Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 10th January 2021

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:21am on Sunday 10th January 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snow won't stop... (help!)
Base temp:
-13°C

Top temp:
-17°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Moderate-heavy snowfall
wind condition
Light
visibility condition
Poor
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This report
Sunday 10th January 2021, 8:21am
33cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 127cm
Last 14 reports (total): 249cm
Current month (January 2021) total: 187cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 597cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:21am on Sunday 10th January 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

My oh my.

Tons of fresh snow.

I am hearing that controversial comment from some people - 'too much snow'. Sounds silly, right?

Mostly from people involved in the fun task of shovelling it out of the way, watching skiers and snowboarders walk over to first lifts. Others are worried that some less experienced people might get carried away with it and face some real dangers. As the Avalanche Report below states... 'maybe a little too deep'.

Be excited; always take care.

So this morning I am measuring 33cm of snow since my report yesterday. And there's going to be more than that in places, especially at higher elevations (60cm being mentioned below).

The ski areas themselves are reporting 15-40cm across the mountain, though not moving those snow depth numbers much.

It remains extremely cold and I am happy to report that wind is not an issue and so lifts should be opening as planned this morning.

Visibility, though, is limited.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Benkei cape: WNW10m/s, Kamui cape: WNW10m/s 1010hPa, 1.4m waves. Hanazono1000m: -16.8℃, ENE0.7m/s. Hanazono720m: -13.1℃, W6.4m/s, Moiwa800m: -14.3℃, WNW4.0m/s, 60cm snowfall in 12h. Annupuri1100m: -17℃, W3.5m/s. Yu no sawa1100m: -16.4℃, WSW1.9m/s, Mizu no sawa top: 15.6℃, WNW1.9m/s. Kutchan weather station: -15.0℃, E1.2m/s, 151cm snow depth, 1011.4hPa. Moiwa base: -13℃, light wind, 60cm snowfall in 12h, 30cm in 6h.

A westerly 10m/s wind has kept blowing under a moderate wintery pressure distribution and made cold air flow in. The snow has kept falling, up to 60+cm throughout the mountain. Snowdrifts have developed slowly under 1300m elevation, made cornices grow at the Backbowl’s sidewall and a thick knoll is present under the deposited snowdrift. Large scale surface slab avalanche hazard is still highly considerable in those aspects. Stay away from the Backbowl even if the peak gates open. The general avalanche risk below 1000m elevation seems relatively low, however unpredictable accidents can occur in winter mountains.

The snow is good but maybe a little too deep. Better not venture out of the gates without carrying snowshoes or skins. Powder baskets are recommended on ski poles. Gate 8 in Annupuri is scheduled to open today. Listen to the ski patrol’s instructions before stepping out of the gate. Do not go ride the cornice slopes and never stay at the bottom of the gully. One avalanche will sweep through the bottom. Carry a beacon, probe and shovel and wear a helmet. We hope we can end the day without accidents. Have a good one.

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Planned ski area operations: Sunday 10th 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 (+0cm)
- Base: 170cm (-5cm)

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: 225cm (+5cm)
- Base: 170cm (+0cm)

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: 150cm (+10cm)

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: 210cm (+10cm)
- Base: 150cm (+10cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- All open apart from Upper Village Gondola, Morino 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 8:21am on Sunday 10th January 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All ski areas are 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 Sunday 10th January 2021
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 10th 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 Sunday 10th 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
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  2020/2021
*as of Sunday 10th January 2021
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
10th January 33cm 0cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 127cm 41cm 77cm
Previous 14 days total 249cm 105cm 200cm
November observed snowfall total 62cm 85cm 84cm
December observed snowfall total 348cm 207cm 333cm
January observed snowfall total 187cm 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 597cm 728cm 951cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 10th 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]
187cm
[597cm]
-
[597cm]
-
[597cm]
-
[597cm]
-
[597cm]
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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