Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 16th January 2020

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Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Niseko region, Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:28am on Thursday 16th January 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
Light NW
visibility condition
Fair
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This report
Thursday 16th January 2020, 8:28am
4cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 18cm
Last 14 reports (total): 64cm
Current month (January 2020) total: 105cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 397cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:28am on Thursday 16th January 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

I have just been out and measured 4cm of fresh snowfall outside my place. It remains cold and light snow is currently falling in places but visibility remains fairly good for the moment. It looks like there is a chance of some heavier snow later on, though I wouldn't expect anything significant (but would be totally happy to be wrong).

The chance of the next decent delivery of snow looks to be for early next week.

All lifts should be operating as planned.

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As we are now in at the middle point of January:

Last year, I observed 285cm of snowfall for the whole of the month January; 305cm the season before. In January 2017, I observed 152cm.

So far this year my observed number for the first half of the month is 105cm.

I will of course do my monthly round up in early February, but in the meantime if you wish to look over numbers they are all there towards the bottom of this page and on the Snowfall Analysis page.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Moutain base: -8℃, 3cm of crystal snow, calm. Moiwa800m: 337°(NNW) 6.0m/s, -9.1℃, 5cm snowfall, no snowdrifts. Hirafu1000m: 296°(WNW) 1.7m/s, -11.3℃, 5cm snowfall, wind is picking up at the peak and some snowdrifts are developing. Hanazono720m: 325°(NNW) 5.0m/s, -8.9℃. Sea of Japan Benkei cape: NNW8m/s, Kamui cape: WNW2m/s, 1018hPa, 0.5m waves. Annupuri 1000m snow depth 135cm.

The atmospheric pressure gradient is flat and the weather is calm. There are no notable development of snowdrifts and cornices. The general avalanche risk is low. Peak gates will open from the morning, gate 2&3 will close at 1:30pm, gate6 at 3pm. Fresh snow is shallow but good snow. Beware of your route, thick bushes and holes are present in lower elevation.

Yesterday after closure of gate 6, 2 people have forcefully crossed the gate after lashing out disrespectful words to the ski patrol. We would like to ask once more to have everyone respect the Niseko Rules. These Rules apply to every single person using the Niseko resort facilities, no matter their nationality, race, age, gender or experience level. Niseko might be a small mountain in a far-eastern country, however have spent many serious years preventing accidents for all visitors and locals. The Rules are not implemented for promoting tourism. We respect everyone’s freedom to ride, but we also do care about their safety. Beware of sudden weather changes. Have a great day.

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Ski resort operation information: Wednesday 15th January 2020

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 205cm
- Base: 85cm

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

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: 95cm

All lifts are normally operating

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 155cm
- 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: 155cm
- Base: 95cm

All lifts normally operating EXCEPT:
- Country Road (normally rested)

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 8:28am on Thursday 16th January 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

See above for details

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 16th January 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 16th January 2020
(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 Thursday 16th 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
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2019/2020
*as of Thursday 16th January 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
16th January 4cm 11cm 7cm
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
Previous 7 days total 18cm 16cm 55cm
Previous 14 days total 64cm 105cm 98cm
November observed snowfall total 85cm 84cm 188cm
December observed snowfall total 207cm 333cm 406cm
January observed snowfall total 105cm 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 397cm 951cm 1260cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 16th 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]
105cm
[397cm]
- - - -
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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