Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 1st January 2022

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:40am on Saturday 1st January 2022
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud, blue sky, some sun
Base temp:
-12°C

Top temp:
-16°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Not right now
wind condition
NW, blowy higher up
visibility condition
Good
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This report
Saturday 1st January 2022, 8:40am
14cm
Friday 31st December 2021, 8:30am 15cm
Thursday 30th December 2021, 8:30am 7cm
Wednesday 29th December 2021, 8:27am 14cm
Tuesday 28th December 2021, 7:54am 13cm
Monday 27th December 2021, 8:27am 14cm
Sunday 26th December 2021, 8:33am 25cm
Last 7 reports (total): 102cm
Last 14 reports (total): 234cm
Current month (January 2022) total: 14cm
2021/2022 season so far total: 406cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:40am on Saturday 1st January 2022
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning to you from Niseko and Happy New Year. May it be a good one for you, yours and.... everyone. (Well, maybe not the really naughty, bad people).

2022 starts with some sunshine! I do have some fresh snow to report this morning, but it's not snowing now. Those snow clouds won't be too far away though and might well be back within hours. Rather, for the moment the sun is out, there's a nice amount of sun and some blue sky. Mt Yotei is wearing a celebratory cloud hat thingy. It looks like a big massive mochi. Mmmmmm.

At the start of the day the top lifts at Hirafu and Hanazono are on hold due to windy conditions up there. The other two top lifts appear to be open. Looks like the (forecast) strong wind made Annupuri cancel their early gondola operations that were planned for this morning.

Well, I will now have my traditional New Years toast and then I plan to spend a few hours out on the mountain.

Have a good day.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain Base: -13℃, 20cm new snow, mild blizzard. Moiwa 800m: -15℃, W15m/s, cornice and snowdrift development. Annupuri 1100m: -17℃, NW20m/s, 100cm snowdrift development, snowstorm. Hirafu Ridgeline: -20℃. Coastal data, Benkei cape: NNW16m/s, Kamui cape: N11m/s, 1009hPa, 2.7m waves.

Blizzard conditions and the inflow of cold air continue under a winter weather pattern. Cornices and snow drift development is rapid. Leeward slopes above 800m are strongly wind effected, with heavy deposits of wind blown snow on steep cornice slopes. Below 800m in the forests, avalanches are likely to occur on creek sidewalls and the upper sections of knolls. Even if the gates are open today, best not to go out. The avalanche risk on Osawa cornice slope around 1000m is very high. If Gate 8 opens, do not cross the creek to the other side of the valley. Also, the creek is the avalanche path. Do not ride in the avalanche path/creek. Beware frostbite and hypothermia. Conditions are the same on all the surrounding mountains. Good day to finish early and hit the onsen. Happy New Year.

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Planned ski area operations: Saturday 1st January 2022
The below information is manually checked each morning and believed to be correct at time of report.

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 260cm (+5cm)
- Base: 145cm (+10cm)

Official 24 hours snowfall (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 15cm
- Base: 15cm

Planned lift operations:
- Ace Family quad
- Ace Number 2 Center Four quad [* open for night skiing until 7:00pm]
- Hirafu Gondola
- Holiday Number 1 pair
- King Number 3 quad
- Swinging Monkey
- King Number 4 (* on hold at start of day)

Planned open courses:
- All courses open

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 220cm (+13cm)
- Base: 160cm (+10cm)

Official 24 hours snowfall (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 25cm
- Base: 25cm

Planned lift operations:
- Hanazono Number 1
- Hanazono Number 2 quad
- Hanazono Number 3 quad (* on hold at start of day)
- Hanazono Symphony Gondola [* open for night skiing until 7:00pm]

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 190cm (no change)
- Base: 130cm (no change)

Official 24 hours snowfall (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 15cm
- Base: 15cm
Planned lift operations:
- All lifts operating
- Annupuri Gondola
- Dream Number 1 quad
- Jumbo Number 1 quad [* open for night skiing until 7:30pm]
- Jumbo Number 2 pair
- Jumbo Number 3 pair
- Jumbo Number 4 pair

Planned open courses:
- All but one course are now open

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 190cm no change
- Base: 130cm no change

Official 24 hours snowfall (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 0cm
- Base: 0cm

Planned lift operations:
- Niseko Gondola
- Village Express
- Community Chair [* open for night skiing until 7:00pm]
- Banzai Chair
- Wonderland Chair

Archive report: Posted at 8:40am on Saturday 1st January 2022
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All ski areas open - a few top lifts affected by wind at the start of the day

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 1st January 2022
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 1st January 2022
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 the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2021/2022
*as of Saturday 1st January 2022
2020/2021
Season
2019/2020
Season
1st January 14cm 18cm 15cm
31st December 15cm 34cm 0cm
30th December 7cm 8cm 0cm
29th December 14cm 4cm 12cm
28th December 13cm 16cm 6cm
27th December 14cm 14cm 5cm
26th December 25cm 22cm 13cm
Previous 7 days total 102cm 116cm 51cm
Previous 14 days total 234cm 194cm 101cm
November observed snowfall total 85cm 62cm 85cm
December observed snowfall total 307cm 348cm 207cm
January observed snowfall total 14cm 387cm 224cm
February observed snowfall total - 325cm 143cm
March observed snowfall total - 79cm 59cm
April observed snowfall total - 9cm 10cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm -
Season observed snowfall total 406cm 1210cm 728cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 1st January 2022
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
2021/2022 season - 85cm
[85cm]
307cm
[392cm]
14cm
[406cm]
- - - -
2020/2021 season 0cm
[0cm]
62cm
[62cm]
348cm
[410cm]
387cm
[797cm]
325cm
[1122cm]
79cm
[1201cm]
9cm
[1210cm]
0cm
[1210cm]
2019/2020 season - 85cm
[85cm]
207cm
[292cm]
224cm
[516cm]
143cm
[659cm]
59cm
[718cm]
10cm
[728cm]
-
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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