Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 12th January 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Friday 12th January 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
It's snowing!
wind condition
N 1-6m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Limited to poor
This report
Friday 12th January 2018, 8:30am
9cm
Thursday 11th January 2018, 8:25am 10cm
Wednesday 10th January 2018, 8:22am 6cm
Tuesday 9th January 2018, 8:31am 0cm
Monday 8th January 2018, 8:27am 3cm
Sunday 7th January 2018, 8:20am 28cm
Saturday 6th January 2018, 8:32am 5cm
Last 7 reports (total): 61cm
Last 14 reports (total): 90cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 68cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 662cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Friday 12th January 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

I enjoyed a really fun day yesterday, especially in the morning with the blue skies and sunshine. Got to cover all four of the ski areas; didn't want to finish.

It sounded a little windy overnight but by now the wind has calmed and I have another 9cm of fresh snow to report from here near Hirafu base.

There are regular snow showers still there on the forecast into early next week so hopefully we'll be getting regular top-ups to fill in the tracks.

It's snowing as this post goes live and visibility is currently looking somewhat limited on the slopes. Not quite as cold as yesterday was but still need those layers.

Take care!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -5℃, 10cm snowfall and snowdrifts development. Moiwa 800m: 3am NW15.5m/s, 6am NE5m/s, -7.8℃. Annupuri 1150m: -7℃, NE10m/s, 15cm snowfall with snowdrifts. Hirafu 1250m: -9℃, snowdrifts developed pre-dawn, 10cm snowfall. Coastal data: Benkei cape NE10m/s, Kamui cape E5m/s, 1010hPa, 1.8m waves.

A small low-pressure system passed overnight, generating NE gusts and making snowdrifts develop. Newly formed cornices above 800m elevation cracked at 60cm thickness during this morning’s pressure test. The wind settled down around 5am and the snowpack is starting to stabilize, however avalanche risk will remain considerable in leeward slopes above 1000m with heavy snowdrift deposit throughout the morning.

All gates are scheduled to open; however the snow condition is different from yesterday’s. Avoid knolls and cornices and use caution. Do not traverse across steep slopes and stay away from valley bottoms.

This information is issued for protecting all resort users’ safety and freedom to ride of out bounds.

Wearing helmets and avalanche beacons is not mandatory, but strongly recommended.

The slopes have been reset and are in good shape.

Please respect the Niseko Rules.

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Friday 12th January 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are generally operating
- 'Early Morning' services from 8:00am until 8:20am (Ace Number 2 Center Four quad lift). Until 28th January. 500 yen special ticket required.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 360cm
- Base: 155cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are generally operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 270cm
- Base: 160cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts except Country Road Chair are generally operating
- 'Early Gondola' service from 7:30am until 8:30am (Niseko Gondola). January 13th-14th, 20th-21st, 27th-28th; February 3rd-4th. 1,400 yen special ticket required.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 260cm
- Base: 160cm

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Floodlit 'nighta' skiing:

Night skiing is planned for every evening at the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO area. Ski lifts that are scheduled to be operating for nighta are noted below (subject to change):

* Niseko Grand Hirafu - Ace Family quad, Ace Number 2 quad, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 pair
* Niseko Annupuri - Jumbo Number 1 quad lift
* Niseko Village - Village Express, Upper Village Gondola, Community Chair, Banzai Chair

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Friday 12th January 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas are open

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 12th January 2018
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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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  2017/2018
*as of Friday 12th January 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
12th January 9cm 12cm 12cm
11th January 10cm 8cm 11cm
10th January 6cm 3cm 20cm
9th January 0cm 0cm 11cm
8th January 3cm 0cm 11cm
7th January 28cm 0cm 14cm
6th January 5cm 1cm 15cm
Previous 7 days total 61cm 24cm 94cm
Previous 14 days total 90cm 51cm 145cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 406cm 181cm 244cm
January observed snowfall total 68cm 152cm 303cm
February observed snowfall total - 160cm 266cm
March observed snowfall total - 83cm 109cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 662cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 12th January 2018
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - 188cm
[188cm]
406cm
[594cm]
68cm
[662cm]
- - - -
2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
152cm
[445cm]
160cm
[605cm]
83cm
[688cm]
0cm
[688cm]
0cm
[688cm]
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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