Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 20th January 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Tuesday 20th January 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, some sky on show, snow expected
Base temp:
-9°C

Top temp:
-14°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Not snowing right now
wind condition
W 4m/s - NW 18m/s (Hirafu)
Decent
This report
Tuesday 20th January 2015, 8:32am
15cm
Monday 19th January 2015, 8:33am 12cm
Sunday 18th January 2015, 8:26am 15cm
Saturday 17th January 2015, 8:20am 4cm
Friday 16th January 2015, 8:26am 0cm
Thursday 15th January 2015, 8:14am 0cm
Wednesday 14th January 2015, 8:12am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 46cm
Last 14 reports (total): 141cm
Current month (January 2015) total: 209cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 758cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Tuesday 20th January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

A cold start to the morning here in Hirafu.

15cm of fresh on the ground but it's not snowing just right now.

In fact, once again there's a bit of sun peeping through the clouds from time to time.

There's a general heavy snow warning out for the area though, so the clouds coming in from the north are expected to bring some more snow with them... especially later on today.

Stronger winds are expected as well later on, so get wrapped up and fingers crossed that they don't mess with the lifts.

Forecasts says a good chance of some sunshine tomorrow but a return to snowy conditions sometime on Thursday.

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Time for a quick look at some numbers and how January is stacking up.

Last season as of the end of January this is what I observed in my reports:

461cm snowfall in January 2014
859cm snowfall since the beginning of the season

Today, the same numbers are:

209cm snowfall in January 2015 (up until 20th)
758cm snowfall since the beginning of the season (up until 20th)

Still got over 10 days left, so let's see how that goes. Of course, while these are my observations and from the same place, it's not meant to be a scientific study! Just my humble and honest observations.

JMA recorded 317cm in the month of January 2014 in Kutchan town; today that number is on 162cm.

We'll revist all of those at the end of the month.

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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 this morning.
'Early Morning' lift available daily until 1st February (for 500 yen, Ace Quad Number 2 lift from 8am until 8:20am).

Niseko Hanazono:
Looks set to be open as planned this morning.

Niseko Village:
Looks set to be open as planned this morning.
'Early Morning Gondola' available Saturdays and Sundays until February 8th (for 1300 yen, Gondola open from 7:30am until 8:30am).

Niseko Annupuri:
Looks set to be open as planned this morning.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -7C, 20cm of crushed crystal snow in 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: WNW15m/s, -13C, 30cm of snowfall with development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: NW20m/s, -13C, large development of snowdrifts. Hirafu peak ridge: NNW20m/s, -15C, extensive development of snowdrifts. Coastal data: Benkei cape NNW20m/s, Kamui cape W11m/s, 1012hPa, 2.3m waves.

The wind & snowfall picked up from 3am and made snowdrifts develop drastically around cornice slopes and open steep slopes above 800m. The avalanche risk is rising accordingly and the peak gates will be closed. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. Many accidents occur in poor weather. Niseko community respects the freedom of skiers/snowboarders, but is also concerned about their safety. The Niseko Rules have been determined based on numerous past accidents and it is all locals’ and visitors’ duty to follow those Rules; regardless of race, nationality, religion, gender, experience or knowledge level. Wouldn’t it be foolish prejudice to be respecting western Rules but disregarding Local Rules? The resort welcomes all visitors, but will take a firm stand against violators. Accommodations should also be more concerned about the situation, as it would lead to the detriment of their reputation. The snow in the trees is in good shape. Be respectful and ride with good sense to the local community.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 360cm
Base - 150cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 270cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 240cm
Base - 180cm

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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

Niseko Hanazono Resort
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 8:32am on Tuesday 20th January 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts are open

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 20th January 2015
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Tuesday 20th January 2015
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 20th January 2015
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)
  2014/2015
*as of Tuesday 20th January 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
20th January 15cm 3cm 10cm
19th January 12cm 2cm 35cm
18th January 15cm 0cm 32cm
17th January 4cm 10cm 20cm
16th January 0cm 25cm 20cm
15th January 0cm 15cm 3cm
14th January 0cm 40cm 15cm
Previous 7 days total 46cm 95cm 135cm
Previous 14 days total 141cm 235cm 262cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 519cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total 209cm 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 758cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 20th 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]
209cm
[758cm]
-
[758cm]
-
[758cm]
-
[758cm]
-
[758cm]
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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