Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 11th January 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:25am on Thursday 11th January 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Some cloud, blue skies
Base temp:
-9°C

Top temp:
-13°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
SW 2-3m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Very good
This report
Thursday 11th January 2018, 8:25am
10cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 53cm
Last 14 reports (total): 106cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 59cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 653cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:25am on Thursday 11th January 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from my Hirafu base.

I have a good 10cm of fresh snowfall to report this morning. It's a cold morning and the snow delivered to my door looks to be suitably lovely dry quality. The kind we like!

It should be a really nice morning actually as there is a mix of cloud, blue sky and sunshine at the start of the day.

And happily the wind seems to have calmed down.

Nice.

Some local forecasts are showing the chance of some sunshine in the day tomorrow as well, though there's regular snowfall sprinkled across the forecast into early next week as well. So perhaps we can expect modest regular top-ups?

I'm not wishing my days away though; I think I am going to go out and sample the goods this morning. Hope to speak to a few of you on the lifts!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -7, 10cm snowfall, calm. Moiwa800m: -11.9℃, 15cm snowfall, calm. Annupuri 1150m: -12℃, 20cm snowfall with snowdrift development. Hirafu 1250m: -15℃, 15cm snowfall, SW10m/s, spots of snowdrifts. Coastal data: Benkei cape SW3m/s, Kamui cape SSW20m/s, 1001hPa, 2.2m waves.

The general weather is calm under a low pressure zone, except some area closer to the center of the Low pressure such as Kamui cape near the Sea of Japan. The snowdrift development has settled during the night and snowdrifts are stabilizing. No notable weakness has been observed in the snowpack during the morning pressure test. The general avalanche risk is low. All gates are scheduled to open from the morning. Listen to the skip patrol’s instructions and prepare yourself to the backcountry. The snow is in excellent condition. Hazards of slides from deeper layers are still present, do not stimulate knolls and cornices and do not stay put at the bottom of the valleys.

The ski patrol stopped some people as they tried to skin up from closed Gate 6 in Moiwa. Gates are being closed for good reasons and Niseko Rules does not allow anyone going out of bounds when gates are closed. The Niseko Rules are implemented for the safety and freedom of all resort users. Touring safely in bad weather conditions require considerable experience, knowledge and commitment. The gates are within the resort and anyone using the resort facility must abide by the resort’s regulations, which are the Niseko Rules. Have a nice day.

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Thursday 11th 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
- '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: 360cm
- Base: 160cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are generally operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 270cm
- Base: 150cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts except Country Road Chair are generally operating
- '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 8:25am on Thursday 11th January 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas should be open as planned this morning

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 11th 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 Thursday 11th January 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
11th January 10cm 8cm 11cm
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
Previous 7 days total 53cm 20cm 92cm
Previous 14 days total 106cm 42cm 154cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 406cm 181cm 244cm
January observed snowfall total 59cm 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 653cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 11th 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]
59cm
[653cm]
- - - -
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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