Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 24th January 2016

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:46am on Sunday 24th January 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Mostly clear blue skies and sun
Base temp:
-8°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
0 - SW 3m/s (Hirafu)
Excellent
This report
Sunday 24th January 2016, 8:46am
0cm
Saturday 23rd January 2016, 8:34am 12cm
Friday 22nd January 2016, 8:40am 0cm
Thursday 21st January 2016, 8:32am 14cm
Wednesday 20th January 2016, 8:32am 1cm
Tuesday 19th January 2016, 8:32am 3cm
Monday 18th January 2016, 8:28am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 30cm
Last 14 reports (total): 163cm
Current month (January 2016) total: 257cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 565cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:46am on Sunday 24th January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Hello from Niseko and it's another cold blue sky morning.

The Ace Number 1 lift at Niseko Grand Hirafu had about 90 minutes downtime for (official reason) 'inspection and maintenance' at around lunchtime yesterday, but other than that things were open as normal and it was a fine day with blue sky and some white cloud here and there hanging around the mountain.

It was snowing very lightly earlier on, but those clouds have quickly dispersed and there are blue skies above now. I can't award any cm of new snowfall this morning as it's more a case of there being just few mm dusting - so it's 0cm for the record today I'm afraid. That ain't enough of course to give us anything like a reset but with the fine weather this morning again it should still be another fine morning to be on the mountain.

Some forecasts do tell wonderful stories of snowfall today, but my eyes show me almost clear blue skies all round at the moment, just a few wispy bit of cloud here and there and Mt Yotei wearing a little cloud hat. Still, snow clouds have been known to move in quickly so you never know. More reliable ones tell of sunny spells over the next few days and that regular (but probably modest) snowfall through the end of the coming week.

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I have said things along these lines before but it's worth mentioning again. Niseko is of course an extremely popular ski resort and that means that there's a large number of people eager to get out there early on and enjoy it. Obviously.

What it also means is that we do actually require decent regular snowfall to fill in the tracks and keep things in fresh shape.

I have a friend who lives near a small local ski hill in Nagano Prefecture and he says that he can go up on the lift at 4pm and still pretty much have an untouched mountain to enjoy. Ii ne! Alas, there's not much of that here in Niseko in these modern days. (I'll avoid the 'I remember when...' kind of stories!).

Having said that there are areas of the mountain that are much more popular than others, meaning there are also places that are quieter and get less tracked out. You too can find them. It is possible to get to experience Niseko without feeling that it is over-crowded with cunning planning and maybe a bit of luck and timing too. That discussion is perhaps for another day...

Anyway, perfect for me would be say 20-25cm of fresh each day, or rather overnight. Followed by some cold but fine weather in the daytime. But I suppose that applies for everywhere doesn't it!

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All resort areas are opening as planned this morning.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -10°C, 5mm new snowfall, moonlight. Moiwa 800m: light winds, no new snow, no snowdrift development. Mikaeri 740m: -10.2°C, N0.1m/s, trace of new snow, minor snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -14°C, light winds, trace new snow. Hirafu 1000m: -10°C, no new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:light winds. Kamui Cape s4m/s, 1003hPa, wave 0.9m.

No new snowfall and except for the strictly off limits areas the mountain is completely tracked out. From observation and data analysis avalanche risk is low. The Jan 24 snow surface has formed a frost layer during the clear night and will become a notable layer in the future snow pack. All peak gates are expected to be open. Out of bounds the snow surface is covered in hard tracks from yesterday, take care loosing control and hitting something. Please listen to the patrols advice before leaving the ski area.
Yesterday Haru no Taki strictly off limits area was entered by a number of people, two lift passes were confiscated. The number of people illegally entering Yu no Sawa is also increasing. The freedom and safety of all resort users is protected by the Niseko Rules and should not be tolerated by any mountain users. These rules must be followed by everyone regardless of their country of origin. People who disregard the rules will be banned from the ski resorts. Each accommodation provider has a duty to properly explain the rules to all guests. This information is issued for the purpose of accident prevention in out of bounds areas. The groomed runs are in excellent condition. Have a great day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 24th January 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 310cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Village
Top - 270cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 250cm
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 8:46am on Sunday 24th January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open as planned this morning

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 24th January 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 24th January 2016
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 24th January 2016
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2015/2016
*as of Sunday 24th January 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
24th January 0cm 10cm 2cm
23rd January 12cm 2cm 20cm
22nd January 0cm 0cm 15cm
21st January 14cm 15cm 5cm
20th January 1cm 15cm 3cm
19th January 3cm 12cm 2cm
18th January 0cm 15cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 30cm 69cm 47cm
Previous 14 days total 163cm 100cm 217cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 244cm 519cm 275cm
January observed snowfall total 257cm 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 565cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 24th January 2016
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
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
257cm
[565cm]
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[565cm]
-
[565cm]
-
[565cm]
-
[565cm]
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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