Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 15th January 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:26am on Wednesday 15th January 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Mostly cloudy
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None right now
wind condition
Slight
visibility condition
Fair
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This report
Wednesday 15th January 2020, 8:26am
2cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 15cm
Last 14 reports (total): 86cm
Current month (January 2020) total: 101cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 393cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:26am on Wednesday 15th January 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

Light snow on and off through the day yesterday but it hasn't amounted to much new to report - I have 2cm down at base to add this morning. With the way it was falling at times, you'd think there'd be more... but there ain't.

Early cloud this morning but we might get some clearer skies - indeed, there are some breaks in the cloud already.

Good news about the Jumbo Number 4 at lift at Niseko Annupuri. It is open from today, along with the gate 2.

Hurray!

It is important to note that there isn't enough snow for all of the Champion Course at Annupuri to be open. That means that from the middle section of that course there is a detour that ventures into Niseko Village territory (the Wonderland course). Be aware that if you have an Annupuri-only lift ticket and want to ride the Wonderland lift to get back up - there'll be an extra charge. If you have an all mountain ticket, this is not an issue.

It is keeping cold which is of course a good thing. Just have some warm toast in a morning and wrap up well.

One day at a time.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain base: -10℃, 5cm snowfall in 12h, calm. Moiwa 800m: 4.3m/s, 58°(ENE), -8.8℃. Hirafu 1000m: 1.5m/s, 10°(N), -10.7℃. Hanazono 720m: 0.8m/s, 338°(NNE), -8.6℃. Sea of Japan Benkei cape: SE3m/s, Kamui cape: calm, 1023hPa, 0.8m waves. Annupuri 1000m snow depth 135cm.

The atmospheric pressure gradient is flat and the weather is calm on the ocean and the mountains. There are no notable development of snowdrifts and cornices even above 800m. The general avalanche risk is low today. Due to a mild radiative cooling, the temperature is slightly lower at the base than in higher elevation. Long awaited opening of gate 2 in Annupuri is scheduled for today. It’s still very shallow snowpack at lower elevation. Beware of bushes and holes into creeks. Ask the ski patrol some advice before stepping out of the gate. Do not duck boundary ropes.

Although there are many tracks from yesterday, the snow remains fresh thanks to the low temperature and the slight overnight snowfall. If you can handle the bush crawling down low, you can enjoy some good turns. It’s highly recommended to carrying a beacon, a probe and a shovel, as well as wearing a helmet in the out of bounds area. Shallow slides are to be expected in steep 40°slopes. Ride one by one. Beware of over speeding, loosing control and crashing into a tree. Better not overestimate your skills and always be prudent. Humbleness will keep you away from accidents. Have a nice day.

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Ski resort operation information: Wednesday 15th 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: 145cm
- 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 are normally operating

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: 145cm
- Base: 95cm

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 8:26am on Wednesday 15th January 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Jumbo Number 4 open from today. See above for details

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Wednesday 15th January 2020
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 15th January 2020
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 Wednesday 15th January 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
15th January 2cm 0cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 15cm 25cm 48cm
Previous 14 days total 86cm 109cm 91cm
November observed snowfall total 85cm 84cm 188cm
December observed snowfall total 207cm 333cm 406cm
January observed snowfall total 101cm 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 393cm 951cm 1260cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 15th 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]
101cm
[393cm]
- - - -
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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