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

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:18am on Friday 17th January 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud and...
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
...light snow
wind condition
W
visibility condition
OK > limited
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This report
Friday 17th January 2020, 8:18am
31cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 49cm
Last 14 reports (total): 90cm
Current month (January 2020) total: 136cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 428cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:18am on Friday 17th January 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

Well, this is a very nice surprise. It seems I might have missed the forecasts yesterday or something. But whatever, I am more than happy to have not noticed this upcoming...

I am very excited to be able to report a lot of fresh snowfall this morning.

I have measured 31cm of it! That is the biggest number of the season so far. Excellent.

And it has mostly been delivered overnight, so early morning should be great this morning.

If I were the type to at times carefully use hype-tastic cheesy marketing proclamations, today would probably be one of the days when I would feel justified in using them. But don't worry, I'll keep the cheese in my fridge as I quickly head out onto the mountain. I need to check things out for myself.

Take care and enjoy if you are up here thanking your timing!

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I can't find any specific news on possible changes to operations early on this morning.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain base: calm, 30cm of snowfall in 24h, -7℃. Moiwa800m: 317°(NW) 6.8m/s, -8.6℃, 30-40cm snowfall, -8.8℃. Hirafu1000m: 58°(ENE) 2.4m/s, -11.2℃. Hanazono 720m: 228°(WSW) 3.0m/s, -8.3℃. Sea of Japan Benkei cape: NW13m/s, Kamui cape: SW11m/s, 1017hPa, 1.3m waves. Annupuri1000m snow depth 135cm.

The avalanche hazard evaluation in Niseko is mainly based on observing the stability of the snowdrifts (slabs). The stabilization is delayed when strong wind (20+m/s) generates drastic development of snowdrifts, and a slight riding stimulation can easily trigger a slide. The mountain is blanketed with 30-40cm of light snow, however there are no notable developments of slabs. According to observations and data evaluations, the general avalanche risk is low, except for 40°steep slopes above 1000m elevation. Most gates are scheduled to open from the morning.

A new anemometer has been installed at the head of Mizuno no Sawa and the research cat track has been connected to Moiwa. Creeks are still open under a shallow layer of fresh snow. Carrying a shovel and a short rope is recommended. The groomers are also in epic conditions. Make sure your pocket zippers are closed. Seems like a beautiful day today.

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Ski resort operation information: Friday 17th January 2020

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 230cm
- Base: 90cm

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: 156cm
- Base: 100cm

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: 165cm
- Base: 105cm

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 8:18am on Friday 17th January 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

See above

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 17th January 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 17th January 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 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
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  2019/2020
*as of Friday 17th January 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
17th January 31cm 23cm 1cm
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
Previous 7 days total 49cm 39cm 50cm
Previous 14 days total 90cm 116cm 96cm
November observed snowfall total 85cm 84cm 188cm
December observed snowfall total 207cm 333cm 406cm
January observed snowfall total 136cm 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 428cm 951cm 1260cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 17th 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]
136cm
[428cm]
- - - -
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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