Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 1st January 2015

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:50am on Thursday 1st January 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Partly cloudy, blue sky, sun
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Not snowing
wind condition
2-5m/s (Hirafu)
Very good
This report
Thursday 1st January 2015, 8:50am
15cm
Wednesday 31st December 2014, 8:34am 40cm
Tuesday 30th December 2014, 8:45am 0cm
Monday 29th December 2014, 10:01am 0cm
Sunday 28th December 2014, 8:35am 0cm
Saturday 27th December 2014, 8:50am 25cm
Friday 26th December 2014, 8:23am 45cm
Last 7 reports (total): 125cm
Last 14 reports (total): 253cm
Current month (January 2015) total: 15cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 564cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:50am on Thursday 1st January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Akemashite omedeto gozaimasu! And a Happy New Year to all Niseko Now and SnowJapan readers. Here's to a powder filled, fun and safe 2015.

We may be into January already but there's over 4 months left of the Niseko season which of course stretches into May, so plenty to enjoy.

Back to today.

It is a cold New Years morning but calm and... the sun is out and there's quite a bit of blue sky above the area. Lovely morning.

15cm of fresh snow here outside my place, 20-25cm on mountain.

As is so often the case, even with the fine early morning conditions, snow clouds shouldn't be too far away over the next few days. Forecast clearer conditions for the late weekend and into Monday.

It might just be me but it seems that it's quieter than usual for just before 9am. I wonder why that might be! There were lots of parties and celebrations going on last night of course, I think that some people might be taking things a bit slow first thing!

For those who like getting up early and tracks before anyone else, Annupuri First Run from today - more on that below.

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Resort specific news at time of writing - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Looks set to be open as planned.

Niseko Hanazono:
Looks set to be open as planned.

Niseko Village:
Looks set to be open as planned.

Niseko Annupuri:
Looks set to be open as planned. 'Annupuri First Run' is available from today until Sunday and then also on the 11th and 12th January. For 1000 yen, you can get to ride the Gondola from 7:20-8:20am.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -6C, 20cm snowfall in 12 hours, calm. Moiwa 800m: NW8m/s, 25cm of fresh snow with development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: NW10m/s, -10C with snowdrifts development. Hirafu 1000m: mild wind, -10C, 20cm snowfall. Coastal data: Benkei cape SSE4m/s, Kamui cape ENE4m/s, 997hPa and 0.7m waves.

The isobars are spread out and the weather is calm. Snowdrifts are developing slowly above 800m and the general avalanche risk is relatively low, except around 1100m cornice and knoll terrains where stabilization of the newly formed snowdrifts is being delayed. Hazards of surface slab slides up to 80cm thickness and 50m long is still to be highly considered.

The snow in the trees is in good shape. All gates except for gate 2 & 3 will open from the morning. Beware of sudden weather changes. Have you switched your avalanche transceiver on? Peak gates 2 & 3 should open after the 3rd.

Have a great New Year 2015.

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Official snow depth numbers and any notes at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 290cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 210cm
Base - 150cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 200cm
Base - 150cm

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Lifts open for night skiing (planned):

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 8:50am on Thursday 1st January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas open

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 1st January 2015
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 1st January 2015
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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  2014/2015
*as of Thursday 1st January 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
1st January 15cm 10cm 20cm
31st December 40cm 5cm 3cm
30th December 0cm 10cm 0cm
29th December 0cm 20cm 5cm
28th December 0cm 15cm 15cm
27th December 25cm 5cm 20cm
26th December 45cm 2cm 30cm
Previous 7 days total 125cm 67cm 93cm
Previous 14 days total 253cm 127cm 212cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 519cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total 15cm 461cm 443cm
February observed snowfall total - 178cm 316cm
March observed snowfall total - 113cm 164cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 32cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 2cm
Season observed snowfall total 564cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 1st January 2015
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 - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
15cm
[564cm]
-
[564cm]
-
[564cm]
-
[564cm]
-
[564cm]
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]
  October November December January February March April May
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