Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 10th January 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:22am on Wednesday 10th January 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
It's snowing
wind condition
W 4-13m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Limited
This report
Wednesday 10th January 2018, 8:22am
6cm
Tuesday 9th January 2018, 8:31am 0cm
Monday 8th January 2018, 8:27am 3cm
Sunday 7th January 2018, 8:20am 28cm
Saturday 6th January 2018, 8:32am 5cm
Friday 5th January 2018, 8:30am 1cm
Thursday 4th January 2018, 8:52am 3cm
Last 7 reports (total): 46cm
Last 14 reports (total): 124cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 49cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 643cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:22am on Wednesday 10th January 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning everyone.

Happily, yesterday is over and we can begin today! I measured 6cm of fresh snow to report to you this morning here near Hirafu base. There will surely be more than that on the mountain - and quite possibly in other places around lower down too - as strong winds were blowing yesterday.

I am happy to report that it is snowing nicely at the moment.

The new 6cm brings my snowfall over the first 10 reports of January up to 49cm. That is definitely a slow down from that excite pace that we experienced in November and December. Not to worry, it's just an observation! The forecast is showing steady regular snow through into the weekend so fingers crossed we can get back to larger numbers.

It still feels a little windy this morning, and at the time of this report going live top lifts are affected. Info updated below.

Take care out there.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -6℃, 15cm snowfall, stormy and snow drifts developing. Moiwa 800m: -8.7℃, W16m/s, big storm, cornices and snowdrifts developing. Annupuri 1150m: -13℃, max wind W37m/s, large snowdrift development. Hirafu 1250m: -13℃, development of wind-packed snowdrifts. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW19m/s, Kamui cape WSW16m/s, 993hPa, 3.4m waves.

A strong westerly wind has picked up as the low-pressure system moved east, making snowdrifts and cornices drastically develop in leeward aspects. Those snowdrifts are very unstable, 60cm thick slab above yesterday’s hail layer slid during this morning’s pressure test. The overall avalanche hazard is extremely high today.

Snowdrifts patches and hard wind-blown ice are alternately present. Snowdrifts are densely wind-packed with ripples. Past accident in Osawa (Annupuri bowl) has occurred during similar conditions. Peak gates, Annupuri No8, Hanazono No5 and Moiwa No6 gates will be closed. Please obey the ski patrol’s instructions.

Windpacked snowdrifts may look stable, however once cracked, they can turn into a large slide. Avalanche accidents mostly occur during and just after storms. The snow condition is ever changing. Better not push it today.

Heavy and dense wind-affected snow is unevenly present in the trees below 800m. Catchy snow and easy to loose control. Beware. The weather will get better soon.

Please respect the Niseko Rules.

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Wednesday 10th January 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are generally operating
- The top Ace Number 4, King Number 4 and Hanazono Number 3 quad lifts are on hold at the start of the day due to weather
- 'Early Morning' services from 8:00am until 8:20am (Ace Number 2 Center Four quad lift). Until 28th January. 500 yen special ticket required.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 340cm
- Base: 160cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are generally operating
- The Annupuri Gondola and top Jumbo Number 4 lifts are on hold at the start of the day due to weather

Official snow depth:
- Top: 270cm
- Base: 160cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts except Country Road Chair are generally operating
- The Niseko Gondola and top Wonderland lifts are on hold at the start of the day due to weather
- 'Early Gondola' service from 7:30am until 8:30am (Niseko Gondola). January 13th-14th, 20th-21st, 27th-28th; February 3rd-4th. 1,400 yen special ticket required.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 260cm
- Base: 160cm

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Floodlit 'nighta' skiing:

Night skiing is planned for every evening at the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO area. Ski lifts that are scheduled to be operating for nighta are noted below (subject to change):

* Niseko Grand Hirafu - Ace Family quad, Ace Number 2 quad, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 pair
* Niseko Annupuri - Jumbo Number 1 quad lift
* Niseko Village - Village Express, Upper Village Gondola, Community Chair, Banzai Chair

Archive report: Posted at 8:22am on Wednesday 10th January 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Top lifts affected by strong winds at the start of the day

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Wednesday 10th January 2018
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2017/2018
*as of Wednesday 10th January 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
10th January 6cm 3cm 20cm
9th January 0cm 0cm 11cm
8th January 3cm 0cm 11cm
7th January 28cm 0cm 14cm
6th January 5cm 1cm 15cm
5th January 1cm 8cm 10cm
4th January 3cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 46cm 12cm 81cm
Previous 14 days total 124cm 38cm 167cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 406cm 181cm 244cm
January observed snowfall total 49cm 152cm 303cm
February observed snowfall total - 160cm 266cm
March observed snowfall total - 83cm 109cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 643cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 10th January 2018
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded 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
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - 188cm
[188cm]
406cm
[594cm]
49cm
[643cm]
- - - -
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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