Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 20th January 2019

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Niseko region, Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:15am on Sunday 20th January 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Overcast, cloudy
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Light NW
visibility condition
Fair
This report
Sunday 20th January 2019, 8:15am
2cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 61cm
Last 14 reports (total): 121cm
Current month (January 2019) total: 180cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 597cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:15am on Sunday 20th January 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Hello and good morning.

I have measured just a few cm of snow this morning.

Still expecting more snow with bigger numbers. Hopefully starting later on today and reflected in my report tomorrow.

Not much of a wind this morning and so all resorts should be open as planned.

Someone asked about gates and how to find out if they are open or not in a morning. Alas, the best early morning info is included in the Avalance Report, but that is often along the lines of 'the gates may open' especially when conditions are unclear and so it is not particularly definitive. Often because decisions have not been made at the time of writing. The resorts themselves don't talk about these things on their websites. The best way to find out the latest info without actually physically going there is to phone the resorts and ask them, see if they answer. Usually it is the top gates that are the most likely to be not opening. But... weather conditions, etc.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain Base 6.00am: -6°, no new snow, calm. Moiwa 800m: -7.2°, W3.4m/s, no snow drift development calm. Mikaeri Weather Station: -8°, no cornice or snowdrift development. Annupuri 1120m: snow depth 190cm. Hirafu Peak: -10°. Mizuno no Sawa: -8.62°, W3.5m/s. Kutchan Weather Station: -6.7°, snow depth 124cm. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NW5m/s. Kamui Cape: SW4m/s, 1009hPa, wave 1.2m.

We are currently under a low pressure system with little pressure gradient. The sea and mountain are calm and there is no new snowfall. The snow has stabilised and the general avalanche risk is low. Even though over 1000 people went out of bounds yesterday, tracked up the whole mountain, we can be thankful there were no accidents. Never enter strictly off limits areas looking for fresh tracks. One set of tracks will led others to follow, increasing the chances of an accident. Niseko Rules secure your freedom to ride out of bounds.

Avalanches are not the only danger in the mountains. Do not over estimate your skills or knowledge. Always be cautious. With care most accidents can be avoided. Be aware of a sudden change in weather. The morning groomers are in good shape, but be careful taking a spill at speed. Helmets are recommended. Is your beacon switched 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: 130cm

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: 265cm
- 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 8:15am on Sunday 20th January 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts should be open this morning

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 20th January 2019
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 20th January 2019
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 20th 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 Sunday 20th January 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
20th January 2cm 5cm 9cm
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
Previous 7 days total 61cm 26cm 36cm
Previous 14 days total 121cm 100cm 77cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 333cm 406cm 181cm
January observed snowfall total 180cm 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 597cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 20th 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]
180cm
[597cm]
-
[597cm]
-
[597cm]
-
[597cm]
-
[597cm]
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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