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Niseko Now

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Niseko (Hokkaido), Japan
LATEST REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Monday 23rd January 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Max temp:

Min temp:
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow currently
wind condition
N 6m/s - N 22m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Limited - poor
This report
Monday 23rd January 2017, 8:32am
Sunday 22nd January 2017, 8:34am 0cm
Saturday 21st January 2017, 8:32am 0cm
Friday 20th January 2017, 8:28am 9cm
Thursday 19th January 2017, 8:34am 1cm
Wednesday 18th January 2017, 8:10am 0cm
Tuesday 17th January 2017, 8:08am 4cm
Last 7 reports (total): 23cm
Last 14 reports (total): 86cm
Current month (January 2017) total: 95cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 388cm

Good morning from Niseko.

Snow started falling yesterday and this morning there's a layer of fresh snow on the ground here at base. Hurray!

I have 9cm of it to report to you at the time of writing and it is continuing to snow - and should continue today, so we should be adding to that during the day.

Today wind is a big issue from the start of the day with the resort specific status as it is at 8:30am added below. Basically top lifts not opening.

It should be very cold tonight and more cloud/snow conditions tomorrow. Just doesn't look like a major dump should be expected though; according to forecasts. Friday seems a better bet for that...

Until tomorrow!


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -6℃, 15cm snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -6℃, ESE7.2m/s, 152cm snowpack. Anupuri 1150m: -11℃, NW16m/s, snowdrift developing. Hirafu1250m: -10℃, 12m/s, large development of snowdrifts. Kamui cape lighthouse: ENE4m/s, 1003hPa, 3.2m waves.

Snowfall picked up as the low-pressure passed and made snowdrifts develop in areas above 800m. A 25cm blanket of wind-affected snow is evenly covering the west facing slopes. Looking at the snowfall transition, a good amount of little dense snow is present in slopes below 1000m, and the avalanche risk is moderately high. If the storm picks up, the hazard level will rise accordingly. Stay away from cornices and knolls, do not traverse across steep slopes. All gates are scheduled to open. Seek advice at the gates, before stepping out of bounds.

Hazard levels are objectively evaluated and gates will close when the level are high. Niseko community respects the freedom and cares for the safety of the guests. Anyone is allowed to step out of bounds if they will, but only when the gates are open.

Beware of sudden weather changes. The snow in the treeruns is splendid today.


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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Just the lower lifts are opening at the moment (Ace Family, Ace Number 1, King Number 1 and Holiday Number 1). Other lifts on hold due to wind conditions.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
The top Hanazono Number 3 lift is on hold at the start of the day due to wind conditions.

Niseko Village
The Niseko Gondola, Morino Chair and top Wonderland Chair lifts are on hold at the start of the day due to wind conditions.

Niseko Annupuri
The Annupuri Gondola and top Jumbo Number 4 lift are on hold at the start of the day due to wind conditions.


Official resort snow depths as of Monday 23rd January 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 260cm
Base - 90cm

Niseko Village
Top - 220cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 225cm
Base - 130cm


Night skiing is planned until Monday 20th March 2017 at the Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village resort areas. There is no nighta in the Hanazono area.

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Wind affecting resort operations at the beginning of the day. See above.

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 23rd January 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Monday 23rd January 2017
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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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*as of Monday 23rd January 2017
23rd January 9cm 12cm 2cm
22nd January 0cm 0cm 0cm
21st January 0cm 14cm 15cm
20th January 9cm 1cm 15cm
19th January 1cm 3cm 12cm
18th January 0cm 0cm 15cm
17th January 4cm 31cm 4cm
Previous 7 days total 23cm 61cm 63cm
Previous 14 days total 86cm 183cm 120cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 181cm 244cm 519cm
January observed snowfall total 95cm 303cm 257cm
February observed snowfall total - 266cm 196cm
March observed snowfall total - 109cm 139cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 3cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 388cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2016/2017 season 2cm
2015/2016 season 3cm
2014/2015 season 0cm
2013/2014 season 0cm
2012/2013 season 0cm
  October November December January February March April May
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