Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 7th January 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:22am on Monday 7th January 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
-8°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow in places but has been easing off
wind condition
Light
visibility condition
Varied
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This report
Monday 7th January 2019, 8:22am
11cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 70cm
Last 14 reports (total): 187cm
Current month (January 2019) total: 70cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 487cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:22am on Monday 7th January 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Hello and a happy Monday morning to you.

After the New Year period we are officially back to normal weekdays now though that doesn't seem to affect us much here in Niseko - we're busy all the way through.

We had snow falling through most of the day yesterday and overnight, and I have just over 11cm of fresh snowfall to report this morning. I was kind of expecting more. But it's really nice dry-light quality, and as always there will surely be more of it on the mountain so conditions should be very good this morning.

More snow expected over the coming few days and cloud is covering the mountain at the start of the day with light snow falling in places, but as you can see from the third image below looking over towards Mt Yotei there is some blue sky to be seen behind the clouds. Let's see how the day progresses...

Today is the first day of the 'premium' service at Niseko Grand Hirafu where they open the Center Four quad lift from 8:00am until 8:20am. That service now runs daily until 31st January and costs 500 yen if you are interested. (Annupuri will have their early morning gondola thingy happening again on 12th, 13th, 14th January). More details below.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain Base 6.00am: -7°, 15cm new snow in the last 12 hrs, light winds. Moiwa 800m: -11.4°, W10m/s, snow drift and cornice development, 20cm new snow in the last 12 hrs. Mikaeri Forest road now open. Annupuri 1120m: snow depth 175cm, W10m/s, 20cm new snow. . Niseko Village Mizuno no Sawa : NW9.8m/s, 11 cm new snow in last 12hrs, snowpack 129cm. Hirafu Peak 1250m: -14°, NW10m/s, 20cm new snow, snowdrift development. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NNE9m/s. Kamui Cape: N7m/s, 1017hPa, wave 2.0m. Kutchan Weather Station: -10.8°, snow depth 128cm.

A light snow wind continues and good snow has settled on the mountain. Below the tree line the avalanche risk is low. However Kozan no sawa sidewall around 1200m there is risk of a 50cm fracture from January 5 layer. Do not wait in the valley bottoms. Avalanche risk is dependant on elevation, be careful on higher elevation leeward and steep slopes. Higashi One 1200m, there are 5m deep cracks which are continuing to spread. In white out conditions they are hard to see. They may also trigger a full depth avalanche. From this years snowfall transition there are heavy snowdrifts forming in unexpected locations which are cracking easily.

Do not expect Niseko snow to be all time good, all the time. The reason for past avalanche accidents has always been clear in the snowpack analysis. Snow changes all the time. Do not overestimate your abilities, make cautious decisions. Snow in the trees is good.

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Ski resort operation information: Monday 7th 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: 285cm
- Base: 145cm

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 until 31st January 2019. (500 yen charge).

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 200cm
- 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 8:22am on Monday 7th January 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas open and gates expected to be open

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(updated daily during winter)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 7th January 2019
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Monday 7th January 2019
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 7th January 2019
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)
  2018/2019
*as of Monday 7th January 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
7th January 11cm 28cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 70cm 40cm 9cm
Previous 14 days total 187cm 152cm 39cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 333cm 406cm 181cm
January observed snowfall total 70cm 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 487cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 7th January 2019
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
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season 0cm
[0cm]
84cm
[84cm]
333cm
[417cm]
70cm
[487cm]
-
[487cm]
-
[487cm]
-
[487cm]
-
[487cm]
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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