Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 5th January 2019

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Saturday 5th January 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Earlier snow has eased off as I write this
wind condition
Moderate NW
visibility condition
Pretty decent for now
This report
Saturday 5th January 2019, 8:31am
13cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 79cm
Last 14 reports (total): 175cm
Current month (January 2019) total: 51cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 468cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Saturday 5th January 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

Some nice blue skies amongst the clouds in the afternoon yesterday, but overnight the snow clouds came back and there's a fresh 13cm on the ground early on. That should translate into 20+cm out on the mountain so it should be a fairly decent reset.

It is cloudy now as that earlier snow has eased off and the clouds even look rather thin in places.

Still, regular snowfall is lined up on the forecast through into the middle of the coming week.

Nice.

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I have used all my cunning and guile to hunt out information about the Niseko Grand Hirafu 'Early Morning' operations. Hurray!

And here they are:

- Daily from Monday 7th January until Thursday 31st January 2019
- The Ace Number 2 quad lift (Center Four) will operate from 8:00am until 8:20am
- The following courses will be available: Super, Furiko, Green, Alpen, Sennoki
- 500 yen tickets can be bought from the .Base lift ticket booth

Normal lift tickets - including season lift tickets - are not valid, so everyone needs to hand over 500 yen to use this 'premium' service. I have my thoughts on that, especially for a 20 minute service (how many times are people going to ride the lift in 20 minutes?), but it is what it is.

Let's premium!

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -5.5℃, 15cm snowfall in 12 hours, snowing. Moiwa 800m: -8.9℃, W10-15m/s, light storm and soft-slabs developing. Annupuri 1120m: 175cm snow depth. Hirafu peak: -9℃, NW15m/s, 20cm snowdrifts. Coastal data Benkei cape: NNW12m/s, Kamui cape: W11m/s, 1011hPa, 2.0m waves. Kutchan Town: 134cm snow depth.

Snowfall started from pre-dawn due to passing low-pressure system. Westerly wind has picked up above 800m elevation, making the cornices and snowdrifts develop up to 30-40cm. The avalanche hazard will rise in south facing slopes above 1000m such as Backbowl’s and Osawa’s steep walls. Potential sliding layer is Jan 4-5th low-pressure system snowfall or Dec 27th depth hoar layer. Many of the avalanche accidents occur in leeward steep slopes, knolls and cornice slopes under stormy weather. Gates’ opening is undetermined. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions.

Niseko is a resort and many people gather here. The Niseko Rules are official Rules for preventing accidents in the out of bounds area. And according to the Niseko mayor, Prime Minister Abe and the director general of the forestry agency have validated it. Every person using the Niseko resort facility has to follow those Rules.

The wind has been relatively moderate this season and the snow is building up in different aspects than the average seasons. Avalanches occur as the snowdrifts’ slabs collapses. Be prudent in white-out conditions. Have you turned your beacon on? Have a nice day.

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Another message from SnowJapan

Just a quick note to once again thank everyone who has entered our prize draw and sent us comments. As much as we would really like to be able to respond to everyone individually, there is just so many of them and so unfortunately that is just not possible. (We’d probably have to cancel our daily reporting to do that, so it might not be popular!)

But we do appreciate all the words of support, as well as the ideas and suggestions on how to improve SnowJapan.

You can still enter here, but by Wednesday 9th January we plan to have sent out emails to winners, so look out for an email from SnowJapan.

Just want to take this opportunity to make a few more comments this morning.

There are various things that we would really love to do in order to improve our website and service, including some of the things that have been mentioned in comments. We’re always looking at how we can improve the site and plan to continue to do so. Alas, the reality is that we are not in possession of the endless supply of money and time that would properly allow us to realise them all. (If anyone knows of any hidden large wads of cash and time-slowing-machines, please do let us know).

We do not claim that our website is perfect. Every so often when an angry (?) person sends us their rude complaints, we feel the urge to remind them that they are using a completely free service - and that we owe them nothing. We are of course now well used to the reality that we are never going to keep everyone happy with what we do (especially some folk who are aggressively marketing specific parts of Japan to you).

If you find what you feel is a mistake: let us know about it! We'll do the necessary checks - if it is indeed a mistake, we'll fix it.

What we do promise with complete confidence is that we operate this website with integrity and honesty as our bottom line - and we’re not going to budge on that.

Have a fun January!

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Ski resort operation information: Saturday 5th 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: 140cm

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 from 8:00am until 8:20am between 7th-31st January 2019; a special ticket is required

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 198cm
- Base: 160cm

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 8:31am on Saturday 5th January 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All lifts operating as planned this morning

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Japan snowfall data
(updated daily during winter)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 5th January 2019
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 5th 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 Saturday 5th 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 Saturday 5th January 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
5th January 13cm 1cm 8cm
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
Previous 7 days total 79cm 29cm 27cm
Previous 14 days total 175cm 126cm 51cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 333cm 406cm 181cm
January observed snowfall total 51cm 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 468cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 5th 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
2018/2019 season 0cm
[0cm]
84cm
[84cm]
333cm
[417cm]
51cm
[468cm]
-
[468cm]
-
[468cm]
-
[468cm]
-
[468cm]
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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