Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 14th January 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:23am on Tuesday 14th January 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-8°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Very light snow
wind condition
Light
visibility condition
Fair
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This report
Tuesday 14th January 2020, 8:23am
9cm
Monday 13th January 2020, 8:24am 3cm
Sunday 12th January 2020, 8:30am 0cm
Saturday 11th January 2020, 8:31am 0cm
Friday 10th January 2020, 8:31am 0cm
Thursday 9th January 2020, 8:31am 1cm
Wednesday 8th January 2020, 8:30am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 13cm
Last 14 reports (total): 99cm
Current month (January 2020) total: 99cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 391cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:23am on Tuesday 14th January 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

Well, this is something of a nice surprise! It is a very cold morning and I have a decent 9cm of lovely fresh snowfall to report to you.

Excellent. I can't say I was expecting that. Thank you.

For what it's worth, Niseko Grand Hirafu are this morning increasing the 'official snow depth' number from 200cm to 220cm. I make that an increase of 20cm. (And the Avalanche Report is also mentioning 20cm too). It sounds like generally there was more snowfall over on the western side of the mountain.

I think some of us need to get up there. Just to check. For research. Serious stuff.

Right now it is cloudy with (very) light snow falling in places and that seems to be the kind of thing we should expect for the day today, and probably some sunshine tomorrow morning.

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Top Jumbo lift at Niseko Annupuri is still not moving and the King Number 2 quad at Niseko Grand Hirafu is being rested. Most gates are scheduled to be open.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain Base 6.00am: -8°, 20cm new snow, calm. Moiwa 800m: 2.8m/s 332 deg NNW, -9.5°. Hirafu 1000m: 1.0m/s 352deg N, -11.7°. Hanazono 720m: 1.6m/s 12 deg N, -9.2°. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NW8m/s. Kamui Cape W5m/s, 1020hPa, wave 0.8m.

15-20cm of new snow fell overnight on the west side of the mountain. Due to the low winds and minimal slab formation the general avalanche risk is low. Be careful falling into creeks in ungroomed areas, the new snow has hidden holes. There is the possibility of surface slab avalanches on south facing slopes due to slab formation from solar radiation. Strictly off limits area Haru no Taki knoll is dangerous. The bamboo is still thick in areas below 600m. If you miss the right track out you could get stuck in the bushes for a long time.

Snow conditions are good. Niseko is famous for potatoes, but not on ski runs, so groomer drivers have been burying last week's crop in the new snow. Be careful hitting trees on the sides of the runs. We recommend wearing a helmet. Most gates are expected to be open. Please listen the patrols advice before going through the gates. Have a good day.

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Ski resort operation information: Tuesday 14th January 2020

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 220cm
- Base: 80cm

All lifts are normally operating EXCEPT:
- King Number 2 quad lift

All courses normally open

Lifts scheduled for late operations:
- Ace Family quad until 8:30pm
- Ace Number 2 Center Four quad until 8:20pm
- Hirafu Gondola until 8:10pm
- Holiday Number 1 pair until 8:30pm

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 135cm
- Base: 82cm

All lifts are normally operating

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 145cm
- Base: 95cm

All lifts normally operating EXCEPT the following:
- Jumbo Number 4

Lift scheduled for late operations:
- Jumbo Number 1 quad until 8:30pm

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 140cm
- Base: 90cm

All lifts normally operating EXCEPT the following:
- Country Road (which is normally rested anyway)

Lifts scheduled for late operations:
- Annupuri Village Gondola until 8:00pm
- Village Express until 8:00pm
- Banzai Chair until 8:00pm

Archive report: Posted at 8:23am on Tuesday 14th January 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Tuesday 14th January 2020
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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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  2019/2020
*as of Tuesday 14th January 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
14th January 9cm 0cm 5cm
13th January 3cm 1cm 18cm
12th January 0cm 2cm 9cm
11th January 0cm 2cm 10cm
10th January 0cm 0cm 6cm
9th January 1cm 20cm 0cm
8th January 0cm 24cm 3cm
Previous 7 days total 13cm 49cm 51cm
Previous 14 days total 99cm 119cm 91cm
November observed snowfall total 85cm 84cm 188cm
December observed snowfall total 207cm 333cm 406cm
January observed snowfall total 99cm 285cm 305cm
February observed snowfall total - 198cm 299cm
March observed snowfall total - 45cm 49cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 391cm 951cm 1260cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 14th January 2020
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 - - - - - - - -
2019/2020 season - 85cm
[85cm]
207cm
[292cm]
99cm
[391cm]
- - - -
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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