Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 17th April 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:12am on Friday 17th April 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Clear blue skies
Base temp:
3°C

Top temp:
-1°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Slight
visibility condition
Excellent
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Friday 17th April 2020, 8:12am
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Thursday 16th April 2020, 8:32am 0cm
Wednesday 15th April 2020, 8:14am 0cm
Tuesday 14th April 2020, 8:31am 0cm
Monday 13th April 2020, 8:00am 0cm
Sunday 12th April 2020, 8:24am 0cm
Saturday 11th April 2020, 8:27am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 0cm
Last 14 reports (total): 10cm
Current month (April 2020) total: 10cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 728cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:12am on Friday 17th April 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

UPDATE AT 2PM:

Niseko Annupuri have made an announcement...

Today (Friday 17th April) is going to be the last day of the season for Niseko Annupuri.

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UPDATE AT 6PM:

And now Niseko Grand Hirafu have also made an announcement...

Sunday (19th April) is going to be the last day of the season for Niseko Grand Hirafu.

And therefore the last day of the season.

I will post a report tomorrow and my last report on Sunday.



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ORIGINAL EARLY MORNING REPORT @ 8:12AM:

Good morning from Niseko.

The sun is out.

Blue skies.

The mountains are looking beautiful.

It is a lovely spring day and we can probably expect fine weather over the weekend too with mild conditions... perhaps wind will be an issue tomorrow.

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Bit of an announcement from me.

I have been wrestling with this for a while now. With everything going on at the moment - since yesterday, there is now a nationwide 'state of emergency' in Japan - it is just feeling increasingly inappropriate posting a report each morning.

Various ski areas in Hakuba, Nozawa Onsen, Yuzawa, etc have all cut their seasons short due to the situation we are in.

The Japanese government is asking people to drastically decrease the amount of people contact they have (by 80%), and to cut back on all non-essential outings.

Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Annupuri remain part open, and for the moment they seem intent on continuing.

While I totally realise that it is not for me to instruct anyone else how to go about their daily life or run their business, for me personally it just does not feel right to continue as normal.

So regretfully I am going to pull back on my Niseko Now reports. While those two areas remain open, I intend to post a fresh update on Mondays and Fridays.

Luckily we are in that last stage of the season when we are settling into spring and so there isn't much to report anyway - so I am thankful for that. I will not miss recording any snowfall and if there are any announcements I will bring them to you. (I will check each morning).

If you are disappointed by my decision, I am sorry.

I just need to do what I feel is right.

Thanks.

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Planned ski resort operation information: Friday 17th April 2020
Subject to change and weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 290cm
- Base: 35cm

The following lifts are scheduled to be operating:
- Hirafu Gondola (* weekends only)
- Ace Number 2 quad center four
- King Number 3 quad
- King Number 4

- The following upper courses are scheduled to be open:
- Detour for Beginners
- Shirakaba
- Center
- Large
- Holiday
- Rinkan
- Jumbo
- Dynamic

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 150cm
- Base: 35cm

The following lifts are scheduled to be operating:
- Annupuri Gondola
- Jumbo Number 1 quad
- Jumbo Number 3 pair

- 8 courses scheduled to be open

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- The Niseko HANAZONO and Niseko Village areas are now closed for the season.
- Night time floodlit operations have closed for the season.

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Archive report: Posted at 8:12am on Friday 17th April 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Niseko Annupuri has announced that today is the last day of their season.

Niseko Grand Hirafu will be open until Sunday (19th April).

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 17th April 2020
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 17th April 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 Friday 17th April 2020
2018/2019
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2017/2018
Season
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16th April 0cm 0cm 0cm
15th April 0cm 0cm 0cm
14th April 0cm 0cm 0cm
13th April 0cm 0cm 0cm
12th April 0cm 0cm 0cm
11th April 0cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 0cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 10cm 2cm 13cm
November observed snowfall total 85cm 84cm 188cm
December observed snowfall total 207cm 333cm 406cm
January observed snowfall total 224cm 285cm 305cm
February observed snowfall total 143cm 198cm 299cm
March observed snowfall total 59cm 45cm 49cm
April observed snowfall total 10cm 6cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 728cm 951cm 1260cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 17th April 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]
224cm
[516cm]
143cm
[659cm]
59cm
[718cm]
10cm
[728cm]
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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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