Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 23rd January 2019

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Wednesday 23rd January 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, fog on mountain
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow in places (but not outside my secret lair)
wind condition
SW
visibility condition
Limited, varied
This report
Wednesday 23rd January 2019, 8:30am
8cm
Tuesday 22nd January 2019, 8:22am 13cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 97cm
Last 14 reports (total): 113cm
Current month (January 2019) total: 227cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 644cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Wednesday 23rd January 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

Yesterday was indeed a fine morning as many good folk scrambled to get up to the top area that had been previously closed due to winds. It was really good up there.

It looks like conditions are going to be changing during the day today. And indeed, I can see a difference in the views outside my window pre-toast (clearer) and current post-toast (cloudier). And the official sources also show the various resorts reporting a somewhat confusing mix of fog, snow, cloud and sun - all reported between 7:30am and 8:15am.

It does feel fairly calm this morning but we are expecting some potentially heavy snowfall tonight.

Feeling cold, but relatively milder temps are due in the daytime before the snow sets in sometime later in the afternoon.

Let's changing conditions!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain Base 6.00am: -7.5°, trace new snow, calm. Moiwa 800m: -8.2°, E1.1m/s, 5cm new snow, no snowdrift development, calm. Annupuri 1120m: snow depth 200cm. Hirafu Peak: -10°, strong wind overnight causing about 15cm snowdrift development. Mizuno no Sawa: -9.11°, SW3.6m/s, 1285 riders yesterday. Kutchan Weather Station: -9.7°, snow depth 147cm. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: SSW4m/s. Kamui Cape: S7m/s, 1009hPa, wave 1.5m.

There is very shallow atmospheric pressure gradient and the seas and mountains are calm. From data and observation the general avalanche risk is low. All gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice and be prepared before going out of bounds. Above 1000m there has been minor snowdrift development and surface is reset. Below 800m tracks remain. A low pressure system is approaching, be ready for a sudden change in weather. Keep on eye on the Jan 22-23 layer in the future snowpack due to a significant temperature gradient.

Because the winds have been light the snow has settled in the trees making a beautiful scene. Do not enter strictly off limits area Haru no Taki. If you are caught you will be banned from riding all Niseko resorts. Best to follow the rules. The official Niseko Rules are there to protect your freedom to ride out of bounds while also maintaining a minimum level of safety. Do not disregard the rules. Have a good day.

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Ski resort operation information: Wednesday 23rd January 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 315cm
- Base: 150cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts should be operating as normal (the King Number 2 quad closed)
- 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: 235cm
- Base: 181cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts should be operating as normal
- 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:
- All lifts should be operating as normal
- 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:
- All lifts should be operating as normal (the lazy Country Road lift closed)
- 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 Wednesday 23rd January 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas should be open this morning

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 23rd January 2019
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Wednesday 23rd January 2019
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 23rd January 2019
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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  2018/2019
*as of Wednesday 23rd January 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
23rd January 8cm 1cm 9cm
22nd January 13cm 16cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 97cm 37cm 23cm
Previous 14 days total 113cm 92cm 86cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 333cm 406cm 181cm
January observed snowfall total 227cm 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 644cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 23rd 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
2018/2019 season 0cm
[0cm]
84cm
[84cm]
333cm
[417cm]
227cm
[644cm]
-
[644cm]
-
[644cm]
-
[644cm]
-
[644cm]
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]
  October November December January February March April May
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