Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 6th January 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Sunday 6th January 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
Light NW
visibility condition
Limited
This report
Sunday 6th January 2019, 8:30am
8cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 70cm
Last 14 reports (total): 183cm
Current month (January 2019) total: 59cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 476cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Sunday 6th January 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Hello and good morning from Niseko.

It was snowing during the day yesterday and it has left us with 8cm of fresh snow to be measured for my report. That is of course better than none, but it's not going to be enough to give us a proper reset on a busy weekend. We can't have it all every day.

It is another cold morning with light snow falling and hopefully it won't be too windy today. All resort areas are opening as planned at the start of the day.

The forecast for the coming week is looking good for regular snowfall - as I mentioned in my look back at the season so far a few days ago, it is perhaps looking more like regular and consistent modest amounts rather than sudden huge dumpage.

Back to normal life routines for most folk from tomorrow.

I think that's about it from me.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain Base 6.00am: -6°, 12cm new snow in the last 24 hrs, trace overnight, calm. Moiwa 800m: -9°, W8m/s, light snow wind, minor snow drift development. Mikaeri Weather Station: 40cm snowdrift development. Annupuri 1120m: snow depth 175cm. Niseko Village Mizuno no Sawa 1000m: 14 cm new snow in last 24hrs, snowpack 125cm. Hirafu Peak 1250m: -11°, NW15m/s, 40cm snowdrift development. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NW12m/s. Kamui Cape: WSW9m/s, 1015hPa, wave 1.3m.

We are currently within a typical winter weather pattern. Above 800m there is a light snow bearing wind and tracks above the tree line are covered. Wind is less than 15m/s so there is only slow slab development and general avalanche risk is low. However take care on 30deg steep long open slopes like Kozan no Sawa side wall. Do not rest at the bottom of slopes like these. Also do not take beginners out of bounds.

Higashi One 1150m cracks were spreading towards Fujiwasa no sawa but seem to have stopped now. If they start to move again there is the possibility of small cave in's occurring. This year the general snow pack is shallow and snowdrifts are building up in unusual places. Cracks seem to be occurring quite easily. You cant see these from the top, take care.

Work is being undertaken in Higashi One area today to reduce the danger of the cracks. Todays snow is good. Have a good day.

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Ski resort operation information: Sunday 6th 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: 270cm
- 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 from 8:00am until 8:20am between 7th-31st January 2019. (500 yen charge).

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 195cm
- 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 8:30am on Sunday 6th January 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas open as normal

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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 Sunday 6th January 2019
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 6th 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 Sunday 6th 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 Sunday 6th January 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
6th January 8cm 5cm 1cm
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
Previous 7 days total 70cm 12cm 14cm
Previous 14 days total 183cm 124cm 50cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 333cm 406cm 181cm
January observed snowfall total 59cm 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 476cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 6th 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]
59cm
[476cm]
-
[476cm]
-
[476cm]
-
[476cm]
-
[476cm]
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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