Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 5th January 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Sunday 5th January 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Mostly cloudy skies
Base temp:
-10°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
...with light snow in places
wind condition
NW
visibility condition
Varied
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This report
Sunday 5th January 2020, 8:32am
8cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 69cm
Last 14 reports (total): 121cm
Current month (January 2020) total: 69cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 361cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Sunday 5th January 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

And on this Sunday morning I have 8cm of snowfall to report to you since yesterday.

It is a very cold morning and the snow quality is up there - just wish there was more of it. As always, we can expect more than that on the upper slopes.

Talking of which, it appears that the Ace Number 4 lift at Niseko Grand Hirafu is also ready to go - meaning all lifts at Hirafu are now operating.

All lifts at Niseko HANAZONO have been operating for a while now of course.

The top Wonderland lift at Niseko Village is also now operating, though they themselves are saying that the conditions 'aren't great due to there not being enough snow' - that is what they say - and that you can't slide over to Niseko Annupuri yet. (Their Country Road lift is resting, though that is normally rested).

Over at Annupuri, the top Jumbo Number 4 lift is not yet moving.

So that's generally where we are.

It has been snowing lightly this morning but right at the moment eased off for now where I am, though looks like it is still snowing higher up with the mountain covered in cloud. Still mostly cloudy but there are some patches of blue sky. We might get some occasional light snow through into early tomorrow, with some generally clearer skies due from tomorrow morning and a potential mini mild temperature bump early in the week.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain Base 6.00am: -10°, 3cm new snow in the last 12hrs. Moiwa 800m: -10.3°, 5.3m/s 322 deg. Hirafu 1000m: -4.3m/s 328 deg, 13.7°. Hanazono 720m: -9.9°, 3.4m/s 337 deg. Annupuri 1000m: snow depth 130cm. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NNW13m/s. Kamui Cape NW7m/s, 1017hPa, wave 1.0m.

A trace of new snow has fallen at the base of the west side of the mountain and snowdrifts above 800m are growing slowly. From data and observation the general avalanche risk is low. On wind effected 40 deg slopes above 1000m, shallow avalanches are likely to occur due to the surface crust breaking over large areas. This type of avalanche runs fast and is dangerous. Avoid riding wind crusted steep slopes. Be careful on Kozan no Sawa (Back Bowl) sidewall, Iwaonupuri, etc.

The continued lack of snow is obvious. The gates cannot be opened yet because below 500m bushes and bamboo are still not covered and getting out at the bottom can be very difficult. People falling into creeks has become a daily occurrence. The water is cold so choose a proper routes. Sometimes we get a winter like this - we have to adapt. The snow isn't bad. Be careful of a sudden weather change. Have a good day.

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Ski resort operation information: Sunday 5th 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: 235cm
- Base: 95cm

All lifts are normally operating

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

Lifts scheduled for late operations:
- 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: 155cm
- Base: 95cm

All lifts are normally operating

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 135cm
- Base: 90cm

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

Lift scheduled for late operations:
- Jumbo Number 1 quad until 8:30pm

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 135cm
- Base: 90cm

All lifts normally operating EXCEPT the following:
- Country Road

Lifts scheduled for late operations:
- Annupuri Village Gondola until 8:00pm
- Village Express until 8:00pm
- Banzai Chair until 8:00pm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Sunday 5th January 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

See above for details

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 5th January 2020
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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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  2019/2020
*as of Sunday 5th January 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
5th January 8cm 13cm 1cm
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
Previous 7 days total 69cm 79cm 29cm
Previous 14 days total 121cm 175cm 126cm
November observed snowfall total 85cm 84cm 188cm
December observed snowfall total 207cm 333cm 406cm
January observed snowfall total 69cm 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 361cm 951cm 1260cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2020/2021 season - - - - - - - -
2019/2020 season - 85cm
[85cm]
207cm
[292cm]
69cm
[361cm]
- - - -
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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