Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 8th January 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:27am on Monday 8th January 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy skies, fog up top
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Slight bit of sleet at times early on
wind condition
0 - S 3m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Fair to limited higher up
This report
Monday 8th January 2018, 8:27am
3cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 43cm
Last 14 reports (total): 155cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 43cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 637cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:27am on Monday 8th January 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning all.

I have just a 3cm of fresh snowfall to report to you since my report yesterday.

It looks like most - all? - regions of Japan are going to experience something of a warm up today, tonight and into tomorrow.

Temperatures are going to rise and... we might get rained on tonight. Nooooooo!

The good news is that snow is due back tomorrow and possibly heavy snow on Wednesday. Yes!

We shall see. The hope is for rain to be limited and be snow quickly.

For now, Hirafu are reporting sleet at base and snow higher up and Annupuri are reporting snow. It won't be the light and fluffy kind though. It will be interesting to see what we get over the next 24 hours

I will of course let you know how things are going this time tomorrow.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -2°, trace new snow. Moiwa 800m : -3.4°, W3.8, trace new snow, minor snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -5°, trace new snow, minor snowdrift development. Hirafu 1250m: -6°, trace new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:WNW11m/s. Kamui Cape: WSW12m/s, 1014hPa, wave 1.4m.

Currently we are under influence of low pressure system, the pressure gradient is shallow and weather is calm. Expect the temperature to rise as the low pressure system approaches from the Japan Sea. At 800m, 30cm of snowdrift growth on leeward slopes was observed at the 4am survey. In some areas yesterdays tracks are also covered. From tests there is no obvious weak layer and with other data general avalanche risk is low. Peak gates are expected to be open.

Although it didn't snow much, the resorts groomers are in fantastic condition. Off the runs is tracked out from yesterday still, be careful going fast and hitting trees. Also careful falling into holes. Yesterday at Waterfall Gate 9 someone had to be rescued.

Do not ever enter Strictly Off Limits areas Haru no Taki and YunoSawa. If one person ignores the rules and enters others will follow their tracks leading to increased chances of an accident. Under Niseko Rules it is prohibited to ride in these areas. In Niseko we respect your right to ride safely out off bounds. Make sure if you are going out of bounds you do so through a gate. Beware of a sudden weather change. Have a good day.

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Monday 8th January 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are operating
- '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: 350cm
- Base: 170cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are operating
- 'First Run Early Morning' services from 7:20am until 8:20am (Annupuri Gondola). Until today. 1,000 yen special ticket required.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 270cm
- 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 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 8:27am on Monday 8th 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 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 Monday 8th January 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
8th January 3cm 0cm 11cm
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
Previous 7 days total 43cm 9cm 62cm
Previous 14 days total 155cm 36cm 180cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 406cm 181cm 244cm
January observed snowfall total 43cm 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 637cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 8th 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]
43cm
[637cm]
- - - -
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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