Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 15th January 2022

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Saturday 15th January 2022
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
NW
visibility condition
Fair, varied
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This report
Saturday 15th January 2022, 8:32am
15cm
Friday 14th January 2022, 8:32am 22cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 112cm
Last 14 reports (total): 189cm
Current month (January 2022) total: 203cm
2021/2022 season so far total: 595cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Saturday 15th January 2022
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

And yes, we have more snow for the start of the weekend. I have 15cm of snow measured to report this morning, which is a fair bit less than what the Avalanche Report is reporting this morning. But I think it's safe to say that there will be a lot of fresh snow out there to play in as the consistent snowfall continues. Following on from last year, less people around than what we were used to pre-covid means that the fresh lasts longer too.

Anyway, I'm afraid the top lifts aren't open again this morning. There seems to be a bit of a delay with the lower Hanazono lifts, but hopefully they'll open quickly. (They are actually moving, so seems imminent).

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Moiwa base: -3℃, 40cm snowfall, snowdrift development. Moiwa 800m: -6℃, 50cm snowfall, snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -9℃, 50cm snowfall, major cornice and snowdrift development. Hirafu Ridgeline: -7℃, heavy snowfall, difficult grooming. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NNW12m/s. Kamui Cape: N7m/s, 1012hPa, wave2.5m.

Storm conditions have settled, however above 1200m NW winds are still around 15m/s. Slabs are starting to stabilize now that the blizzard has ended. From observation and data, avalanche risk has dropped below the treeline but the snow is heavy and deep. It will be hard to get back up out of it after a fall, beware suffocation. Consolidation of the wind formed slabs is delayed at all elevations, aspects and terrain types and the risk of weak layer fractures persists. Do not carelessly stimulate cornices and knolls, there is a high risk of triggering an avalanche. Today is still a day to stay close by the groomers below the treeline. All peak gates will be closed. Do not duck ropes to ride out of bounds. Be cautious today. Also be careful of snow falling from roofs!

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Planned ski area operations: Saturday 15th January 2022
The below snow depth and snowfall data is manually checked each morning from official sources.
Lift information is the planned operations for the day (nature might intervene).

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 335cm (-10cm)
- Base: 170cm (+5cm)

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
- Holiday Number 1 pair
- 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: 268cm (+8cm)
- Base: 204cm (+4cm)

Official 24 hours snowfall (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 12cm
- Base: 10cm

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: 270cm (+20cm)
- Base: 170cm (+5cm)

Official 24 hours snowfall (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 30cm
- Base: 30cm

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: 190cm +30cm

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 8:32am on Saturday 15th January 2022
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All ski areas are open, some lifts

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 15th January 2022
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 15th January 2022
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 15th January 2022
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 Saturday 15th January 2022
2020/2021
Season
2019/2020
Season
15th January 15cm 9cm 2cm
14th January 22cm 15cm 9cm
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
Previous 7 days total 112cm 129cm 15cm
Previous 14 days total 189cm 235cm 86cm
November observed snowfall total 85cm 62cm 85cm
December observed snowfall total 307cm 348cm 207cm
January observed snowfall total 203cm 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 595cm 1210cm 728cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 15th 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]
203cm
[595cm]
- - - -
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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