Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 6th January 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Saturday 6th January 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snowy
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Moderate snowfall
wind condition
0 - W 8m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Limited to poor
This report
Saturday 6th January 2018, 8:32am
5cm
Friday 5th January 2018, 8:30am 1cm
Thursday 4th January 2018, 8:52am 3cm
Wednesday 3rd January 2018, 8:30am 3cm
Tuesday 2nd January 2018, 8:31am 0cm
Monday 1st January 2018, 8:58am 0cm
Sunday 31st December 2017, 8:30am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 12cm
Last 14 reports (total): 124cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 12cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 606cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Saturday 6th January 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

I have a bit more fresh snow to report this morning, I am measuring 5cm so it's not a deep layer to completely cover tracks (unless much more fell up top), but is of course welcome. Hopefully there'll be some real-time filling in continuing through the day today ---- and actually, since I started putting this report together it has started coming down very nicely. Come on! Visibility is looking rather limited at the moment as well.

After today, no snow expected during the day tomorrow but we should enjoy a return to snow come in the first part of the week, though it may be preceded by some unseasonably mild conditions around Monday. (Fingers crossed we don't get any rain).

Monday is 'Coming of Age Day' in Japan and a national holiday which means that it is a three day weekend which makes this weekend as one of the most popular of the season - with Japanese guests anyway.

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From this morning Niseko Grand Hirafu started it's 'Early Morning' service. This is basically the resort operating the Ace Number 2 Center Four quad lift from 8:00am until 8:20am with the Super, Furiko, Green, Alpen and Sen-no-ki courses available. And charging 500 yen for it. This 'premium' lift operation is available daily until 28th January. Note that you cannot use any other tickets (including season ticket) for this.

The Niseko Annupuri resort area is also opening early over this long weekend. They will operate the Annupuri Gondola from 7:20am until 8:20am and charge 1000 yen to use it.

And Niseko Village are also operating their Gondola early this weekend. Their special lift ticket is 1400 yen.

I have conflicting feelings about these services. I can understand people wanting to get out for some early fresh snow on some days (of course). But the charges seem a bit mean to me, especially as they even apply for season ticket owners. But there you go... 'it's business' and all that. I might also be a bit blue about it because I am sat here writing these reports every day at that time! Doh. ;)

I have added details about the early morning services to the individual resort info bits below.

Apologies for not mentioning this yesterday; and yes, I am aware that by the time this report appears normal daytime operations will have started.

Gomen, ne.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -4℃, 3cm snowfall, clam. Moiwa800m: -5.5℃, W4m/s, 5cm snowfall with light snowdrift development. Annupuri1150: -7℃, WNW8m/s, 10cm snowfall, light snowdrifts. Hirafu1250m: -8℃, light breeze, 10cm snowfall. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW7m/s, Kamui cape W2m/s, 1006hPa, 0.8m waves.

The isobars are spread out and the weather is calm on the ocean and the mountains. Scarce snowfall throughout the area and development of snowdrifts and cornices above 1000m is also minimal. According to observations, test and various data, the general avalanche risk is low. All gates will open from the morning. Ask for advice from the ski patrol before stepping out of the gates. Yesterday’s tracks are remaining, but still pretty good condition for riding. Intermittent snowfall is forecasted to continue. Light is weak and the snow surface is hard to see. Beware of loosing control, hitting obstacles, falling into cracks/holes, they’re difficult to notice until last second.

Large crown avalanches are unlikely to occur in the current snowpack, however stimulating snowdrift slopes (under cornices), riding one slope simultaneously or traversing across the whole slope can trigger an avalanche anytime.

Airbags will not float if turned off. Just like beacons, simply carrying it will not save your life. Be prepared, be vigilant. Accidents can be avoided by using caution. Have a nice day.

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Saturday 6th January 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are operating
- 'Early Morning' services from 8:00am until 8:20am (Ace Number 2 Center Four quad lift). Until 28th January. 500 yen special ticket required.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 325cm
- Base: 145cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are operating
- 'First Run Early Morning' services from 7:20am until 8:20am (Annupuri Gondola). Until 8th January. 1,000 yen special ticket required.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 250cm
- Base: 140cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts except Country Road Chair are operating
- 'Early Gondola' service from 7:30am until 8:30am (Niseko Gondola). January 6th-8th, 13th-14th, 20th-21st, 27th-28th; February 3rd-4th. 1,400 yen special ticket required.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 250cm
- Base: 160cm

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Floodlit 'nighta' skiing:

Night skiing is planned for every evening at the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO area. Ski lifts that are scheduled to be operating for nighta are noted below (subject to change):

* Niseko Grand Hirafu - Ace Family quad, Ace Number 2 quad, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 pair
* Niseko Annupuri - Jumbo Number 1 quad lift
* Niseko Village - Village Express, Upper Village Gondola, Community Chair, Banzai Chair

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Saturday 6th January 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas open

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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2017/2018
*as of Saturday 6th January 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
6th January 5cm 1cm 15cm
5th January 1cm 8cm 10cm
4th January 3cm 0cm 0cm
3rd January 3cm 0cm 5cm
2nd January 0cm 0cm 7cm
1st January 0cm 0cm 1cm
31st December 0cm 5cm 5cm
Previous 7 days total 12cm 14cm 43cm
Previous 14 days total 124cm 50cm 162cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 406cm 181cm 244cm
January observed snowfall total 12cm 152cm 303cm
February observed snowfall total - 160cm 266cm
March observed snowfall total - 83cm 109cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 606cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 6th January 2018
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - 188cm
[188cm]
406cm
[594cm]
12cm
[606cm]
- - - -
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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