Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 29th January 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Monday 29th January 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-11°C

Top temp:
-15°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
It's... snowing!
wind condition
SE 1m/s - E 5m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Limited
PLEASE READ THIS
This report
Monday 29th January 2018, 8:31am
15cm
Sunday 28th January 2018, 8:30am 14cm
Saturday 27th January 2018, 8:18am 16cm
Friday 26th January 2018, 8:30am 26cm
Thursday 25th January 2018, 8:30am 7cm
Wednesday 24th January 2018, 8:26am 21cm
Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 8:16am 1cm
Last 7 reports (total): 100cm
Last 14 reports (total): 143cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 234cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 828cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Monday 29th January 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Happy Monday morning to you all.

It's the start of another week and we are of course not in the very last bit of January 2018. Including the 15cm I am adding today, my observed snowfall haul for January here at base so far is 234cm. With a few more reports to go, what will that number get to? O-tanoshi-mi-ni! I plan to post my monthly review by the end of the week.

OK, so there's another decent layer of snow; it's still snowing nicely as I write this report and it is another very cold morning. Visibility is looking rather limited out there on the mountain at the moment but I expect conditions will be worth being checked out.

We are now in peak season. And with that, of course, we expect peak conditions. The month of February is also 'peak', and includes the popular Chinese New Year holidays around the middle of the month. With so many people around over the next few weeks we are going to be needing that regular refresh of snow, so let's hope Nature delivers.

As the report goes up at 8:30am, the top lifts appear to be opening as scheduled this morning. Hurray!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 5.00am: -10°, 15cm new snow, light winds. Moiwa 800m: -10.6°, W4m/s (at 10pm last night N0.7m/s, 11.00pm:W15.6m/s), major snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -17°, NW10m/s, 30cm new snow, snowdrift development. Hirafu 1250m: -18°, NW10m/s, 20cm new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NW14m/s. Kamui Cape: WSW9m/s, 1016hPa, wave 1.5m.

Low pressure snowfall preceded the passing of low pressure system last night followed by a strong westerly wind which caused rapid snow drift development. From tests snow drift growth on leeward slopes above 800m is more than 100cm and unstable. There is possibility of powder avalanche fracturing about 60cm on 28th Jan or deeper layer at Kozan no sawa side wall and lower West ridge around 1100m, Osawa cornice slope at 900m and Higashi One cornice slope 1000m. This current weather pattern creates heavy slabs which fail instantaneously and travel at high speeds. The avalanche risk on leeward slopes effected by wind is high.

There is 20-30cm of good snow in the trees. All gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice before going out the gates. Cornices collapse down the slope, don't ride carelessly near them or rest under them to get out of the wind. Have a safe day. Beware of frostbite.

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Monday 29th January 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts apart from King Number 2 should normally be operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 430cm
- Base: 210cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should normally be operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 310cm
- Base: 200cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts apart from the Country Road Chair lift should normally be operating
- 'Early Gondola' service from 7:30am until 8:30am (Niseko Gondola). On February 3rd-4th. 1,400 yen special ticket required.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 310cm
- Base: 200cm

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Floodlit 'nighta' skiing:

Night skiing is planned for every evening at the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO area. Ski lifts that are scheduled to be operating for nighta are noted below (subject to change):

* Niseko Grand Hirafu - Ace Family quad, Ace Number 2 quad, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 pair
* Niseko Annupuri - Jumbo Number 1 quad lift
* Niseko Village - Village Express, Upper Village Gondola, Community Chair, Banzai Chair

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Monday 29th January 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas should be open 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 Monday 29th January 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Monday 29th January 2018
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 29th January 2018
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)
  2017/2018
*as of Monday 29th January 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
29th January 15cm 0cm 6cm
28th January 14cm 11cm 1cm
27th January 16cm 0cm 16cm
26th January 26cm 11cm 14cm
25th January 7cm 9cm 0cm
24th January 21cm 12cm 0cm
23rd January 1cm 9cm 12cm
Previous 7 days total 100cm 52cm 49cm
Previous 14 days total 143cm 74cm 115cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 406cm 181cm 244cm
January observed snowfall total 234cm 152cm 303cm
February observed snowfall total - 160cm 266cm
March observed snowfall total - 83cm 109cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 828cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 29th January 2018
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
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - 188cm
[188cm]
406cm
[594cm]
234cm
[828cm]
- - - -
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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