Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 25th January 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:40am on Sunday 25th January 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, blue sky, sun at times
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Not snowing folks
wind condition
Calm! 0m/s (Hirafu)
Decent
This report
Sunday 25th January 2015, 8:40am
5cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 59cm
Last 14 reports (total): 99cm
Current month (January 2015) total: 241cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 790cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:40am on Sunday 25th January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Hello and good morning from Niseko.

It's a busy Sunday morning out there already, but weather-wise a calm start to the day.

Up above it's a mix of cloud and blue sky, and I can see the sun too just now but it's playing a bit of hide and seek behind the clouds. Just a bit of new snowfall to add this morning, around 5cm with up to 15cm on mountain being reported.

Don't know about you, but I'm all for a bumper 40-50cm of beautiful dry light new snowfall kind of day. Next one of those please... this week would be great! Onegai shimasu.

All resorts and lifts are open as planned and it looks like all the gates should be open this morning as well. Let's Sunday!

On a more serious note, please be sure to check out the Avalanche report this morning (below)... found a few things mentioned in there interesting.

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One change to the report that I want to make a note of.

Until now, for the 'official snow depth' number on the report, we have been making a note of the 'lower' number from Hirafu (I mean the 'Current snow' number that you can see towards the top right of this page).

It's not actually really that important as within every single report that I put up here I do make a clear note of all of the upper/lower snow depth numbers for each resort area, but we do think that it is probably better to change it to the upper number.

The upper number is also the number that is shown on the resort pages of our site, so it will now tie in with that.

So from today that is what we'll be using - the official 'upper' snow depth number at Niseko Grand Hirafu.

A few people mentioned this to us in comments sent in during the Prize Draw (thank you), so I hope this will meet with general approval. Sorry for the mid-season change.

* Sadly the jump from 145cm to 360cm does not mean that we have suddenly got 215cm of fresh snowfall overnight. I might even dust off the word 'epic' (with a capital 'E') if that happened!

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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:
Looks set to open as planned this morning.
'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: -5C, light dusts in the last 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: mild wind and 10cm of new snow. Annupuri 1150m: mild wind, 15cm of snowfall. 1000m snowpack 250cm. Hirafu ridge: mild wind, light snowfall, -11C. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW6m/s, Kamui cape WNW3m/s, 1026hPa, 0.6m waves.

A calm morning as a high-pressure system is dominating the area. The snowdrifts are stable and the avalanche risk is low. Beware of collapsing cornices. All gates will open from the morning. The snow is in pretty good shape.

Intruders to Haru-no-Taki off-limits area never seem to decrease. Everyone should realize that the freedom to ride out of bounds in Niseko is protected in exchange of having those strictly off-limits areas closed at all time. The gate system would fail if people cannot respect the Rules and end up in closure of all gates and restriction of all out of bounds riding.

Whoever violating the off-limits areas will be banned from using all resort facilities. Haru-no-Taki may eventually open in the future, but we strongly demand everybody to respect the Rules until then. This area is a ski resort and the Rules exist to protect the freedom of out of bounds riding and the minimum safety of all resort users.

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Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 360cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 270cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 255cm
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 8:40am on Sunday 25th January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas open. All gates open.

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 25th January 2015
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 25th January 2015
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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  2014/2015
*as of Sunday 25th January 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
25th January 5cm 0cm 10cm
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
Previous 7 days total 59cm 47cm 58cm
Previous 14 days total 99cm 192cm 185cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 519cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total 241cm 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 790cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 25th January 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]
241cm
[790cm]
-
[790cm]
-
[790cm]
-
[790cm]
-
[790cm]
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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