Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 9th January 2021

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:45am on Saturday 9th January 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-10°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
It is still snowing
wind condition
W
visibility condition
Varied
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This report
Saturday 9th January 2021, 8:45am
30cm
Friday 8th January 2021, 8:33am 25cm
Thursday 7th January 2021, 8:15am 1cm
Wednesday 6th January 2021, 8:42am 12cm
Tuesday 5th January 2021, 8:35am 12cm
Monday 4th January 2021, 8:17am 14cm
Sunday 3rd January 2021, 8:33am 18cm
Last 7 reports (total): 112cm
Last 14 reports (total): 230cm
Current month (January 2021) total: 154cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 564cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:45am on Saturday 9th January 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko. Hope everyone is well on this Saturday morning.

Well, the very good snow news continues everyone.

I have just measured 30cm of fresh snowfall from overnight. The ski areas themselves are reporting 10-35cm across the mountain (in terms of new snowfall), and as usually there's not much difference in the official snow depth numbers.

There are going to be some deep conditions out there. Appropriate care required; excitement levels held in check recommended.

It's cold, it's snowing, and the forecast has more of it all lined up; perhaps getting slightly milder around Tuesday through Thursday.

I know it might feel to some of you that nature is kind of teasing you this particular year, but big picture I think we can all agree that it is great to have classic Niseko kind of consistency. Let us hope it continues.

Though a bit of sun every now and again would be cool... ;)

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In recent days it seems that there have been a handful covid-19 cases reported in a few Hirafu restaurants.

Please take super care everyone.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Benkei cape: NW13m/s, Kamui cape: N11m/s, 1005hPa, 3.1m waves. Hanazono1000m: -15.3℃, SE3.9m/s, Hanazono720m: -13.0℃, WSW7.2m/s, Moiwa800m: -14.3℃, NNW4.0m/s, Annupuri1100m: -15.7℃, W4.8m/s, Yu no Sawa1100m: -15.2℃, W3.3m/s, Mizuno no sawa 900m: -14.4℃, W3.3m/s. Kutchan weather station: -9.6℃, S1.4m/s, 153cm snow depth, 1006.7hPa. Moiwa base: -12℃, 40cm snowfall in 12h, calm.

Cold air inflow is continuing under a mild wintery pressure distribution. Heavy snowfall from late night through the morning. The wind influence is small on today’s snowfall. The wind-drift snowpack above Jan 7th layer is now stable. This snow layer is firm and suitable for igloo making, but too hard to dig a cave. The top 15cm layer of the new snow is likely to sluff, however the general avalanche risk under 1000m elevation is lowering. Large scale surface slab slide hazards remain highly considerable at the Backbowl’s sidewall above 1100m elevation. Better left untouched today.

There is no guaranteed safety in winter snow mountains. Stay away from gully bottoms in order to minimize hazards. Gate 10, Moiwa Anbetsu, is opening today. Listen to the ski patrol’s instructions before stepping out of the gates. Anbetsu valley ends up in a terrain trap. It is a dangerous terrain, better not venture too far down the gully. Fantastic snow conditions today. We strongly recommend wearing a helmet and beacon. Please understand the positive aspects of the changes in the Niseko Rules.

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Planned ski area operations: Saturday 9th January 2021
The below information 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 (+15cm)
- Base: 175cm (0cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- All planned lifts operating (see note below)
- Ace Family Quad, Ace Number 2 Center Four open for night skiing

Courses:
- All courses open

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 220cm (+5cm)
- Base: 170cm (+7cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts operating
- No night skiing

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 200cm (+0cm)
- Base: 140cm (+0cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts operating during the daytime
- Jumbo Number 1 quad opens for night skiing

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 200cm (+0cm)
- Base: 140cm (+0cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- All open but Upper Village Gondola and Country Road

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Night time operations are available in the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas until 7th March 2021.
There is no night skiing in the Niseko HANAZONO area.

The Ace Pair Number 1, 3 and 4, King Pair Number 1 lift and King Quad Number 2 lifts are being rested for the season at Niseko Grand Hirafu.

Archive report: Posted at 8:45am on Saturday 9th January 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All ski areas open

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 9th January 2021
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 9th January 2021
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 9th January 2021
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)
  2020/2021
*as of Saturday 9th January 2021
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
9th January 30cm 1cm 20cm
8th January 25cm 0cm 24cm
7th January 1cm 0cm 11cm
6th January 12cm 17cm 8cm
5th January 12cm 8cm 13cm
4th January 14cm 15cm 1cm
3rd January 18cm 5cm 12cm
Previous 7 days total 112cm 46cm 89cm
Previous 14 days total 230cm 110cm 212cm
November observed snowfall total 62cm 85cm 84cm
December observed snowfall total 348cm 207cm 333cm
January observed snowfall total 154cm 224cm 285cm
February observed snowfall total - 143cm 198cm
March observed snowfall total - 59cm 45cm
April observed snowfall total - 10cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 564cm 728cm 951cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 9th January 2021
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 0cm
[0cm]
62cm
[62cm]
348cm
[410cm]
154cm
[564cm]
-
[564cm]
-
[564cm]
-
[564cm]
-
[564cm]
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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