Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 11th January 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Saturday 11th January 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Grey cloud
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Very light snow
wind condition
Southerly
visibility condition
Limited-poor
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Friday 10th January 2020, 8:31am 0cm
Thursday 9th January 2020, 8:31am 1cm
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Tuesday 7th January 2020, 8:18am 0cm
Monday 6th January 2020, 8:30am 17cm
Sunday 5th January 2020, 8:32am 8cm
Last 7 reports (total): 26cm
Last 14 reports (total): 99cm
Current month (January 2020) total: 87cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 379cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Saturday 11th January 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning Niseko fans!

We enjoyed fine weather yesterday with some lovely blue skies and a wonderful sunset. Light blue and pink. Kawaii!!

This morning it is a very different colour scheme. There is lots of grey cloud around and visibility may well be an issue. Very light snow is falling in places (but for now it's not the kind of snow that will ever amount to new cm!)

First run operations are happening at Niseko Annupuri until Monday. If you want a 7:20am start on the Niseko Annupuri either tomorrow or Monday and have the 1,500 yen funds...

As of 8:30am it looks like the top King Number 4 lift is on hold. Not sure why. Other lifts appear to be opening as planned, so that basically means all lifts apart from the top Jumbo Number 4 lift at Annupuri and the Country Road lift at Niseko Village.

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Long weekend ahead! Yes, Monday is 'Coming-of-Age' Day here in Japan and a national holiday.

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If you haven't already, I recommend you check out the Hakuba Now report today.

In it, the fearless reporter down there replies to some charming comments sent in to, er, 'thank' them for their ongoing daily efforts. I do know the feeling. And some people wonder why we prefer to remain nameless! ;)

Gambatte!

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain base 6am: -3℃, no snowfall. Moiwa800m: 2.8m/s, 153°(SSE), -4.6℃. Hirafu 1000m: 4.2m/s, 233°(SSW), -9.2℃. Hanazono 720m: 3.5m/s, 179°(S) -4.8℃. Annupuri snow depth 135cm. Sea of Japan Benkei cape: S5m/s, Kamui cape: SSE4m/s, 1012hPa, 0.7m waves.

Lacking snowfall and the groomers are firm. The temperature is a little high as a small Low pressure system is approaching. The general avalanche risk is low according to this morning’s observations and weather data evaluations, however hard-slab slides hazard is still present in steep slopes.

Gate 3 (Hirafu peak) has opened yesterday. Good news for people hunting the peak. Please be mindful of the Rules. Bushes are still thick and make things difficult for rescue operations. Be very careful out there and remember that outside the gates is outside the resort’s management.

We see a lot of people riding the Annupuri O-sawa (first bowl). This is the place where the first fatal snowboarder’s avalanche accident occurred. Accidents can happen anytime when the conditions align. The Niseko community respects the freedom to ride, however is always concerned about all user’s safety. Please respect the Niseko Rules.

The light is weak and it's difficult to see the slope condition. Beware of sudden weather changes. Have a nice day.

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Ski resort operation information: Saturday 11th January 2020

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 195cm
- Base: 65cm

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: 130cm
- Base: 75cm

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: 90cm

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 Saturday 11th January 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

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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 11th January 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 11th January 2020
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 11th January 2020
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)
  2019/2020
*as of Saturday 11th January 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
11th January 0cm 2cm 10cm
10th January 0cm 0cm 6cm
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
Previous 7 days total 26cm 78cm 53cm
Previous 14 days total 99cm 176cm 106cm
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 Saturday 11th 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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