Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 16th January 2017

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:36am on Monday 16th January 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Lots of cloud
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow at times, not right at this moment
wind condition
N 7m/s - N 16m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Fair to poor higher up
This report
Monday 16th January 2017, 8:36am
8cm
Sunday 15th January 2017, 8:31am 1cm
Saturday 14th January 2017, 8:30am 13cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 63cm
Last 14 reports (total): 72cm
Current month (January 2017) total: 72cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 365cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:36am on Monday 16th January 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

Nice morning yesterday but snow was falling in the afternoon as expected and this morning I have slightly over 8cm of fresh snowfall to report to you on the ground here at base.

It is noticeably warmer too this morning and something of a contrast with the extreme cold of recent days. Lots of cloud around and light snow falling at times this morning though not right at this moment at base (though it looks like it probably is higher up).

Wind is going to be a factor today and at the start of the day the top lifts are on hold at each of the resort areas. More details below as always.

The forecast for the coming days still isn't looking particularly snowy at the moment and we can perhaps expect some periods of sunshine at times. Hopefully there might be some minor top-ups as well to keep things in decent condition.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 5am: -2℃, 10cm snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -4℃, 20cm snowfall with snowdrifts developments. Annupuri 1150m: -10℃, N18m/s, snowdrifts up to 100cm in west area. Hirafu1250m:-6℃, N15m/s, light snowfall with snowdrift development. Kamui cape lighthouse: ENE10m/s, 1005hPa, 3.6m waves.

Although the weather pattern is typical winter, a small Low is located around Shakotan peninsula is making the wind and snow shift easterly. The temperature is relatively high. The snowdrifts developed in the western areas are from the Low pressure snowfall. The wind below 1000m elevation has been stagnating around 12m/s and the snowpack is relatively stable. However, the easterly wind formed some slabs in Kozan no Sawa (Backbowl) sidewalls (1200m) making the avalanche risk high. The west-facing slopes below 1000m is blanketed with heavy wind-affected snow. Stimulating the knolls and cornices may trigger a slide. Beware.

Beware of sudden weather changes. Thunderclouds may develop and lightning may fall especially along the ridgeline. Try to throw away metal and carbon equipment get down low if you feel electricity in the air. Better not go up high today. Gates opening is undecided. Follow the patrol's instructions and never duck ropes.

There will be no Avalanche Info tomorrow. The ski patrol will evaluate the risks and decide gates’ opening. Please respect the Niseko Rules.

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
The upper Ace Number 3 and 4 and King Number 3 and 4 lifts are on hold at the start of the day 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 and top Wonderland Chair lift are on hold at the start of the day due to wind conditions.
The Country Road lift looks on mysteriously. ;)

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

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Official resort snow depths as of Monday 16th January 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 260cm
Base - 100cm

Niseko Village
Top - 200cm
Base - 120cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 210cm
Base - 120cm

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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 8:36am on Monday 16th January 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Top lifts affected by wind early morning.

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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 Monday 16th January 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
16th January 8cm 17cm 0cm
15th January 1cm 24cm 0cm
14th January 13cm 15cm 0cm
13th January 18cm 23cm 1cm
12th January 12cm 12cm 20cm
11th January 8cm 11cm 6cm
10th January 3cm 20cm 30cm
Previous 7 days total 63cm 122cm 57cm
Previous 14 days total 72cm 188cm 123cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 181cm 244cm 519cm
January observed snowfall total 72cm 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 365cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 16th 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
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
72cm
[365cm]
-
[365cm]
-
[365cm]
-
[365cm]
-
[365cm]
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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