Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 19th January 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Friday 19th January 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
It's snowing
wind condition
E 1m/s - NW 3m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Limited - poor
This report
Friday 19th January 2018, 8:31am
8cm
Thursday 18th January 2018, 8:30am 0cm
Wednesday 17th January 2018, 8:34am 1cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 39cm
Last 14 reports (total): 100cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 107cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 701cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Friday 19th January 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning!

The gates were closed yesterday (I believe) and that was due to the really poor visibility up there. They should be open today with improved conditions - though I would expect still fairly limited visibility this morning on mountain.

I have 8cm of fresh snowfall on the ground to report this morning; falling yesterday afternoon and last night. Very nice to see of course; perhaps not enough to completely cover tracks, but certainly welcome and I believe a personal inspection is required this morning!

Light-moderate snow is falling now as the resorts open up for the day and all lifts appear to be starting up as planned.

Maybe see some of you out there.

It was funny, the other day someone asked me 'if I liked toast' when they heard that I lived locally. They were trying to uncover the identity of the Niseko Now writer! Of course, I pretended to be confused by such a question and held back with my response! ;)

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -5°, 10cm new snow. Moiwa 800m: -5.9°, E3.4m/s, 15cm new snow, minor snowdrift development. Annupuri 1100m: -6.7°, WNW3.5m/s, 15cm new snow, minor snowdrift development. Hirafu 1250m: -11°, light westerly winds, 20cm new snow, snowdrift development. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NNW12m/s. Kamui Cape: N7m/s,1017hPa, wave 1.4m.

From midnight the atmospheric pressure gradient increased and above 800m there was some slow snowdrift development. The mountain is reset for the first time in a while. From observation the general avalanche risk is low. All gates are expected to be open. Listen to the patrols advice before going out of bounds. Be careful riding, the old tracks are not completely covered.

Cracks are appearing everywhere on the mountain. The risk of large scale avalanche from a deep layer or full depth avalanche in Haru no Taki is increasing due to the warm winter and large amount of snow. Do not duck ropes to enter this area from either the Hirafu or Higashiyama side. Do not overestimate your knowledge, skills or equipment. Always err on the side of caution. Groomers are in fantastic condition.

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Friday 19th 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: 175cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

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

Official snow depth:
- Top: 290cm
- 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: 280cm
- Base: 170cm

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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 8:31am on Friday 19th January 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas open as normal; gates should be open too

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 19th 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 19th January 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
19th January 8cm 1cm 3cm
18th January 0cm 0cm 0cm
17th January 1cm 4cm 31cm
16th January 7cm 8cm 17cm
15th January 0cm 1cm 24cm
14th January 5cm 13cm 15cm
13th January 18cm 18cm 23cm
Previous 7 days total 39cm 45cm 113cm
Previous 14 days total 100cm 69cm 207cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 406cm 181cm 244cm
January observed snowfall total 107cm 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 701cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 19th 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]
107cm
[701cm]
- - - -
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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