Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 19th January 2019

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Niseko region, Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Saturday 19th January 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None right now
wind condition
Much less mad
visibility condition
Fair
This report
Saturday 19th January 2019, 8:30am
9cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 60cm
Last 14 reports (total): 127cm
Current month (January 2019) total: 178cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 595cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Saturday 19th January 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

I think sitting out yesterday was a good idea, though while lift operations were limited a friend of mine came back very happy with his day of adventure in the snow. Perhaps I am getting a bit old!

This morning I have 9cm to report to you here at base and it looks like all lifts should be open as planned from the start of the day. No doubt there will be a rush to the untouched snow on the upper mountain. Things should be pretty fab this morning.

I will leave more scientific sounding stuff about the snow to the Avalanche report below. Take special care while you have your excite fun!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base 6am: -6.5℃, 5cm snowfall in 12hours, 25cm in 24hours, calm. Moiwa800m: -8.8℃, W3.6m/s, calm, cornices and snowdrifts have largely developed in 24 hours, mostly in the first 12. Mikaeri junction: snow depth 250cm, snowdrifts developments. Annupuri1120m: 190cm snow depth on the 18th, max wind speed 21m/s at 1pm, -11℃. Mizuno no sawa: -10.71℃, WSW2.4m/s, 5cm snowfall in the past 12 hours, 15cm in 24hours. Hirafu peak: -12℃, W10m/s, even development of snowdrifts. Kutchan weather station: -6.2℃, snow depth 129cm. Sea of Japan Benkei cape: NW9m/s, Kamui cape: W5m/s, 1016hPa, 2.4m waves.

The wind has calmed down and the cornices/snowdrifts developments that persisted the past 48hours have settled. The snowpack’s consolidation has stabilized and the avalanche risk below 1000m elevation is lowering, however hazard level remains high in slopes around cornices above 1000m in O-sawa and Backbowl. All gates are scheduled to open. Do not traverse under cornices and do not ride the bottom of the valleys. The out of bounds area may not be controlled or managed, but the ski resort and the community care about the visitors’ safety. Please ask the ski patrol some advices before stepping out of the gates. Wonderful tree-riding conditions today. Have you turned your beacon on?

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Ski resort operation information: Saturday 19th January 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 290cm
- Base: 140cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts should be operating as planned (King Number 2 quad rested)
- 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: 197cm
- Base: 160cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts should be operating as planned
- 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: 260cm
- Base: 140cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts should be operating as planned
- 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:
- All lifts should be operating as planned (Country Road Chair rested)
- 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 Saturday 19th January 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All lifts appear to be opening as planned at the start of the day

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 19th January 2019
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 19th January 2019
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 19th January 2019
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2018/2019
*as of Saturday 19th January 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
19th January 9cm 8cm 1cm
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
Previous 7 days total 60cm 39cm 45cm
Previous 14 days total 127cm 100cm 69cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 333cm 406cm 181cm
January observed snowfall total 178cm 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 595cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 19th 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]
178cm
[595cm]
-
[595cm]
-
[595cm]
-
[595cm]
-
[595cm]
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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