Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 4th January 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:24am on Saturday 4th January 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-9°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
Light NW
visibility condition
Limited-poor
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Saturday 4th January 2020, 8:24am
15cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 73cm
Last 14 reports (total): 123cm
Current month (January 2020) total: 61cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 353cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:24am on Saturday 4th January 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

With snow falling yesterday and overnight, I have another measured 15cm of snowfall to report to you this morning.

It feels cold out, light snow is still falling early morning and it feels quite calm. Visibility looks uniformly rather limited-low though and there's a bit of a dark feel. Apart from our excitement at 15+cm of fresh snow waiting for us on the mountain, of course.

If official sources are correct at time of checking (8:20am), this morning the top King Number 4 at Hirafu is scheduled to be open with the Dynamic course becoming available; it looks like the Ace Number 4 is going to be resting a little while longer. I also see that Wonderland Chair at Niseko Village is on standby, and the Country Road lift is back to resting (...told you it was lazy).

I don't have news on gates as yet but the Avalanche Report is saying that they are being prepared for opening 'soon'.

Nearly there! :)

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain base 6am: -9℃, 5cm snowfall in 12h, calm. Moiwa800m: 6.2m/s, 339°, -11.6℃, 30cm snowdrifts. Hirafu 1000m: 3.6m/s, 359°, -13.0℃. Hanazono 720m: 4.8m/s, 324°, -11.6℃. Annupuri 1000 snow depth 120cm. Sea of Japan Benkei cape: NNW10m/s, Kamui cape: NW7m/s, 1014hPa, 1.9m waves.

The snow-clouds above the Sea of Japan have disappeared and the weather is getting better under a moderate wintery atmospheric pressure distribution. A light 30-40cm snowdrifts are present in leeward slopes under 800m. According to all data and observations, the overall avalanche risk is low today. However, a thin surface slab slide should be expected in steep 40°slopes. Bushes are still thick under 700m elevation.

Ride one by one and avoid stopping at the bottom of the gully to avoid accidents. All gates except gate 6 remain closed, but are being prepared for opening soon. There will always be a certain level of risk riding the out of bounds area. Guides and tour leaders are responsible for the group’s safety. Always be prudent. We strongly recommend wearing a helmet and carrying avalanche gear (beacon, helmet, probe), some food, a bivy tent and a rope. The snowpack may be shallow, but the quality is prime. Do not cross ropes/nets to access fresh tracks.

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Ski resort operation information: Saturday 4th 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: 230cm
- Base: 85cm

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

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

Scheduled lifts that operate late:
- 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: 130cm
- Base: 75cm

All lifts normally operating:
- Hanazono 1, 2 and 3 quads

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 130cm
- Base: 85cm

All lifts normally operating EXCEPT the following:
- Jumbo Number 4

Scheduled lifts that operate late:
- Jumbo Number 1 quad until 8:30pm

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 130cm
- Base: 85cm

All lifts normally operating EXCEPT the following:
- Country Road

Scheduled lifts that operate late:
- Annupuri Village Gondola until 8:00pm
- Village Express until 8:00pm
- Banzai Chair until 8:00pm

Archive report: Posted at 8:24am on Saturday 4th January 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Some of the top lifts appear to be preparing for the day! See above for more details

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 4th January 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 4th 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 Saturday 4th 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 Saturday 4th January 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
4th January 15cm 1cm 3cm
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
Previous 7 days total 73cm 98cm 53cm
Previous 14 days total 123cm 171cm 136cm
November observed snowfall total 85cm 84cm 188cm
December observed snowfall total 207cm 333cm 406cm
January observed snowfall total 61cm 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 353cm 951cm 1260cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 4th 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]
61cm
[353cm]
- - - -
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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