Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 4th January 2022

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Tuesday 4th January 2022
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-10°C

Top temp:
-15°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow for now
wind condition
NW
visibility condition
Fair-limited
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This report
Tuesday 4th January 2022, 8:32am
13cm
Monday 3rd January 2022, 8:33am 12cm
Sunday 2nd January 2022, 8:10am 18cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 93cm
Last 14 reports (total): 227cm
Current month (January 2022) total: 57cm
2021/2022 season so far total: 449cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Tuesday 4th January 2022
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

I have just been out to measure 13cm of snow to add to my report this morning. I thought it was going to be more than that, but wind probably is a factor in that. Looks like the ski areas themselves are reporting 10-20cm.

Well, yesterday was a bit of a wild ride (not that I ventured outside much), and thankfully today looks like it should be calmer. It is still snowing - light at the moment but rather heavier just a short while back) and visibility is much improved and it looks like more lifts will be operating. But as of 8:30am, the top lifts and the gondola at Annupuri are on hold because of remaining windy conditions.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Moiwa base: -10℃, 15cm snowfall, occasional gusts and low visibility. Moiwa 800m: -13℃, W10m/s, 20cm snowfall, cornices growing and snowdrifts are heavy. Annupuri 1100m: -15℃, 20cm new snow on course and cornices/snowdrifts developments. Hirafu ridge: -20℃, stormy and wind from all directions, no visibility. Coastal data Benkei cape: NW16m/s, Kamui cape: NW13m/s, 1010hPa, 2.1m waves.

A strong storm is persisting above 900m elevation, making snowdrifts and cornices heavily develop. Evaluating on-site observations, snowfall transition and all weather data, there is a risk of large-scale surface slab avalanche from Jan 2nd low-pressure snowfall layer. Better not ride the middle-ridge of O-sawa (Annuouri bowl) even if gate 8 opens. That spot is the site of Japan’s first snowboard deadly avalanche accident and the weather conditions back then was similar to the current conditions.

The wind is calming down but still blowing strong up high. Strong wind creates unstable snow-slabs in leeward slopes and avalanches occur when those slabs break apart. The slabs stabilize as the wind dies down, but caution is still required for today. Beware of frostbites and hypothermia. Have you switched your beacon on? The snow in the trees is good, but stay away from the bottom of steep slopes and gully bottoms. Have a nice day.

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Planned ski area operations: Tuesday 4th January 2022
The below snow depth and snowfall data 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: 285cm (+5cm)
- Base: 145cm (-10cm)

Official 24 hours snowfall (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 20cm
- Base: 20cm

Planned lift operations (subject to weather conditions):
- 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

Planned open courses:
- All courses open

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 225cm (no change)
- Base: 170cm (no change)

Official 24 hours snowfall (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 5cm
- Base: 15cm

Planned lift operations (subject to weather conditions):
- Hanazono Number 1
- Hanazono Number 2 quad
- Hanazono Number 3 quad
- 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: 210cm (no change)
- Base: 140cm (no change)

Official 24 hours snowfall (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 20cm
- Base: 20cm

Planned lift operations (subject to weather conditions):
- 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: 200cm no change
- Base: 140cm no change

Official 24 hours snowfall (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 10cm
- Base: 10cm

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

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Tuesday 4th January 2022
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All ski areas are open, all top lifts on hold at start of the day

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Tuesday 4th January 2022
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
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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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  2021/2022
*as of Tuesday 4th January 2022
2020/2021
Season
2019/2020
Season
4th January 13cm 14cm 15cm
3rd January 12cm 18cm 5cm
2nd January 18cm 24cm 26cm
1st January 14cm 18cm 15cm
31st December 15cm 34cm 0cm
30th December 7cm 8cm 0cm
29th December 14cm 4cm 12cm
Previous 7 days total 93cm 120cm 73cm
Previous 14 days total 227cm 191cm 123cm
November observed snowfall total 85cm 62cm 85cm
December observed snowfall total 307cm 348cm 207cm
January observed snowfall total 57cm 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 449cm 1210cm 728cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 4th 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]
57cm
[449cm]
- - - -
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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