Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 1st January 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Wednesday 1st January 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-9°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
Windy
visibility condition
Poor
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Wednesday 1st January 2020, 8:32am
15cm
Tuesday 31st December 2019, 8:20am 0cm
Monday 30th December 2019, 8:32am 0cm
Sunday 29th December 2019, 8:21am 12cm
Saturday 28th December 2019, 8:23am 6cm
Friday 27th December 2019, 8:20am 5cm
Thursday 26th December 2019, 8:30am 13cm
Last 7 reports (total): 51cm
Last 14 reports (total): 101cm
Current month (January 2020) total: 15cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 307cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Wednesday 1st January 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Happy New Year everyone!

今年もよろしくお願いします。

The year begins with fresh snowfall. Hurray!!

Again, kind of modest really in terms of numbers so far, but there has been 15cm of lovely snowfall so far and I suspect more than that in places due to the wind blowing it around.

It is continuing to come down nicely. It is also a very cold morning so we need to wrap up super well before heading out.

I see a lot of folks already lining up for that first lift at Hirafu. Come on, give us a wave!

There'll be more fresh snow to report tomorrow.

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The early morning Annupuri gondola operation was cancelled this morning due to the weather conditions.

I suspect other lifts might be affected today, but as of 8:30am the official site appears to be overloading and not being very responsive - so I can't confirm anything this morning. Perhaps too many drinks last night?

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain base -11℃,15cm snowfall in 12h, moderate strong wind and snowing. Moiwa800m: NW8.7m/s, -12.4℃. Hirafu1000m: ENE3.3m/s, -15.2℃, Hanazono720m: NNW6.8m/s, -12℃. Benkei cape: WNW19m/s, Kamui cape: WSW17m/s, 3.4m waves. Annuppuri 1000m snowdepth 105cm.

Happy New Year. Stormy weather under the wintery pressure distribution. Snowdrifts have are developing, 30cm at 600m elevation, up to 80-100cm in some places around 800m elevation. The developing snowdrifts are extremely unstable. Avalanche risk in cornice slopes and knolls above 800m elevation is high today. Potentially triggered from Dec 31st layer. Tricky snow conditions in windward crusty slopes. Please ski carefully. The storm is forecasted to persist today. Be cautious and do not push it too far today.

It is still not allowed to access the out of bounds from the ski resort. Please respect the Niseko Rules. The avalanche hazard in strictly off limits areas such as Haru No Taki is very high. Do not cross boundary ropes.

We’re finally seeing a decent snowfall. Beware of frostbites. Have a great New Year’s day.

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Ski resort operation information: Wednesday 1st January 2020
The below information is manually checked each morning and believed to be correct at time of report. Subject to change.

SOME INFO NOT UPDATED THIS MORNING

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 190cm
- Base: 65cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Ace Family quad (until 8:30pm)
- Ace Number 1 pair
- Ace Number 2 Center quad (until 8:20pm)
- Ace Number 3 pair
- Hirafu Gondola (until 8:10pm)
- Holiday Number 1 pair (until 8:30pm)
- King Number 1 pair
- King Number 2 quad
- King Number 3 quad
- Swinging Monkey

All courses now open EXCEPT the following:
- Onsenzawa
- Large
- Konayuki
- Miharashi
- Dynamic

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 120cm
- Base: 70cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Hanazono Number 1 quad
- Hanazono Number 2 quad
- Hanazono Number 3 quad

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 115cm
- Base: 80cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Annupuri Gondola
- Dream Number 1 quad
- Jumbo Number 1 quad (until 8:30pm)
- Jumbo Number 2 pair
- Jumbo Number 3 pair

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 115cm
- Base: 80cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Niseko Gondola
- Upper Village Gondola (until 8:00pm)
- Village Express (until 8:00pm)
- Community Chair
- Banzai Chair (until 8:00pm)
- Morino Chair
- Country Road

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Night time operations are normally available in the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri resort areas. Subject to weather conditions. (There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO resort area).

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Wednesday 1st January 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

See above - some lifts might be affected by wind this morning

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 1st January 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Wednesday 1st January 2020
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 1st 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
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  2019/2020
*as of Wednesday 1st January 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
1st January 15cm 10cm 0cm
31st December 0cm 11cm 0cm
30th December 0cm 17cm 22cm
29th December 12cm 32cm 25cm
28th December 6cm 26cm 28cm
27th December 5cm 12cm 24cm
26th December 13cm 13cm 13cm
Previous 7 days total 51cm 121cm 112cm
Previous 14 days total 101cm 163cm 222cm
November observed snowfall total 85cm 84cm 188cm
December observed snowfall total 207cm 333cm 406cm
January observed snowfall total 15cm 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 307cm 951cm 1260cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 1st 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 the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2020/2021 season - - - - - - - -
2019/2020 season - 85cm
[85cm]
207cm
[292cm]
15cm
[307cm]
- - - -
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]
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