hirafu)
Very good
This report
Sunday 18th January 2015, 8:26am
15cm
Saturday 17th January 2015, 8:20am 4cm
Friday 16th January 2015, 8:26am 0cm
Thursday 15th January 2015, 8:14am 0cm
Wednesday 14th January 2015, 8:12am 0cm
Tuesday 13th January 2015, 8:42am 1cm
Monday 12th January 2015, 8:34am 20cm
Last 7 reports (total): 40cm
Last 14 reports (total): 117cm
Current month (January 2015) total: 182cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 731cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:26am on Sunday 18th January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Greetings from Hirafu on this Sunday morning.

I have just been updating the official snow depths numbers for the resorts (below) and they are largely unchanged - in fact the only change I had to make was the base number curiously going down for Niseko Grand Hirafu - but believe me there's definitely new snow here this morning.

Maybe not quite as exciting a number as I was hoping for, but still a good solid 15cm-20cm. I think the strong winds that we had blowing everything about yesterday probably make it difficult to put a meaningful number on it this morning. Indeed if you take a look at the Avalanche Report below, we have 'Niseko base 6am: -8C, 25cm snowfall in 12 hours, 60cm snowdrifts'. So we can expect differing amounts of fresh snow in places on mountain this morning.

It's a cold start to the morning but thankfully the wind is behaving but it seems gates will be closed this morning. The Early Morning Gondola was unfortunately cancelled this morning due to the lingering weather conditions, but other than that all the resorts seem to be opening as planned. Check for any changes with the resorts during the day.

The sun is shining down on us right now with an increasing amount of blue sky on view up there now amongst the clouds that are still hanging around. Very fine conditions for the first part of the day even if snowfall is still expected today and tomorrow. So the sunshine might be short lived and those clouds are moving pretty fast. So the forecast remains snow falling at times over the next few days with temperatures remaining low.

It's going to be busy out there today.

I always promise myself to get out especially when the sun comes out, so perhaps see you out there.

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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:
Gondola was set for perhaps a later start but as of 8:30am seems to be moving; looks set to be open as planned this morning.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -8C, 25cm snowfall in 12 hours, 60cm snowdrifts. Moiwa 800m: N20m/s at 5am, -12C, large development of snowdrift and bad visibility. Annupuri 1150m: wind calmed down to N8m/s at 7am, -14C, large development of snowdrifts. Hirafu 1000m: NE15m/s at 6am, -15C, large development of snowdrifts. Coastal data: Benkei cape NNW18m/s at 5am, NNW12m/s at 6:30, Kamui cape NNE7m/s at 6am, 1010hPa, 2.1m waves.

The atmospheric pressure gradient is large, a strong storm with heavy snowfall persisted until dawn, generating large development of snowdrifts and cornices. The wind has started to settle down, however the avalanche risk in the leeward snowdrift slopes is extremely high. Gates will be kept closed regardless of chair-lift operations. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. Accidents often happen just after storms. Many of the avalanche accidents in the out of bounds area happened in easily accessible hazardous slopes around the ski resorts. Gates opening/closing are managed in order to minimize the risks of accidents. The snow might be good, but it is still too risky to open the gates at this stage. DO NOT duck ropes and traverse to Osawa cornice slopes or Higashi-One area. Large crown & fast running surface slab slides are to be expected in leeward steep slopes & valleys. Be extremely careful.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 330cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 270cm
Base - 170cm

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

Niseko Hanazono Resort
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 8:26am on Sunday 18th 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 Sunday 18th January 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
18th January 15cm 0cm 32cm
17th January 4cm 10cm 20cm
16th January 0cm 25cm 20cm
15th January 0cm 15cm 3cm
14th January 0cm 40cm 15cm
13th January 1cm 30cm 12cm
12th January 20cm 25cm 25cm
Previous 7 days total 40cm 145cm 127cm
Previous 14 days total 117cm 282cm 257cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 519cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total 182cm 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 731cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 18th January 2015
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  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]
182cm
[731cm]
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[731cm]
-
[731cm]
-
[731cm]
-
[731cm]
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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