Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 18th January 2016

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:28am on Monday 18th January 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Generally grey clouds
Base temp:
-8°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None (!)
wind condition
0m/s - S 5m/s (Hirafu)
Fair
This report
Monday 18th January 2016, 8:28am
0cm
Sunday 17th January 2016, 8:31am 31cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 122cm
Last 14 reports (total): 214cm
Current month (January 2016) total: 227cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 535cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:28am on Monday 18th January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

Yesterday was a truly excellent day out there on the mountain with good weather conditions and all of that fresh snow to play in. The biggest problem of the way was probably 'where to go' or in my case having to stop for lunch and the energy boost.

There is just a dusting of new snowfall this morning here at base - not enough for me to award the '1cm' status and unfortunately breaking that fabulous run of new cm of snow every day since January 1st. But there you go, those be the rules!

It is a calm morning here but remaining very cold and with grey clouds all around. After no new cm of snowfall overnight, it is not snowing at the moment either. How can things go so wrong so quickly?

I'm just kidding. There's lots more snow on the way and it should be starting sometime around lunchtime today and likely continue for most of the coming week. Lots of Japan is probably going to be experiencing snowy and windy conditions over the next few days. Lots of snow all round please.

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The Niseko Grand Hirafu resort has installed a beacon checker at the G3 gate which lets you know it's working good before you make your way into the snow. As they say on their official website it is not compulsory to carry a beacon for backcountry - but strongly recommended.

Take care out there.

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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
All resort areas appear be opening as planned this morning.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -9℃, sprinkle of new snow, surface hoar. Moiwa 800m: -10℃, mild wind, light sprinkles. Mikaeri 740m: -9.8℃, NE1.5m. Annupuri 1150m: -11℃, westerly3m/s, light snow. Hirafu 1000m: -13℃, no snowfall. Coastal data: Benkei cape SSE11m/s, Kmaui cape E4m/s, 1020hPa, 0.9m waves.

Calm morning before the storm, no notable snowfall or snowclouds can be observed. The surface has transformed into a hoar layer under the radiative-cooling and will form a notable Jan 18th layer in the future snowpack. The wind is predicted to drastically pick up as the next low-pressure system approaches. Beware of sudden weather changes. Peak gates are scheduled to open. Old tracks aren’t filled in, tricky condition, be careful. Listen to the patrol’s instructions.

A small experiment set up by the Avalanche Institute and Nagoya University is being prepared in the Mikaeri cat track area. The gate will stay open, but please be careful. It is a fact that avalanches are likely to occur in unstable snowdrift during and just after storms. Researches are being done to scientifically back up this theory. More than 1000 people step out of the gates everyday, but accidents hardly occur. It is a surprising fact and we very much appreciate that people seem to acknowledge and respect the Niseko Rules.

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Official resort snow depths as of Monday 18th January 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 340cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Village
Top - 260cm
Base - 150cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 230cm
Base - 160cm

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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 8:28am on Monday 18th January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All open and ready for another fine day

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Monday 18th January 2016
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 18th January 2016
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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  2015/2016
*as of Monday 18th January 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
18th January 0cm 15cm 0cm
17th January 31cm 4cm 10cm
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
Previous 7 days total 122cm 40cm 145cm
Previous 14 days total 214cm 117cm 282cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 244cm 519cm 275cm
January observed snowfall total 227cm 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 535cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 18th 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
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
227cm
[535cm]
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[535cm]
-
[535cm]
-
[535cm]
-
[535cm]
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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