Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 1st January 2018

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Niseko (Hokkaido), Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:58am on Monday 1st January 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, blue sky
Base temp:
2°C

Top temp:
-3°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None just at the moment
wind condition
6 - 8 m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Good
This report
Monday 1st January 2018, 8:58am
0cm
Sunday 31st December 2017, 8:30am 0cm
Saturday 30th December 2017, 8:29am 22cm
Friday 29th December 2017, 8:21am 25cm
Thursday 28th December 2017, 8:30am 28cm
Wednesday 27th December 2017, 8:22am 24cm
Tuesday 26th December 2017, 8:28am 13cm
Last 7 reports (total): 112cm
Last 14 reports (total): 222cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 0cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 594cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:58am on Monday 1st January 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning and a very Happy New Year to you all!

I will be upfront and honest - as always - I totally over-slept this morning, so that is why my report is unusually late. But I guess I am probably not going to be the only one today. My apologies anyway. I hope that you had a fun evening wherever you spent it.

Yesterday was a fun day out there with good weather, good snow and good spirited party people enjoying the evening. It was busy on the slopes of course but that is totally to be expected. The Avalanche Report says 'Yesterday's tracks are not covered' - and there were most definitely more than a few tracks being made! ;)

This morning there was just a very slight dusting of wet snow but no new cm to start the numbers off for 2018. As we expected it is relatively mild with the thermometer showing me +2C just now. It actually looks like it is going to get a bit warmer during the day too.

Right now there is quite a lot of blue sky to see and the sun is out, but later on rain seems probable down - at base at least. But that shouldn't last long with colder temps and good quality snow on the way; I hope to be bringing you news of fresh snowfall tomorrow morning.

One more thing, I see that top lifts appear to be affected by wind at the start of the day.

So there is a mixed bunch of weather going for this first morning of the year and seemingly changing conditions. We are of course all hoping that over the next few months the season will continue as it started. I will of course keep you informed every day.

---

Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: +1°, trace new snow. Moiwa 800m : -1.4°, E3.9m/s, trace new snow, easterly snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -6°, E10m/s, trace new snow. Hirafu 1250m: -4°, E10m/s, trace new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:S9m/s. Kamui Cape: E7m/s, 1009hPa, wave 0.8m.

A low pressure front from the east has brought wet snow. Blizzard conditions are expected above 1000m. All peak gates are expected to open, however if the weather deteriorates they will be closed. Strong easterly winds can easily make hard slabs on steep east facing slopes like Backbowl sidewall. There has been avalanche accidents in the past in these conditions. Avalanches occur when conditions are right regardless of the amount of snow. Today's conditions are not the same as yesterday's. After the low pressure system passes through a strong westerly wind and snow will pickup. Make reasonable plans according to weather conditions.

There are many ridiculous traverse lines in Osawa and Backbowl. Traversing steep slopes can trigger avalanches. Many people are riding out of bounds on Annupuri Mountain. Heading to Goshiki by putting in a traverse line from the top of the lifts across Osawa, up and over west ridge is dangerous and has no consideration for other mountain users. An avalanche could easily be triggered placing people below in danger. Also once there is one track, others follow, increasing the chance of an accident. If you are heading to Goshiki, we ask you to climb to the peak and follow the ridge line down to Chinpoko Rock, then to Goshiki.

Yesterday's tracks are not covered. Take care crashing and falling on the chopped up slopes. Beware weather change. Happy New Year

---

Monday 1st January 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are operating
** But top Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lift on hold at 8:50am (wind and visibility)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 315cm
- Base: 150cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are operating
** But top Jumbo Number 4 is on hold at 8:50am (wind and visibility)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 240cm
- Base: 160cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts except Country Road Chair are operating
** But top Wonderland Chair lift on hold at 8:50am (wind and visibility)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 250cm
- Base: 170cm

---

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 8:58am on Monday 1st January 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open - top lifts affected by wind at the start of the day

<
Sunday 31st December 2017
This report
Monday 1st January 2018
Tuesday 2nd January 2018
>
Photo 1
Photo 2
Photo 3
Daily snow reports
Other SnowJapan 'Now' reports and latest observed snowfall
Appi Kogen Now 15cm
Tuesday 16th January 2018, 12:48pm
Myoko Now 0cm
Tuesday 16th January 2018, 10:07am
Naeba Now 0cm
Tuesday 16th January 2018, 10:48am
Shiga Kogen Now 0cm
Tuesday 16th January 2018, 9:30am
Madarao Now 0cm
Tuesday 16th January 2018, 9:08am
Nozawa Onsen Now 0cm
Tuesday 16th January 2018, 9:06am
Zao Now 5cm
Tuesday 16th January 2018, 9:05am
Yuzawa Now 0cm
Tuesday 16th January 2018, 7:55am
Geto Kogen Now 0cm
Tuesday 16th January 2018, 8:49am
Hakuba Now 0cm
Tuesday 16th January 2018, 8:34am
Grandeco Now 2cm
Tuesday 16th January 2018, 8:19am
Furano Now 10cm
Tuesday 16th January 2018, 7:49am
Minakami Now 0cm
Tuesday 16th January 2018, 7:39am
Japan snowfall data
(updated daily during winter)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 1st January 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Monday 1st January 2018
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 1st January 2018
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded 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 1st January 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
1st January 0cm 0cm 1cm
31st December 0cm 5cm 5cm
30th December 22cm 14cm 23cm
29th December 25cm 3cm 21cm
28th December 28cm 4cm 24cm
27th December 24cm 1cm 20cm
26th December 13cm 0cm 24cm
Previous 7 days total 112cm 27cm 118cm
Previous 14 days total 222cm 44cm 136cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 406cm 181cm 244cm
January observed snowfall total 0cm 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 594cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 1st 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
2017/2018 season - 188cm
[188cm]
406cm
[594cm]
0cm
[594cm]
- - - -
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
Niseko Now reports before Monday 1st January 2018
Niseko Now reports from the same period last season
Niseko Now archived reporting
View previous reports posted to Niseko Now by clicking on the month

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002