Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 1st January 2021

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:33am on Friday 1st January 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-13°C

Top temp:
-17°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Moderate snowfall
wind condition
Moderate westerly
visibility condition
Limited>poor
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This report
Friday 1st January 2021, 8:33am
18cm
Thursday 31st December 2020, 8:30am 34cm
Wednesday 30th December 2020, 8:33am 8cm
Tuesday 29th December 2020, 8:33am 4cm
Monday 28th December 2020, 8:30am 16cm
Sunday 27th December 2020, 8:40am 14cm
Saturday 26th December 2020, 10:07am 22cm
Last 7 reports (total): 116cm
Last 14 reports (total): 194cm
Current month (January 2021) total: 18cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 428cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:33am on Friday 1st January 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning everyone and Happy New Year.

We start 2020 with more fresh snow and limited visibility. The webcam images this morning are looking quite similar to yesterday. The snow doesn't look like it's going to quit any time soon.

At the beginning of the day a bunch of lifts are on hold including all the top lifts and the gondolas at Annupuri and Village.

And it is cold! Annupuri is reporting a temperature of -23C as their peak reading as of 8:30am.

Going to need a few layers to keep warm and toasty in those conditions.

Talking about toast, it's time for my first slice of the year. I might even treat myself to two. (That's how gnarly I am).

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Coastal Data. Cape Benkei: NNW20m/s. Cape Kamui: WSW16m/s, 1008hPa, wave 2.6m. Hanazono 1000m: -19.3℃, SSE4.5m/s. Hanazono 720: -14.6℃, NNE3.5m/s. Mizuno no Sawa 900m: -17.9℃, NW5.3m/s. Moiwa 800m: -16.4℃, NNW10.5m/s. Annupuri 1100m: -19.4℃, WNW7.4m/s. Kutchan Town: -11.7℃, W4.0m/s, snow depth 114cm, 1009.4hPa. Moiwa base: -12, light winds, snowfall 20cm.

The winter weather pattern continues with a snow bearing wind and snow drift development. On SE Annupuri aspects and Mikaeri Bowl, depending on elevation and slope, the build up has been large. From tests fracture propagation speed is high and with little stimulation travelling long distances. Fracture face 40-60cm. On leeward slopes above 800m, steep open slopes and creek sidewalls the avalanche risk is high. Avoid knolls and cornices, ride one by one. Do not hang around in the middle of slopes or in the creek bottoms.

Snow drift and cornice development is continuing and stabilizing, however the wind has been inconsistent and development is not uniform. The upper 50cm deposited in the last 6hrs is easily fracturing. Peak gate opening is yet to be decided. Please respect the Patrols decisions. The snow is good. Be careful of frost bite, its cold. Is your beacon on? Happy New Year.

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New Year message from SnowJapan

The 2020-2021 winter season seems to have got off to a good start in many mountainous regions of Japan, with some areas enjoying some very heavy snowfalls. That is of course very encouraging to see. Even if you are having to look on from afar, we’re sure you will be glad to see a return to a more ‘normal’ pattern to the snowfall this winter.

So 2020 is now behind us and we surely all hope that 2021 will be an all-round better year for everyone.

If you are unable to be here...

We miss you and are sorry that you can’t be here, but hope that you will be able to visit Japan in the not too distant future; and that 2021-2022 season will be open for everyone to enjoy.

If you are here...

Let’s all keep doing everything we can as individuals to try and keep the current situation under control. Ski areas around the country are doing their best to encourage visitors to wear face coverings, keep distance and minimise contact with guests outside their own group. Helping out in that way is surely a very small price to pay to get to enjoy the snow.

One thing we have noticed this season is people mentioning how they are appreciating everything that extra bit more this year. Being thankful for the good things can’t be a bad thing.

We will continue to do what we can to remain positive and genki as we cover this season.

Wherever you are right now, stay safe, stay strong and take care.

SnowJapan wishes you all the best for 2021.

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Planned ski area operations: Friday 1st January 2021
The below information is manually checked each morning and believed to be correct at time of report.

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 240cm (+5cm)
- Base: 150cm (+5cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Top lift on hold at start of the day
- Ace Family Quad, Ace Number 2 Center Four open for night skiing

Courses:
- All courses open

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 195cm (+10cm)
- Base: 145cm (+5cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Top lift on hold at start of the day
- No night skiing

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 160cm (+10cm)
- Base: 120cm (+0cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Gondola and top lift on hold at start of the day
- Jumbo Number 1 quad opens for night skiing

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 170cm (+10cm)
- Base: 115cm (+0cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Gondola and top lift on hold at start of the day

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Night time operations are available in the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas until 7th March 2021.
Lifts marked [*] are scheduled to be operating during night skiing, until 8:00pm.
There is no night skiing in the Niseko HANAZONO area.

The Ace Pair Number 1, 3 and 4, King Pair Number 1 lift and King Quad Number 2 lifts are being rested for the season at Niseko Grand Hirafu.

Archive report: Posted at 8:33am on Friday 1st January 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All four areas of Niseko United are open

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 1st January 2021
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 1st January 2021
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 1st January 2021
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2020/2021
*as of Friday 1st January 2021
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
1st January 18cm 15cm 10cm
31st December 34cm 0cm 11cm
30th December 8cm 0cm 17cm
29th December 4cm 12cm 32cm
28th December 16cm 6cm 26cm
27th December 14cm 5cm 12cm
26th December 22cm 13cm 13cm
Previous 7 days total 116cm 51cm 121cm
Previous 14 days total 194cm 101cm 163cm
November observed snowfall total 62cm 85cm 84cm
December observed snowfall total 348cm 207cm 333cm
January observed snowfall total 18cm 224cm 285cm
February observed snowfall total - 143cm 198cm
March observed snowfall total - 59cm 45cm
April observed snowfall total - 10cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 428cm 728cm 951cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 1st January 2021
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in 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
2020/2021 season 0cm
[0cm]
62cm
[62cm]
348cm
[410cm]
18cm
[428cm]
-
[428cm]
-
[428cm]
-
[428cm]
-
[428cm]
2019/2020 season - 85cm
[85cm]
207cm
[292cm]
224cm
[516cm]
143cm
[659cm]
59cm
[718cm]
10cm
[728cm]
-
2018/2019 season 0cm
[0cm]
84cm
[84cm]
333cm
[417cm]
285cm
[702cm]
198cm
[900cm]
45cm
[945cm]
6cm
[951cm]
0cm
[951cm]
2017/2018 season - 188cm
[188cm]
406cm
[594cm]
305cm
[899cm]
299cm
[1198cm]
49cm
[1247cm]
13cm
[1260cm]
0cm
[1260cm]
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
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