Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 2nd January 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:18am on Wednesday 2nd January 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
It is still snowing folks
wind condition
Light
visibility condition
Limited-poor
This report
Wednesday 2nd January 2019, 8:18am
15cm
Tuesday 1st January 2019, 8:18am 10cm
Monday 31st December 2018, 8:30am 11cm
Sunday 30th December 2018, 8:24am 17cm
Saturday 29th December 2018, 8:31am 32cm
Friday 28th December 2018, 8:30am 26cm
Thursday 27th December 2018, 8:32am 12cm
Last 7 reports (total): 123cm
Last 14 reports (total): 166cm
Current month (January 2019) total: 25cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 442cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:18am on Wednesday 2nd January 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning everyone from here in Niseko.

And for my morning fresh snowfall headline for today: 15cm

I always feel that we need to try to remember to not get too complacent about the consistent snowfall that we are enjoying. Truly appreciate it and make the most of it. I will try to live by that.

Snow is falling this morning still and visibility limited but it is calm and so I expect all of the lifts to be open as normal at the start of the day.

"Many people stepped out the gates yesterday" -- yes, many. Lots of people keen to get out and enjoy the areas beyond the ski resort. As the report below says, you need to be properly prepared and equipped and such adventures should not taken too lightly. Take care out there, and always respect the local rules and guidelines.

And is that some sunshine on the forecast for tomorrow? I think it might be. (Followed by more snow, of course).

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I'm almost done with my look back at the month of December 2018 and the season so far here in Niseko. That will appear in my report tomorrow. I'll try not to waffle on too much.

(Mmmm... waffles...)

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -5℃, 10cm snowfall in 24hours, calm. Moiwa800m: -8.8℃, WSW6.2m/s, 15cm in 24hours and snowing, cornices and snowdrifts developing slowly. Mikaeri Junction snow depth 220cm and snowdrifts developing. Annupuri1120m snow depth 180cm. Hirafu peak: -12℃, snowdrifts slowly developing. Niseko Village Mizuno no Sawa: -9.76℃, WSW2m/s, 12cm snowfall in 24hours, 125cm snow depth. Kutchan town snow depth 130cm, -4.9℃. Coastal data Benkei cape: NW14m/s, Kamui cape: WSW12m/s, 1071hPa, 1.6m waves.

The isobars are spread out and the weather is calm. There are no notable development of cornices and snowdrifts and the general avalanche risk is low. The cornices are however still likely to slide in 30cm layers. Do not underestimate the hazards. Cornices can easily collapse anytime. A thin surface slab slide is also to be expected in steep slopes. Traversing across the slope is never a good idea, as it could potentially trigger a deeper layer to slide or a cornice to fall. Ride one by one and point your tips down the fall line. Stay away from valley bottoms.

Many people stepped out the gates yesterday. Please be aware that outside the gates is not the ski resort anymore, and everybody should be equipped and prepared for the backcountry. Ducking ropes is prohibited. Following unknown tracks can leave you astray. Always be conscious of where you’re going. There are no buses coming back from Goshiki. Many hazards are present in the backcountry. Please ask the ski patrol’s advice and enjoy your day.

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Ski resort operation information: Wednesday 2nd January 2019
The below information is manually checked each morning and believed to be correct at time of report. Subject to change!

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 275cm
- Base: 130cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts apart are normally operating
- The Ace Family quad (until 8:30pm), Ace Center 4 quad (8:20pm), Hirafu Gondola (until 8:10pm) and Holiday Number 1 pair (until 8:30pm) lifts are normally open during the evening
- The Center Four lift will be open early between 7th-31st January 2019 (more details soon - when I can find them!)

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 190cm
- Base: 151cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All Hanazono lifts are normally operating
- The Hanazono lifts are normally open until 3:30pm

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono Courses:
- All official courses are now available

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 225cm
- Base: 120cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All Annupuri lifts are normally operating
- The Jumbo 1 lift is normally open until 8:30pm during the evening
- Annupuri First run from 7:20am until 8:20am on 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 12th, 13th, 14th January. (1,500 yen charge)

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 230cm
- Base: 120cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts apart from the Country Road Chair are normally operating
- The Upper Village Gondola, Village Express and Banzai Chair lifts are normally open until 8:00pm during the evening

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Night time operations are available in the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri resort areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO resort area.

Archive report: Posted at 8:18am on Wednesday 2nd January 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All lifts are go. (Well, apart from that lazy Country Road one).

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(updated daily during winter)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 2nd January 2019
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Wednesday 2nd January 2019
(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 2nd January 2019
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)
  2018/2019
*as of Wednesday 2nd January 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
2nd January 15cm 0cm 0cm
1st January 10cm 0cm 0cm
31st December 11cm 0cm 5cm
30th December 17cm 22cm 14cm
29th December 32cm 25cm 3cm
28th December 26cm 28cm 4cm
27th December 12cm 24cm 1cm
Previous 7 days total 123cm 99cm 27cm
Previous 14 days total 166cm 187cm 44cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 333cm 406cm 181cm
January observed snowfall total 25cm 305cm 152cm
February observed snowfall total - 299cm 160cm
March observed snowfall total - 49cm 83cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 442cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 2nd January 2019
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
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season 0cm
[0cm]
84cm
[84cm]
333cm
[417cm]
25cm
[442cm]
-
[442cm]
-
[442cm]
-
[442cm]
-
[442cm]
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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