Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 29th January 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:39am on Friday 29th January 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Clouds but fairly bright
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow at times
wind condition
N 2m/s - NW 14m/s (Hirafu)
Fair
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This report
Friday 29th January 2016, 8:39am
6cm
Thursday 28th January 2016, 8:41am 1cm
Wednesday 27th January 2016, 8:36am 16cm
Tuesday 26th January 2016, 8:20am 14cm
Monday 25th January 2016, 8:40am 0cm
Sunday 24th January 2016, 8:46am 0cm
Saturday 23rd January 2016, 8:34am 12cm
Last 7 reports (total): 49cm
Last 14 reports (total): 115cm
Current month (January 2016) total: 294cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 602cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:39am on Friday 29th January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Morning. It has been snowing lightly again here this morning though as I look outside the window it seems to have stopped for the moment. It's actually quite bright looking up towards the mountain... might it even clear up a bit today?

Anyway, there's 6cm of fresh new snowfall here near base since my last report. It does feel colder out there this morning and the resorts are indeed reporting lower temperatures than yesterday and with the wind it'll probably feel very cold.

Wind unfortunately continues to affect us I'm afraid. As of 8:30am, it looks like again we are going to be starting the day with top lifts at Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri not able to open as planned, though it's just the top lifts right now with all of the Gondolas operating. Please see the info below for the situation as it is right now.

Snow is still expected on and off over the coming week, but tomorrow might well start off with some sunshine. Again, if the forecasts are correct I wouldn't expect heavy snow (best chance of decent snow looks like Sunday night) but rather modest amounts. It should be keeping cold through as we venture into February.

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
The top Ace Number 4, King Number 4 and King Number 3 lifts are not starting the day as planned due to strong winds.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
All three Hanazono lifts plan to be operating though currently the open lower lift is operating at reduced speed.

Niseko Village
The top Wonderland lift is not starting the day as planned due to strong winds.

Niseko Annupuri
The top Number 4 lift is not starting the day as planned due to strong winds.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -8°C, 3cm new snow, calm. Moiwa 800m: -12°C, NNW10m/s, 15cm new snow, snowdrift development. Mikaeri 740m: -11.6°C, SW1.0m/s, 25cm new snow, snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -15°C, NW20m/s, cornice and snowdrift development. Hirafu ridge line -15°C, strong wind, snowdrift development. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NNW14m/s. Kamui Cape WNW10m/s, 1026hPa, wave 2.1m.

A strong westerly wind above 1100m from the high pressure system to the west is producing rapid cornice and snow drift development on leeward slopes. Osawa cornice slope 1000m, Kozan no sawa (backbowl) sidewall, Higashi One(east ridge) cornice slope and other steep leeward slopes the avalanche risk extremely high. Gates 2,3 will be closed. Gates 1,5,6 yet to be decided. Listen to the patrols advice. From observation leeward slopes below 800m are starting to stabilize, although cornice and knoll areas are still easily fracturing by ski stimulation. Do not enter these areas carelessly. When the atmospheric pressure gradient flattens out the wind will drop and slabs will stabilize. Don't over estimate your skills or knowledge, make prudent safe decisions.

This information is issued to aid in accident prevention. Your freedom to ride out of bounds will be protected if you follow the Niseko Rules. Be careful of frostbite. Use caution to avoid accidents.

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Official resort snow depths as of Friday 29th January 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 320cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Village
Top - 270cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 270cm
Base - 150cm

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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 8:39am on Friday 29th January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Top lifts affected by wind this morning

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2013/2014
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29th January 6cm 10cm 20cm
28th January 1cm 3cm 20cm
27th January 16cm 0cm 15cm
26th January 14cm 0cm 2cm
25th January 0cm 5cm 0cm
24th January 0cm 10cm 2cm
23rd January 12cm 2cm 20cm
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Previous 14 days total 115cm 91cm 139cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 244cm 519cm 275cm
January observed snowfall total 294cm 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 602cm 1144cm 1163cm
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196cm
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2013/2014 season 0cm
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123cm
[123cm]
275cm
[398cm]
461cm
[859cm]
178cm
[1037cm]
113cm
[1150cm]
13cm
[1163cm]
0cm
[1163cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
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118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
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164cm
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32cm
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