Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 3rd January 2021

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:33am on Sunday 3rd January 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-8°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow at the moment
wind condition
Light
visibility condition
Limited-poor
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Sunday 3rd January 2021, 8:33am
18cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 122cm
Last 14 reports (total): 196cm
Current month (January 2021) total: 60cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 470cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:33am on Sunday 3rd January 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

So that break in the clouds that looked like might be happening yesterday morning did indeed happen. I was delayed in getting on the lifts myself but was treated to some lovely blue sky mid afternoon and conditions were fantastic. Definitely want to try and make the most of those clearer periods when we get them, and at the moment they are scarce.

Like today. This morning we're back to snow falling and limited visibility. Moderate snowfall was coming down just before, though just light snow falling as I look outside my window right now. And the forecasts for the week still has a lot of snow on it. We can probably expect a day of cloud and light snow today.

All lifts that plan to be moving are doing so at the start of the day.

And that's about it for today.

Sorry for the delay in my look back at December. I am on the case and will put it in the report tomorrow.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Benkei cape: NW14m/s, Kamui cape: SW15m/s, 1017hPa, 1.4m waves. Hanazono 1000m: -14.2℃. Hanazono720m: -12.4℃, NW3.4m/s. Mizuno no Sawa: -11.7℃, WNW5.6m/s. Moiwa 800m: -11.7℃, WNW5.6m/s. Annupuri1000m: -14.6℃, WNW6.8m/s. Kutchan weather station: -12.5℃, ENE1.5m/s, 121cm snowpack, 1019.6hPa. Moiwa base: -12℃, light wind, 25cm snowfall in 12h.

A wintery pressure distribution is persisting causing intermittent snowfall with mixed hail and big and small crystal snow. This is caused by various clouds layers present in the sky. Snowdrifts are developing slowly in leeward slopes under 1000m, however the avalanche risk is low according to observations and snowfall transition.

All gates except gate 8 are scheduled to open today. Beware of holes and tree-bombs outside gate9. Looking at the past 10days snowfall transition, 60cm thick surface slab avalanches are still to be expected at the Backbowl’s sidewalls in the west side of the peak. That area is better left untouched for now. Stay away from gullies bottoms. Backbowl’s, Osawa’s and Higashi-One’s gully bottom are the paths for destructive avalanches.

Do not duck ropes. Always ask the ski patrol’s advice before stepping out of gates. It is strongly recommended to wear a helmet. Have you switched your beacon on? Winter sports are never 100% safe. Always be prudent and prioritize safety. Beware of hypothermia and frostbites. The weather is quickly changing. The snow is good today, have a nice one.

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Planned ski area operations: Sunday 3rd 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: 255cm (+5cm)
- 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 (+0cm)
- Base: 150cm (+0cm)

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

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 175cm (+5cm)
- Base: 135cm (+5cm)

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 (+0cm)
- Base: 120cm (+0cm)

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 8:33am on Sunday 3rd January 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All of the ski areas on the mountain are open

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 3rd January 2021
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 3rd 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 Sunday 3rd 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 Sunday 3rd January 2021
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
3rd January 18cm 5cm 12cm
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
Previous 7 days total 122cm 64cm 123cm
Previous 14 days total 196cm 117cm 170cm
November observed snowfall total 62cm 85cm 84cm
December observed snowfall total 348cm 207cm 333cm
January observed snowfall total 60cm 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 470cm 728cm 951cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 3rd 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]
60cm
[470cm]
-
[470cm]
-
[470cm]
-
[470cm]
-
[470cm]
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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