Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 24th January 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:01am on Friday 24th January 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light-moderate snowfall
wind condition
NW
visibility condition
Limited-poor
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Friday 24th January 2020, 8:01am
6cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 71cm
Last 14 reports (total): 120cm
Current month (January 2020) total: 207cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 499cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:01am on Friday 24th January 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning all.

Today I have to post my report earlier than usual as I need to get myself somewhere else this morning.

It was indeed a beautiful morning yesterday. I was out there for a few hours and shared some lifts with people enjoying themselves. The general condition of this season in Japan (the not as much snow as usual thing) seems to be a big topic with many; one group had decided to change their destination to Niseko after originally planning to be at another popular resort on Honshu...

Snow has been falling from early on today and it is coming down quite nicely now. I have 6cm to record here as of 8am and hopefully that will be added to through the day today. We might need to watch out for windy conditions today so keep an eye on lift operations. Before the lifts get going they all seem to be planning to be operating as normal.

Niseko is busy right now with many people arriving for their holidays to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Fresh snowfall to greet them is most definitely a good thing!

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain base: -6℃, 3cm snowfall in 12h and growing. Moiwa 800m: 315°(NW) 5.0m/s, -5.1℃, 5cm snowfall and growing. Hirafu 1000m: 88°(E) 2.1m/s, -6.9℃. Hanazono 720m: 110°(ESE) 2.9m/s, -4.4℃. Niseko Village 900m: 264°(WSW) 3.2m/s, -6.3℃. Benkei cape: NNW15m/s, Kamui cape: NW12m/s, 1017hPa, 1.3m waves.

A momentary heavy snowfall came as a cold front passed pre-dawn. The snow&wind will pick up as the cold front moves east and cornices and snowdrifts will start to develop. There were no prominent avalanche hazards observed in the morning, however the hazard level will rise in leeward slopes above 1000m such as the Backbowl, Osawa, Iwao NE gully during the day. Snow conditions changes day by day. It’s recommended to avoid open terrains and stay in the trees today. Sunlight is weak and the obstacles are hard to see. Beware of hitting trees and/or falling into holes. Better carry an extra goggle. It’s strongly recommended to wear a helmet, carry a beacon, shovel and probe. Those can save your life and help save others too.

All gates are scheduled to open. Listen to the ski patrol’s instructions. Annupuri Gate 7 will open today, but there are still many obstacles, beware. Do not cross rope to Yu no sawa.

A storm is in its way; beware of sudden weather changes. Stay humble and cautious, that is the best way to avoid accidents in the mountains.

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Ski resort operation information: Friday 24th 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: 170cm
- Base: 113cm

All lifts are normally operating

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 155cm
- Base: 110cm

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 8:01am on Friday 24th January 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

See above

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 24th 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 Friday 24th 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 Friday 24th January 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
24th January 6cm 25cm 21cm
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
Previous 7 days total 71cm 99cm 57cm
Previous 14 days total 120cm 138cm 107cm
November observed snowfall total 85cm 84cm 188cm
December observed snowfall total 207cm 333cm 406cm
January observed snowfall total 207cm 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 499cm 951cm 1260cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 24th 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]
207cm
[499cm]
- - - -
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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