Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 29th January 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:25am on Tuesday 29th January 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
Moderate-strong NNW
visibility condition
Poor
This report
Tuesday 29th January 2019, 8:25am
10cm
Monday 28th January 2019, 8:15am 0cm
Sunday 27th January 2019, 8:30am 5cm
Saturday 26th January 2019, 8:25am 0cm
Friday 25th January 2019, 8:31am 7cm
Thursday 24th January 2019, 8:15am 25cm
Wednesday 23rd January 2019, 8:30am 8cm
Last 7 reports (total): 55cm
Last 14 reports (total): 155cm
Current month (January 2019) total: 274cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 691cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:25am on Tuesday 29th January 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

There is a modest amount of fresh snow on the ground this morning. Ever so slightly over 10cm in total since my report yesterday morning, about half of that coming overnight.

It is windy too this morning. (Arashi!) Said pesky wind is most surely going to be messing about with normal lift operations.

And indeed, lots of lifts are on hold at the start of the day including all the top lifts - individual resort info updated below.

Very limited visibility too.

Hopefully the situation might improve later on in the day and tomorrow should also be calmer.

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So far I have been posting reports every morning for over two months. I'll be continuing with them right through until the last lifts stop moving in early May. So that means I have another 3+ months to go and I'm not half way through.

That's exciting when I realise how much more fun I will be able to enjoy on the mountain; a bit daunting when I realise how many more reports I need to write... about 100!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain Base 6.00am: -3°, 10cm new low pressure snow in last 24hrs, 15cm wind snow in the last 6hrs, blizzard. Moiwa 800m: -5.5°, NW8.7m/s, cornice and snowdrift development from midnight. Mikaeri Weather Station: -6°, snow depth 250cm, snowdrift development from midnight. Annupuri 1000m: -6°, heavy snow and NW wind from 6am. Hirafu Peak: -8°. Kutchan Weather Station: -2.3°, snow depth 152cm increased from144cm. Suttsu Weather Station: +1°, NNW19.9m/s(4am). Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NE16m/s. Kamui Cape: ENE5m/s, pressure 1008hPa,wave 2.5m.

Yesterday's low pressure snow fall combined with a northerly wind snow from midnight has caused unstable snowdrift development on leeward slopes. Below 800m on steep slopes where wind effect has been less, up to 30cm shallow avalanches will easily occur sliding on the low pressure snow layer. Around 1000m rapid snowdrift development on knolls and cornice slopes makes 50cm surface avalanches possible, predicted to fracture on Jan 28 low pressure layer. Be careful, a collapsing cornice can easily trigger an avalanche below. Avalanche risk is high this morning. Do not cut Osawa cornice face to enter Back bowl. And as always never enter Haru no Taki.

Gate openings are dependant on lift operations and yet to be decided. Please follow the patrol's decisions. Snow in the trees is OK. Above 800m avalanche risk will continue into the afternoon. Have a good day. Accidents can be avoided with caution.

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Ski resort operation information: Tuesday 29th January 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 310cm
- Base: 125cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Just the Ace Family Quad, Ace Number 1 pair, Ace Number 2 quad, Holiday Number 1 pair and King Number 1 pair lifts moving at the start of the day
- 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).

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 220cm
- Base: 180cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Top Hanazono lift on hold at the start of the day due to weather conditions
- 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: 290cm
- Base: 150cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Annupuri Gondola, Jumbo Number 3 and 4 pairs on hold at the start of the day
- 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: 290cm
- Base: 150cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Niseko Gondola, Wonderland Chair on hold at the start of the day
- 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 8:25am on Tuesday 29th January 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Top lifts and more affected by weather conditions at the start of the day

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Tuesday 29th January 2019
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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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 Tuesday 29th January 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
29th January 10cm 15cm 0cm
28th January 0cm 14cm 11cm
27th January 5cm 16cm 0cm
26th January 0cm 26cm 11cm
25th January 7cm 7cm 9cm
24th January 25cm 21cm 12cm
23rd January 8cm 1cm 9cm
Previous 7 days total 55cm 100cm 52cm
Previous 14 days total 155cm 143cm 74cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 333cm 406cm 181cm
January observed snowfall total 274cm 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 691cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 29th 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
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season 0cm
[0cm]
84cm
[84cm]
333cm
[417cm]
274cm
[691cm]
-
[691cm]
-
[691cm]
-
[691cm]
-
[691cm]
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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