Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 19th January 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:33am on Monday 19th January 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy, slight clearings at times
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow at times
wind condition
1-7m/s westerly (Hirafu)
Variable but fairly decent
This report
Monday 19th January 2015, 8:33am
12cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 32cm
Last 14 reports (total): 126cm
Current month (January 2015) total: 194cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 743cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:33am on Monday 19th January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from my base here in Hirafu and there's another 10-15cm of fresh snow this morning an up to 20cm being reported higher up.

Earlier on when I got up it was just overcast and cloudy, later on snowing quite heavily for a short while, but currently it is snowing lightly. There's even a hint of light blue sky behind thin clouds over there by Hanazono and a brief bit of sunshine here and there.

Forecast is for moderate snowfall later on today, later this afternoon or tonight and then into tomorrow. For the moment it's fairly calm but stronger winds may also prevail later.

It does look like all of the gates are going to be open this morning. Yey!

Take care and have fun.

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Unfortunately only one person (along with some extremely lucky friends) can win that Tour and there's only a few Niseko tickets left to win, but good luck to everyone who enters anyway.

And once again I would like to sincerely thank everyone so much who sent in comments over the last few weeks - it's great to hear the feedback. Apologies that we can't reply to them all individually.

Myself and the SnowJapan guys will continue to do what we can to provide quality reports right through until the last lift stops moving, and not only from Niseko of course.

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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:
Looks set to be open as planned this morning.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -7C, mild wind, 15cm snowfall in 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: -7C, light breeze, 20cm snowfall with development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: S5m/s, 20cm snowfall. Hirafu peak ridge: -13C, mild wind, 20cm snowfall. Benkei cape S4m/s, Kamui cape NNW2m/s, 1009hPa, 0.5m waves.

The atmospheric pressure gradient is small. The ocean and the mountains are in calm conditions. 15-30cm of light crystal snow has fallen in the last 12 hours. The snowdrifts that developed in the last couple of days have mostly stabilized and the general avalanche risk is relatively low. All gates are scheduled to open from the morning. Bear in mind that the stabilization of the slabs in 1100m areas is delayed due to lower temperature. Human triggered avalanche are still likely to occur in cornice/knoll/gully terrain of steep faces. Be aware that the out of bounds area is not a resort no more. Consequences can be serious, better not make light of the risk you’re taking. Ride carefully, don’t loose your skis. The snow in the trees has been mostly reset and in good condition. Don’t duck ropes to step out of bounds. Do you know there are official Rules for out of bounds riding in Niseko?

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 355cm
Base - 155cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 270cm
Base - 170cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 240cm
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 8:33am on Monday 19th January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts are open

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Monday 19th January 2015
(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 Monday 19th January 2015
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)
  2014/2015
*as of Monday 19th January 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
19th January 12cm 2cm 35cm
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
Previous 7 days total 32cm 122cm 137cm
Previous 14 days total 126cm 262cm 272cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 519cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total 194cm 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 743cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 19th January 2015
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 - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
194cm
[743cm]
-
[743cm]
-
[743cm]
-
[743cm]
-
[743cm]
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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