Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 9th January 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:13am on Wednesday 9th January 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Earlier light snow eased off
wind condition
NNW
visibility condition
Varied
This report
Wednesday 9th January 2019, 8:13am
20cm
Tuesday 8th January 2019, 8:28am 24cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 89cm
Last 14 reports (total): 212cm
Current month (January 2019) total: 114cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 531cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:13am on Wednesday 9th January 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning all.

Another 20cm to report to you this morning measured from just outside my top secret lair close to Hirafu base area.

Pesky strong winds were messing with a few top lifts in the middle of the day yesterday. The good part of that is that today if everywhere is open - which seems to be the case at the start of the day - there should be some fine untracked snow up there to enjoy.

For the first time in a while, forecasts don't show that much snow in the upcoming week. There might even be more sunny conditions than whiteout snowy ones. Some people will be happy with that. All was ask is for some regular top-ups in between the nice weather, and hopefully temps will remain low. Doesn't look like there's much to worry about on that score.

Let's enjoying!

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -7℃, light storm, 25cm snowfall in 24 hours. Moiwa 800m: -10.3℃, W13.7m/s, snowdrifts and cornices are developing. Mikaeri: no data. Hirafu peak: -14℃, N18m/s, 25cm snow in 24 hours with 50cm snowdrifts. Mizuno no sawa: -12.5℃, NNW5.5m/s. Kutchan weather station: -5.4℃, snow depth 138cm. Coastal data Benkei cape: N14m/s, Kamui cape N10m/s, 1013hPa, 2.3m waves.

The atmospheric pressure gradient is getting steeper and mountains are in a stormy condition. The cornices have developed up to 100cm in 24hours, snowdrifts are drastically accumulating in leeward slopes. Cornices are very unstable and snowdrifts will crack very rapidly. The avalanche risk in leeward slopes above 800m is very high today.

Peak gates will be closed. Do not cross ropes to step out of bounds. The snow in the tree runs under 800m is good, however it is strongly recommended not venture out too far from the ski resorts today.

Stay out of strictly off limits areas. We strongly hope that everybody pays a little more attention to the official Rules and Information of the Niseko Community.

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Ski resort operation information: Wednesday 9th 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: 300cm
- Base: 150cm

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: 214cm
- Base: 165cm

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: 250cm
- Base: 140cm

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 8:13am on Wednesday 9th January 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All the mountain should be open

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Wednesday 9th January 2019
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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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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  2018/2019
*as of Wednesday 9th January 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
9th January 20cm 0cm 0cm
8th January 24cm 3cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 89cm 43cm 9cm
Previous 14 days total 212cm 142cm 36cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 333cm 406cm 181cm
January observed snowfall total 114cm 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 531cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 9th 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]
114cm
[531cm]
-
[531cm]
-
[531cm]
-
[531cm]
-
[531cm]
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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