Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 12th January 2022

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:34am on Wednesday 12th January 2022
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
NW varied
visibility condition
Not bad for now
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This report
Wednesday 12th January 2022, 8:34am
18cm
Tuesday 11th January 2022, 8:33am 2cm
Monday 10th January 2022, 8:31am 16cm
Sunday 9th January 2022, 8:30am 24cm
Saturday 8th January 2022, 8:32am 13cm
Friday 7th January 2022, 8:16am 2cm
Thursday 6th January 2022, 8:10am 9cm
Last 7 reports (total): 84cm
Last 14 reports (total): 173cm
Current month (January 2022) total: 151cm
2021/2022 season so far total: 543cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:34am on Wednesday 12th January 2022
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

Well, it's not actually the nicest of mornings. (But don't worry... it's not rain!)

This morning is not quite as cold as it has been though, and you can kind of tell with the quality of the 18cm of snow I have just measured. It is heavier than the delightful light and fluffy snow we often get here. I'm interested to see the larger numbers being reported by the report below too. Wind has definitely been a factor. Whatever, a decent amount of snow and it is still incoming.

After a day of lift disruptions yesterday, it seems inevitable that today will also see a bunch of lifts not being able to get going. At 8:30am, top lifts are on hold, as is the Niseko Gondola (at Niseko Village) and Hanazono seem to be on standby (though I can see the gondola moving on the webcam).


I was just outside and it didn't feel too windy to me, but a day of snow and wind is forecast (especially this afternoon) and at least the snow will probably spill over into tomorrow and possibly even the day after.

OK, time for some toast.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Moiwa base: -1℃, 40cm snowfall, wet snow. Moiwa 800m: -5℃, 50cm snowfall, snowdrifts development. Annupuri 1150m: -7℃, Westerly wind 5-15m/s, 50cm snowfall, snowdrifts at the deepest point 120cm, Hirafu peak ridge: -7℃, wind is not too strong but the visibility is low. SSE15m/s. Coastal data Benkei cape: WNW16m/s, Kamui cape: SW14m/s, 987hPa, 1.1m waves.

Snow in town starts to thaw as the mixed snow and rain falls. 30-40cm wet low pressure snowfall at 300m elevation. 40-50cm dry low pressure snowfall at 600m elevation with the temperature below freezing. Snowdrifts are developing above 700m elevation with south east wind. Wind is light due to the low pressure system over the western Japan Sea, but westerly winds will pick up after 9 am. Snowfall above 700m elevation is extremely small low pressure crystals. As unstable slabs continue to develop, it is likely to slide at knolls and steep slopes. There is a large amount of heavy snow in the treeruns under 800m elevation, which is interesting to ski. Beware of the cracks around 700m elevation, they are hidden by the new snow. Avalanche risk will drastically increase as the northwest wind and snow pick up after 10 am. Beware of snow transition. It’s better to stay on the groomers today. Do not stay in the gully bottom. Roads are also treacherous today, please drive carefully. All the summit gates will be closed today.

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Planned ski area operations: Wednesday 12th January 2022
The below snow depth and snowfall data is manually checked each morning and believed to be correct at time of report.
Lift information is the planned operations for the day (nature might intervene).

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 310cm (+10cm)
- Base: 150cm (no change)

Official 24 hours snowfall (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 30cm
- Base: 30cm

Planned lift operations (subject to weather conditions):
- Ace Family quad
- Ace Number 2 Center Four quad [* open for night skiing until 7:00pm]
- Hirafu Gondola
- King Number 3 quad
- King Number 4
- Swinging Monkey

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 252cm (+7cm)
- Base: 190cm (+12cm)

Official 24 hours snowfall (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 25cm
- Base: 30cm

Planned lift operations (subject to weather conditions):
- Hanazono Number 1
- Hanazono Number 2 quad
- Hanazono Number 3 quad
- Hanazono Symphony Gondola [* open for night skiing until 7:00pm]

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 230cm (no change)
- Base: 155cm (no change)

Official 24 hours snowfall (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 0cm
- Base: 0cm

Planned lift operations (subject to weather conditions):
- All lifts operating
- Annupuri Gondola
- Dream Number 1 quad
- Jumbo Number 1 quad [* open for night skiing until 7:30pm]
- Jumbo Number 2 pair
- Jumbo Number 4 pair

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 260cm +30cm
- Base: 160cm no change

Official 24 hours snowfall (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 10cm
- Base: 10cm
- Observation: This data does not appear to be updated every day

Planned lift operations (subject to weather conditions):
- Niseko Gondola
- Village Express
- Community Chair [* open for night skiing until 7:00pm]
- Banzai Chair
- Wonderland Chair

Archive report: Posted at 8:34am on Wednesday 12th January 2022
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Ski areas are open but there is some lift disruption - all top lifts closed at the start of the day

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 12th January 2022
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Wednesday 12th January 2022
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 12th January 2022
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)
  2021/2022
*as of Wednesday 12th January 2022
2020/2021
Season
2019/2020
Season
12th January 18cm 12cm 0cm
11th January 2cm 18cm 0cm
10th January 16cm 33cm 0cm
9th January 24cm 30cm 1cm
8th January 13cm 25cm 0cm
7th January 2cm 1cm 0cm
6th January 9cm 12cm 17cm
Previous 7 days total 84cm 131cm 18cm
Previous 14 days total 173cm 259cm 87cm
November observed snowfall total 85cm 62cm 85cm
December observed snowfall total 307cm 348cm 207cm
January observed snowfall total 151cm 387cm 224cm
February observed snowfall total - 325cm 143cm
March observed snowfall total - 79cm 59cm
April observed snowfall total - 9cm 10cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm -
Season observed snowfall total 543cm 1210cm 728cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 12th January 2022
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
2021/2022 season - 85cm
[85cm]
307cm
[392cm]
151cm
[543cm]
- - - -
2020/2021 season 0cm
[0cm]
62cm
[62cm]
348cm
[410cm]
387cm
[797cm]
325cm
[1122cm]
79cm
[1201cm]
9cm
[1210cm]
0cm
[1210cm]
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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