Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 6th January 2022

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:10am on Thursday 6th January 2022
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Generally fine
Base temp:
-10°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
(Light snow in some places)
wind condition
Light (hurray!)
visibility condition
Generally pretty good
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This report
Thursday 6th January 2022, 8:10am
9cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 91cm
Last 14 reports (total): 190cm
Current month (January 2022) total: 76cm
2021/2022 season so far total: 468cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:10am on Thursday 6th January 2022
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning to you from Niseko.

Well, early this morning there's a few different pictures. There is blue sky in some directions along with the sun, and there has been some light snow falling in others (Hanazono). It feels like the brighter picture is winning at the moment. Even if we don't get much snow during the day today, some more looks due to be falling later tomorrow and Saturday - though probably nothing major.

I am happy to report that it's not windy this morning (hurray!) and so expect all lifts to be moving as planned.

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The 2021-2022 season so far: until the end December 2021

I’m finding it hard to believe that it is already January, but here we are.

Unfortunately, many of you reading my reports this year will once again not actually be able to be here in Niseko due to you-know-what, and I truly feel for you. Everyone was so hoping that things would be different. But now we need to just start hoping that things will be different in time for 2022-2023. The emergence of this new variant, currently starting to make itself known in Japan too, is... annoying. Please let this be over soon.

In the meantime, the ski season goes on and I will continue to tell you about it.

As is the tradition, I need to start this recap by reminding everyone of a few things. My observed measurements come to you from close to the base of Niseko Grand Hirafu. ‘At base’ is the way all of the Now reports on SnowJapan are done. It’s a good job really, because due to me not living at the top of the mountain I would be unable to make consistent measurements from the same place every day up there.

The observed snowfall numbers that I report on these Niseko Now reports over the years can be compared like-for-like, because they are my observations, and they are coming from the same place each season.

OK so to the numbers.

This is how much snowfall I have measured during the month of December over the last nine years:

December 2021: 307cm
December 2020: 348cm
December 2019: 207cm
December 2018: 333cm
December 2017: 406cm
December 2016: 181cm
December 2015: 244cm
December 2014: 519cm
December 2013: 275cm
December 2012: 418cm

That works out as being just under the average number over the last 10 seasons. Once the snow started properly, it has been very consistent. In fact, the last day that I wasn’t able to report any snowfall at base was on 15th December - there has been snowfall every day since then.

If you remember the first half of December was pretty uneventful and there wasn’t a whole lot of snow falling. The season definitely took a while to get going this time around and then it was as if the taps were turned on in the second half of the month.

Here’s how much snow I have observed as falling up until the end of December in each of the seasons:

2021/2022 season up to end of December 2020: 392cm
2020/2021 season up to end of December 2020: 410cm
2019/2020 season up to end of December 2019: 292cm
2018/2019 season up to end of December 2018: 417cm
2017/2018 season up to end of December 2017: 594cm
2016/2017 season up to end of December 2016: 293cm
2015/2016 season up to end of December 2015: 308cm
2014/2015 season up to end of December 2014: 549cm
2013/2014 season up to end of December 2013: 398cm
2012/2013 season up to end of December 2012: 536cm

Again, that is just under the average over the last 10 years, and a little under last season.

That’s pretty good going I think, especially considering that the bulk of it came in the second half of December. (Not to forget the snowfall we got in the last week of November, followed by a few weeks of no snow for the most part).

Here is how much of the total snowfall for the whole season we have already had fallen on us by the end of December in previous seasons:

By the end of December 2020, as a % of the season total: about 34%
By the end of December 2019, as a % of the season total: about 40%
By the end of December 2018, as a % of the season total: about 44%
By the end of December 2017, as a % of the season total: about 47%
By the end of December 2016, as a % of the season total: about 43%
By the end of December 2015, as a % of the season total: about 31%
By the end of December 2014, as a % of the season total: about 48%
By the end of December 2013, as a % of the season total: about 34%
By the end of December 2012, as a % of the season total: about 36%

So in recent years by the end of December we have received between 31% and 48% of the total for the season.

As for the month of January, here’s how much snowfall I have recorded during the month of January. (The numbers in brackets show the total observed snowfall up until the end of January in each of those respective seasons).

January 2021: 387cm (797cm)
January 2020: 224cm (516cm)
January 2019: 285cm (702cm)
January 2018: 305cm (899cm)
January 2017: 152cm (445cm)
January 2016: 303cm (611cm)
January 2015: 257cm (806cm)
January 2014: 461cm (859cm)
January 2013: 443cm (979cm)

All being well, I think we can look forward to a lot more snow!

Regular and consistent with periods of sun (but cold temperatures) right through until the end of March, please.

Next monthly recap in early February.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Moiwa base: -8℃, 5cm snowfall, calm. Moiwa800m: -10℃, light breeze, 15cm snowfall with some cornice/snowdrifts. Annupuri1100: -11℃, 10cm snowfall, crystal snow without wind. Hirafu ridge: -13℃, 40cm snow on the ridge and skavla development (packed wind ripples). Kamui cape NNW5m/s, 1024hPa, 0.8m waves.

The ocean and the mountain weather is calm under a high pressure system. Snowdrift developments are found in the Higashi-One area due to northerly wind. Crests and wind ripples are covering the surface. Gate 11 (waterfall) is scheduled to open today. Listen to the ski patrol’s instructions before stepping out of the gates. Cracks are starting to form in SW aspects slopes below 1000m elevation. A notable granular snow layer is present near the ground surface this winter and hazard of glide (full-depth) avalanches is to be considered sasa-bamboo covered steep slopes such as Chisenupuri and Naganuma area. Glide avalanches can happen in deep winter too. Cracks are hardly noticeable from above, please be careful not to fall.

The overall avalanche risk is lowering, however the hazard of large scale avalanches from Jan 2nd layer is still present in the Backbowl sidewall (Kozan no sawa) and Higashi-One cornice slopes. It is highly recommended to avoid those spots for now. Better not be fooled by the surface’s light snow. Please be cautious. There are no accidents that cannot be avoided. Precaution will keep you out of hazards. Please carry a beacon, shovel and a probe. Have a nice day.

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Planned ski area operations: Thursday 6th 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: 295cm (+5cm)
- Base: 150cm (no change)

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

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
- King Number 3 quad
- King Number 4
- Swinging Monkey

Planned open courses:
- All courses open

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 240cm (+10cm)
- Base: 180cm (+8cm)

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

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 (no change)
- Base: 150cm (no change)

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

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 open

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 210cm +10cm
- Base: 140cm no change

Official 24 hours snowfall (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 0cm
- Base: 0cm

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 8:10am on Thursday 6th January 2022
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All the ski areas should be open as planned this morning

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 6th 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
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2021/2022
*as of Thursday 6th January 2022
2020/2021
Season
2019/2020
Season
6th January 9cm 12cm 17cm
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
Previous 7 days total 91cm 132cm 86cm
Previous 14 days total 190cm 206cm 137cm
November observed snowfall total 85cm 62cm 85cm
December observed snowfall total 307cm 348cm 207cm
January observed snowfall total 76cm 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 468cm 1210cm 728cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 6th 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]
76cm
[468cm]
- - - -
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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