Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 18th January 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Friday 18th January 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snow clouds remain but even a bit of sun in places
Base temp:
-9°C

Top temp:
-13°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
Moderate to strong NW
visibility condition
Changeable (was ok just short while back, but generally limited)
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This report
Friday 18th January 2019, 8:31am
16cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 53cm
Last 14 reports (total): 131cm
Current month (January 2019) total: 169cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 586cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Friday 18th January 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning all.

As expected, some pretty wild conditions up here at the moment.

Top lifts and some others were affected by the blizzard conditions yesterday.

It is one of those days when it’s a bit muzukashii to measure exactly how much snow has fallen, with the wind blowing it about and all. In the name of science I have taken a few different measurements today to try and be as fair and representative as possible and I hereby declare my fresh snowfall number for the day as 16cm. I am guessing that there will be considerably more than that in some places.

It is cold this morning and the snow quality seems super light and dry. Just what we like.

Wind persists and all top lifts are on hold again at the start of the day, as are the Niseko Gondola and Annupuri Gondola. Hirafu Gondola is moving.

Be excited but also please be sure to be extra safe out there in these conditions.

Personally, with regular snow still on the forecast for the coming week (maybe a bit of a break tomorrow), I think I am going to sit this one out and perhaps make myself some delicious hamberders.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base 6am: -10℃, 20cm snowfall in 24 hours, snowdrifts developments. Moiwa 800m: -12.1℃, W10m/s, cornices and snowdrifts developing. Mikaeri junction: -12℃, stormy and poor visibility, dense snowdrifts developing and heavy snowfall. Hirafu peak: -16℃, stormy and whiteout. Mizuno no sawa: 16cm snowfall in 24hours, NW15.7m/s, 133cm snow depth. Benkei cape: NNW17m/s, Kamui cape: WNW11m/s, 1007hPa, 3.7m waves. Kutchan weather station: -7.9℃, 135cm snow depth.

A 15-20m/s storm has persisted, making cornices and snowdrifts develop drastically. Snowdrifts up to 150+cm have formed in 24hours, they’re dense and very unstable. An uneven hoar formation due to the changing wind’s speed and direction is present in the upper 50cm of this new layer and are very likely to crush and trigger a slide. The stabilization of the cornices and snowdrifts is slow due to the strong wind. 100cm thick surface slab avalanches from Jan 15th layer are expected in knolls and slopes under cornice. Avalanche hazard is very high in slopes under cornices, knolls and open leeward steep slopes above 800m. Cornice slopes around 900m elevation in O-sawa and 800m Moiwa bowl is very risky. Do not attempt to approach those slopes even if the chairs are running. There’s dense but good snow in the tree runs.

Do not duck ropes to seek fresh lines. One track under the rope will lead many others to follow it and increase the chances of accidents. Stay away from valley bottoms. Beware of frostbites. It’s recommended to finish off riding early and chill at an onsen today. Be safe and have a nice day.

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Ski resort operation information: Friday 18th January 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 280cm
- Base: 130cm

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: 203cm
- Base: 163cm

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 8:31am on Friday 18th January 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Top lifts and some gondolas affected by wind

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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 18th January 2019
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 18th January 2019
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 18th January 2019
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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  2018/2019
*as of Friday 18th January 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
18th January 16cm 0cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 53cm 40cm 56cm
Previous 14 days total 131cm 93cm 76cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 333cm 406cm 181cm
January observed snowfall total 169cm 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 586cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 18th January 2019
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
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season 0cm
[0cm]
84cm
[84cm]
333cm
[417cm]
169cm
[586cm]
-
[586cm]
-
[586cm]
-
[586cm]
-
[586cm]
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]
  October November December January February March April May
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