Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 6th January 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Monday 6th January 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Mostly cloudy, some breaks in the cloud in places
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
Moderate-strong NW
visibility condition
Varied
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This report
Monday 6th January 2020, 8:30am
17cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 86cm
Last 14 reports (total): 137cm
Current month (January 2020) total: 86cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 378cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Monday 6th January 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning everyone.

Snow through the day yesterday resulting in 17cm of fresh snowfall to report to you this morning. Snow conditions on the mountain should be very good this morning.

Strong winds early morning are shutting down top lifts from the start of the day. Hopefully that situation will improve. At the time of writing, all top lifts as well as the Niseko Gondola and Annupuri Gondola are on hold. The Hirafu Gondola is operating but at reduced speed.

There is still a lot of cloud around and I see some light snow falling from my window. Having said that, I see there is some sun peeking through in some areas; maybe we will get more of that through the day.

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I shared a few lifts with a family visiting from Australia yesterday.

They were clearly extremely worried about the bushfire situation back home. I felt a bit embarrassed that I had not really been following the news over the last few weeks. (I am trying to avoid the endlessly frustrating ‘this can’t be happening’ aspects of the current news).

I took a bit of time to read up on the situation. It’s devastating to see what is going on and truly heart-breaking hearing about the damage being done to people, properties and wildlife. There are of course many visitors in Niseko from Australia and so I have no doubt that there must be a lot of conflicting feelings going on right now. My thoughts with you all.

It made me ponder about a few things.

That we all truly need to be doing something about our planet... like... now.

And that getting worked up about cm of snowfall is... rather trivial.

:(

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain Base 6.00am: -6°, 15cm new snow in the last 12hrs. Moiwa 800m: -7.8°, 11.8m/s 348 deg, snowdrift development from dawn. Hirafu 1000m: 8.8m/s 355 deg, -12.3°. Hanazono 720m: -7.8°, 10.3m/s 339 deg. Annupuri 1000m: snowdepth 135cm. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NNW13m/s. Kamui Cape N7m/s, 1022hPa, wave 2.1m.

Early this morning the isobars moved closer together and there has been snowdrift development above 800m. From observation and data the risk of avalanches on 40 deg leeward slopes moderately high. Take care on steep slopes above the treeline.

Bamboo and bushes are slowly getting buried and the number of skiable slopes is increasing. Please be patient until the top gates open. Do not carelessly duck ropes to leave the resort area.

The Strawberry Fields gate at Hanazono was opened yesterday. Watch out for bushes and terrain changes hidden under the snow. Also at Gate 6 watch out for the valley bottom. If you fall down there you may not be able to get out. We recommend everyone carries a shovel , probe and a short rope along with using a helmet and carrying a beacon. Todays snow is wonderful.

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Ski resort operation information: Monday 6th January 2020

** WIND AFFECTING AT LEAST THE TOP LIFTS AT THE START OF THE DAY TODAY **

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 230cm
- Base: 90cm

All lifts are normally operating

All courses normally open EXCEPT the following:
- Onsenzawa

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: 150cm
- Base: 90cm

All lifts are normally operating

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 145cm
- Base: 95cm

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: 140cm
- Base: 100cm

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 8:30am on Monday 6th January 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Top lifts and a few gondola on hold at the start of the day due to wind conditions

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Monday 6th 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 Monday 6th January 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
6th January 17cm 8cm 5cm
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
Previous 7 days total 86cm 70cm 12cm
Previous 14 days total 137cm 183cm 124cm
November observed snowfall total 85cm 84cm 188cm
December observed snowfall total 207cm 333cm 406cm
January observed snowfall total 86cm 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 378cm 951cm 1260cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 6th 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
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  October November December January February March April May
2020/2021 season - - - - - - - -
2019/2020 season - 85cm
[85cm]
207cm
[292cm]
86cm
[378cm]
- - - -
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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