Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 21st January 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Sunday 21st January 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-9°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
S 2m/s - W 6m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Limited
This report
Sunday 21st January 2018, 8:30am
6cm
Saturday 20th January 2018, 8:22am 5cm
Friday 19th January 2018, 8:31am 8cm
Thursday 18th January 2018, 8:30am 0cm
Wednesday 17th January 2018, 8:34am 1cm
Tuesday 16th January 2018, 8:30am 7cm
Monday 15th January 2018, 11:49am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 27cm
Last 14 reports (total): 78cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 118cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 712cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Sunday 21st January 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from my Hirafu base area.

This morning I have another 6cm of snowfall to report since yesterday and I see the report below mentioning up to 15cm of fresh higher up.

That 6cm takes my observed (base level) snowfall up to 118cm for the first 21 reports of January 2018.

We may get some more snow during today and into tomorrow with the really decent snowfall still there on the forecasts from around Wednesday onwards.

Since I started putting this report together there have been some breaks in the clouds with even a bit of sunshine peeking through in some places - though the sun is hidden again now.

And it is snowing!

Wind appears to be affecting the Gondola and top lift at Annupuri as well as the day begins - see below for individual ski-jo information as of 8:30am.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -8°, 5cm new snow, wind effected snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -12°, W7.6m/s, 5pm to this morning was around W12m/s, peaking at 17.4m/s at midnight, snowdrift development. Annupuri 1100m: -13°, NW16.3m/s - maximum21.1m/s. Hirafu 1250m: -13°, 15cm new snow, light winds, ridgeline snowdrift development. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NW13m/s. Kamui Cape: W11m/s,1014hPa, wave 2.2m.

After the passing of the low pressure system yesterday afternoon a westerly wind and snow picked up. Although the amount of snow wasn’t that much, cornices and drifts above 800m had rapid development. Leeward snowdrifts are not yet stabilised. There is 30-50cm layer on top of the Jan 20th low pressure snowfall layer that is easily fracturing. The avalanche risk is high on leeward slopes above 800m this morning. Hirafu and Annupuri peak gates are expected to be closed. Do not duck ropes to enter Osawa cornice face, East Ridge cornice slope, Strictly Off Limits areas Haru no Taki or Yuno Sawa.

Most avalanche accidents occur during blizzards, where snowdrifts are quickly turning to slabs. During blizzards all leeward slopes should be considered high risk for avalanches. The snowdrift growth is hard and heavy, prone to surface slab avalanches trigged by rider stimulation. Snow conditions change everyday, do not disregard the danger of avalanches. This week we will have a strengthening typical cold winter weather pattern and the snowstorm is expected to continue. Make a reasonable action plan. The snow in the trees is good but heavy.

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Sunday 21st January 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts apart from King Number 2 should be operating
- The top Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts are on hold at start of the day due to strong winds
- 'Early Morning' services from 8:00am until 8:20am (Ace Number 2 Center Four quad lift). Until 28th January. 500 yen special ticket required.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 370cm
- Base: 170cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are generally operating
- Gondola and top Jumbo Number 4 lifts on hold at start of the day due to strong winds

Official snow depth:
- Top: 290cm
- Base: 170cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts apart from the Country Road Chair lift should be operating
- 'Early Gondola' service from 7:30am until 8:30am (Niseko Gondola). January 27th-28th; February 3rd-4th. 1,400 yen special ticket required.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 280cm
- Base: 170cm

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Floodlit 'nighta' skiing:

Night skiing is planned for every evening at the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO area. Ski lifts that are scheduled to be operating for nighta are noted below (subject to change):

* Niseko Grand Hirafu - Ace Family quad, Ace Number 2 quad, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 pair
* Niseko Annupuri - Jumbo Number 1 quad lift
* Niseko Village - Village Express, Upper Village Gondola, Community Chair, Banzai Chair

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Sunday 21st January 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All ski resorts open - some top lifts wind-affected at the start of the day

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 21st January 2018
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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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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  2017/2018
*as of Sunday 21st January 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
21st January 6cm 0cm 14cm
20th January 5cm 9cm 1cm
19th January 8cm 1cm 3cm
18th January 0cm 0cm 0cm
17th January 1cm 4cm 31cm
16th January 7cm 8cm 17cm
15th January 0cm 1cm 24cm
Previous 7 days total 27cm 23cm 90cm
Previous 14 days total 78cm 77cm 193cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 406cm 181cm 244cm
January observed snowfall total 118cm 152cm 303cm
February observed snowfall total - 160cm 266cm
March observed snowfall total - 83cm 109cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 712cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 21st January 2018
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
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - 188cm
[188cm]
406cm
[594cm]
118cm
[712cm]
- - - -
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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