Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 13th January 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Sunday 13th January 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud with increasingly blue sky
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Light northerly
visibility condition
Good
This report
Sunday 13th January 2019, 8:31am
1cm
Saturday 12th January 2019, 8:17am 2cm
Friday 11th January 2019, 8:30am 2cm
Thursday 10th January 2019, 8:31am 0cm
Wednesday 9th January 2019, 8:13am 20cm
Tuesday 8th January 2019, 8:28am 24cm
Monday 7th January 2019, 8:22am 11cm
Last 7 reports (total): 60cm
Last 14 reports (total): 130cm
Current month (January 2019) total: 119cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 536cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Sunday 13th January 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

What a fine day it was yesterday with lovely blue skies and sunshine for lots of main daytime - it certainly felt good to be out on the mountain.

This morning I can just about manage to report 1cm of fresh snowfall on the ground. (Actually slightly under 1cm, so I will make a note of my wildly out-of-control 'over-reporting' of a mm or so for a future report. No need to fret, it will balance out).

Perhaps we will get some more blue skies and sunshine today over the mountain. As I write this report there is still quite a lot of cloud around but also some blue sky and increasingly so.

We are still expecting a return to meaningful snowfall from later on Tuesday and the second half of this week.

Tomorrow is a national holiday in Japan - Coming of Age Day. And here is what Mr Wiki says about it, with thanks:

"Coming of Age Day (成人の日) is a Japanese holiday held annually on the second Monday of January. It is held in order to congratulate and encourage all those who have reached or will reach the age of majority between April 2 of the previous year and April 1 of the current year, and to help them realize that they have become adults. Festivities include coming of age ceremonies (成人式 seijin-shiki) held at local and prefectural offices, as well as after-parties among family and friends."

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My apologies for keeping some incorrect information in the report yesterday regarding the operation of top lifts. I have edited those out to keep everything correct. I will be sure to not make that mistake again!

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain Base 6.00am: -6°, no new snow, calm. Moiwa 800m: -8.8°, NW3.3m/s, minor snow drift development. Mikaeri Weather Station: -9°, NE5m/s, minor snowdrift development. Annupuri 1120m: snow depth 185cm. Hirafu Peak : -12°, Northerly 10m/s, snowdrift development. Mizuno no Sawa: no new snow in last 24hrs, snowpack 118cm. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: ENE6m/s. Kamui Cape: SSW2m/s, 1023hPa, wave 1.3m.

The cracks near Higashi One 1200m are starting to fill in. Bamboo poles and pink tape have been used to mark location. However take car not to fall in one. Depending on future snowfall transition, it is possible the area from the cracks to knoll could avalanche. Avoid riding on this slope. There are long cracks on West Ridge cornice around 1100m. A cornice collapsing could trigger on avalanche. Do not traverse under cornices or knolls on steep slopes or try to stimulate cornice to collapse. These actions have caused accidents in the past. Don't forget there can be lots of people in the valley below.

The general avalanche risk is low. We can't predict everything that will happen in the mountains, however with care most accidents can be avoided. Peak gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice and be prepared before going out of the ski area. Have a good day.

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Ski resort operation information: Sunday 13th January 2019
The below information is manually checked each morning and believed to be correct at time of report. Subject to change!

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 270cm
- Base: 130cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts are operating as planned
- The Ace Family quad (until 8:30pm), Ace Center 4 quad (8:20pm), Hirafu Gondola (until 8:10pm) and Holiday Number 1 pair (until 8:30pm) lifts are normally open during the evening
- The Center Four lift will be open from 8:00am until 8:20am until 31st January 2019. (500 yen charge).

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 195cm
- Base: 143cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts are operating as planned
- The Hanazono lifts are normally open until 3:50pm (Number 3 until 3:30pm)

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 265cm
- Base: 140cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts are operating as planned
- The Jumbo 1 lift is normally open until 8:30pm during the evening
- Annupuri First run from 7:20am until 8:20am on until tomorrow. (1,500 yen charge).

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 260cm
- Base: 140cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts are operating as planned (Country Road not operating)
- The Upper Village Gondola, Village Express and Banzai Chair lifts are normally open until 8:00pm during the evening

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Night time operations are available in the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri resort areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO resort area.

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Sunday 13th January 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts and open and we can expect peak gates to be open

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 13th January 2019
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 13th January 2019
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 13th January 2019
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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  2018/2019
*as of Sunday 13th January 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
13th January 1cm 18cm 18cm
12th January 2cm 9cm 12cm
11th January 2cm 10cm 8cm
10th January 0cm 6cm 3cm
9th January 20cm 0cm 0cm
8th January 24cm 3cm 0cm
7th January 11cm 28cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 60cm 74cm 41cm
Previous 14 days total 130cm 86cm 55cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 333cm 406cm 181cm
January observed snowfall total 119cm 305cm 152cm
February observed snowfall total - 299cm 160cm
March observed snowfall total - 49cm 83cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 536cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 13th January 2019
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 0cm
[0cm]
84cm
[84cm]
333cm
[417cm]
119cm
[536cm]
-
[536cm]
-
[536cm]
-
[536cm]
-
[536cm]
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]
  October November December January February March April May
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