Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 13th January 2021

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:27am on Wednesday 13th January 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Mostly cloudy, some shades of blue and...
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-4°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
Westerly wind
visibility condition
Varied
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This report
Wednesday 13th January 2021, 8:27am
12cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 131cm
Last 14 reports (total): 263cm
Current month (January 2021) total: 229cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 639cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:27am on Wednesday 13th January 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

This morning I have measured 12cm of fresh snowfall since my report yesterday. It is mostly cloudy and light snow is falling but there are also shades of blue around... clearing clouds?

So the snow is continuing to be consistent but it is noticeably warmer this morning. Warm for us. Perhaps I should phrase it as milder or... not as mad cold. But it's definitely noticeable.

I was just looking at various forecasts and they seem to show colder conditions again tomorrow, but another bit of warmer temps around Saturday.

Wind is something I haven't had to mention as much as I usually do (hurray!) but it might well be an issue over the next few (booo!). At the start of the day today all of the top lifts at Hirafu, Village and Annupuri are on hold, as are the Annupuri and Village gondola lifts.

Changeable temperatures and wind aside, the pattern of consistent snowfall does not look like it is going to stop any time soon though.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Coastal Data. Cape Benkei:NW18m/s. Cape Kamui: SW20m/s, 1002hPa, wave 1.7m. Hanazono 1000m: -5.0℃, SSW5.0m/s. Hanazono 720: -3.4℃, S2.2m/s. Moiwa 800m: -3.4℃, WNW3.4m/s. Annupuri 1100m: -5.9℃, WSW3.9m/s. Yu no Sawa 1100m: -5.4℃, WSW3.5m/s. Mizuno no Sawa 900m: -4.6℃, WSW3.7m/s. Kutchan Town: 0.5℃, SSW3.3m/s, snow depth 147cm, 1004.8hPa. Moiwa base: -1, 15cm snowfall in last 6hrs, calm.

A low pressure system is bringing warm air into the area. There were strong winds and snow at midnight with rapid snow drift development above 800m. From observation, there is the possibility of a 50cm heavy surface slab avalanche on open steep slopes of more than 30deg, fracturing on the Jan 12 layer where frost has formed due to the temperature change. The SE wind overnight has caused cornices to be unstable and easily collapse. Heavy fog is persistent above 600m. Coastal data suggests the wind will swing to a west or north westerly direction, expect wind and snow to increase on the mountain.

Best to stay close by the groomers today. The trees are covered in rime and are calm. Gate openings yet to be decided. Please follow the patrol’s instructions. If you are clearing snow on a roof today use a rope, the whole lot could slide off in this warm weather.

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Planned ski area operations: Wednesday 13th January 2021
The below information is manually checked each morning and believed to be correct at time of report.
The numbers in brackets show the change in the official snow depth numbers since the previous report.

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 290cm (+10cm)
- Base: 160cm (-5cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Top lift on hold
- 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: 220cm (-6cm)
- Base: 165cm (-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: 230cm (+10cm)
- Base: 150cm (+0cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Top lift and gondola on hold
- 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 and top lift on hold
- 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 8:27am on Wednesday 13th January 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas are open but the top lifts are on hold at the start of the day

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Wednesday 13th January 2021
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
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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 Wednesday 13th January 2021
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
13th January 12cm 3cm 1cm
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
Previous 7 days total 131cm 4cm 60cm
Previous 14 days total 263cm 90cm 130cm
November observed snowfall total 62cm 85cm 84cm
December observed snowfall total 348cm 207cm 333cm
January observed snowfall total 229cm 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 639cm 728cm 951cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 13th 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
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2020/2021 season 0cm
[0cm]
62cm
[62cm]
348cm
[410cm]
229cm
[639cm]
-
[639cm]
-
[639cm]
-
[639cm]
-
[639cm]
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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