Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 31st January 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Wednesday 31st January 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds, oh yes
Base temp:
-9°C

Top temp:
-13°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light-moderate snowfall
wind condition
W 2-6m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Limited-poor
This report
Wednesday 31st January 2018, 8:31am
45cm
Tuesday 30th January 2018, 8:31am 26cm
Monday 29th January 2018, 8:31am 15cm
Sunday 28th January 2018, 8:30am 14cm
Saturday 27th January 2018, 8:18am 16cm
Friday 26th January 2018, 8:30am 26cm
Thursday 25th January 2018, 8:30am 7cm
Last 7 reports (total): 149cm
Last 14 reports (total): 206cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 305cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 899cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Wednesday 31st January 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

And... whoah!

It was snowing through the day yesterday and rather heavily at times too. Oh yes, and overnight too. And it is still snowing now.

I am measuring 45cm (and counting) of fresh snowfall here at base this morning since my last report, and you will notice that the Avalanche Report below is reporting a whopping 60cm. There may well even be more out there. And what's more, it's excellent quality snow too.

We do often get lots of snow here in Niseko, of course, but it is rare that I get to post numbers like that.

Visibility is limited but that shouldn't stop you. There appears to be a moderate westerly wind in upper areas, but as of 8:30am all top lifts look set to be opening as planned.

Just be sure to be extra careful whilst enjoying these deep conditions.

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What an excellent way to end the month January... this 'last bit' is definitely making up for the 'earlier bit'! Actually, I had almost forgotten about that; but the super computer is currently crunching the numbers and I plan to post my monthly review in the Niseko Now report on Friday.

I hope you can get to enjoy these super conditions.

Onwards into February!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko 5am: -11℃, 50cm snowfall, calm. Moiwa800m: -13℃, light wind, 60cm snowfall. Annupuri1100m: -16℃, SW9.1m/s, 1150m NW15m/s. Hirafu1200m: -13℃, light wind, 60cm snowfall. Coastal data: Benkei cape: WNW16m/s, Kamui cape WSW14m/s, 1014hPa, 1.7m waves.

Deepest condition of the season. Over 50cm snowfall from base to peak in the last 12 hours and still growing. A moderate westerly wind is blowing in western areas above 1100m elevation, making cornices and snowdrifts grow. The avalanche risk is high in open steep slopes and under cornices above 1100m. Upper elevation gates (G1 to 4) will be closed for the day.

The snow below 1000m is good but almost too deep. Better not venture too far from the groomers today. Rescue will take time & effort. Snowboarders are recommended to carry poles and snowshoes and skiers should put a leash or a colored string in order to prevent loosing their skis. Cracks are also hidden under the new snow and visibility is bad, be mindful of where you drop in.

The new snowpack has not formed notable slabs in areas lower than 1000m and in the trees, and the avalanche risk is relatively low in there. However, it is strongly recommended to avoid cornices and snowdrifts and ride one by one. Avalanches run through the bottom of the valleys, better not stay in potential paths. Cornices above have grown large and very unstable, falling cornices can easily trigger a large slide. Stay away from them.

Very unstable slabs are present in slopes above steep area of Haru No Taki strictly off-limits area. The fatal accident in 1998 has occurred in similar conditions. Please respect the rules and stay away from off-limits zones. Have a nice day.

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Wednesday 31st January 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts (apart from King Number 2) should be operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 475cm
- Base: 240cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 340cm
- Base: 220cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts apart from the Country Road Chair lift should be operating
- 'Early Gondola' service from 7:30am until 8:30am (Niseko Gondola) - on February 3rd-4th. 1,400 yen special ticket required.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 340cm
- Base: 210cm

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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 8:31am on Wednesday 31st January 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas are open

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 31st January 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Wednesday 31st 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 Wednesday 31st 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 Wednesday 31st January 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
31st January 45cm 14cm 8cm
30th January 26cm 0cm 1cm
29th January 15cm 0cm 6cm
28th January 14cm 11cm 1cm
27th January 16cm 0cm 16cm
26th January 26cm 11cm 14cm
25th January 7cm 9cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 149cm 45cm 46cm
Previous 14 days total 206cm 76cm 76cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 406cm 181cm 244cm
January observed snowfall total 305cm 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 899cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 31st 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]
305cm
[899cm]
- - - -
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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