Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 31st January 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:33am on Sunday 31st January 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, blue sky and sun starting to appear
Base temp:
-9°C

Top temp:
-13°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow has stopped
wind condition
N 4m/s - NW 10m/s (Hirafu)
Looks pretty good
This report
Sunday 31st January 2016, 8:33am
8cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 46cm
Last 14 reports (total): 76cm
Current month (January 2016) total: 303cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 611cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:33am on Sunday 31st January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Yesterday there was more cloud at the end of the day than the beginning, but generally a very fine day yesterday weather wise with a lot of people out enjoying it as well. Come the evening and it was snowing again, just how it should be!

It looks like Grand Hirafu got their Ace Number 2 quad going eventually (about an hour late I hear), and hopefully there'll be no more problems there... looks like it is open as normal at 8:30am.

I have measured 8cm of new snowfall this morning and with the resorts reporting around 15cm up top it's a reasonable refresh so conditions early on in particular should be very good. It's another cold morning, currently -9C degrees here at base and light snow was snowing just before but has stopped now. There's even some blue sky to be seen through some breaks in the cloud, quite a lot looking back over towards Mt Yotei, and the sun is starting to break through as well.

More wind this morning than yesterday but as I write this report the lifts that should be moving are and there's no sign of disruptions to top lifts; and the peak gates are expected to be open.

So here we are at the end of January 2015. Just over 3 months to go! Sounds good that, doesn't it. Either tomorrow or Tuesday I'll look back over the statistics for January and for the season so far and look forward to what we can hope for an expect for February.

In the meantime, it's time for me to get some skiing in!

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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
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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -8°C, crystal snow, 15cm new snow. Moiwa 800m: -10°C, N5m/s, 20cm new snow. Mikaeri 740m: -12.0°C, W2.7m/s, Annupuri 1150m: -18°C, NW15m/s, 15cm new snow. Hirafu 1000m -10°C, 15cm new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NW16m/s. Kamui Cape WNW8m/s, 1020hPa, wave 1.4m.

Above 1000m on western aspects, NW wind around 15m/s continues, cornices and snowdrifts are slowly growing. All peak gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice. You can still see yesterdays tracks but the snow in the forest is reset. From observation and data general avalanche risk is low, however caution is always advised. There is no guaranteed safety on the mountain. Cracks are starting to form in Mizu no Sawa, they are difficult to see from above. Don't be to over confident, new ski designs allow high speeds, but trees still hurt when you hit them. Be careful of holes. Yesterday over 1000 people went through the gates to ride out of bounds and we are thankful there was no big accidents. We appreciate everyone who respects Niseko Rules and ski safely on the mountain. Have a good day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 31st January 2016:

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

Niseko Village
Top - 280cm
Base - 170cm

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 8:33am on Sunday 31st January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts appear to be opening as planned this morning.

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 31st January 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 31st January 2016
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 31st 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 31st January 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
31st January 8cm 0cm 10cm
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
Previous 7 days total 46cm 21cm 77cm
Previous 14 days total 76cm 90cm 124cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 244cm 519cm 275cm
January observed snowfall total 303cm 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 611cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 31st 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]
303cm
[611cm]
-
[611cm]
-
[611cm]
-
[611cm]
-
[611cm]
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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