Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 12th January 2021

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Tuesday 12th January 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloudy, getting brighter in some areas
Base temp:
-9°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow eased off for the moment
wind condition
Southerly
visibility condition
Fair
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This report
Tuesday 12th January 2021, 8:30am
12cm
Monday 11th January 2021, 8:25am 18cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 131cm
Last 14 reports (total): 259cm
Current month (January 2021) total: 217cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 627cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Tuesday 12th January 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Hello and good morning from Hirafu. Currently cold and cloudy. There is a hint of light blue up there in some directions, though we're not forecast clearer skies.

This morning there's more snow to report since yesterday, 12cm, and it continues to be cold.

Looking ahead the forecast is pretty much more of the same. More snow. Continued cold. I almost want it to change just so I can say more! ;)

Not currently sure why but: the Jumbo Number 3 lift at Niseko Annupuri is closed and the top lift at Niseko Village is on hold at the start of the day.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Coastal Data 6am. Cape Benkei:SSW3m/s. Cape Kamui: SSE6m/s, 1020hPa, wave 0.8m. Hanazono 1000m: -12.8℃, SSW8.6m/s. Hanazono 720: -10.2℃, SW4.8m/s. Moiwa 800m: n/a. Annupuri 1100m: -13.1℃, WSW3.0m/s. Yu no Sawa 1100m: -12.5℃, SW6.1m/s. Mizuno no Sawa 900m: -12.0℃, SSW3.4m/s. Kutchan Town: -10.3℃, NNW1.0m/s, snow depth 157cm, 1021.5hPa. Moiwa base: -12, 10cm snowfall in last 12hrs.

In front of the approaching low pressure system there is very little pressure gradient, the mountains and seas are calm. From the mountain base up to 1200m 10cm of light crystal snow has fallen, with minor cornice and snowdrift development. The general avalanche risk is low. Yesterday’s tracks are sparse but still visible. The new snow should make for smooth and easy riding. All gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrol's advice and be prepared before going out of bounds.

As the low pressure approaches temperatures will rise and the wind will pick up. From observation the current snow surface will form a Jan 12 weak layer under the new snow due to the temperature gradient. Be careful of a change in weather and snowfall. The groomers are all in good shape, we appreciate the grooming operators hard work every night. Helmets are not a fashion item, they protect you from lethal force. Please wear one. Is your beacon on?

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Planned ski area operations: Tuesday 12th 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: 280cm (-10cm)
- Base: 165cm (-5cm)

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

Courses:
- All courses open

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 226cm (-4cm)
- Base: 170cm (-5cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- All three lifts operating
- There is no night skiing at Hanazono

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 220cm (+20cm)
- Base: 150cm (+0cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts apart from Jumbo Number 2 operating during the daytime
- Jumbo Number 1 quad lift operates for night skiing

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 210cm (+0cm)
- Base: 150cm (+0cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Gondola, Community Chair and Banzai Chair open this morning
- Village Express, Community Chair and Banzai Chair lifts operate for night skiing

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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 8:30am on Tuesday 12th January 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All four areas of Niseko United are open

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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 Tuesday 12th January 2021
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
12th January 12cm 0cm 2cm
11th January 18cm 0cm 2cm
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
Previous 7 days total 131cm 18cm 67cm
Previous 14 days total 259cm 87cm 146cm
November observed snowfall total 62cm 85cm 84cm
December observed snowfall total 348cm 207cm 333cm
January observed snowfall total 217cm 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 627cm 728cm 951cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 12th 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
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  October November December January February March April May
2020/2021 season 0cm
[0cm]
62cm
[62cm]
348cm
[410cm]
217cm
[627cm]
-
[627cm]
-
[627cm]
-
[627cm]
-
[627cm]
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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