Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 13th January 2022

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Thursday 13th January 2022
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light-moderate snowfall
wind condition
NW blowy
visibility condition
Varied
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This report
Thursday 13th January 2022, 8:31am
15cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 90cm
Last 14 reports (total): 181cm
Current month (January 2022) total: 166cm
2021/2022 season so far total: 558cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Thursday 13th January 2022
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

I was expecting more, but I just went out and measured 16cm of snow for the report today. I would expect there was more on the mountain, with wind blowing it all around and causing headaches for lift operations.

At opening time today those top lifts are still not opening and the gondolas at Village and Annupuri are also both at a standstill, so wind is still an issue. Hirafu gondola is moving but at a reduced speed, and both of the base lifts at Hanazono are moving.

Forecasts all showing that snow and wind will be continuing today and tomorrow. Perhaps it might all calm down for the weekend? Conditions should be really good out there... once we are able to go and get them.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Moiwa base: -2℃, 20cm snowfall with snowdrift developments. Moiwa800m: -6℃, 30cm snowfall, large snowdrift developments. Hirafu 1250m: -7℃, storm and low visibility. Coastal data Benkei cape: NW16m/s, Kamui cape: NW15m/s, 995hPa, 3.9m waves.

A strong wintery pressure distribution, the isobars are tight and the wind is blowing strong on the ocean and the mountains. The atmospheric pressure is rising and the wind is starting to drop, however 15+m/s wind and snow is still blowing above 800 elevation, making the snowdrifts develop drastically. 80+cm thick avalanches are to be expected in cornice/knoll terrains and leeward slopes with heavy snowdrift growth. All upper gates will be shut for the sake of all resort users. Please respect the ski patrol’s instructions. An avalanche in the Backbowl, Anupuri bowl (Osawa), Higashi-One cornice slope and Haru no Taki strictly off-limits area, will sweep down the whole slope and through the whole gully. Do not stay put at the bottom of gullies or steep slopes. Do not cross boundary ropes to step into off-limits areas. The snowcats are having a hard time grooming the course with all the heavy wind-affected snow and the course-side powder is dense and catchy. Beware of hitting trees. The snow in the tree-runs is a little tricky to handle, but not in bad condition. Have a nice day.

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Planned ski area operations: Thursday 13th 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: 330cm (+20cm)
- Base: 150cm (no change)

Official 24 hours snowfall (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 15cm
- Base: 15cm

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: 250cm (-2cm)
- Base: 195cm (+5cm)

Official 24 hours snowfall (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 5cm
- Base: 20cm

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: 250cm (+20cm)
- Base: 165cm (+10cm)

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 no change
- 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 8:31am on Thursday 13th January 2022
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Ski areas are open, though top lifts and a few gondolas not able to open 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 Thursday 13th January 2022
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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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  2021/2022
*as of Thursday 13th January 2022
2020/2021
Season
2019/2020
Season
13th January 15cm 12cm 3cm
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
Previous 7 days total 90cm 131cm 4cm
Previous 14 days total 181cm 263cm 90cm
November observed snowfall total 85cm 62cm 85cm
December observed snowfall total 307cm 348cm 207cm
January observed snowfall total 166cm 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 558cm 1210cm 728cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 13th 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]
166cm
[558cm]
- - - -
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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