Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 24th January 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:20am on Saturday 24th January 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snowing
wind condition
N2m/s - NW5m/s (Hirafu)
Limited
This report
Saturday 24th January 2015, 8:20am
10cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 69cm
Last 14 reports (total): 100cm
Current month (January 2015) total: 236cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 785cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:20am on Saturday 24th January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Morning from Hirafu.

So, something of a limited day yesterday. As of mid afternoon the other two lifts at Hanazono closed up for the day, with Annupuri looking like it was closed all day. The Hirafu Gondola closed mid morning and a few lifts were moving at reduced speed. Proceedings were generally limited to lower and central areas. I didn't get out myself, opting instead for a visit to Otari to the north of the Niseko region. Recommended.

Anyway, on to today and the start of another weekend. They come round quick don't they. There's a lot of people around early on this morning, as you might expect.

Wind of course affected a lot of things yesterday, including the snow so it's another day when putting one number on it is difficult. Lots of drifts around this morning but I'm going to log 10-15cm as the new snowfall for the day in my report but expect double that in higher areas.

Conditions are somewhat calmer this morning. Snow is falling as I am writing this and it's expected to ease off sometime later on today, maybe tonight and tomorrow is forecast to bring us some sun action. We're expecting a relatively mild few days with temperatures even threatening to bust through into low positive numbers.

Beyond tomorrow, snow clouds due to move over the region again from Tuesday onwards.

In the meantime have a fun and safe weekend.

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Looks set to 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 open as planned this morning.

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:
Looks set to open as planned this morning.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -3C, 10cm of crystal snow in 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: WNW5m/s, 20cm snowfall, 50cm snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: N10m/s, -8C, development of dense snowdrifts. Hirafu 1150m: N15m/s, -12C, development of snowdrifts. Coastal data: Benkei cape NNW14m/s, Kamui cape ENE3m/s, 1019hPa, 1.9m waves.

The slabs under 800m altitude are stabilizing and a 10cm layer of new, less wind-affected snow is blanketing on top. The soft-slab formed until the night are likely to fail at 45cm depth and would slide easily with riding stimulation in steep slopes. The stabilization of the slabs above 1200m is delayed and the avalanche risk in Osawa cornice slopes, Backbowl and Higashi-One cornice slopes remains high. The peak gates’ opening is still undecided. Please respect the ski patrol’s decision. Better not stimulate knolls and snowdrifts. Avalanche hazard is also very high in gullies above 1200m in Mt. Yotei. Better stick on ridges and treeruns. There is no 100% safety in the mountains. Always remain prudent. The snow in the trees is in excellent shape.

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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 8:20am on Saturday 24th January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Niseko resorts open

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  2014/2015
*as of Saturday 24th January 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
24th January 10cm 2cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 69cm 47cm 80cm
Previous 14 days total 100cm 217cm 210cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 519cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total 236cm 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 785cm 1163cm 1493cm
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30cm
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519cm
[549cm]
236cm
[785cm]
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[785cm]
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[785cm]
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[785cm]
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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