Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 5th January 2022

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:40am on Wednesday 5th January 2022
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
NW, still a bit pesky up top
visibility condition
Fairly decent
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This report
Wednesday 5th January 2022, 8:40am
10cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 89cm
Last 14 reports (total): 221cm
Current month (January 2022) total: 67cm
2021/2022 season so far total: 459cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:40am on Wednesday 5th January 2022
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

The consistent snow continues. 10cm to report this morning from yesterday as the clouds have cleared up leaving us with a fine night.

It doesn't feel quite as cold this morning, but it's still -5C. Snow has started falling once again though I wouldn't expect too much today - more in terms of cm due Friday and Saturday.

Unfortunately at the start of the day all top lifts are on hold and gondolas going a bit slower than usual.

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My monthly recap is getting very late. Sorry. I hope to get that written today in time for tomorrow.

Yesterday I was very distracted by something the SnowJapan guys showed me. All I can say is... look forward to similarly being distracted sometime (fairly) soon! :)

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Moiwa base: -8℃, 20cm snowfall, calm. Moiwa 800m: -10℃, light wind, 30cm snowfall, cornices and snowdrifts are developing. Annupuri 1100m: -11℃, NE 5m/s, 40cm snowfall, cornices and snowdrifts developments. Hirafu 1300m: -11℃, N 5m/s, 30cm snowfall, snowdrift development.

The atmospheric pressure gradient is still steep, but the wind has come down from midnight to dawn, and the snowdrifts are developing slowly. Tree runs are in a fantastic condition covered in crystal snow, except wind affected terrains above 1100m elevation. The sky is clearing and the base is colder due to radiative cooling. Gates are due to open. Please listen to patrols advice and be prepared when you go outside the gates. Do not duck ropes. According to the observation and weather data, avalanche risks are still high in the Backbowl side walls (Kozan no Sawa) and Oono no Sawa in the Higashi One cornice slopes. Avalanches in the Backbowl side walls (Kozan no sawa) slides especially fast through long distances and sweeps the entire valley. We strongly recommend not to go into these slopes today just yet. Do not hang around in the bottom of the gullies.

Do you have a beacon? It may save your life as well as someone else's. There is no safety in the winter mountains.

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Planned ski area operations: Wednesday 5th 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: 290cm (+5cm)
- Base: 150cm (+5cm)

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: 230cm (+5cm)
- Base: 172cm (+2cm)

Official 24 hours snowfall (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 15cm
- Base: 10cm

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: 220cm (+10cm)
- Base: 150cm (+10cm)

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 8:40am on Wednesday 5th January 2022
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All ski areas open - top lifts still on hold

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 5th January 2022
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Wednesday 5th 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 Wednesday 5th 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 Wednesday 5th January 2022
2020/2021
Season
2019/2020
Season
5th January 10cm 12cm 8cm
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
Previous 7 days total 89cm 128cm 69cm
Previous 14 days total 221cm 194cm 121cm
November observed snowfall total 85cm 62cm 85cm
December observed snowfall total 307cm 348cm 207cm
January observed snowfall total 67cm 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 459cm 1210cm 728cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 5th 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]
67cm
[459cm]
- - - -
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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