Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 22nd January 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:24am on Wednesday 22nd January 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloudy, some blue sky in places
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
(Very) light snow in places
wind condition
Light W
visibility condition
Fair
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This report
Wednesday 22nd January 2020, 8:24am
12cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 91cm
Last 14 reports (total): 106cm
Current month (January 2020) total: 192cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 484cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:24am on Wednesday 22nd January 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning everyone.

Yesterday was a good one! Definitely one of the best days of the season so far for me and no doubt for many others too. People certainly seemed to be enjoying themselves.

This morning I have measured an additional 12cm of snow here at base to add to my report today, with almost all of that coming during the day yesterday.

There is a lot of cloud around and some very (very) light snow has still been falling as I put this report together in some areas; there is a bit of blue sky in others. Mt Yotei is currently shrouded in cloud.

There's not much of a wind at all. All in all, I think it should be another very fine day and there's lots of good folk lined up for first lifts.

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I was of course very pleased with the conditions we enjoyed here in Niseko yesterday, but also very happy to see that snow was falling in lots of mountainous regions of Japan too.

It felt more like a 'normal' day in January for Japan.

Here's to lots more of those.

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Someone asked about the 'official snow depth' data from the ski resorts that I keep updated each morning (below).

'Why is it just 100cm at base at Annupuri and Village?'
'Why is it 155cm at Annupuri and 250cm at Hirafu?'
'Why doesn't it increase by 30cm when you report 30cm of snowfall at base in your report?'

Nature does not deliver snowfall in uniform numbers (though many Japanese ski resorts do appear to record their numbers in clean units of 5cm!), and there are indeed variations between even close-by areas. Snow gets groomed and packed. Etc. Sometimes numbers might just not get updated. (I am not suggesting that is the case here at the Niseko resorts). I am not in control of those numbers - I am just checking and reporting them to you. In contrast, I am 100% in charge of my own observed snowfall number each morning. I tell you what I see, no naughty adding or subtracting!

My personal feeling is that while official snow depth numbers can be interesting - especially when looking at a season as a whole and comparing with previous seasons - too much thinking about them won't get you anywhere. The amount of fresh snow that we are getting is much more meaningful on a day to day basis.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain base: -6℃, light dusting in 12h. Moiwa 800m: 3.3m/s, 312°(NW), -7.4℃. Hirafu 1000m: 2.1m/s 93°(E), -9.6℃. Hanazono 720m: 2.7m/s, 135°(SE), -7.1℃. Niseko Village 900m: 2.0m/s 233°(SW), -9.1℃. Benkei cape: WSW5m/s, Kamui cape:SW15m/s, 1023hPa, 1.5m waves. Annupuri 1000m snow depth 150cm.

The developments of snowdrifts and cornices have settled down. Looking at various data, the slabs in leeward slopes below 800m elevation are consolidating/stabilizing and the avalanche risk is lowering, however hazard level remains relatively high in 900-1000m leeward slopes of the Backbowl and O-sawa, as well as SW gullies of Chisenupuri and NE gully of Iwaonupuri and Higashi-One cornice slopes. 50-60cm thick slides triggered from Jan 20th low-pressure snowfall can occur anytime. Most accidents happen during and just after snowstorms.

Leeward slopes below 800m have been mostly reset and the snow in the woods is good. Stay away from knolls, cornices and do not group at the bottom of a slope. Avalanches strike from above and there are many people riding the same zone. Be mindful of other skiers/snowboarders. Have you turned your beacon on? Do you carry safety gear? Proper equipment can not only save your life, but help others too. All gates are scheduled to open. Follow the ski patrol’s instructions. Have a nice day.

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Ski resort operation information: Wednesday 22nd January 2020

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 250cm
- 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: 177cm
- Base: 115cm

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 8:24am on Wednesday 22nd January 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All lifts that plan to be moving should be this morning!

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 22nd January 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Wednesday 22nd 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 Wednesday 22nd 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 Wednesday 22nd January 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
22nd January 12cm 13cm 16cm
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
Previous 7 days total 91cm 100cm 43cm
Previous 14 days total 106cm 125cm 91cm
November observed snowfall total 85cm 84cm 188cm
December observed snowfall total 207cm 333cm 406cm
January observed snowfall total 192cm 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 484cm 951cm 1260cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 22nd 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]
192cm
[484cm]
- - - -
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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