Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 2nd January 2021

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:25am on Saturday 2nd January 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Mostly cloudy still, but some areas of clearer sky
Base temp:
-12°C

Top temp:
-16°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow has eased off for the moment
wind condition
Light
visibility condition
Varied, but generally improved this morning
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This report
Saturday 2nd January 2021, 8:25am
24cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 118cm
Last 14 reports (total): 189cm
Current month (January 2021) total: 42cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 452cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:25am on Saturday 2nd January 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

The consistent snowfall has continued, allowing me to this morning add another 24cm to the report; good to see the Avalanche report mentioning up to 40cm at Moiwa.

Lots!

Right now the snow has eased off and there is actually breaks in the cloud starting to appear. There's even a bit of sun shining down on the base of Hanazono as I write this.

We probably can't expect too many prolonged periods of sunshine and blue sky any time over the next week or so, so if you aren't into skiing as it falls perhaps this morning is a time to get out for some early lifts. The weather can change very quickly though, so always be prepared.

There is not as much wind today and so all of the planned lifts should be operating.

It remains very cold with Annupuri reporting -20C up top as of 6am; the thermometer outside my place just before was telling me -12C (and asking if it could come inside for a bit of a warm up!)

Should be a very good day.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Sea of Japan Benkei cape: NNW10m/s, Kamui cape: W7m/s, 1014hPa, 1.5m waves. Hanazono1000m: -18.8℃. Hanazono720m: -14.6℃, N3.5m/s. Moiwa800m: -16.0°C, NW4.2m/s, 40cm snowfall. Annupuri1100m: -19.2℃, WNW3.5m/s. Mizuno no sawa: -17.6℃, WNW1.9m/s. Kutchan weather station: -12.1℃, SW0.5m/s, 122cm snowdepth, 1015hPa, Moiwa base: -14℃, 25cm snowfall in 12h, good visibility and calm.

The isobars have spread out and the storm has calmed down. 40cm of lightly wind-affected snow can be found at 700m ridges and forests. The transmission of stimulation in the snowdrift slabs around 800m elevation was slower than yesterday. Evaluating from snowfall transition, weather data and coastal data, the avalanche risk under 1000m elevation is lowering. However the snowpack at high elevation steep slopes such as the Backbowl’s 1200m slopes is still very unstable as the snow has been highly influenced by the wind. Highly hazardous conditions continue in those aspects. Beware of sudden weather changes, low temperature; hypothermia and frostbites. The weather can quickly deteriorate as soon as the atmospheric pressure gradient gets steeper.

All gates opening are to be confirmed. Please respect the ski patrol’s decisions. Do not enter strictly off-limits areas. Wear a helmet to avoid head injuries. Are you carrying an avalanche beacon, shovel and a probe? It is nearly impossible to dig out your buddy from the snow without those equipment. The snow is nicely deep. Have a good day.

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Planned ski area operations: Saturday 2nd 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: 250cm (+10cm)
- Base: 150cm (+0cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- All planned lifts operating (see note below)
- 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: 200cm (+5cm)
- Base: 150cm (+5cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts operating
- No night skiing

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 170cm (+10cm)
- Base: 130cm (+10cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts operating during the daytime
- Jumbo Number 1 quad opens for night skiing

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 180cm (+10cm)
- Base: 120cm (+5cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Niseko Gondola
- Village Express [*]
- Community Chair [*]
- Banzai Chair [*]
- Wonderland Chair

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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 8:25am on Saturday 2nd January 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas should be open as planned this morning

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 2nd January 2021
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 2nd 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 Saturday 2nd 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 Saturday 2nd January 2021
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
2nd January 24cm 26cm 15cm
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
Previous 7 days total 118cm 64cm 123cm
Previous 14 days total 189cm 121cm 166cm
November observed snowfall total 62cm 85cm 84cm
December observed snowfall total 348cm 207cm 333cm
January observed snowfall total 42cm 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 452cm 728cm 951cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 2nd 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]
42cm
[452cm]
-
[452cm]
-
[452cm]
-
[452cm]
-
[452cm]
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]
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