Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 15th January 2021

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Niseko region, Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Friday 15th January 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None right now
wind condition
Light westerly
visibility condition
Fair
PLEASE READ THIS
This report
Friday 15th January 2021, 8:30am
9cm
Thursday 14th January 2021, 8:27am 15cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 129cm
Last 14 reports (total): 235cm
Current month (January 2021) total: 253cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 663cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Friday 15th January 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning once again from Niseko. The days whiz by and here we are in the middle of January...

This morning I have measured 9cm of fresh snowfall.

I am happy to report that it does not seem to be as windy this morning - definitely feels calmer, but I see that Niseko Village have their top lift noted as 'on hold' at the start of the day. The other top lifts are shown as set to open.

There are mostly cloudy skies all around early on and we're generally expecting that for the day. Once again, some hints of light blue behind the clouds.

Perhaps a little snow overnight night (would be good to keep the run of numbers going!) and then some colder conditions returning and more significant snow forecast for late weekend and early week.

-----

Niseko Avalanche Report

Coastal Data. Cape Benkei:NW13m/s. Cape Kamui: WSW9m/s, 1024hPa, wave 1.9m. Hanazono 1000m: -13℃, ESE1.7m/s. Hanazono 720: -10.3℃, NW6.7m/s. Moiwa 800m: -9.7℃, NNW7.9m/s. Annupuri 1100m: -12.9℃, WNW5.3m/s. Yu no Sawa 1100m: -12.5℃, WNW2.7m/s. Mizuno no Sawa 900m: -11.8℃, SSW0.0m/s. Kutchan Town: 5.0℃, SW2.0m/s, snow depth 152cm, 1024.6hPa. Moiwa base: -8, 10cm snowfall in last 12hrs, calm, good visibility.

The atmospheric pressure gradient started to flatten out around midnight after 12hrs of winds above 25m/s. Around 11pm last night winds had dropped to 15m/s at 800m. 5-15cm of wind influenced small light crystal snow fell overnight, this should create a Jan15 layer. Over the last 24hrs there has been 150-200cm of cornice and snowdrift development, from tests it is hard, consolidated and has stabilised, however it collapses widely in tests with the grooming machines. From data and observation below 1000m the avalanche risk is falling however on cornice slopes around 1200m the risk remains high. Do not traverse knolls or open cornice slopes. Carelessly slope stimulation can trigger an avalanche. Do not wait in the valley bottoms, this is where the avalanche will run.

Peak gates are expected to be open. Please respect the patrol’s decisions. Avalanche will happen regardless of the amount of snow. They only become accidents when people are involved. Focus on the avalanche conditions, not the amount of snow. Risks are always higher right after a blizzard. Be cautious. Is your beacon on? Have a good day.

-----

Planned ski area operations: Friday 15th 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: 300cm (+0cm)
- Base: 170cm (+0cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- All planned lifts operating (see note below)
- Ace Family Quad, Ace Number 2 Center Four lifts operate for night skiing

Courses:
- All courses open

-----

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 228cm (+8cm)
- Base: 165cm (+0cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- All three lifts operating
- There is no night skiing at Hanazono

-----

Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 240cm (+10cm)
- Base: 150cm (+0cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts apart from Jumbo Number 3 operating during the daytime
- Jumbo Number 1 quad lift operates for night skiing

-----

Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 230cm (+10cm)
- Base: 150cm (+0cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Niseko Gondola, Community Chair and Banzai Chair
- Village Express, Community Chair and Banzai Chair lifts operate for night skiing

-----

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 8:30am on Friday 15th January 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All four areas of Niseko United are open

<
Thursday 14th January 2021
This report
Friday 15th January 2021
Saturday 16th January 2021
>
Photo 1
2020-2021 SEASON
We feel for everyone who wanted to be able to visit Japan this winter but are unable to. Please read this message about this season and some coronavirus stuff. Stay safe everyone, wherever you are.

JAPAN SKI AREA BLOG & NEWS
Daily snow reports
Other SnowJapan 'Now' reports and latest observed snowfall
Appi Kogen Now 0cm
Monday 1st March 2021, 10:07am
Hakuba Now 0cm
Monday 1st March 2021, 9:12am
Shiga Kogen Now 0cm
Monday 1st March 2021, 9:34am
Zao Now 0cm
Monday 1st March 2021, 9:30am
Myoko Now 0cm
Monday 1st March 2021, 9:11am
Kiroro Now 0cm
Monday 1st March 2021, 9:27am
Nozawa Onsen Now 0cm
Monday 1st March 2021, 9:25am
Furano Now 0cm
Monday 1st March 2021, 8:48am
Yuzawa Now 0cm
Monday 1st March 2021, 7:45am
Geto Kogen Now 0cm
Monday 1st March 2021, 7:42am
Madarao Now 0cm
Monday 1st March 2021, 7:33am
Aizu Bandai Now 0cm
Thursday 26th November 2020, 11:22am
Minakami Now 0cm
Wednesday 16th December 2020, 10:07am
Naeba Now 0cm
Friday 27th November 2020, 7:58am
Japan snowfall data
(updated daily during winter)
Nearby accommodation
Lessons in English
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 15th January 2021
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 15th January 2021
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 15th January 2021
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2020/2021
*as of Friday 15th January 2021
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
15th January 9cm 2cm 0cm
14th January 15cm 9cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 129cm 15cm 25cm
Previous 14 days total 235cm 86cm 109cm
November observed snowfall total 62cm 85cm 84cm
December observed snowfall total 348cm 207cm 333cm
January observed snowfall total 253cm 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 663cm 728cm 951cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 15th 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]
253cm
[663cm]
-
[663cm]
-
[663cm]
-
[663cm]
-
[663cm]
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]
  October November December January February March April May
Niseko Now reports before Friday 15th January 2021
Niseko Now reports from the same period last season
Niseko Now archived reporting
View previous reports posted to Niseko Now by clicking on the month

2021

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002