Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 16th January 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Tuesday 16th January 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow easing off
wind condition
SW 3m/s - S 4m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Varied
This report
Tuesday 16th January 2018, 8:30am
7cm
Monday 15th January 2018, 11:49am 0cm
Sunday 14th January 2018, 8:22am 5cm
Saturday 13th January 2018, 8:20am 18cm
Friday 12th January 2018, 8:30am 9cm
Thursday 11th January 2018, 8:25am 10cm
Wednesday 10th January 2018, 8:22am 6cm
Last 7 reports (total): 55cm
Last 14 reports (total): 98cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 98cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 692cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Tuesday 16th January 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

Since early morning yesterday, I hereby add 7cm of fresh snowfall at my near Hirafu base measuring point.

(Apologies if some of you were confused by my reporting of 0cm when the report went up yesterday around noon time. I thought I explained that and it wasn't meant to confuse - just trying to keep things on a regular time cycle ie. how much new snow at the start of each morning).

There has been some snow falling in places early this morning but it's not the kind (for now anyway) that is likely going to add anything significant, and we're not expecting much today.

Things are going to be keeping on the milder side of things over the next few days - hopefully not too much of course - with cloudy conditions expected today with the chance of some sun, and more sun tomorrow. Actually, as I am about to post this at 8:30am there are some small areas of blue sky starting to appear...

It will be interesting to see how the snow conditions are this morning.

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Looks like the Annupuri Gondola is going to be delayed this morning - perhaps by as much as two hours.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -5°, trace new snow, calm. Annupuri 1150m: -11.3°, W4.9m/s, groomers in good condition. Hirafu 1250m: -11°, E5m/s, 5cm new snow, good visibility. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NW12m/s. Kamui Cape: WSW10m/s,1017hPa, wave 2.1m.

The low pressure system has moved out into the Pacific, the isobars interval is widening and winds at higher elevations are light. A westerly wind of 15m/s continued above 800m last night causing cornice and snowdrift development. Tests fractured at 30cm but should be stabilised by the morning. From observation the general avalanche risk has begun to fall. Peak gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice before leaving the ski area.

The snow on leeward slopes above 800m has been reset. Some tracks remain but the riding is good. Avalanche risk will remain higher on SE slopes above 1100m for a while. Avoid simultaneous riding and traversing on steep slopes. Cracks are beginning to occur everywhere on steep slopes. Although cracked slopes will not suddenly slide, cracks cant be seen from above. Beware falling in them, they are about 5m deep.

Do not duck ropes to ride off the runs. Once there is one track others will follow increasing probability of an accident. Resort users must always obey Niseko Rules, not just when its convenient. The Rules are for your freedom and safety riding out of bounds. Always use gates to enter out of bounds areas. Have a good day.

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Tuesday 16th January 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts apart from King Number 2 should be 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: 370cm
- Base: 170cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are generally operating
- The Gondola is going to be delayed opening this morning

Official snow depth:
- Top: 280cm
- Base: 170cm

Niseko Village

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

Official snow depth:
- Top: 270cm
- Base: 180cm

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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 Tuesday 16th January 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas opening as normal this morning

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Tuesday 16th 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 Tuesday 16th January 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
16th January 7cm 8cm 17cm
15th January 0cm 1cm 24cm
14th January 5cm 13cm 15cm
13th January 18cm 18cm 23cm
12th January 9cm 12cm 12cm
11th January 10cm 8cm 11cm
10th January 6cm 3cm 20cm
Previous 7 days total 55cm 63cm 122cm
Previous 14 days total 98cm 72cm 188cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 406cm 181cm 244cm
January observed snowfall total 98cm 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 692cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 16th January 2018
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
2017/2018 season - 188cm
[188cm]
406cm
[594cm]
98cm
[692cm]
- - - -
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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