Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 20th January 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Monday 20th January 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Mostly cloudy
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
(Very) light snow in places
wind condition
Light northerly
visibility condition
Varied
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This report
Monday 20th January 2020, 8:30am
2cm
Sunday 19th January 2020, 8:20am 0cm
Saturday 18th January 2020, 8:24am 9cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 57cm
Last 14 reports (total): 61cm
Current month (January 2020) total: 147cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 439cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Monday 20th January 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning to you all.

Well, I was hoping for (expecting?) more, but we will just have to make do with just about 2cm of fresh snowfall at base this morning.

That ain't going to fill in tracks from a busy weekend, so we will have to look forward to upcoming deliveries to do that which will be... heck, I don't know! But hopefully later today so I can bring you a fun report tomorrow. Stronger winds are expected too.

Right now it is mostly just cloudy. There is some very light snow still falling in some places (but it is very light indeed). There even seems to be some light blue sky trying to show through the thin cloud in places.

All lifts that plan to be 'go', are go. I hope you have a good day.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain Base 6.00am: -3°, 2cm new snow. Moiwa 800m: 3.1m/s92 deg ENE, -4.7°. Hirafu 1000m: 1.4m/s 339deg NNW, -7.1°. Hanazono 720m: 0.8m/s 313 deg NW, -4.9°. Niseko Village Mizuno no Sawa 900m: 1.5m/s 7 deg N, -5.9° Coastal data: Benkei Cape:SSE3m/s. Kamui Cape NE2m/s, 1009hPa, wave 0.7m.

Warm pre-low pressure snowfall has begun. As the volume increases, a "flow-type" avalanche with an unclear fracture surface is likely to occur, even on a forested 30-degree slope. Be careful around 1000m Osawa and Kozan no Sawa left side forested areas. Following the low pressure, wind will pick up and expect a hard wind slab to develop on leeward slopes. The avalanche risk around 1000m will increase. Accidents are more likely to occur during snowfall. A major avalanche disaster has also occurred in Annapurna Mountains in the Nepal Himalaya. Always be aware of future snowfall trends.

Hanazono gate 9 is expected to open today. The left side is a better course to take due to lack of snow. Please use the gate to go to out off bounds areas and listen to the patrols advice. With the low light the snow surface is hard to read. Helmets and beacons are not mandatory but are recommended. Gate openings are yet undecided. Beware of a sudden change in weather. Best to not go too far today.

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Ski resort operation information: Monday 20th January 2020

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 220cm
- Base: 85cm

All lifts are normally operating EXCEPT:
- King Number 2 quad lift (this lift is 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: 145cm
- Base: 93cm

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: 100cm

All lifts normally operating EXCEPT:
- Country Road (this lift is 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 8:30am on Monday 20th January 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

See above - all lifts should be operating as planned

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 20th January 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Monday 20th 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 Monday 20th 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
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2019/2020
*as of Monday 20th January 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
20th January 2cm 2cm 5cm
19th January 0cm 9cm 8cm
18th January 9cm 16cm 0cm
17th January 31cm 23cm 1cm
16th January 4cm 11cm 7cm
15th January 2cm 0cm 0cm
14th January 9cm 0cm 5cm
Previous 7 days total 57cm 61cm 26cm
Previous 14 days total 61cm 121cm 100cm
November observed snowfall total 85cm 84cm 188cm
December observed snowfall total 207cm 333cm 406cm
January observed snowfall total 147cm 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 439cm 951cm 1260cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 20th 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]
147cm
[439cm]
- - - -
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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