Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 3rd January 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:56am on Friday 3rd January 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None > light snow in places
wind condition
Moderate westerly
visibility condition
Varied
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This report
Friday 3rd January 2020, 8:56am
5cm
Thursday 2nd January 2020, 8:29am 26cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 64cm
Last 14 reports (total): 117cm
Current month (January 2020) total: 46cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 338cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:56am on Friday 3rd January 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning all and apologies for my late appearance this morning. It would be cool if I could give you some gnarly reason for the delay, but the fact is... I overslept! Doh.

A modest 5cm of snowfall to add this morning after that bigger number yesterday. No doubt some of you reading this enjoyed that fresh snow yesterday. I know I did.

This morning snow has been falling; it's just light in places and just cloudy in others. As I am about to put this report live (and since the webcam images below were taken), it looks like there might be a few breaks in the clouds appearing...

Lifts have started the day on time, though at the start the Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri gondolas are operating at reduced speed due to the wind conditions.

Forecasts seem to be showing occasional light-moderate snow over the next few days with clearer skies likely early next week.

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Annupuri had to cancel their early first tracks gondola service again this morning due to strong winds. (Did they get to do it on any of the scheduled days over New Year? Hopefully they'll be luckier with the weather when they do it again on 11th-13th of this month).

The Avalanche Report is talking about the chance of the Moiwa gate opening today but without any definitive confirmation. As of 8:45am I haven't heard any additional information on that.

There is still no news on the main top lifts at Hirafu, Village and Annupuri opening just yet. I will of course bring you that news just as soon as I have it.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain base 6am: -7℃, light dusts in 12h. Moiwa800m: 327°8.8m/s, -8.7℃. Hirafu 1000m: 99°3.9m/s, -11.9℃. Hanazono 720m: 2°6.1m/s, -8.9℃. Sea of Japan Benkei cape: NW15m/s, Kamui cape: WSW12m/s, 1017hPa, 2.0m waves. Annupuri 1000m snow depth 120cm.

The atmospheric pressure gradient is flattening and the snowdrifts developments are settling down. The newly formed snowdrifts seems stable at Moiwa800m and the avalanche risk in 30°slopes or less is low. The wind-exposed slopes above 750m have formed wind-crusts and the surface is uneven. The snowpack under 800m has stabilized, however possibilities of 80cm thick surface slab avalanches remains relatively high in steep slopes above 800m in Iwaonupuri and Higashione where the temperature remained low.

The Sasa bamboo seems mostly buried, however the snowpack is still thin. Beware of falling into creeks under 500m elevation. The water is ice-cold. Route-finding is critical in the backcountry. Moiwa gate 6 is scheduled to open today, however not definite as of this morning. We strongly recommended to wear a helmet, carry a beacon, shovel and probe and know how to use them. Please be safe.

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Ski resort operation information: Friday 3rd January 2020
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: 210cm
- Base: 70cm

All lifts normally operating EXCEPT the following:
- Ace Number 4
- King Number 4

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

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 130cm
- Base: 75cm

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: 120cm
- 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: 120cm
- 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 8:56am on Friday 3rd January 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Most of the mountain is open - top lifts and get yet to open

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 3rd January 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 3rd 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 Friday 3rd 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 the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2019/2020
*as of Friday 3rd January 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
3rd January 5cm 12cm 3cm
2nd January 26cm 15cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 64cm 123cm 78cm
Previous 14 days total 117cm 170cm 171cm
November observed snowfall total 85cm 84cm 188cm
December observed snowfall total 207cm 333cm 406cm
January observed snowfall total 46cm 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 338cm 951cm 1260cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 3rd 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]
46cm
[338cm]
- - - -
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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