Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 23rd January 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:25am on Thursday 23rd January 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Clear blue skies and sunny
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
WNW
visibility condition
Excellent
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Thursday 23rd January 2020, 8:25am
9cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 96cm
Last 14 reports (total): 114cm
Current month (January 2020) total: 201cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 493cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:25am on Thursday 23rd January 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

It's an absolute beauty of an early morning.

I have 9cm of fresh snow to report overnight here at base; hopefully that means we might have got a double digit number higher up.

We should be in for a day of clear skies and sunshine. Everywhere looks ever so beautiful with the fresh white snow and those blue skies. With a special mention to the beautiful landscapes.

I love being here so much.

I don't think I need many words today - everything should be open as planned this morning and so I will leave it there and see you tomorrow.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain base: -5℃, calm and 10cm low-pressure snowfall. Moiwa 800m: 354°(N) 3.8m/s, -5.0℃. Hirafu 1000m: 352°(N)5.0m/s, -7.6℃. Hanazono 720m: 348°(NNW) 2.0m/s, -4.5℃. Niseko Village 900m: 328°(NNW)1.5m/s, -7.4℃. Annupuri 1000m snow depth: 155cm. Benkei cape: NNW6m/s, Kamui cape: NNW5m/s, 1021hPa, 0.8m waves.

15cm of low-pressure snowfall has blanketed slopes above 800m in the past 12h and have partially formed slabs due to the temperature drop and wind during the night. No prominent weak layers was observed during the morning tests, however 30cm thick surface slab avalanches are likely to occur in leeward slopes with snowdrift accumulation around 1000m elevation. Old tracks are still present, however the snow in the trees is in decent conditions.

The power balance between the Siberian cold airmass and the Sea of Japan warm airmass seems to influence the route of the low-pressure systems, eventually having an impact on the snowfall pattern of this season. Either way, it’s nice to see some snowfall. The peak gates are schedule to open from the morning. Always keep in mind that the out of bounds area is not the resort anymore. Have a good read of the Niseko Rules. Annupuri gate 1 is schedule to open today. Beware of trees and bushes. Have a nice day.

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Ski resort operation information: Thursday 23rd January 2020

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 245cm
- Base: 120cm

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: 175cm
- Base: 110cm

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 8:25am on Thursday 23rd January 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Open and looking good! Details above.

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 23rd January 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 23rd 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 Thursday 23rd 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
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  2019/2020
*as of Thursday 23rd January 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
23rd January 9cm 8cm 1cm
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
Previous 7 days total 96cm 97cm 37cm
Previous 14 days total 114cm 113cm 92cm
November observed snowfall total 85cm 84cm 188cm
December observed snowfall total 207cm 333cm 406cm
January observed snowfall total 201cm 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 493cm 951cm 1260cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 23rd 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]
201cm
[493cm]
- - - -
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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