Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 8th January 2021

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:33am on Friday 8th January 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snow clouds. But... some blue sky appearing?
Base temp:
-8°C

Top temp:
-13°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Earlier snow easing off
wind condition
Blowy winds
visibility condition
Varied and apparently improving
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This report
Friday 8th January 2021, 8:33am
25cm
Thursday 7th January 2021, 8:15am 1cm
Wednesday 6th January 2021, 8:42am 12cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 106cm
Last 14 reports (total): 222cm
Current month (January 2021) total: 124cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 534cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:33am on Friday 8th January 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning everyone.

Lots of snow overnight and windy conditions too, as expected. I have 25cm of snow measured up this morning. Interesting to see how the ski areas are reporting 10-20cm across the mountain this morning, which seems low.

Wind is affecting some lift operations at the start of the day. As of 8:30am it seems that the Niseko Annupuri Gondola and top lifts at Hirafu, Village and Annupuri are on hold. Perhaps things will calm down later on enabling them to open.

Limited visibility earlier on has actually quickly eased up and there are now increasing hints of blue sky appearing now. It feel like there are some quickly changing conditions outside this morning. Even if it clears, though, snow clouds probably won't be far away.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Coastal Data. Cape Benkei:WNW13m/s(22m/s at 3am). Cape Kamui: WNW15m/s, 1000hPa, wave 3.2m. Hanazono 1000m: -15.6℃, WNW5.6m/s. Hanazono 720: -12.5℃, NW7.4m/s. Yu no Sawa 1100m: -14.5, WNW6.6m/s. Mizuno no Sawa 900m: -15.5℃, WSW4.8m/s. Moiwa 800m: -13.1℃, NW10.0m/s. Annupuri 1100m: -16.1℃, WNW10.5m/s Kutchan Town: -8.1℃,SW5.5m/s, snow depth 148cm, 1001.6hPa. Moiwa base: -12, 30cm snowfall in last 12hrs, blizzard, poor visibility.

Following the passing of a low pressure system the mountain is in a savage blizzard, with a large amount of snowfall at the base and higher up on the mountain. Above 1100m at 5am blizzard conditions with winds 30-35m/s. Snow is heavy and wind blow and will easily fracture. The avalanche risk on open steep slopes (>30deg) at all elevations is high, fracturing on Jan 7 layer. Above 1100m in Kozan no Sawa ahard slab developed during the NE wind yesterday is under new snow and extremely dangerous. Also areas which drop into creeks (with knolls) like Owasa cornice face, Mikaeri and Goshiki and Higashi One the avalanche risk is high. Until the snowdrifts stabilise do not stimulate these slopes.

The avalanche risk on surrounding mountains is high today. Avalanches will easily occur even in tree zones. On Nitonupuri and Shiribetsu Dake take extreme care. Even in the ski areas it is best not to get into any steep creek terrain. Gate openings yet to be determined. Please respect the patrol's decisions. A special thank you to the Annupuri grooming team today for you cooperation in a joint research operation with the Moiwa team.

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Planned ski area operations: Friday 8th 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: 275cm (+5cm)
- Base: 175cm (+5cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Top lift on hold due to wind
- 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: 215cm (+5cm)
- Base: 163cm (+8cm)

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

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 200cm (+0cm)
- Base: 140cm (+0cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Gondola and top lift on hold due to wind
- Jumbo Number 1 quad opens for night skiing

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 200cm (+10cm)
- Base: 140cm (+10cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Top lift on hold due to wind

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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 8:33am on Friday 8th January 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Top lifts on hold as well as the Annupuri Gondola at the start of the day

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 8th January 2021
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 8th 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 Friday 8th 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 Friday 8th January 2021
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
8th January 25cm 0cm 24cm
7th January 1cm 0cm 11cm
6th January 12cm 17cm 8cm
5th January 12cm 8cm 13cm
4th January 14cm 15cm 1cm
3rd January 18cm 5cm 12cm
2nd January 24cm 26cm 15cm
Previous 7 days total 106cm 71cm 84cm
Previous 14 days total 222cm 122cm 205cm
November observed snowfall total 62cm 85cm 84cm
December observed snowfall total 348cm 207cm 333cm
January observed snowfall total 124cm 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 534cm 728cm 951cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 8th 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]
124cm
[534cm]
-
[534cm]
-
[534cm]
-
[534cm]
-
[534cm]
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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