Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 28th January 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Wednesday 28th January 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy, limited visibility
Base temp:
-10°C

Top temp:
-14°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
E 2m/s - NW 5m/s (Hirafu)
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This report
Wednesday 28th January 2015, 8:32am
3cm
Tuesday 27th January 2015, 8:20am 0cm
Monday 26th January 2015, 8:33am 0cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 20cm
Last 14 reports (total): 81cm
Current month (January 2015) total: 244cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 793cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Wednesday 28th January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Hello and good morning... it's a better morning than yesterday, which wasn't very nice at all.

It is most certainly much colder, with a return to winter like temperatures overnight and early on.

We have some new snowfall as well, though not as much as we would like. Resorts reporting up to 15cm of fresh snow, just a few cm or so down here at base. But, snow is forecast for the day today so fingers crossed for a decent amount.

All of the four resort areas look to open up as planned this morning, the only thing I notice early on is Annupuri Gondola operating at reduced speed. Stronger winds on the forecast for later in the day, so that situation could well change.

Tomorrow cloudy skies are forecast, before a return to snow from later Friday. Once that gets going it should be snowing through into early next week at least so looking very positive still for a proper decent refresh over the weekend.

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Let's update ourselves on some numbers for a bit of excite fun.

In January last season I observed 461cm of snowfall; this month so far my observations in the same place are on 244cm.
Hmmm.

The Japan Meteorological Agency snowfall January readings for Kutchan Town:

January 2011: 420cm
January 2012: 290cm
January 2013: 268cm
January 2014: 317cm
January 2015: 214cm (up until now)

So come on, let's fill out those numbers out for January!

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Please see my previous report for an explanation about change in the official 'snow depth' number on the reports.

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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. Annupuri Gondola running at reduced speed.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -9C, 5cm of new snow in 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: W10m/s, -12C, 10cm of new snow with some 40cm snowdrifts. Annupuri snowpack 255cm. Hirafu 1000m: mild wind, -12C, light snowfall. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW19m/s, Kamui cape WSW11m/s, 1011hPa, 2.6m waves.

The winter-pressure pattern dropped some new snowfall starting at 1am. Some snowdrifts started to develop. Yesterday’s low-pressure snowfall is re-crystalizing due to cold temperatures. 40cm thick slides are to be expected in some areas around 700m. New snowfall is still insufficient and old tracks catches the skis/board. Visibility is also pretty bad up high. Beware not to loose control and hit trees. Gates 2 & 3 will be closed. Others are scheduled to open, however situation may change, please respect the ski patrol’s instructions. Be aware that the area outside the gate is not within the resort before you step out of the gates. Niseko respects people’s freedom to ski out of bounds areas, however is also deeply concerned about everyone’s safety. Be safe and have nice day. The conditions will turn better tomorrow.

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Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 360cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 270cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 265cm
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 8:32am on Wednesday 28th January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open this morning

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Wednesday 28th January 2015
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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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 Wednesday 28th January 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
28th January 3cm 20cm 3cm
27th January 0cm 15cm 45cm
26th January 0cm 2cm 5cm
25th January 5cm 0cm 10cm
24th January 10cm 2cm 0cm
23rd January 2cm 20cm 0cm
22nd January 0cm 15cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 20cm 74cm 63cm
Previous 14 days total 81cm 134cm 186cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 519cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total 244cm 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 793cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 28th 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
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
244cm
[793cm]
-
[793cm]
-
[793cm]
-
[793cm]
-
[793cm]
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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