Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 9th January 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Thursday 9th January 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud, some blue sky
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Northerly
visibility condition
Fair and likely to be improving
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Thursday 9th January 2020, 8:31am
1cm
Wednesday 8th January 2020, 8:30am 0cm
Tuesday 7th January 2020, 8:18am 0cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 46cm
Last 14 reports (total): 110cm
Current month (January 2020) total: 87cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 379cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Thursday 9th January 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning everyone.

Well, we have what can be best described as a dusting of snowfall to report this morning. Just about enough for me to record 1cm on this report. A bit windy overnight, so perhaps a little more in places (and none in others).

There is a lot of cloud around still early morning but blue sky in places too and we are forecast sunshine so maybe the clouds will disperse.

It will probably be Sunday before I can get to report more fresh snowfall to you, so we need to play with what we got for the moment.

Personally, if it isn't going to snow I hope that the sun comes out to give us some fine views to enjoy (though please don't warm things up!)

Good to see that gate 11 is expected to open this morning.

But... as I prepare this report to go up at 8:30am it looks like naughty wind is going to be affecting some lifts at the start of the day - the top lifts at Hanazono, Hirafu and Village are all on hold and the Village and Annupuri gondolas are moving at a reduced speed. Perhaps they might get going depending on how conditions pan out.

Take care out there.

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Someone asked why the webcam image time stamps on this report are sometimes half an hour or more different from the time of the report (oh, and why isn't the report itself earlier).

I have covered the timing of the report thing multiple times before and perhaps might do that again for newcomers sometime. For now - take a read through all the archives. :)

Regarding the images. Well, putting this report together takes time every morning. (Everything doesn't just somehow magically appear!)

And I can't do everything at exactly the same time. So yeah, that's why.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain Base 6.00am: -4°, no new snow, strong winds, snowdrift development. Moiwa 800m: -6.9°, NE10.1m/s (73 deg)(max overnight 30m/s), snowdrift development. Hirafu 1000m: 1.1m/s 252 deg(ESE), -8.6°. Hanazono 720m: 6.3m/s 343 deg(NNW), -6.7°. Annupuri 1000m: snowdepth 135cm. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: ENE7m/s. Kamui Cape NE2m/s, 1010hPa, wave 2.1m.

A low pressure system to the east has caused strong NE winds to hit the west side of the mountains at elevations above 600m. Although little snow has fallen cornice and snowdrift development has been rapid and are breaking with slight stimulation.

The avalanche risk is high on knolls and cornice slopes above 800m due to the strong N, NE winds. A shallow hard surface avalanche is likely to occur from a 10cm hard slab that has formed on the Kozan no Sawa(Back Bowl) side wall around 1000m. This type of avalanche is dangerous due to the high speeds it travels.

Mizuno no Sawa Gate 11 is expected to open today. Do not duck rope to enter Haru No Taki area. Please listen to the patrols advice before going into out of bounds areas. Be careful of creeks and bushes in the bottom of valleys.

Snowdrift growth has been significant due to the strong winds and avalanche risk is extremely high in some areas this morning. Avalanches occur when conditions are met, regardless of the amount of snow. If people are involved there will be an accident. Make cautious decisions based on the situation.

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Ski resort operation information: Thursday 9th January 2020

*** TOP LIFTS ON HOLD AT THE START OF THE DAY DUE TO WIND ***

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 210cm
- Base: 70cm

All lifts are normally operating

All courses normally open EXCEPT the following:
- 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: 135cm
- Base: 80cm

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 (which is normally rested anyway)

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 8:31am on Thursday 9th January 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Some lifts on hold at the start of the day - 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 Thursday 9th January 2020
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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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  2019/2020
*as of Thursday 9th January 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
9th January 1cm 20cm 0cm
8th January 0cm 24cm 3cm
7th January 0cm 11cm 28cm
6th January 17cm 8cm 5cm
5th January 8cm 13cm 1cm
4th January 15cm 1cm 3cm
3rd January 5cm 12cm 3cm
Previous 7 days total 46cm 89cm 43cm
Previous 14 days total 110cm 212cm 142cm
November observed snowfall total 85cm 84cm 188cm
December observed snowfall total 207cm 333cm 406cm
January observed snowfall total 87cm 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 379cm 951cm 1260cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 9th 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
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2020/2021 season - - - - - - - -
2019/2020 season - 85cm
[85cm]
207cm
[292cm]
87cm
[379cm]
- - - -
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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