Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 10th January 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Thursday 10th January 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Blue sky, some cloud
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None. (Doh!)
wind condition
WNW 6-18 (Village)
visibility condition
Good
This report
Thursday 10th January 2019, 8:31am
0cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 77cm
Last 14 reports (total): 200cm
Current month (January 2019) total: 114cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 531cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Thursday 10th January 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning everyone.

Taihen -- no cm of fresh snow to report! I was just looking back - the last time I wasn't able to report any fresh snowfall in a report was on 23rd December. Considering we are now on the 10th January. That really is impressive and I am suitably impressed. Unfortunately, that run has to end this morning as I cannot report any fresh cm to you this morning.

Doh.

So while the mountain might be tracked and offer variable conditions today, especially after some very windy conditions last night in particular - noisy! - there's blue skies this morning and the sun is out in places; and casting shadows from behind clouds at times.

Maybe a bit of snow tonight into tomorrow but I wouldn't expect much. After that, more clearer skies likely so it does look like we are going to be having something of a break from that relentless snowfall.

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At the start of the day all top lifts (apart from the Hanazono top lift) are on standby due to wind.

The Annupuri gondola is operating at reduced speed.

Keep an eye on that situation today.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -3℃, no snowfall in 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: -7℃, SW4.6m/s, no new snow but snowdrifts have developed. Mikaeri data not available. Annupuri1150m: -7℃, no new snow but wind-packed snowdrifts are present in leeward slopes. Niseko Village Mizuno no sawa: -7℃, W7.3m/s, no new snow, snow depth 129cm. Hirafu Peak: -9℃m W15m/s with gusts, no new snow but snowdrifts have developed. Kutchan weather station: -0.8℃, snow depth 126cm. Benkei cape: N14m/s, Kamui cape: SW12m/s, 1011hPa, 2.7m waves.

A strong westerly wind without snowfall has sustained overnight. Cornices have grown big above 800m elevation due to this strong wind. Wind exposed ridges are crusty and icy and wind-packed snowdrifts have developed in some slope aspects. An unstable uneven layer that formed due to the wind and temperature changes has been observed 30cm under the surface. The avalanche risk is lowering, however slides caused by falling cornices and collapsing snowdrifts are still highly expected in leeward slopes above 800m elevation.

Gates’ opening is undetermined; please respect the ski patrol’s decision. There is no new snow and the mountain is mostly tracked out. Ride carefully. Do not enter strictly off-limits areas to seek fresh lines. A single track left under the rope would lead many others to follow it and increase the chances of accidents to happen. It’s not always perfect powder in Niseko, groomers are in excellent condition today.

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Ski resort operation information: Thursday 10th 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: 280cm
- Base: 140cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Top Ace Number 4 lift on hold due to wind at the start of the day
- 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: 220cm
- Base: 150cm

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: 140cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Top Jumbo Number 4 lift on hold due to wind at the start of the day
- 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:
- Top Wonderland lift on hold due to wind at the start of the day
- 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 8:31am on Thursday 10th January 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas open

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 10th January 2019
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 10th January 2019
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 10th January 2019
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 Thursday 10th January 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
10th January 0cm 6cm 3cm
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
Previous 7 days total 77cm 46cm 12cm
Previous 14 days total 200cm 124cm 38cm
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 Thursday 10th 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
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
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]
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