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Niseko Now

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Niseko region, Japan
LATEST REPORT: Posted at 8:24am on Saturday 18th January 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Lots of cloud, some blue sky; sunshine and clearer skies expected
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Non
wind condition
Light
visibility condition
Good and likely to improve
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This report
Saturday 18th January 2020, 8:24am
9cm
Friday 17th January 2020, 8:18am 31cm
Thursday 16th January 2020, 8:28am 4cm
Wednesday 15th January 2020, 8:26am 2cm
Tuesday 14th January 2020, 8:23am 9cm
Monday 13th January 2020, 8:24am 3cm
Sunday 12th January 2020, 8:30am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 58cm
Last 14 reports (total): 84cm
Current month (January 2020) total: 145cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 437cm

Good morning.

Did anyone have any fun out there on the Niseko slopes yesterday? I know I sure did. Very nice. That's what we love.

It was snowing during the day and as a result I have another 9cm of snowfall to add to my reports this morning from base.

I wouldn't be surprised if there was maybe up to around 50-60cm of fresh on upper areas over the last two days.

It has been a cloudy-overcast start to the day, but clearer sunny skies are forecast for the day with just a light wind. So perhaps it will gradually continue to clear as the morning progresses.

We are expecting a generally calm weekend. It is keeping nice and cold, and more fresh snow is due to be with us from around Monday. That all sounds good to me.

Take care and have fun, it should be another good one. I'll see you tomorrow.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain base: -9℃, 5cm snowfall in 12h, calm. Moiwa 800m: 318°(NW) 2.3m/s, -9.4℃, 10cm snowfall. Hirafu 1000m: 333°(NNW) 2.7m/s, -9.4℃. Hanazono 720m: 342°(NNW) 2.0m/s, -9.3℃. Niseko Village Mizuno-no-sawa 900m: 269°(W) 0.5m/s, -10.9℃. Sea of Japan Benkei cape: W3m/s, Kamui cape: WSW2m/s, 1020hPa, 1.0m waves. Annupuri 1000m snow depth 140cm.

Cold air is flowing in from a high-pressure system. The isobars are spread out and the weather is calm over the ocean and the mountains. There are no notable developments of snowdrifts. Observations and data evaluations show that the general avalanche risk is low today. Peak gates are scheduled to open from the morning. Listen to the ski patrol’s advice and “always” use gates to access the out of bounds areas. Do not cross boundary ropes.

10cm of fresh snow can be found around 800m elevation. A fast kind of snow, unaffected by the wind, in contrary, wind-blown storm-snow is slower. The snow amount is still small, beware of falling into creeks. It’s recommended to carry at least a shovel and a short rope just in case. Snow sports are inherently dangerous, even more in unmanaged mountain areas. Better not underestimate the risk, being prudent is key to avoid accidents.

Have a nice day.

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Ski resort operation information: Thursday 16th January 2020

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 230cm
- Base: 100cm

All lifts are normally operating EXCEPT:
- King Number 2 quad lift (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: 160cm
- Base: 110cm

All lifts are normally operating

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 155cm
- Base: 95cm

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: 165cm
- Base: 105cm

All lifts normally operating EXCEPT:
- Country Road (normally rested)

Lifts scheduled for late operations:
- Annupuri Village Gondola until 8:00pm
- Village Express until 8:00pm
- Banzai Chair until 8:00pm

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

See above for individual ski resort information

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 18th January 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 18th January 2020
(View more analysis here)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 18th 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 Saturday 18th January 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
18th January 9cm 16cm 0cm
17th January 31cm 23cm 1cm
16th January 4cm 11cm 7cm
15th January 2cm 0cm 0cm
14th January 9cm 0cm 5cm
13th January 3cm 1cm 18cm
12th January 0cm 2cm 9cm
Previous 7 days total 58cm 53cm 40cm
Previous 14 days total 84cm 131cm 93cm
November observed snowfall total 85cm 84cm 188cm
December observed snowfall total 207cm 333cm 406cm
January observed snowfall total 145cm 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 437cm 951cm 1260cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 18th 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 more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2019/2020 season - 85cm
[85cm]
207cm
[292cm]
145cm
[437cm]
- - - -
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]
  October November December January February March April May
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