Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 1st January 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:18am on Tuesday 1st January 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
NW 6-15m/s (Village)
visibility condition
Limited
This report
Tuesday 1st January 2019, 8:18am
10cm
Monday 31st December 2018, 8:30am 11cm
Sunday 30th December 2018, 8:24am 17cm
Saturday 29th December 2018, 8:31am 32cm
Friday 28th December 2018, 8:30am 26cm
Thursday 27th December 2018, 8:32am 12cm
Wednesday 26th December 2018, 8:30am 13cm
Last 7 reports (total): 121cm
Last 14 reports (total): 163cm
Current month (January 2019) total: 10cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 427cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:18am on Tuesday 1st January 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko and a very Happy New Year to you all, wherever you may be.

What a fine morning it was yesterday. Clouds moving around during the day, but I imagine that everyone here to enjoy the snow would have been pleased with their days 'work' on the slopes.

There's 10cm of fresh snowfall to add to my tally and hopefully a little more than that to fill in tracks this morning, and it is a cold start to the year. Light snow has been falling this morning and that may well ease off during the day.

The forecast is looking good for regular snowfall over the coming week and happily it doesn't look like wind should be affecting us much at all. I like the sound of that.

It looks like the peak gates and Mizuno no sawa gates should be open today. Enjoy.

So, yes, all is good. Maybe I will see some of you out there today.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -5℃, 10cm snowfall in 24hours, light snow. Moiwa800m: -8.7℃, SW10m/s, 50cm snowdrifts in 24hours and cornices developments. An avalanche due to collapsing cornice has been observed in Mikaeri bowl. Hirafu peak: -9℃, W15m/s, snowdrifts development. Niseko Village Mizuno no Sawa: -8.91℃, NW10m/s, 11cm snowfall in 24hours, 125cm snowdepth. Annupuri1120m: 170cm snowdepth. Kutchan weather station: -3.5℃, 115cm snowdepth. Benkei cape: NW13m/s, Kamui cape: WSW9m/s, 1017hPa, 1.8m waves.

Peak gates and Mizuno no sawa gates are scheduled to open today. Please make sure to be prepared for the backcountry before stepping out. Wearing helmets and carrying avalanche gears (beacon, probe, shovel) are very highly recommended. There are many hazards lurking in the out of bounds area, always be prudent and make conservative decisions. Cracks and gaps are forming in unexpected places. Use caution, especially in Higashi-One. Largely developed cornices can fall in 200cm thickness and cause a slide as they collapse.

Avalanche risk remains high in the Backbowl, Osawa, Mikaeri Bowl. Better not remain in valley bottoms. The snow in the treeruns is fast, beware of hitting trees. The light is weak and the terrain is difficult to see. Pay attention. Do not enter the strictly off-limits areas. Ski patrollers are watching. Respect the Rules and enjoy your day.

Happy New Year!

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Ski resort operation information: Tuesday 1st January 2019
The below information is manually checked each morning and believed to be correct at time of report. Subject to change!

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 260cm
- Base: 115cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts apart are normally operating
- The Ace Family quad (until 8:30pm), Ace Center 4 quad (8:20pm), Hirafu Gondola (until 8:10pm) and Holiday Number 1 pair (until 8:30pm) lifts are normally open during the evening
- The Center Four lift will be open early between 7th-31st January 2019 (more details soon - when I can find them!)

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 190cm
- Base: 136cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All Hanazono lifts are normally operating
- The Hanazono lifts are normally open until 3:30pm

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono Courses:
- All official courses are now available

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 220cm
- Base: 120cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All Annupuri lifts are normally operating
- The Jumbo 1 lift is normally open until 8:30pm during the evening
- Annupuri First run from 7:20am until 8:20am on 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 12th, 13th, 14th January. (1,500 yen charge)

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 230cm
- Base: 120cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts apart from the Country Road Chair are normally operating
- The Upper Village Gondola, Village Express and Banzai Chair lifts are normally open until 8:00pm during the evening

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Night time operations are available in the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri resort areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO resort area.

Archive report: Posted at 8:18am on Tuesday 1st January 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All open and lots of people here to enjoy it

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 1st January 2019
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Tuesday 1st January 2019
(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 1st January 2019
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)
  2018/2019
*as of Tuesday 1st January 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
1st January 10cm 0cm 0cm
31st December 11cm 0cm 5cm
30th December 17cm 22cm 14cm
29th December 32cm 25cm 3cm
28th December 26cm 28cm 4cm
27th December 12cm 24cm 1cm
26th December 13cm 13cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 121cm 112cm 27cm
Previous 14 days total 163cm 222cm 44cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 333cm 406cm 181cm
January observed snowfall total 10cm 305cm 152cm
February observed snowfall total - 299cm 160cm
March observed snowfall total - 49cm 83cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 427cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 1st January 2019
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
2018/2019 season 0cm
[0cm]
84cm
[84cm]
333cm
[417cm]
10cm
[427cm]
-
[427cm]
-
[427cm]
-
[427cm]
-
[427cm]
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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