Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 30th January 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:45am on Saturday 30th January 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Mostly clear blue skies and sunny; few thin clouds here and there
Base temp:
-11°C

Top temp:
-13°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
NW 2-3m/s
Excellent
This report
Saturday 30th January 2016, 8:45am
1cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 38cm
Last 14 reports (total): 99cm
Current month (January 2016) total: 295cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 603cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:45am on Saturday 30th January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

It is a lovely morning here in Niseko.

I think I said there was a chance of a sunny start to the day in the report yesterday. And so it is, big time!

It is really very cold as well this morning, down into minus double digits here at base. But that won't stop people from wanting to get up out there as early as possible.

With little wind to mess things about today (hurray!), all of the resorts are be planning on having all of the lifts moving as normal as normal - though just at the moment the Ace Number 2 Center Quad at Niseko Grand Hirafu seems to have a few early morning issues and is being delayed much to the dismay of the people lining up for it, who are currently being re-directed to the nearby Ace Number 1 lift. Let's hope they get that fixed quickly.

Just 1cm of snow since yesterday so no deep fresh out there this morning but the weather should make up for that.

The groomed runs all look very neat and tidy ready to be messed up!

The clear blue skies might not last the day and it's forecast to be cloudy but we probably can't expect much snow before the end of tomorrow, so maybe that's our lot for January.

It's going to be a busy one today. Take care and have fun.

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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 appear to be opening as planned this morning... though there seems to be a delay with the Ace Number 2 Center Quad starting up (and the Early Morning was cancelled).

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -12°C, no new snow, calm. Moiwa 800m: -15°C, light winds, minor snowdrift development. Mikaeri 740m: -13.4°C, W0.2m/s, Annupuri 1150m: -13°C, light winds, trace new snow. Hirafu 1000m -15°C, light winds, minor snowdrift development. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:S3m/s. Kamui Cape NE3m/s, 1023hPa, wave 1.1m.

Under the influence of high pressure area, both the sea and mountains are calm. Following inspection of Higashi One area, peak gates 2,3 will be opened. Kozan no sawa (backbowl) sidewall, Osawa cornice 1100m, snowdrift stabilization is delayed and from observation surface slab fractures 40cm depth are likely to occur. Today there will be many mountain users, don't downplay the dangers on the mountain. Carelessly starting an avalanche could take out many people below you in the valleys. Snow in the forest is good, although take care with your route finding. Don't traverse cornice slopes or knolls just to get where you want to go.

Niseko mountain management and the Avalanche Institute spend a lot of energy balancing providing a minimum level of safety and the freedom to ride out of bounds for all mountain users. If you are riding out of bounds there is a strong expectation on you to have consideration for the safety of other mountain users. Please listen to the patrols advice before exiting the gates. Have a great day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 30th 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 8:45am on Saturday 30th January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas appear to be opening as normal this morning

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  2015/2016
*as of Saturday 30th January 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
30th January 1cm 3cm 10cm
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
Previous 7 days total 38cm 31cm 69cm
Previous 14 days total 99cm 94cm 124cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 244cm 519cm 275cm
January observed snowfall total 295cm 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 603cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 30th January 2016
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
295cm
[603cm]
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[603cm]
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[603cm]
-
[603cm]
-
[603cm]
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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