Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 17th January 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Thursday 17th January 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow, wind
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
NW 6-19 *Village
visibility condition
Limited-poor
This report
Thursday 17th January 2019, 8:30am
23cm
Wednesday 16th January 2019, 8:30am 11cm
Tuesday 15th January 2019, 8:30am 0cm
Monday 14th January 2019, 8:20am 0cm
Sunday 13th January 2019, 8:31am 1cm
Saturday 12th January 2019, 8:17am 2cm
Friday 11th January 2019, 8:30am 2cm
Last 7 reports (total): 39cm
Last 14 reports (total): 116cm
Current month (January 2019) total: 153cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 570cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Thursday 17th January 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning everyone.

Lots of lovely fresh snow to report this morning. Oh yes. I am measuring 23cm of it here around my secret base lair and as always we can expect more than that up on the mountain. Whether we will be able to get up there today and enjoy all that goodness due to winds affecting lift operations - well, that remains to be seen. And I am feeling not likely.

At the start of the day and as I post this at 8:30am, some lifts are already affected by wind and it is forecast to get even more frisky during the day. All of the top lifts are not planned to open as normal. Hirafu Gondola is starting up but the Gondolas at Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri are now. Expect possible additional stoppages. Doh!

Conditions should be great everywhere this morning so there is still lots to enjoy.

It feels very cold this morning so I recommend some extra toast and getting wrapped up well and ready to jump into that fresh snow early on.

Be aware and take care.

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Lifts that are on hold at the start of the day due to wind conditions

- Annupuri Gondola
- Annupuri Jumbo 4 top lift
- Niseko Gondola
- Wonderland Chair top lift
- Ace Number 4 pair
- King Number 2 quad
- Hanazono top quad

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Why do the official snow depth numbers hardly change, even when there is fresh snow?

My quick total cop-out answer is... ask the ski resorts!

But seriously. There are lots of reasons and the reasons will unfortunately likely vary depending on the ski resort and the way they go about reporting --- and let me be clear that I can only speak with some experience of Japanese ski resorts. Snow gets compacted naturally, it changes over time. And it gets groomed. And it melts.... I would naturally expect more slight adjustments every day, but that just does not seem to happen.

I would just not take too much notice of the official snow depth numbers. They are number that are nice to have as a record and to compare between seasons, but in themselves they don’t really mean much.

The fresh snowfall number that I measure and record every morning is a much more meaningful number to concentrate on and get nerdy about. :)

That’s what I think anyway. Feel free to disagree!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base 6am: -7℃, 25cm snowfall in 24 hours. Moiwa 800m: -9.6℃, W5.7n/s, snowdrift development. Annupuri 1120m: snow depth 185cm (Jan 16th). Mizuno no sawa: 13cm snowfall in 12 hours, 130cm snow depth. Hirafu peak: -14℃, W10m/s, snowdrift development. Kutchan weather station: -6.2℃, 130cm snow depth. Sea of Japan Benkei cape: NW19m/s, Kamui cape W16m/s, 1002hPa, 2.4m waves.

Large and uneven snowdrift developments. If the storm picks up today, avalanches from those uneven developments and weak bonding of snow within the Jan 16th-17th snowdrifts are highly likely to occur in knoll and cornice terrains above 800m elevation. If it slides from the Jan 15th weak layer, the crown could be up to 100cm thick and extremely dangerous. Avalanche hazard is high today.

Gates opening is undetermined, please respect the ski patrol’s decisions. There’s plenty of snow inbounds today. Respect the Rules and have a safe day. Beware of frostbites.

Wonderful tree runs conditions today.

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Ski resort operation information: Thursday 17th January 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 290cm
- Base: 135cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Top lifts affected by wind
- The Ace Family quad (until 8:30pm), Ace Center 4 quad (8:20pm), Hirafu Gondola (until 8:10pm) and Holiday Number 1 pair (until 8:30pm) lifts are normally open during the evening
- The Center Four lift will be open from 8:00am until 8:20am until 31st January 2019 (500 yen charge required).

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 185cm
- Base: 165cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Top Hanazono lift on hold at start of the day
- The Hanazono lifts are normally open until 3:50pm (Number 3 until 3:30pm)

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 265cm
- Base: 140cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Gondola and top lift on hold due to wind at start of the day
- The Jumbo 1 lift is normally open until 8:30pm during the evening

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 270cm
- Base: 140cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Top lifts and Gondola affected by wind
- The Upper Village Gondola, Village Express and Banzai Chair lifts are normally open until 8:00pm during the evening

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Night time operations are available in the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri resort areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO resort area.

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Thursday 17th January 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Wind affecting top lifts at the start of the day and likely to only get worse...

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  2018/2019
*as of Thursday 17th January 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
17th January 23cm 1cm 4cm
16th January 11cm 7cm 8cm
15th January 0cm 0cm 1cm
14th January 0cm 5cm 13cm
13th January 1cm 18cm 18cm
12th January 2cm 9cm 12cm
11th January 2cm 10cm 8cm
Previous 7 days total 39cm 50cm 64cm
Previous 14 days total 116cm 96cm 76cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 333cm 406cm 181cm
January observed snowfall total 153cm 305cm 152cm
February observed snowfall total - 299cm 160cm
March observed snowfall total - 49cm 83cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 570cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 17th January 2019
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded 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
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season 0cm
[0cm]
84cm
[84cm]
333cm
[417cm]
153cm
[570cm]
-
[570cm]
-
[570cm]
-
[570cm]
-
[570cm]
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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