Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 18th January 2017

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Niseko (Hokkaido), Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:10am on Wednesday 18th January 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Overcast
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
0 - NW 1m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Decent
This report
Wednesday 18th January 2017, 8:10am
0cm
Tuesday 17th January 2017, 8:08am 4cm
Monday 16th January 2017, 8:36am 8cm
Sunday 15th January 2017, 8:31am 1cm
Saturday 14th January 2017, 8:30am 13cm
Friday 13th January 2017, 8:07am 18cm
Thursday 12th January 2017, 8:10am 12cm
Last 7 reports (total): 56cm
Last 14 reports (total): 76cm
Current month (January 2017) total: 76cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 369cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:10am on Wednesday 18th January 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Hello everyone and good morning from Niseko.

Yesterday the sun that was peeking out from behind some clouds when I posted my report didn’t last long, appearing just a few more times now and again during the morning - but in the end the clouds won out the day.

Sadly, they didn’t bring any snowfall with them and it looks like it should be a similar kind of story today, though perhaps some snow tonight and into tomorrow morning. I will of course let you know how much in my next report.

The groomers look very inviting this morning and the Avalanche Report tells of all gates being open and good snow conditions, so I think it is time for me to check it all out myself.

So for the moment at the start of the day it is overcast and cloudy, and keeping nice and cold.

There’s not much else to report this morning really.

Ah, oh yes...

---

One person sent in a funny email (well, I think it was meant to be funny) asking if I had not made a ‘huge mistake’ with my snowfall reporting over the last week as he had seen the reports from Niigata and Nagano talking about massive amounts of snowfall that they have been getting. They’ve certainly had a very good week – to say the least – but no, I haven’t made a mistake.

(We often get wildly varying weather conditions in different places on this mountain range, never mind to mountainous regions about 1000km away!)

Cast your minds back to when we were enjoying excellent conditions here in Niseko that weekend in December when lots of the mountain regions on the main Honshu island were either dry or being rained on. We get our time, they get their time – that’s the way Nature seems to work. I’m actually most happy at those times when we all get dumped on. We’re all in it together, right?

So it looks like Myoko (in Niigata) has received over 3 metres of snowfall over a period of 7 days; Yuzawa (also in Niigata) has got 257cm; Shiga Kogen (in Nagano) got 234cm, etc… those are some really serious numbers. I am suitably impressed. And, yes, I’m also a bit jealous when I have only been able to 76cm for the first 16 days of January.

Oh dear, I know, some folk probably won’t like me talking about that kind of thing.

(Hi!) :)

The forecast doesn’t promise anything hugely major for us over the coming days (let's see what tonight brings), but I am confident that we will once again get our exciting headlines. The Niseko-tastic snowfall will return and we’ll all get crazy excited about it once again.

Just so we have our ‘target’ at this mid-point of the month, here’s the amount of snowfall I observed here over the past few seasons during the month of January:

January 2017: 76cm (*so far until 18th January)
January 2016: 303cm (full month)
January 2015: 257cm (full month)
January 2014: 461cm (full month)

Come on, Nature, let’s have it!

---

Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -6℃, no snowfall. Moiwa800m: -9℃, scarce snowfall and snowdrifts. Annupuri1150m:-10℃, NW2m/s, no snowfall nor snowdrifts. Hirafu1250m: -11℃, scarce snowfall and snowdrifts. Kamui cape lighthouse: NE2m/s, 1026hPA, 1.0m waves.

The isobars are spaced out and snowclouds on the Sea of Japan are only present over the bay of Ishikari, heading towards Mashike Mountain Range. There are no snowfall, nor snowdrift developments and the general avalanche risk is small. All gates will open from the morning. Listen to the ski patrol’s instructions before stepping out the gates. Old tracks are remaining, however the snow stays good and the groomers conditions are splendid. Beware of falls, slipdrops, crashes and falling into stream holes.

Shallow surface slabs slides triggered by riding stimulation or falling cornices are still to be expected at the Backbowl sidewalls, Osawa and Higashi-One cornice areas. Keep in mind that there are many people riding in the same valley. Better not pause at the bottom of the valleys. The out of bounds area is outside the resort management, however all resorts are concerned about every guests’ safety. Prudency will avoid accidents. Do not duck ropes and please respect the Niseko Rules.

---

Resort specific 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 to be planning to open as normal. Check with resorts!

---

Official resort snow depths as of Wednesday 18th January 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 255cm
Base - 100cm

Niseko Village
Top - 200cm
Base - 120cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 210cm
Base - 120cm

---

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 8:10am on Wednesday 18th January 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas appear should be opening as normal this morning

<
Tuesday 17th January 2017
This report
Wednesday 18th January 2017
Thursday 19th January 2017
>
Photo 1
Photo 2
Photo 3
Daily snow reports
Other SnowJapan 'Now' reports and latest observed snowfall
Madarao Now 0cm
Sunday 1st April 2018, 10:32am
Grandeco Now 0cm
Friday 4th May 2018, 7:56am
Yuzawa Now 0cm
Monday 28th May 2018, 8:22am
Furano Now 0cm
Sunday 6th May 2018, 8:56am
Hakuba Now 0cm
Sunday 6th May 2018, 9:02am
Nozawa Onsen Now 0cm
Sunday 6th May 2018, 8:41am
Shiga Kogen Now 0cm
Sunday 6th May 2018, 8:35am
Myoko Now 0cm
Saturday 5th May 2018, 10:44am
Zao Now 0cm
Thursday 3rd May 2018, 8:27am
Naeba Now 0cm
Tuesday 1st May 2018, 9:10am
Minakami Now 0cm
Tuesday 1st May 2018, 9:25am
Appi Kogen Now 0cm
Sunday 6th May 2018, 8:04am
Geto Kogen Now 0cm
Sunday 6th May 2018, 8:01am
Japan snowfall data
(updated daily during winter)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 18th January 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Wednesday 18th January 2017
(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 Wednesday 18th January 2017
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)
  2016/2017
*as of Wednesday 18th January 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
18th January 0cm 0cm 15cm
17th January 4cm 31cm 4cm
16th January 8cm 17cm 0cm
15th January 1cm 24cm 0cm
14th January 13cm 15cm 0cm
13th January 18cm 23cm 1cm
12th January 12cm 12cm 20cm
Previous 7 days total 56cm 122cm 40cm
Previous 14 days total 76cm 214cm 117cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 181cm 244cm 519cm
January observed snowfall total 76cm 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 369cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 18th 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]
76cm
[369cm]
-
[369cm]
-
[369cm]
-
[369cm]
-
[369cm]
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]
  October November December January February March April May
Niseko Now reports before Wednesday 18th January 2017
Niseko Now reports from the same period last season
Niseko Now archived reporting
View previous reports posted to Niseko Now by clicking on the month

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002