Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 21st January 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:39am on Tuesday 21st January 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snow (but actually signs of some breaks in cloud; may be temporary)
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Moderate snowfall
wind condition
NW
visibility condition
Limited-poor
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This report
Tuesday 21st January 2020, 8:39am
33cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 81cm
Last 14 reports (total): 94cm
Current month (January 2020) total: 180cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 472cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:39am on Tuesday 21st January 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning all.

And it is excellent news this morning.

33cm of snowfall to add to my report this morning as of 8:30am, and pretty much all of that coming overnight. And at base too, so we can expect more than that higher up the mountain. It is still snowing too.

Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Hanazono are both adding around 40cm to their official snow depth numbers this morning. (The other two are much more modest in their increases, but that's another discussion point).

All that matters this morning though is that there is an impressive amount of fresh snowfall that will have given us a very welcome mountain-wide refresh.

Lifts operations appear to be starting as normal at the start of the day.

Love it.

Have fun and take care.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain Base 6.00am: -6°, moderate winds, 25cm new snow. Moiwa 800m: 8.9m/s 354 deg N, -8.1°, mild blizzard, 40cm snowdrift development. Hirafu 1000m: 7.8m/s 354deg N, -10.9° mountain base snowfall 30cm. Hanazono 720m: 5.5m/s 353 deg N, -8.6°. Niseko Village Mizuno n Sawa 900m: 2.2m/s 332 deg NNW , -9.8° Coastal data: Benkei Cape:N11m/s. Kamui Cape N9m/s, 1012hPa, wave 0.9m. Annupuri 1000m: snow depth 145cm.

A moderately strong northerly wind is blowing above 800m and snowdrifts are slowly developing on the Jan 18th layer (radiative cooling / solar melt) up to 60cm, depending on location. From observation the avalanche risk in the morning is low. However the risk will increase sharply if wind and snowfall increases during the day. Avoid stimulating cornices and knolls. The wind and snow is expected to intensify above 800m during the day. Best to stay a way from steep open slopes like Kozan no Sawa side wall, Osawa cornice slope and steep slopes near Higashi One today. Many accidents occur during blizzard conditions. Developing snow drifts(soft slabs), with or without a weak layer, are not as stable as compacted snow and can easily collapse.

Opening of peak gates is yet undecided. Please follow the patrols instructions. The snow in the forests is good. Is your beacon on? It is strongly recommended to carry a shovel, probe, short rope and to wear a helmet. Have a good day.

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Ski resort operation information: Tuesday 21st January 2020

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 245cm
- Base: 125cm

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: 183cm
- Base: 123cm

All lifts are normally operating

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 155cm
- Base: 100cm

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: 175cm
- 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 8:39am on Tuesday 21st January 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All lifts should be moving as planned this morning. With smiles on their faces. Maybe. If they have faces.

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 21st January 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Tuesday 21st 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 Tuesday 21st 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 Tuesday 21st January 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
21st January 33cm 26cm 6cm
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
Previous 7 days total 81cm 87cm 27cm
Previous 14 days total 94cm 136cm 78cm
November observed snowfall total 85cm 84cm 188cm
December observed snowfall total 207cm 333cm 406cm
January observed snowfall total 180cm 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 472cm 951cm 1260cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 21st 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]
180cm
[472cm]
- - - -
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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