Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 26th January 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:35am on Sunday 26th January 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud and blue sky, some sun
Base temp:
-8°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Very very light snow in places
wind condition
NW
visibility condition
Generally quite good and looks like it is improving
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Sunday 26th January 2020, 8:35am
9cm
Saturday 25th January 2020, 8:30am 8cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 79cm
Last 14 reports (total): 137cm
Current month (January 2020) total: 224cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 516cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:35am on Sunday 26th January 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

I have ever so slightly over 9cm of fresh snow to report again this morning. I was actually over close to Niseko Village earlier and noticed it was more like 5cm over there, so we seem to have got a bit more on the Hirafu side this morning. Still, gradual modest deliveries of snow are always most welcome.

It is another of those mornings where these is some (very) light snow falling in places and cloud but some blue sky as well and it is quite bright in places. So a rather mixed picture.

Actually, I'd say that over the last 30 minutes or so there's much more of the blue sky and sunshine trying to break through... so much so that I have re-done the images that I originally prepared at 8:00am to reflect that.

All lifts appear to be opening as normal this morning.

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I don't know why the (official) upper snow depth at Niseko Grand Hirafu has increased by 30cm this morning, even taking into account windy conditions with snow being blown about.

I am pretty sure I checked the number yesterday morning. So, I don't know. Sounds like it needs investigating! ;)

Anyway, I just thought I would point that out in case anyone notices and was wondering.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

oiwa Mountain Base 6.00am: -9°, trace new snow. Moiwa 800m: 8.5m/s 329 deg NNW,-10.6°. Yu no Sawa 1000m: 1.5m/s311deg NW, -13.3°. Niseko Village Mizuno no Sawa 900m: 1.0m/s 304 deg WNW , -12.3° Hirafu 1000m: 7.2m/s N, -13.5°. Hanazono 720m: 0.8m/s 118 deg ESE, -11.7°. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NW8m/s. Kamui Cape N5m/s, 1028hPa, wave 1.6m.

Above 800m a 15m/s strong northerly wind continues with blowing snow causing snowdrift development on the leeward slopes. Although not much snow has fallen there is the possibility of avalanche around 1000m on SE facing knolls and cornices slopes, with a fracture up to 50cm depth. From observation and data generally there is no significant avalanche risk in the morning. However always take care.

The atmospheric pressure gradient should flatten and the weather to calm down. Peak gates are expected to be open this morning. Please listen to the patrols advice before you enter out of bounds areas. If you follow someone you don't know you may become lost. Always be cautious. The groomers are good and some areas off-piste are fantastic. Always wear a helmet. Have a good day.

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Ski resort operation information: Sunday 26th January 2020

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 260cm
- 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: 185cm
- Base: 117cm

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 8:35am on Sunday 26th January 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All lifts appear to be operating as planned this morning

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 26th January 2020
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
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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 Sunday 26th January 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
26th January 9cm 0cm 26cm
25th January 8cm 7cm 7cm
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
Previous 7 days total 79cm 81cm 82cm
Previous 14 days total 137cm 141cm 121cm
November observed snowfall total 85cm 84cm 188cm
December observed snowfall total 207cm 333cm 406cm
January observed snowfall total 224cm 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 516cm 951cm 1260cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 26th 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
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  October November December January February March April May
2020/2021 season - - - - - - - -
2019/2020 season - 85cm
[85cm]
207cm
[292cm]
224cm
[516cm]
- - - -
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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