Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 19th January 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Tuesday 19th January 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Cloud / light snow
wind condition
N 10m/s - N 12m/s (Hirafu)
Fair - limited in places
This report
Tuesday 19th January 2016, 8:32am
3cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 113cm
Last 14 reports (total): 207cm
Current month (January 2016) total: 230cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 538cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Tuesday 19th January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from here at Hirafu base.

The day started off seemingly fairly calm yesterday morning, but unfortunately by mid morning there were some lift disruptions due to windy conditions. First to be stopped was the top King Number 3 at Niseko Grand Hirafu as early as 9am, and then by 10:30am all of the top lifts at each of the four resort areas were not moving, with the Annupuri Gondola and Jumbo Number 3 lifts also finishing their day by early afternoon.

I have just 3cm of new snowfall to report to you this morning since yesterday. It is not as cold as it has been this morning but there are windy conditions on mountain from the start of the day. Niseko Annupuri are reporting northerly winds of up to 19m/s on their upper slopes.

From the start of the day the top lifts at all areas but Hanazono are waiting on conditions and the peak gates will be closed.

As mentioned in the Avalanche Report this morning we should expect conditions to be somewhat different from the last few days with the wind blowing the snow around and snowdrifts. Extra care is needed.

We can probably expect a similar picture tomorrow morning as well by the way.

This storm is so far bringing us here in Niseko less snow and just strong wind - where's the fun in that? - but it is great to see that lots of other ski resort areas of Japan have been getting some decent snow. Those scenes looked more like the usual scenes we see each winter, rather than all this talk of lack of snow. Let's hope that it continues.

Oh yes, and more snow up here too please. I know, I'm greedy.

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
At the start of the day the top Ace Number 4, King Number 4 and King Number 3 lifts will not be open due to the windy conditions. Other lifts plan to be open.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
All three lifts appear to be opening as planned.

Niseko Village
The lower Community, Banzai and Morino lifts plan to start the day. Other lifts plan to be open.

Niseko Annupuri
Only the lower Jumbo Number 1 and 2 lifts plan to start the day. Other lifts plan to be open.


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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -5℃, light snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -6℃, E10m/s, snowdrifts development. Mikaeri 740m: -5.5℃, NW12.1m/s, large snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: E23m/s. Hirafu 1000m: -6℃, NE10m/s, snowdrifts development. Benkei cape: ESE7m/s, Kamui cape ESE4m/s, 998hPa, 1.9m waves.

The mountain base is relatively calm. Snowfall is scarce but a strong easterly wind is blowing above 800m, drifting snow and growing packed snowdrifts. Cornices and snowdrifts in knolls will drastically develop as the day goes by and the avalanche risk will rise accordingly. Be careful as heavy snowdrifts are also present inbounds.

Snowdrifts growth depends on the windspeed; the stronger the wind, the faster they grow, and fast growing snowdrifts are the most unstable, easily collapsing with the slightest stimulations, triggering larger avalanches as they slide. Today’s snow is totally different from yesterday’s. Be prudent and plan according to the conditions. Peak gates will be closed today. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions and do not duck ropes to step out of bounds. The snow will be better soon.

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Official resort snow depths as of Tuesday 19th 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 8:32am on Tuesday 19th January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Strong wind will very likely be affecting at least top lifts today

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  2015/2016
*as of Tuesday 19th January 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
19th January 3cm 12cm 2cm
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
Previous 7 days total 113cm 32cm 122cm
Previous 14 days total 207cm 126cm 262cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 244cm 519cm 275cm
January observed snowfall total 230cm 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 538cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 19th January 2016
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 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
230cm
[538cm]
-
[538cm]
-
[538cm]
-
[538cm]
-
[538cm]
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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