Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 20th January 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Wednesday 20th 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
Snowing
wind condition
N 5m/s - NE 14m/s
Limited
This report
Wednesday 20th January 2016, 8:32am
1cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 91cm
Last 14 reports (total): 193cm
Current month (January 2016) total: 231cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 539cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Wednesday 20th January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Morning from Hirafu where there's just 1cm of new snowfall to report to you this morning. We were expecting and hoping for more, but shall try to not be too greedy.

Yesterday wind messed around with top lifts, with the Niseko Annupuri resort only ending up opening up late morning with the Jumbo 1, 2 and 3 lifts eventually moving by noon. Other top lifts were affected through the day as well.

So how will today turn out?

Unfortunately it looks like there's going to be less lifts open than yesterday at the beginning of the day. The Niseko Annupuri lifts will all be closed again due to the strong winds up to 20m/s over there on their upper slopes, and it's lower lifts only at Niseko Village and Niseko Grand Hirafu. The two lower quads at Hanazono are set to be both operating, but the top lift won't be.

It's not the best of news for today and somewhat challenging conditions if you decide to get out there. It doesn't feel particularly cold down here in the village but with the wind conditions I would think it will feel mighty cold if you get on the lifts.

Snow is forecast for the day today though and with less wind likely (hopefully!), conditions should be good tomorrow morning.

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Just lower lifts open at the start of the day - Ace Family, Ace Number 1, King Number 1 and Holiday Number 1 pair. Gondola and other lifts not operating.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
The Hanazono 1 and 2 lifts are operating, but the top Hanazono Number 3 lift is not starting the day.

Niseko Village
The lower Community, Banzai and Morino lifts plan to start the day but the Niseko Gondola and top Wonderland Chair not operating.

Niseko Annupuri
All lifts not operating at the start of the day due to strong winds.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -4℃, strong northerly wind, light snowfall with snowdrift development. Moiwa 800m: -10℃, E15m/s, no snowfall but large development of snowdrifts. Mikaeri 740m: -6.7℃, W9m/s, development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: -8℃, NW20-27m/s. Hirafu 1000m: -13℃, strong NE wind with large development of snowdrifts. Benkei cape: ENE17m/s, Kamui cape: E6m/s, 1003hPa, 5.5m waves.

Although new snowfall is scarce, the strong easterly wind has developed new snowdrifts all around the mountain. SW facing slopes of the valleys are covered with wind-packed snowdrifts forming unstable slabs. The wind is forecasted to shift west and the snowfall will also pick up as it does. The avalanche risk in steep slopes, knolls, under lifts and under cornices above 600m elevation is high. Gates 1 & 5 as well as all peak gates will be shut. Refrain from ducking ropes. Avalanche accidents mostly occur during and just after storms. Going to an onsen and relax until the storm calms down is recommended for today. The visibility is poor on and off the mountain, pleaser be careful on the road and drive safe. If your car happen to get stuck in a blizzard, it is best to turn the engine off and wait for rescue. Have a nice day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Wednesday 20th January 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 300cm
Base - 130cm

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 Wednesday 20th January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Lots of lifts affected by wind this morning - see report for more details

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  2015/2016
*as of Wednesday 20th January 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
20th January 1cm 15cm 3cm
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
Previous 7 days total 91cm 46cm 95cm
Previous 14 days total 193cm 141cm 235cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 244cm 519cm 275cm
January observed snowfall total 231cm 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 539cm 1144cm 1163cm
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
231cm
[539cm]
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[539cm]
-
[539cm]
-
[539cm]
-
[539cm]
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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