Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 26th January 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Friday 26th January 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds over the region still
Base temp:
-8°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
...just light snow (eased off as report being written)
wind condition
NW 2m/s - N 10m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Varied
This report
Friday 26th January 2018, 8:30am
26cm
Thursday 25th January 2018, 8:30am 7cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 82cm
Last 14 reports (total): 121cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 189cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 783cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Friday 26th January 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

And a very good morning to you from here in Hirafu.

It's very good news this morning. There is a lovely 26cm of fresh light snowfall by my measuring point this morning; and of course probably more than that higher up. Indeed if you look below at the Avalanche Report they are reporting 40cm and more in places.

It was snowing earlier on this morning, but as I put this report together it seems to have eased off for the moment. Still, snow is forecast during the day today (and well beyond today) so it will likely start up again quickly.

With the top lifts and gates being closed for a few days, once they open up again - hopefully this morning with less wind - and with all of this fresh snowfall, things are going to be... I'm almost tempted to use one of my self-banned cheesy words here, but will refrain... things are surely going to be... really excellent.

Lots of people lining up for first lifts early this morning. Come on, give us a wave!

Official snow depths don't mean that much really, especially on a day to day basis, but I notice this morning that the upper snow depth at Niseko Grand Hirafu is up to 4m this morning.

Hurray!

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This is totally unconfirmed, but I have heard on the grapevine that there may be one or two people from Australia here in Niseko at the moment. ;)

And to those good folk and everyone reading these reports from that lovely place... have a Happy Australia Day!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 5am: -10℃, 30cm snowfall, Moiwa 800m: -10.5℃, NW11.6m/s, 40cm, cornices and wind-drifts developing, bad visibility. Annupuri 1150m: -11℃, Northerly 10m/s with gusts, 50cm with large wind loads. Hirafu peak: -14℃, light breeze, 40cm snowfall. Benkei cape: NNW12m/s, Kamui cape: N13m/s, 998hPa, 3.5m waves.

Stormy condition continues under a typical winter pressure distribution, generating huge snowfall with drastic and large cornices & snowdrifts developments above 800m elevation. Cornices are very unstable and collapses easily. The snowpack is starting to stabilize as the wind is calming down, however avalanche risk in slopes under cornices and with heavy snow-load is very high. The storm is forecasted to pick up during the day and snowdrifts will continue developing.

All gates are being prepared to open, however will be time dependent. Please follow the patrol’s instructions. Do not enter cornices/snowdrifts slopes, and do not stay put at the bottom of the valleys. Most avalanche accidents happen during bad weather. Avalanches occur naturally, but would not be an issue if nobody is caught in one. Adjust your plans according to the weather condition and never over-estimate your knowledge and skills. The snow in the trees is deep and in excellent conditions.

We start seeing people ignoring the Rules and going into strictly off-limits areas. The community will not tolerate people that disregard the Rules with their own selfish excuses. Have a nice pow day.

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Friday 26th 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: 400cm
- Base: 210cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 300cm
- Base: 180cm

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: 300cm
- 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 Friday 26th January 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas appear to be opening this morning

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 26th January 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 26th January 2018
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 26th January 2018
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 26th January 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
26th January 26cm 11cm 14cm
25th January 7cm 9cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 82cm 50cm 41cm
Previous 14 days total 121cm 95cm 154cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 406cm 181cm 244cm
January observed snowfall total 189cm 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 783cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 26th 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]
189cm
[783cm]
- - - -
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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