Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 7th January 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:20am on Sunday 7th January 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow eased off
wind condition
E 1m/s - SW 2m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Improving
This report
Sunday 7th January 2018, 8:20am
28cm
Saturday 6th January 2018, 8:32am 5cm
Friday 5th January 2018, 8:30am 1cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 40cm
Last 14 reports (total): 152cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 40cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 634cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:20am on Sunday 7th January 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

And I bring happy news this morning with some decent snowfall numbers after some good snowing through the day yesterday.

I am measuring 28cm here near Hirafu base and I noticed up to 40cm being reported by the Avalanche Report folks. That's a good new layer that will cover up those tracks, even if lots of it was during the day yesterday.

Today the forecast is for generally cloudy skies over the region as the early snow eases off and visibility improves (the report below is from earlier, hence the big difference there). Resorts are reporting some wind higher up. I see that the Hirafu Gondola is having some early morning issues and is going to be delayed so some folk are going to be annoyed that they chose that as their first lift. The Annupuri gondola is also operating at reduced speed at the start of the day, presumably due to wind.

It is a cold start to the day with tomorrow forecast to be milder - temperatures to rise a little above zero and either wet snow or rain possible. (Nooooo!)

Tuesday and Wednesday should see a return to quality snow conditions though. (Hurray!!)

I'm going to brave the crowds and have a few hours on the slopes myself this morning.

See you tomorrow!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -7°, 10cm new snow, minor snowdrift development. Moiwa 800m : -7°, 30cm new snow, snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -9°, NW15m/s, 40cm new snow, snowdrift development. Hirafu 1250m: -13°, NW15m/s, 20cm new snow, snowdrift development. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NW17m/s. Kamui Cape: NNE11m/s, 1012hPa, wave 1.3m.

Wind and snow from the northwest continues, lots of snow on the west side. Snow drift development has been inconsistent over the last 24 hours due to changes in wind and temperature, creating a weak layer. From observation and tests, drifts are fracturing at 50-100cm. Leeward slopes above 800m avalanche risk is moderately high. Kozan no Sawa sidewall around 1100m, expect fracture to easily occur from rider stimulation. Many accidents have occurred during blizzard conditions on leeward slopes where unstable slabs have formed. All gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice. Do not duck ropes.

West side tracks are covered and slopes are reset. Snow in the trees is good but a bit deep. Do not stimulate knolls or cornices, this could trigger an avalanche. Do not wait in the valley bottoms, this is where an avalanche will run. Data from Moiwa's zero fighter is unavailable due to wind. It will take a while to get back online, we have had unexpected snowdrifts this winter.

Bad visibility and blizzard conditions continue. Be careful falling into cracks or crashing into object. Out the gates is not the ski resort anymore. Make safe desicions based on current conditions. Careless actions can cause accidents. Have a safe day.

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Sunday 7th January 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are operating; Hirafu Gondola having some technical issues at the start of the day - delayed opening.
- 'Early Morning' services from 8:00am until 8:20am (Ace Number 2 Center Four quad lift). Until 28th January. 500 yen special ticket required.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 365cm
- Base: 175cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are operating; Gondola operating at reduced speed at the start of the day.
- 'First Run Early Morning' services from 7:20am until 8:20am (Annupuri Gondola). Until 8th January. 1,000 yen special ticket required.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 260cm
- Base: 150cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts except Country Road Chair are operating
- 'Early Gondola' service from 7:30am until 8:30am (Niseko Gondola). January 6th-8th, 13th-14th, 20th-21st, 27th-28th; February 3rd-4th. 1,400 yen special ticket required.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 260cm
- Base: 160cm

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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 8:20am on Sunday 7th January 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 7th January 2018
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 7th 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 Sunday 7th January 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
7th January 28cm 0cm 14cm
6th January 5cm 1cm 15cm
5th January 1cm 8cm 10cm
4th January 3cm 0cm 0cm
3rd January 3cm 0cm 5cm
2nd January 0cm 0cm 7cm
1st January 0cm 0cm 1cm
Previous 7 days total 40cm 9cm 52cm
Previous 14 days total 152cm 39cm 176cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 406cm 181cm 244cm
January observed snowfall total 40cm 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 634cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 7th 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]
40cm
[634cm]
- - - -
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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