Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 15th January 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:23am on Friday 15th January 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Blue sky, some cloud
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None for the moment
wind condition
N 3m/s (Hirafu)
Very good
This report
Friday 15th January 2016, 8:23am
24cm
Thursday 14th January 2016, 8:31am 15cm
Wednesday 13th January 2016, 8:33am 23cm
Tuesday 12th January 2016, 7:55am 12cm
Monday 11th January 2016, 8:56am 11cm
Sunday 10th January 2016, 8:41am 20cm
Saturday 9th January 2016, 8:35am 11cm
Last 7 reports (total): 116cm
Last 14 reports (total): 178cm
Current month (January 2016) total: 179cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 487cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:23am on Friday 15th January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

My oh my, we really are enjoying a superb patch right now, aren't we?

There's 24cm of beautiful fresh new snowfall piled up round the back of my place this morning after the impressive snow that we had yesterday. Given that the mountain is often thought to get up to one and a half the amount we get here in the village area, that means we can very probably expect 30-35cm up there this morning. Out of duty I think I will have to force myself to make my way up there this morning right after posting this report, just so that I can check for myself and confirm. I already have most of my gear on!

It's the kind of morning that I love as well. The sun is out and there's increasingly more blue sky as well.

A beautiful morning... in so many ways.

Niseko Grand Hirafu today breaks the 3m barrier for official snow depth up top. And oh yes, snowfall still on the forecast every day over the next week with some sun still a possibility on Sunday.

Hurray!

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How many of you felt the earthquake yesterday at 12:31pm?

It was quite a bit one as well - magnitude 6.7. The biggest shaking was felt in eastern parts of Hakodate city and along the coastline to the south east of Sapporo. Parts of Sapporo got a fair shake too. Here in the Niseko region a 'shindo 3' was recorded. The Japanese 'shindo' seismic intensity scale is actually very interesting and gives you a much better idea of how an earthquake affects people in different places on the ground rather than the simple magnitude number. It is measured in units which basically describe the degree of shaking at a point on the ground. Shindo 1 is a bit of wobble and some people might not notice it. The strongest Shindo 7 is a violent, destructive and terrifying earthquake. Wikipedia explains shindo 3 as being 'felt by most to all people indoors - some people are frightened' and 'objects inside rattle noticeably and can fall off tables'.

Shindo 3 isn't destructive at all and so there were no problems here that I am aware of.

Anyway, nothing to worry about.

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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 6am: -8℃, 30cm snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -10℃, E5m/s, 40cm of wind-compacted snow. Mikaeri 740m: NW8m/s at 4am, 40cm snowfall with development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: -13℃, 50cm wind-affected slabs/ Hirafu 1000m: -10℃, mild wind, 30cm snowfall. Coastal data; Benkei cape S3m/s, Kamui cape ENE4m/s, 1014hPa, 1.5m waves.

Heavy snowfall continued in the western areas above 800m until late night and snowdrifts have largely developed, however the wind calmed down after 1am and no real snowfall since then. Looking at the weather transition and snow observations, the snowpack is stabilizing and the overall avalanche hazard level is lowering, however risk remains high in leeside slopes above 1000m. Stay away from Osawa (Annupuri bowl) cornice/knolls and Higashi-One (East ridge above Hanazono) cornices/knolls. 50cm thick slab slides are still highly likely to occur.

The snow is deep, beware of being stuck. Good idea to carry snowshoes/skins. Peak gates will open, please follow the patrol’s instructions.

The snow is wind-affected, bit heavy, good consistency. Beware of collisions and cracks. Most accidents can be avoided by being prudent. Have a great day!

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Official resort snow depths as of Friday 15th January 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 310cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Village
Top - 230cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 200cm
Base - 140cm

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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 8:23am on Friday 15th January 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Lifts are quite possibly having as much fun as we people are

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(updated daily during winter)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 15th January 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 15th January 2016
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 15th January 2016
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2015/2016
*as of Friday 15th January 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
15th January 24cm 0cm 15cm
14th January 15cm 0cm 40cm
13th January 23cm 1cm 30cm
12th January 12cm 20cm 25cm
11th January 11cm 6cm 25cm
10th January 20cm 30cm 25cm
9th January 11cm 3cm 10cm
Previous 7 days total 116cm 60cm 170cm
Previous 14 days total 178cm 148cm 292cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 244cm 519cm 275cm
January observed snowfall total 179cm 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 487cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 15th 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
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
179cm
[487cm]
-
[487cm]
-
[487cm]
-
[487cm]
-
[487cm]
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]
  October November December January February March April May
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