Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 24th January 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:26am on Wednesday 24th January 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Blue sky, sun, part cloud
Base temp:
-11°C

Top temp:
-14°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
SW 4-5m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Good
This report
Wednesday 24th January 2018, 8:26am
21cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 57cm
Last 14 reports (total): 107cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 156cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 750cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:26am on Wednesday 24th January 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

Gunma Prefecture is a very long way from Niseko, but still some people have even asked me about the volcano that happened down there yesterday, so please do read the message below about that situation and be assured that Hokkaido is 100% unaffected by that unfortunate event.

Back up here in Niseko.

...and it is a morning when I can say a hearty (or is that 'heartful') hurray!

I have 21cm of fresh snow to report at base. And I'm confident that there'll be a good layer more than that up on the mountain.

What's more, the silly strong winds that we had to put up with from yesterday evening have seemingly calmed down. Well, down here anyway. Those winds will have mixed things up out there though so be aware of avalanche danger and be sure to play safe - take care out there.

It's surely going to be a fantastic morning here.

Good amount of nice fresh snow with cold conditions.

The sun is out, just a bit of cloud.

Mt Yotei looking particularly beautiful (and wearing a funny little hat).

Ace.

The forecast still has consistent snowfall lined up over the coming week though, so these early morning weather conditions may not last. Good to get them while you can and indeed the early queues for first lifts shows that there are lots of people thinking the same. Clever folk, people who come to Niseko. ;)

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About the volcanic eruption at Kusatsu-Shirane-san in Gunma Prefecture on 23rd January 2018

As you may have heard, yesterday morning there was a limited volcanic eruption followed by an avalanche in western Gunma Prefecture, close to the border with northern Nagano Prefecture. The eruption at Motoshirane happened close to the more famous Kusatsu-Shirane-san - and also the slopes of the Kusatsu Kokusai ski resort. Around 80 skiers were evacuated to an area near the upper area of Kusatsu-Shirane with some trapped in the gondola and on lifts for a while.

Very sadly, as a result of this event there was one fatality and a number of injuries, apparently due to flying rocks and the avalanche. As far as we can tell there have been no further eruptions since yesterday morning.

Our thoughts are with everyone involved and caught up in this.

This incident made the international news with some people visiting Japan asking if their ski resort will be safe, and so we thought we would add this information to our daily reports this morning.

The only ski resort affected by this event is Kusatsu Kokusai in Gunma Prefecture.

It is currently unclear how this will affect the top area of the resort, but it seems that the lower slopes of Kusatsu Kokusai will remain open today – those slopes are quite a distance from the affected area. (And perhaps this is a good example of how Japanese people are used to living with the threat of earthquakes and volcanos!)

The ski resorts in Shiga Kogen (Nagano) and Manza Onsen (Gunma) are the other closest ski resorts, but they are outside of the 2km restricted area -- and are unaffected.

And of course, ski resorts that are further away than that are also totally unaffected.

The central part of Kusatsu town itself is about 7km away from the volcano and so also unaffected.

We hope this information helps.

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Wednesday 24th 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
- '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: 385cm
- Base: 180cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are generally operating
- Top Jumbo lift will be delayed

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 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 8:26am on Wednesday 24th January 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas should be open (though top lift at Annupuri apparently delayed) - check for gate open info

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 24th January 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Wednesday 24th January 2018
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 24th 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 Wednesday 24th January 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
24th January 21cm 12cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 57cm 31cm 30cm
Previous 14 days total 107cm 95cm 163cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 406cm 181cm 244cm
January observed snowfall total 156cm 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 750cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 24th 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]
156cm
[750cm]
- - - -
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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