Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 12th January 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:17am on Saturday 12th January 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy, some blue sky
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Light NW
visibility condition
Good
This report
Saturday 12th January 2019, 8:17am
2cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 67cm
Last 14 reports (total): 146cm
Current month (January 2019) total: 118cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 535cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:17am on Saturday 12th January 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning everyone.

Here we are on a Saturday morning and the first day of the long weekend as Monday is a holiday in Japan, so we might expect to see a few more locals out and about this weekend (by 'locals', I mean Hokkaido folk. Lots of the immediate locals will be busy-busy!)

A little snow to report this morning. I can just about justify recording 2cm so it's hardly enough to fully reset the mountain. And this is hardly important, but it seems a little odd that the top snow depth number for Niseko Annupuri has jumped by 25cm this morning. There certainly hasn't been that much snow up there since yesterday so perhaps they are playing catch up with the numbers (?)

Anyway, quite a bit of cloud still around at the moment but some blue sky too. Calm conditions and the resorts including gates should be opening as normal this morning.

The next snowfall is still expected around Tuesday.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -6℃, slight snowfall and calm. Moiwa800m: -8.2℃, W4.5m/s, no snowfall and small development of cornice/snowdrifts. Mikaeri data not available. Annupuri1120m snow depth: 185cm. Hirafu1300m: -11℃, N5-10m/s, snowdrifts development. Mizuno no sawa: -9.68℃, N3.8-8.4m/s, slight snowfall. Kutchan weather station: -4℃, 120cm snow depth. Benkei cape: N7m/s, Kamui cape: NNE3m/s, 1020hPa, 1.3m waves.

The atmospheric pressure gradient is flat and the weather is calm at the ocean and mountains. There are nothing in particular to mention today.

Beware of falling cornices and stay away from the bottom of the valley in order to avoid being caught in avalanches debris. The snow is light and dry.

Always keep in mind that outside the gates is not the resort anymore. Ask the ski patrol some advice, respect the Niseko Rules and have a great day.

Have you switched your beacon on?

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Ski resort operation information: Saturday 12th 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:
- 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: 190cm
- Base: 143cm

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: 265cm
- 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 8:17am on Saturday 12th January 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Open and ready for a busy weekend

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 12th January 2019
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 12th January 2019
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 12th 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 Saturday 12th January 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
12th January 2cm 9cm 12cm
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
Previous 7 days total 67cm 61cm 24cm
Previous 14 days total 146cm 90cm 51cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 333cm 406cm 181cm
January observed snowfall total 118cm 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 535cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 12th 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]
118cm
[535cm]
-
[535cm]
-
[535cm]
-
[535cm]
-
[535cm]
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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