Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 4th January 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Friday 4th January 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None right now
wind condition
Light
visibility condition
Fair - limited
This report
Friday 4th January 2019, 8:30am
1cm
Thursday 3rd January 2019, 8:24am 12cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 98cm
Last 14 reports (total): 171cm
Current month (January 2019) total: 38cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 455cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Friday 4th January 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Hirafu base.

First of all, if you were naughty and didn't read my report from yesterday please let me bring my look back at the season so far to your attention.

There's only a little fresh snowfall to report to you this morning, I am just about managing to report 1cm. The forecast is looking good for regular snowfall starting from tonight and into next week, so we should be getting a reset soon. As I made note of in the report yesterday, one of the less excite aspects of being such a hugely popular place is that you really need the regular fresh to fill in quickly tracked-out courses. But don't worry, I will very likely be bringing you some numbers tomorrow.

Someone asked about the early Gondola service at Niseko Annupuri, and if there were any plans for any further such operations beyond the planned 12th-14th January... as far as I can tell, that will be the last of the early morning Annupuri for this season. (I'll keep an eye on that -- and if anyone has any differing information, please do tell. I'm always happy to admit a mistake if I make one).

From Monday, Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to opening early but I am failing in my trying to find out full details. Perhaps it is a secret. (I'll post info as soon as I know).

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -6℃, no snowfall, calm. Moiwa800m: -7.3℃, SW1.2m/s, 5cm snowfall and 30cm snowdrifts in 12hours. Mikaeri junction: -9℃, calm and no snowfall. Annupuri1120m: 170cm snow depth. Peak: -12℃, light breeze and snowfall. Niseko Village Mizuno no sawa: -8.69℃, SW3.4m/s, 240cm snow depth. Kutchan town: -5.5℃, E1.5m/s, 122cm snow depth. Coastal data Benkei cape: NW9m/s, Kamui cape: SW10m/s, 1023hPa, 1.4m waves.

Calm morning under a high-pressure system. No new snow has fallen, cornices and snowdrifts development is minimal and yesterday’s tracks remains. Jan 3-4th layer will form and potentially become a trigger layer under future snowfall transition. The mountain is mostly tracked out. Ski carefully and remain in control. Beware of sudden weather changes.

Large cracks have formed at 1000m Higashi-One. Those cracks are the result of the slope releasing its tension under the weight of Dec 27-29th heavy snowfall and snowdrift development. Avalanches caused from same storm’s Dec 27th hoar layer are to be expected in 1000m NE aspects. Better not stimulate cornices/knolls and stay away from valley bottoms. There is no guaranteed safety in Winter Mountains. Listen to the ski patrol’s instructions and be prudent.

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Ski resort operation information: Friday 4th 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: 260cm
- Base: 135cm

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)

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 210cm
- Base: 153cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All Hanazono lifts are normally operating
- The Hanazono lifts are normally open until 3:50pm (Number 3 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: 240cm
- Base: 130cm

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 12th, 13th, 14th January. (1,500 yen charge)

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 240cm
- Base: 130cm

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 8:30am on Friday 4th January 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas are open as normal

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 4th January 2019
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 4th 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 Friday 4th 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 Friday 4th January 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
4th January 1cm 3cm 0cm
3rd January 12cm 3cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 98cm 53cm 22cm
Previous 14 days total 171cm 136cm 44cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 333cm 406cm 181cm
January observed snowfall total 38cm 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 455cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 4th 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]
38cm
[455cm]
-
[455cm]
-
[455cm]
-
[455cm]
-
[455cm]
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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