Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 11th January 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Friday 11th January 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Blue sky, some cloud
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None currently
wind condition
Stronger winds higher up apparently
visibility condition
Very good
This report
Friday 11th January 2019, 8:30am
2cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 78cm
Last 14 reports (total): 176cm
Current month (January 2019) total: 116cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 533cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Friday 11th January 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

Just 2cm of fresh snowfall report this morning.

It didn't feel windy when I was outside just before though it seems that some stronger winds are persisting at higher elevations this morning still. Let's hope that calms down during the day. The morning started off rather overcast but the clouds have been quickly disappearing leaving us with some lovely blue skies and some cloud remaining.

Clearer skies are forecast over the weekend too and it should be calmer with less wind forecast.

Monday is a national holiday in Japan - 'Coming of Age Day' - so we have a long weekend ahead of us. To celebrate, Annupuri will be getting their gondola moving from 7:20am (Saturday through Monday).

So it looks like it is going to be a nice weekend, if not featuring fresh and fluffy snow. Snow should be returning perhaps around Tuesday when no doubt we'll be yearning for a new supply of fresh.

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Mt Yotei's cloud hat this morning has been... complicated. (Fashion, hey).

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -7℃, 5cm snowfall in 24hours. Moiwa 800m: -9.6℃, W8.1m/s, 15cm snowfall with snowdrift/cornice development. Mikaeri Junction: -9℃, W10cm, snowdrifts. Annupuri1150m: -13℃, violent winds. Hirafu peak: -13℃, westerly gusts and snowdrifts developments. Mizuno no sawa: 6cm snowfall in 24hours, snow depth 124cm. Kutchan weather station: -6.3℃, snow depth 124cm. Benkei cape: N13m/s, Kamui cape: N7m/s, 1015hPa, 3.2m waves.

The isobars are starting to spread out, however strong wind persists above 800m, making snowdrifts and cornices develop. Newly grown cornices are very likely to fall. A hoar layer developed yesterday and a shallow avalanche is likely to occur in knoll terrains. The overall avalanche risk is lowering, however remains high in slopes around cornices above 1000m. A long crack has formed in the Nishi-One (west ridge) cornice and a large scale avalanche is to be expected if the cornice ends up falling. 30cm of fresh snow can be found in leeward tree runs and is a little easier to ski than yesterday’s conditions.

Peak gates opening will be delayed. Listen to the ski patrol’s advice and be prepared before stepping out of the gates. Avalanches caused by falling cornices are still to be expected. Better not stimulate cornices and knolls and stay away of the bottom of the valleys. The Backbowl and Osawa cornice slopes should be left untouched today even if the peak gates open.

Wearing a beacon and helmet is highly recommended. Have a nice day.

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Ski resort operation information: Friday 11th 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: 130cm

Ski lifts 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: 150cm

Ski lifts 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:
- 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:
- 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 Friday 11th January 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas open - check on gates, they may well be delayed

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 11th January 2019
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 11th 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 Friday 11th 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 Friday 11th January 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
11th January 2cm 10cm 8cm
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
Previous 7 days total 78cm 53cm 20cm
Previous 14 days total 176cm 106cm 42cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 333cm 406cm 181cm
January observed snowfall total 116cm 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 533cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 11th 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]
116cm
[533cm]
-
[533cm]
-
[533cm]
-
[533cm]
-
[533cm]
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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