Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 5th January 2021

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:35am on Tuesday 5th January 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-10°C

Top temp:
-14°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
(Very, for now) light snow
wind condition
Light
visibility condition
Varied
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This report
Tuesday 5th January 2021, 8:35am
12cm
Monday 4th January 2021, 8:17am 14cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 128cm
Last 14 reports (total): 194cm
Current month (January 2021) total: 86cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 496cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:35am on Tuesday 5th January 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

At the risk of sounding like I am repeating myself, I have another 12cm of snow measured up this morning for the report with news of continued snowfall. Just very light snow falling right at this moment with a lot of cloud around, though over towards Mt Yotei there are some places where the sun seems to be struggling to make a special appearance.

All planned lifts appear to be starting up for the day as planned.

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I'd just like to make one comment about the coronavirus situation. While the numbers in Japan are still increasing (to over 3000 a day) and there is talk of a 'state of emergency' being declared for Tokyo and surrounding prefectures later this week, it seems that the numbers of cases being confirmed here in Hokkaido have been steadily going down over the last few weeks after various efforts being made. That is one little bit of brighter news amongst all the rest of it. Let us hope that other areas will follow that trend soon. All we can do is our bit...

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I posted my summary of the season so far in the report yesterday.

So if you missed that: first of all - naughty; and secondly you can find it here.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Coastal Data. Cape Benkei: NNW14m/s. Cape Kamui: W8m/s, 1021hPa, wave 2.0m. Hanazono 1000m: -14.2℃. Hanazono 720: -12.0℃, NNW4.7m/s. Yu no Sawa 1100m: -15.3, NNW3.7m/s. Mizuno no Sawa 900m: -14.3℃, WNW4.0m/s. Moiwa 800m: -12.9℃, NNW9.4m/s. Annupuri 1100m: -15.8℃, WNW7.6m/s. Kutchan Town: -8.4℃, SW4.5m/s, snow depth 127cm, 1022.2hPa. Moiwa base: -10, 20cm snowfall in last 12hrs, light winds, good visibility.

Although the winter pressure pattern has weakened, cold air is still flowing into the area, The snow wind has weakened and snowdrifts above 1000m are starting to stabilise. From data and snowfall transition the general avalanche risk is falling, peak gates are expected to be open. On the ridgeline around 1200m of Kozan no sawa side wall, cornice and snowdrift development stabilisation is delayed and avalanche risk will continue. If an avalanche occurs here it will be of large scale, so don't hang around in the valley below. Also cornices have grown very big and large pieces can easily break off. Don't rest under them to avoid the wind.

This information is published to prevent accidents in the out of bounds areas. Out of bounds areas are not managed and your safety is your own responsibility. In Niseko we are always paying attention to rider safety, when the gates are closed do not go out of bounds. Ducking the ropes is prohibited. Be careful falling into cracks or hitting trees. Wear your helmet and beacon. Also a probe and shovel is recommended. Keep on eye out for a sudden change in weather. Have a good day.

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Planned ski area operations: Tuesday 5th 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: 270cm (-15cm)
- Base: 160cm (+10cm)

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: 203cm (+3cm)
- Base: 152cm (+2cm)

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

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 190cm (+15cm)
- Base: 140cm (+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: 190cm (+5cm)
- Base: 130cm (+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 8:35am on Tuesday 5th January 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas 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 Tuesday 5th January 2021
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Tuesday 5th 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 Tuesday 5th 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 Tuesday 5th January 2021
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
5th January 12cm 8cm 13cm
4th January 14cm 15cm 1cm
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
Previous 7 days total 128cm 69cm 79cm
Previous 14 days total 194cm 121cm 175cm
November observed snowfall total 62cm 85cm 84cm
December observed snowfall total 348cm 207cm 333cm
January observed snowfall total 86cm 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 496cm 728cm 951cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 5th 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]
86cm
[496cm]
-
[496cm]
-
[496cm]
-
[496cm]
-
[496cm]
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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