Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 23rd January 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:25am on Friday 23rd January 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud cover, fog
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow being blown
wind condition
To NW13m/s (Hirafu); 22m/s (Village)
Limited
This report
Friday 23rd January 2015, 8:25am
2cm
Thursday 22nd January 2015, 8:15am 0cm
Wednesday 21st January 2015, 8:22am 15cm
Tuesday 20th January 2015, 8:32am 15cm
Monday 19th January 2015, 8:33am 12cm
Sunday 18th January 2015, 8:26am 15cm
Saturday 17th January 2015, 8:20am 4cm
Last 7 reports (total): 63cm
Last 14 reports (total): 120cm
Current month (January 2015) total: 226cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 775cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:25am on Friday 23rd January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

It's another wild ride today.

One of those days when it's going to be a difficult to give a measure on snow - I'm going with a few cm though for now. Luckily (for those purposes) not much yet.

Naughty strong northerly winds on mountain are enjoying blowing things around and disrupting top lifts - along with all of the lifts at Annupuri - at the beginning of the day unfortunately. With strong winds expected to continue for the day and very possibly get worse, we can expect more disruptions I'm afraid. For resort status as of the start of the day, check below - I do updated that every day in case you didn't know.

So it's either take a break from the skiing and boarding and take a dip in an onsen, or brave the conditions and make the most of the very possibly less crowded slopes (I suppose that will depend on how many people decide to take a rest, and how many lifts remain open).

Snow is expected to continue into tomorrow but hopefully wind will ease off at least somewhat. Sunday is currently looking set to be much calmer and we might get some clearer skies as well.

Snow back with us from around Tuesday.

Have a good day, if you do venture out... be safe. Of course.

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Resort specific news at time of writing - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Top King Number 3, Ace Number 4, King Number 4 and Swinging Monkey lifts on hold early on due to the 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:
Hanazono Number 3 lift on hold due to weather.

Niseko Village:
Niseko Gondola and top Wonderland chair on hold at the start of the day due to weather conditions.
'Early Morning Gondola' available Saturdays and Sundays until February 8th (for 1300 yen, Gondola open from 7:30am until 8:30am).

Niseko Annupuri:
All lifts on hold at the beginning of the day at Annupuri.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -3C, north-easterly storm for the last 12 hours has made snowdrifts develop in leeward area. Moiwa 800m: NE20m/s, -5C, large development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m NE20m/s with drastic development of snowdrifts. Hirafu peak ridge NE25m/s, -7C. Coastal data: Benkei cape NE13m/s, Kamui cape ESE4m/s, 1007hPa, 1.8m waves.

A strong NE storm is persisting, making snowdrifts drastically develop on top of Jan 22nd layer. The avalanche risk is extremely high today. Highly wind-affected dense snow is also present in the treeruns. All gates above 800m will be closed today. Today is not a day to go out of bounds. Similar hazardous conditions in Nito, Chise, Shiribetsu and other surrounding areas. Carefully plan your tour route. The wind will calm down tomorrow, better not push it too far today. Many accidents occur during a storm. Have a nice day.

Travel insurances may not cover accidents in out of bounds areas, it is strongly suggested to have an insurance that covers mountaineering accidents.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 350cm
Base - 145cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 270cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 250cm
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 8:25am on Friday 23rd January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Lifts affected by weather conditions early morning. Check for latest during the day.

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  2014/2015
*as of Friday 23rd January 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
23rd January 2cm 20cm 0cm
22nd January 0cm 15cm 0cm
21st January 15cm 5cm 3cm
20th January 15cm 3cm 10cm
19th January 12cm 2cm 35cm
18th January 15cm 0cm 32cm
17th January 4cm 10cm 20cm
Previous 7 days total 63cm 55cm 100cm
Previous 14 days total 120cm 240cm 235cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 519cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total 226cm 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 775cm 1163cm 1493cm
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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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2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
226cm
[775cm]
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[775cm]
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[775cm]
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[775cm]
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[775cm]
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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