Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 13th January 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:07am on Friday 13th January 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Fine, some thin cloud
Base temp:
-11°C

Top temp:
-15°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None currently
wind condition
0 - NW 5m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Very good
This report
Friday 13th January 2017, 8:07am
18cm
Thursday 12th January 2017, 8:10am 12cm
Wednesday 11th January 2017, 8:31am 8cm
Tuesday 10th January 2017, 8:30am 3cm
Monday 9th January 2017, 8:31am 0cm
Sunday 8th January 2017, 8:28am 0cm
Saturday 7th January 2017, 8:22am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 41cm
Last 14 reports (total): 55cm
Current month (January 2017) total: 50cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 343cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:07am on Friday 13th January 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

It's a good morning from here in Niseko.

Nature has blessed us a very nice delivery of quality snowfall since my last report.

First of all just looking back to yesterday... the Swinging Monkey lift at Niseko Grand Hirafu didn’t make it to 10am yesterday morning and the lower Morino Chair and Village Express lifts at Niseko Village also had to halt mid-morning before being able to re-open again early afternoon. It was windy out there.

So onto today. And it looks like it should be a very good day indeed.

Decent amount of quality dry and light powder - check!
Cold - check!
Some blue skies and sunshine - check!
Much less wind - check!
Top lifts open - check!

On that last point, I think that today the top lifts should be operating as planned. And because they were closed yesterday there will very probably be people fighting to get up and play in that untouched snow.

That's it for me. Time to put on my own 'fighting gear'! Can't wait.

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I sometimes hear people asking about the mysterious Country Road Chair ski lift which can be seen lurking around on the trail map and indeed in person on the upper half of the Niseko Village resort area in a seemingly permanently resting kind of state.

Why isn’t it moving? Does it ever open? Does it have magical powers?

I spoke with someone from Niseko Village (located in Niseko Town, ba-dum-tsh!) about said lift to try and get some official word. Basically, this pair lift isn’t scheduled to open - but from time to time you might catch it moving. From what I gather that will most likely happen at times when it’s extremely busy or some kind of special event. It obviously is kept in working order as it can be called into action when called upon, and it does keep its place on the trail map.

So now you know, sort of.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -8℃, 15cm snowfall and calm. Moiwa850m: -11℃, W5m/s, large development of cornice and snowdrifts. Annupuri1150m: -20℃, the snow is blown and cornices and snowdrifts have developed. Hirafu1250m: -12℃, mild westerly wind, 15cm snowfall and cornices/snowdrifts developed in Higashi-One. Kamui cape lighthouse: WSW8m/s, 1000hPa, 2.1m waves.

The wind is calming down. Newly formed wind-drifts of 100cm thickness have been observed. The new layer is stabilizing as we speak, but the avalanche risk will remain high all day. The cornices have grown big and are likely to fall and trigger a slide as they do. Beware and don’t stimulate them. Stay away from cornices and knolls and do not traverse steep slopes. Gates opening is undecided. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions.

Surface slab avalanches occur as slabs slide in leeward slopes. Slopes near cornices in Higashi-One, Backbowl (Kozan no sawa), Annupuri bowl (Osawa) are all in critical conditions. Do not stay put in valley bottoms, avalanches strike from above. The snow in the treeruns is a little wind-affected and heavy but light snow is blanketing and is in great conditions. Wearing helmets, beacons and other safety equipments is strongly recommended when stepping out of bounds.

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
Resorts expected to open as normal this morning.

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Official resort snow depths as of Friday 13th January 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 265cm
Base - 115cm

Niseko Village
Top - 190cm
Base - 120cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 185cm
Base - 115cm

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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.

Archive report: Posted at 8:07am on Friday 13th January 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Resorts should be open as planned this morning

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 13th 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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  2016/2017
*as of Friday 13th January 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
13th January 18cm 23cm 1cm
12th January 12cm 12cm 20cm
11th January 8cm 11cm 6cm
10th January 3cm 20cm 30cm
9th January 0cm 11cm 3cm
8th January 0cm 11cm 20cm
7th January 0cm 14cm 15cm
Previous 7 days total 41cm 102cm 95cm
Previous 14 days total 55cm 145cm 203cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 181cm 244cm 519cm
January observed snowfall total 50cm 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 343cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 13th January 2017
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
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
50cm
[343cm]
-
[343cm]
-
[343cm]
-
[343cm]
-
[343cm]
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
303cm
[611cm]
266cm
[877cm]
109cm
[986cm]
6cm
[992cm]
0cm
[992cm]
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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