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Niseko Now

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Niseko region, Japan
LATEST REPORT: Posted at 8:20am on Sunday 19th January 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Mostly cloudy, some hints of blue sky
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
And (very) light snow lazily falling in places
wind condition
Light
visibility condition
Generally decent
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Sunday 19th January 2020, 8:20am
0cm
Saturday 18th January 2020, 8:24am 9cm
Friday 17th January 2020, 8:18am 31cm
Thursday 16th January 2020, 8:28am 4cm
Wednesday 15th January 2020, 8:26am 2cm
Tuesday 14th January 2020, 8:23am 9cm
Monday 13th January 2020, 8:24am 3cm
Last 7 reports (total): 58cm
Last 14 reports (total): 76cm
Current month (January 2020) total: 145cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 437cm

Good morning.

Another mostly cloud and cold start to the day here in Niseko. There is actually some light snow falling in places, though it's not the kind that is going to build up into new cm.

I am assigning the 'light snow' image to the report in the table able - if there was a 'very light snow in places' icon, I'd use that!

If these clouds clear up again - possible, there are some hints of blue sky - we might be able to enjoy some more sunshine again today. So it's a bit of a mixed early morning and one of those times when it feels like my report might be out of date within the hour.

(Proper) snowfall is due from sometime either late tonight or early tomorrow, and it looks like we might be on for a run of a few days of fresh. Hurray! How many cm will we get, I wonder. I will tell you each morning.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain Base 6.00am: -6°, no new snow, calm. Moiwa 800m: 0.3m/s 68 deg ENE, -7.4°, trace new snow. Hirafu 1000m: 0.9m/s 57deg ENE, -8.7°. Hanazono 720m: 1.4m/s 154 deg SSE, -6.7°. Niseko Village Mizuno n Sawa 900m: 0.8m/s 281 deg WNW, -8.6° Coastal data: Benkei Cape:WSW3m/s. Kamui Cape SW7m/s, 1016hPa, wave 0.7m. Annupuri 1000m: Snow depth 140cm. Annupuri 1100m: no data.

There has been no new snow and many tracks from yesterday can be seen on Annupuri and the surrounding mountains. More than 1000 people passed through the upper gates yesterday and happily there were no accidents reported. There were no accident reports on the surrounding mountains either. Moiwa Gate 10 will be closed from today, the Mikaeri Forest road which connects to Moiwa is not a ski run. Be careful riding not to fall off the course or hit trees.

From data and observation the overall avalanche risk is low. However around Haru no Taki knoll the surface has melted from solar radiation and a slab formed (dependent on slope direction and topography) and the avalanche risk is higher. Do not enter strictly off limits areas. The snow is a bit hard today but good. Powder isn't everything, take the chance to improve your skills. Have a good day.

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Ski resort operation information: Sunday 19th January 2020

While the information below was updated, I didn't update the date shown above in the last two reports. My mistake, sorry. They have now been corrected.

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 215cm
- Base: 85cm

All lifts are normally operating EXCEPT:
- King Number 2 quad lift (this lift is normally rested)

All courses normally open

Lifts scheduled for late operations:
- Ace Family quad until 8:30pm
- Ace Number 2 Center Four quad until 8:20pm
- Hirafu Gondola until 8:10pm
- Holiday Number 1 pair until 8:30pm

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 150cm
- Base: 97cm

All lifts are normally operating

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 155cm
- Base: 95cm

All lifts are normally operating

Lift scheduled for late operations:
- Jumbo Number 1 quad until 8:30pm

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 165cm
- Base: 105cm

All lifts normally operating EXCEPT:
- Country Road (this lift is normally rested)

Lifts scheduled for late operations:
- Annupuri Village Gondola until 8:00pm
- Village Express until 8:00pm
- Banzai Chair until 8:00pm

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All lifts should be operating as planned this morning

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Japan snowfall data
(updated daily during winter)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 19th January 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 19th January 2020
(View more analysis here)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 19th January 2020
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View more analysis here)
  2019/2020
*as of Sunday 19th January 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
19th January 0cm 9cm 8cm
18th January 9cm 16cm 0cm
17th January 31cm 23cm 1cm
16th January 4cm 11cm 7cm
15th January 2cm 0cm 0cm
14th January 9cm 0cm 5cm
13th January 3cm 1cm 18cm
Previous 7 days total 58cm 60cm 39cm
Previous 14 days total 76cm 127cm 100cm
November observed snowfall total 85cm 84cm 188cm
December observed snowfall total 207cm 333cm 406cm
January observed snowfall total 145cm 285cm 305cm
February observed snowfall total - 198cm 299cm
March observed snowfall total - 45cm 49cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 437cm 951cm 1260cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 19th January 2020
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2019/2020 season - 85cm
[85cm]
207cm
[292cm]
145cm
[437cm]
- - - -
2018/2019 season 0cm
[0cm]
84cm
[84cm]
333cm
[417cm]
285cm
[702cm]
198cm
[900cm]
45cm
[945cm]
6cm
[951cm]
0cm
[951cm]
2017/2018 season - 188cm
[188cm]
406cm
[594cm]
305cm
[899cm]
299cm
[1198cm]
49cm
[1247cm]
13cm
[1260cm]
0cm
[1260cm]
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]
  October November December January February March April May
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