Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 1st February 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Sunday 1st February 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, limited visibility
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snowing nicely!
wind condition
N5m/s - NW13m/s (Hirafu)
Limited
This report
Sunday 1st February 2015, 8:32am
15cm
Saturday 31st January 2015, 8:32am 0cm
Friday 30th January 2015, 8:22am 3cm
Thursday 29th January 2015, 8:15am 10cm
Wednesday 28th January 2015, 8:32am 3cm
Tuesday 27th January 2015, 8:20am 0cm
Monday 26th January 2015, 8:33am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 31cm
Last 14 reports (total): 90cm
Current month (February 2015) total: 15cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 821cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Sunday 1st February 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko on this first day of February.

February already?! (I'll be taking a look at the final numbers for January in my report tomorrow morning).

It's snowing quite heavily out there this morning and there's a good 15cm (and counting) of snow on the top of my parked car outside at the moment.

Cold, snowy and... unfortunately the strong winds are still with us and stopping some lifts from getting going again. Top lifts at all four resort areas as well as the gondolas at Niseko Annupuri and Niseko Village are affected at the start of the day.

Similar kind of conditions forecast through the day today and tomorrow as well, with things easing off by Tuesday.

It's great to get new fresh snowfall, and conditions should be fun this morning... justgo away winds!

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Quick mention for a new 'nakama' joining us reporting the snow from around Japan - welcome to the new daily 'Naeba Now' reports on SnowJapan from the Naeba area of Niigata Prefecture. I haven't been myself but will enjoy having more to read each morning!

Naeba Now reports

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Please see my previous report for an explanation about change in the official 'snow depth' number on the reports.

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Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Top King Number 4, King Number 3 and Ace Number 4 lifts on hold due to weather conditions.
'Early Morning' lift available daily until 1st February (for 500 yen, Ace Quad Number 2 lift from 8am until 8:20am).

Niseko Hanazono:
Top Hanazono Number 3 lift on hold.

Niseko Village:
Niseko Gondola and top Wonderland lift on hold early on due to strong winds.
'Early Morning Gondola' available Saturdays and Sundays until February 8th (for 1300 yen, Gondola open from 7:30am until 8:30am).

Niseko Annupuri:
Annupuri Gondola and top Jumbo Number 4 lifts on hold due to strong winds.

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Niseko Avalanche Report
Niseko base 6am: -5C, 15cm of crushed crystal snowfall in 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: NE18m/s, -7C, 50cm of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1000m: N15m/s, -10C, 50cm of snowdrift, 275cm snowpack. Hirafu 1000m: strong NE wind, -8C, developing snowdrifts. Peak anemometer: NNW19.2m/s at 6am. Coastal data: Benkei cape E14m/s, Kamui cape ENE6m/s, 1-14hPa, 2.1m waves.

Strong NE wind generated large development of unstable snowdrifts, easily sliding from Jan 31st layer. Hard-slabs and cornices in Osawa ad Mikaeri bowl that formed in a short period of time are very unstable. Avalanche risk is high in those slopes today. The wind will shift to north, then to westerly and snowdrifts will develop accordingly. Beware. Peak gates scheduled to be kept closed.

A decent dump has finally come, however it’s better to stay in the trees and course-side powder areas for now. The new snow is a bit shallow but pretty good. Many of the avalanche accidents occur in leeward slopes during a storm. Sunlight is weak and the surface is hard to see. Stay in control, be prudent and ride safe.

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Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 350cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 280cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 275cm
Base - 160cm

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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 8:32am on Sunday 1st February 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open this morning but affected by strong winds

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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 Sunday 1st February 2015
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 1st February 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 Sunday 1st February 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 Sunday 1st February 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
1st February 15cm 20cm 0cm
31st January 0cm 10cm 0cm
30th January 3cm 10cm 10cm
29th January 10cm 20cm 0cm
28th January 3cm 20cm 3cm
27th January 0cm 15cm 45cm
26th January 0cm 2cm 5cm
Previous 7 days total 31cm 97cm 63cm
Previous 14 days total 90cm 144cm 121cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 519cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total 257cm 461cm 443cm
February observed snowfall total 15cm 178cm 316cm
March observed snowfall total - 113cm 164cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 32cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 2cm
Season observed snowfall total 821cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 1st February 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]
257cm
[806cm]
15cm
[821cm]
-
[821cm]
-
[821cm]
-
[821cm]
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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