Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 21st January 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Monday 21st January 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-8°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
Strong blowy winds
visibility condition
Limited-poor
This report
Monday 21st January 2019, 8:30am
26cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 87cm
Last 14 reports (total): 136cm
Current month (January 2019) total: 206cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 623cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Monday 21st January 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Morning to you all.

And what an interesting one it is.

There has been some noisy winds blowing around and being naughty, it's very cold, there's lots of fresh snow around and that wind has really been mixing it all up. It's all just a bit on the wilder side!

I am measuring 26cm of fresh snowfall, but there will be places where there is more than that and indeed places where there is less.

These conditions are going to be affecting lift operations for the day, and as of opening times all of the top lifts are on hold as well as the Annupuri and the main Niseko Village gondola and a few some more. The day is starting off with lower to mid-mountain open. Hopefully by later on it might get calmer and tomorrow certainly should be.

Once the storm clears though... oh my, it's going to be very good! :) I bet Santa wishes he was still here.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain Base 6.00am: -10°, 35cm new snow in last 12hrs. Moiwa 800m: -11.8°, W11.3m/s, cornice and snowdrift development, blizzard, poor visibility. Mikaeri Weather Station: poor visibility. Annupuri 1120m: snow depth 190cm. Hirafu Peak: -16°, blizzard, poor visibility. Mizuno no Sawa: -13.5°, strong NW snow wind, snowdrift development. Kutchan Weather Station: -7.6°, snow depth 146cm. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NW18m/s. Kamui Cape: WNW16m/s, 1001hPa, wave 4.5m.

Isobars have moved closer together bringing blizzard conditions and heavy snowfall. Snowdrifts have formed even at the mountain base, visibility is bad. From observation at 800m, there has been over 100cm snowdrift growth and major cornice development in the last 12 hrs. There is possibility of surface avalanche on leeward cornice slopes and knolls around 800m, fracturing at over 60cm depth on the Jan 20th layer of pre low pressure snowfall. Jan 20th layer has formed frost layer by temperature gradient. From all data avalanche risk is high.

All peak gates are expected to be closed. Please follow the patrols instructions. Be patient and only ride the sides of the runs today. Even if the wind drops and upper lifts start running the avalanche danger will continue. Do not duck ropes, never enter Yuno Sawa or Haru no taki. Snow is deep and good in the trees. Be careful hitting trees and getting stuck. Maybe tomorrow we can ride the good stuff again. Have a good day.

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Ski resort operation information: Monday 21st 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:
- Top lifts on hold, but the Gondola is operating
- 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: 205cm
- Base: 155cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Top two lifts on hold at the 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:
- Top lift and gondola on hold at the 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: 280cm
- Base: 140cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Top lift and main gondola on hold at the start of the day
- 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 Monday 21st January 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas are open but limited due to strong winds - lower-mid areas available at the start of the day

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Monday 21st January 2019
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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  2018/2019
*as of Monday 21st January 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
21st January 26cm 6cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 87cm 27cm 23cm
Previous 14 days total 136cm 78cm 77cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 333cm 406cm 181cm
January observed snowfall total 206cm 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 623cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 21st 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]
206cm
[623cm]
-
[623cm]
-
[623cm]
-
[623cm]
-
[623cm]
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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