Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 23rd January 2018

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:16am on Tuesday 23rd January 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Very (very) light snow for now
wind condition
SW 6m/s - S 10m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Fair
This report
Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 8:16am
1cm
Monday 22nd January 2018, 8:31am 16cm
Sunday 21st January 2018, 8:30am 6cm
Saturday 20th January 2018, 8:22am 5cm
Friday 19th January 2018, 8:31am 8cm
Thursday 18th January 2018, 8:30am 0cm
Wednesday 17th January 2018, 8:34am 1cm
Last 7 reports (total): 37cm
Last 14 reports (total): 92cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 135cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 729cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:16am on Tuesday 23rd January 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning and welcome to a special Tokyo Now! report and I have around 10cm of fresh snow to report to you with lots of problems being caused by this 'heavy' snowfall. Hope that things get back to normal quickly down there.

And now, onto Niseko Now! and I have 1cm of snow to report to you.

Doh!

Yes, it's one of those rare cases when Tokyo got more fresh snowfall than us up here in Niseko. Just a dusting here - I feel just about justified in awarding the reports 1cm this morning.

But not to fear. Because by the end of today we should be into heavy snow (and likely also strong winds, unfortunately). So while the start of the day is seeming pretty decent, things are due to change. We are still due to get regular snow over the coming week, so fingers crossed for a lot.

I have to get my report up there a little early this morning - top lifts probably affected at the start of today. Available info updated below.

Take care, wherever you are!

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Some more comments, observations and questions answered

This rather long message is being posted on all the daily ‘Now’ report pages on SnowJapan today, so it does not apply to any one report section. Long-time readers may well remember a similar message posted last season. This is a modified and updated re-write of that message.

As we head into what looks set to be a very exciting and snowy week in Japan, we wanted to share some comments and respond to some more frequently asked questions regarding the daily reports on SnowJapan.

Many people rely on our reporting to find out how the Japan winter season is shaping up. We take that responsibility very seriously and the integrity of our reports is extremely important to us.

The individuals who post the reports are told that it is fine to get very excited when conditions are excellent and there’s lots of snow falling. And hopefully you’ll see that in action this week!

But at the same time, we believe that it is essential to also report things that are less exciting; like crusty spring-like snow conditions in mid-January or nasty rain.

That kind of reporting is not ‘being negative’ - it’s simply reporting what is happening. Whatever is happening, that is what should be in the reports. Even if none of us particularly like it.

Forgive us for saying it again, but it’s important: one of the things that makes SnowJapan unique is the fact that we are not here to convince you to visit any one region of Japan. We’re not here to ask you to book accommodation, or to join tours, or to take ski lessons. We’re not asking you to buy anything. Rather, we are here to provide independent and correct information from around Japan – information that is free from the inevitable pressures of having to sell and market specific services.

Some people would seemingly prefer everyone believe that snow conditions are always close to what the marketing blurb says, whatever the actual reality is. By ignoring things when they are less than perfect or publishing information that is misleading, at best.

There was one good example yesterday. We were really disappointed to see a popular ski resort classifying their base area snow conditions as “powder” – after a week of almost no fresh snowfall, some rain and generally mild conditions. While it is absolutely true that different people have different standards and levels of expectation, no-one could reasonably describe those conditions as “powder”. We’re not going to get into naming names, but we think that’s a pretty bad thing to do.

We feel that (surely!) anyone visiting a ski resort would prefer to have honest reporting over something that just reads like a marketing brochure.

So, we just want to take this opportunity once again to assure our readers that even with ever increasing pressures to do otherwise, we won’t be changing the thinking behind our reports.

Each of our regional reports is written by a different person. So, it is natural that each has its own personality or character. Some of the reports are longer than others. Some of the reports are shorter than others. Some of the reports are more light-hearted in nature. Some of them cover one ski resort - like Madarao, Naeba, Furano. Some of them cover a much wider region - like Niseko, Hakuba and Yuzawa.

Posting a daily report every day through the season is a considerable commitment. Reports may sometimes appear later than usual, or a report might be missed, or might be shorter than usual, etc… We are not claiming that our reports are perfect and know that we will never satisfy everyone with our output, but we do try to provide the best reports possible.

** More on that kind of thing here.

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While we are at it, here are a few other quick points that we made in our season end message last year.

About the SnowJapan ‘observed fresh snowfall’ data

The ‘observed fresh snowfall’ that we publish on each of our reports is the amount of snowfall that our reporters see with their own eyes and measure every day. It is taken from base area levels.

Why base areas? The reason for that is because it is the only place where a reliable measurement can be taken on a consistent basis every day throughout the season.

Does more snow fall at higher elevations on mountain than at base? In most cases - absolutely. And in some regions/resorts, much more so than others.

Within the text of our reports we try to report any fresh snowfall data that the ski resorts themselves are reporting from the mountain each morning - another reason why we want to wait for that information in a morning.

But it would be impossible for us to report from ‘higher up’ every day. Issues include the ability to get up top every morning (lifts might be closed); where exactly to take measurements from; how we would go about measuring ‘fresh snowfall’ over the period of 24 hours at a location. Remember, we’re not a ski resort.

So, the only place that we can reliably and consistently report from each morning is base.

”You under-report snow!” or ”You over-report snow!”

No, we really don’t. Our reporters report what they see with their own eyes and measure themselves. Yes, there will be more (or less) snow falling in areas nearby. Nature doesn’t evenly distribute snowfall. Someone visiting the same ski resort may well experience something slightly different. And actually, both may well be correct. Microclimates and the like. That’s nature for you.

Our measurements are coming to you from the same spot every day - generally very close to ski resort base lifts - and they are being reported by the same trusted individual who is not inclined to exaggerate.

Note: If you do feel something in our reports is wildly off the mark, please do let us know and we will certainly look into it.

“Why don’t you report more about actual quality of the snow?”

Different people have greatly different expectations and different points of reference when it comes to snow conditions so unless things are indisputably excellent or indisputably rubbish, we feel it’s probably best to avoid going into that kind of detail every day.

“Why is there more snow being reported on the ‘A Now’ report than ‘B Now’ report?”

That will be because more snow is being observed at base in ‘A’ than in ‘B’. It’s as simple as that.

Snowfall at higher elevations may well be a different matter - so please read the reports for such details...

We recommend you don’t spent much time comparing the snowfall numbers between regions

We totally understand the temptation to directly compare the snowfall numbers for the different areas, but we recommend that you don’t.

If you must though, at least be sure to look beyond just the headline numbers. Some regions simply get less snow at base than other regions - but base snowfall is far from being the full story.

If you are contemplating visiting one of the regions covered by our reports, we highly recommend that you spend time looking beyond just the headlines and read the full reports - including our archive reporting from previous seasons. Only that way will you get a true and detailed picture of what is happening and get an idea of how the snow falls in each of the regions and what to expect on-mountain.

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This week looks like it is going to be a big week of snow in many regions. That’s what we all want. So here’s to some fresh deep conditions over the coming days, weeks and months. Thank you for reading!

If you want to contact us, you can do so here.


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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -5℃, no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -13.8℃, E6.9m/s, quick development of snowdrifts due to easterly wind. Annupuri 1150m: -9℃, E15m/s, snow. Hirafu1250m: -9℃, E15m/s with drastic snowdrift development. Coastal data: Benkei cape SW3m/s, Kamui cape ENE8m/s, 1003hPa, 0.6m waves.

A strong easterly wind is blowing towards a small low pressure on the Sea of Japan. Stormy condition above 1000m elevation. Snowdrifts from low-pressure snowfall are growing, and easily slides from Jan 22nd layer (about 20cm thickness). The wind will momentarily settle down, however a westerly-wind storm is forecasted to pick up through tomorrow. The avalanche risk will drastically rise as the storm picks up.

500+ people hiked up to the Annupuri peak yesterday. The patrol and avalanche institute team is relieved that no major accidents happened. We are grateful to everyone that respects the Niseko Rules. The Avalanche Report will pause for 2 days from tomorrow. There is no 100% safety in the winter mountains. Be flexible and plan according to the weather. Precaution is key to avoid accidents.

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Tuesday 23rd 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 are generally operating
- Top lifts on hold at the start of the day due to winds
- '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: 365cm
- Base: 165cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are generally operating
- Top lift on hold at the start of the day due to winds

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
- Likely disruption to top lift early morning
- 'Early Gondola' service from 7:30am until 8:30am (Niseko Gondola). January 27th-28th; February 3rd-4th. 1,400 yen special ticket required.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 290cm
- 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 8:16am on Tuesday 23rd January 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open - top lifts likely to be affected early on

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 23rd January 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Tuesday 23rd January 2018
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 23rd January 2018
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)
  2017/2018
*as of Tuesday 23rd January 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
23rd January 1cm 9cm 12cm
22nd January 16cm 0cm 0cm
21st January 6cm 0cm 14cm
20th January 5cm 9cm 1cm
19th January 8cm 1cm 3cm
18th January 0cm 0cm 0cm
17th January 1cm 4cm 31cm
Previous 7 days total 37cm 23cm 61cm
Previous 14 days total 92cm 86cm 183cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 406cm 181cm 244cm
January observed snowfall total 135cm 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 729cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 23rd 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]
135cm
[729cm]
- - - -
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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