Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 4th January 2018

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:52am on Thursday 4th January 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy...
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
...with light snow falling
wind condition
NW 1-6m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Pretty decent
This report
Thursday 4th January 2018, 8:52am
3cm
Wednesday 3rd January 2018, 8:30am 3cm
Tuesday 2nd January 2018, 8:31am 0cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 53cm
Last 14 reports (total): 136cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 6cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 600cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:52am on Thursday 4th January 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from my secret Hirafu base.

A modest 3cm of fresh snow to report to you this morning with (very) light snow falling as I write this.

Visibility looks pretty good out there and there's not much of a wind - not here at base anyway. The resorts look set to be opening as planned this morning with gates also opening. Oh hold on; it looks like Ace Number 3 lift at Niseko Grand Hirafu has some issues this morning and that lift is not going to be opening as normal.

The forecasts show we probably have a few days of calmer weather ahead. The next decent snowfall is currently forecast to be with us later on Monday into Tuesday. Perhaps some on Saturday but it's not looking like it will be major. Though these things can of course change.

And I think that's about it for today.

I very much hope that you have a good one.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -4℃, 5cm snowfall, calm. Moiwa 800m: -5.4℃, W4.8m/s, moderate development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: -9℃, light northerly wind, 10cm snowfall with moderate snowdrift development. Hirafu 1250m: -13℃, N5m/s, 10cm snowfall with snowdrifts. Coastal data: Benkei cape: N8m/s, Kamui cape NNE9m/s, 1014hPa, 1.5m waves.

Typical winter pressure map, west-high/east-low, with spread out isobars is generating light northerly wind below 10m/s with intermittent snowfall and moderate snowdrifts development. The slopes in the valleys are being reset with new snow. Observations, pressure test and other data shows that the overall avalanche risk is low today. Peak gates are scheduled to open from the morning. Please ask the ski patrol’s advice before stepping out of the gates.

The snow is not too deep, not too light, in good shape. The avalanche risk may be low, but better not underestimate the hazards of Winter Mountains. Always be vigilant. Slides are still to be expected in steep gullies in the shades. Better not traverse slopes too easily. People who are not familiar with the terrain should not thoughtlessly follow other people’s tracks. You may end up astray in certain zones without a way to come back to the resort. There are no buses coming to Goshiki area.

Please respect the Niseko Rules. This information is issued for the sake of all Niseko resort users.

Niseko has been blessed with good snow this season. Have a great day.

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Thursday 4th January 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are operating apart from Ace Number 3 which appears to have some mechanical issues

Official snow depth:
- Top: 320cm
- Base: 140cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 240cm
- Base: 140cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts except Country Road Chair are operating

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

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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 8:52am on Thursday 4th January 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas open

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 4th January 2018
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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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  2017/2018
*as of Thursday 4th January 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
4th January 3cm 0cm 0cm
3rd January 3cm 0cm 5cm
2nd January 0cm 0cm 7cm
1st January 0cm 0cm 1cm
31st December 0cm 5cm 5cm
30th December 22cm 14cm 23cm
29th December 25cm 3cm 21cm
Previous 7 days total 53cm 22cm 62cm
Previous 14 days total 136cm 44cm 137cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 406cm 181cm 244cm
January observed snowfall total 6cm 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 600cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 4th 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]
6cm
[600cm]
- - - -
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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