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Niseko Now

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LATEST REPORT: Posted at 8:15am on Thursday 24th January 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Blizzard
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
Strong
visibility condition
Very poor
This report
Thursday 24th January 2019, 8:15am
25cm
Wednesday 23rd January 2019, 8:30am 8cm
Tuesday 22nd January 2019, 8:22am 13cm
Monday 21st January 2019, 8:30am 26cm
Sunday 20th January 2019, 8:15am 2cm
Saturday 19th January 2019, 8:30am 9cm
Friday 18th January 2019, 8:31am 16cm
Last 7 reports (total): 99cm
Last 14 reports (total): 138cm
Current month (January 2019) total: 252cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 669cm

Good morning from Niseko.

It's a wild one and I am going to keep it short.

25cm of fresh snowfall. Blizzard conditions. Poor visibility.

Loads of lifts affected with just base lifts opening at the start of the day (with the base lift at Hanazono also closed)... resort specific details adjusted below.

Extra care is needed if you are venturing out - whether it is onto the slopes or just walking around by, or driving on, the roads.

Perhaps these conditions will be appealing to some folk who are much more gnarly than yours truly, but I am definitely going to be sitting this one out.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain Base 6.00am: -6.5°, 25cm new snow in last 12 hrs, blizzard conditions. Moiwa 800m: -8.9°, W10.3m/s, cornice and snowdrift development. Mikaeri Weather Station: NW15m/s, forest road groomed. Hirafu Peak: -12°, snow wind and bad visibility. Kutchan Weather Station: -4.4°, snow depth 156cm. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NNW22m/s. Kamui Cape: WSW20m/s, 1000hPa, wave 4.0m.

There is a steep atmospheric pressure gradient bringing a strong northerly snow wind into Niseko. Snowdrifts are rapidly growing and cornices are easily fracturing on Jan 23rd (low pressure snowfall) layer. Avalanche risk is extremely high. Peak gates will be closed. There is possibility of a natural large scale avalanche from cornice collapse. Do not spend any time in the valley bottoms. Please be cautious on all nearby mountains. The snow in the trees is a little heavy but good. Do not duck ropes. Inexperienced riders following just one set of tracks can lead to an accident. Disregarding Niseko Rules can come back to bite you. Take care on the roads, even the valley is experiencing blizzard conditions today.

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Ski resort operation information: Thursday 24th January 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 310cm
- Base: 150cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Just the base Ace Family quad, Ace pair, Holiday pair and King pair lifts operating at the start of the day

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 230cm
- Base: 183cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts closed due to current weather conditions

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 265cm
- Base: 140cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Just the Dream Number 1 quad lift operating at the start of the day

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 280cm
- Base: 150cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Just the Upper Village Gondola, Village Express, Community, Banzai and Morino Chair operating at the start of the day

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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.

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Many lifts affected by current weather conditions

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 24th January 2019
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 24th January 2019
(View more analysis here)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 24th January 2019
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View more analysis here)
  2018/2019
*as of Thursday 24th January 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
24th January 25cm 21cm 12cm
23rd January 8cm 1cm 9cm
22nd January 13cm 16cm 0cm
21st January 26cm 6cm 0cm
20th January 2cm 5cm 9cm
19th January 9cm 8cm 1cm
18th January 16cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 99cm 57cm 31cm
Previous 14 days total 138cm 107cm 95cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 333cm 406cm 181cm
January observed snowfall total 252cm 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 669cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 24th January 2019
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2018/2019 season 0cm
[0cm]
84cm
[84cm]
333cm
[417cm]
252cm
[669cm]
-
[669cm]
-
[669cm]
-
[669cm]
-
[669cm]
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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