Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 30th January 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Tuesday 30th January 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-10°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
SE 0m/s - W 4m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Variable - generally limited-poor
This report
Tuesday 30th January 2018, 8:31am
26cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 125cm
Last 14 reports (total): 162cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 260cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 854cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Tuesday 30th January 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

A very good morning to you.

We enjoyed some really heavy snow coming down last night and as we wake up and look outside the window, saw that it resulted in lots of fresh snow this morning.

I'm adding another 26cm of quality fresh snow to my reports and you'll notice 40cm being reported at Annupuri below too. Very nice. I really like those numbers.

It's very cold too. I hope all those folk lining up for early lifts - check out the images below as of 8:30am - had an extra piece of toast and are feeling warm and toasty as they embark on their exciting day of fun. And while visibility doesn't look too good, it should be a whole lot of fun out there this morning. I am somewhat jealous sitting here just writing about it! (Cue violins).

Anyway, as I write this report it is continuing to snow lightly. Wind doesn't seem to be causing any issues and all areas should be opening as planned.

Snow clouds might be with us today and tomorrow with the chance of clearer skies Thursday through Saturday; perhaps snow returning around Sunday.

It sounds like a plan!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -11°, 20cm new snow, calm. Moiwa 800m: -13°, W6.9m/s. Annupuri 1150m: -13°, WSW9.4m/s, 40cm new snow. Hirafu 1250m: -13°, light winds, 20cm new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NW14m/s. Kamui Cape: WSW9m/s, 1008hPa, wave 1.6m.

The atmospheric isobaric lines are moving further apart and a north west wind around10m/s is blowing over the mountains and sea. From data and observation there is no significant snowdrift development and the general avalanche risk is low. With this light and deep snow, cracks are becoming hidden crevasses. They are very dangerous if you fall and go in one head first. Take care.

At higher elevations the risk of avalanche continues on 40deg slopes where wind and temperature gradient has formed layers in the snowpack. When checking the surface slab for stability it may appear OK but the risk persists from deep layers. Gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice. Be prepared before going out of bounds. Do not duck ropes.

The massive cornices we have at the moment are in constant danger of collapse. Dont stand on top of them or below them. Beware bad visibility and frostbite. Have a good day.

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Tuesday 30th 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 be operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 420cm
- Base: 210cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

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

Official snow depth:
- Top: 330cm
- Base: 210cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts apart from the Country Road Chair lift should 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 Tuesday 30th January 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas should be open.

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Tuesday 30th January 2018
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 30th January 2018
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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  2017/2018
*as of Tuesday 30th January 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
30th January 26cm 0cm 1cm
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
Previous 7 days total 125cm 43cm 38cm
Previous 14 days total 162cm 66cm 99cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 406cm 181cm 244cm
January observed snowfall total 260cm 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 854cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 30th January 2018
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
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - 188cm
[188cm]
406cm
[594cm]
260cm
[854cm]
- - - -
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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