Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 14th January 2021

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:27am on Thursday 14th January 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light-moderate snow
wind condition
Moderate-strong westerly
visibility condition
Poor
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Thursday 14th January 2021, 8:27am
15cm
Wednesday 13th January 2021, 8:27am 12cm
Tuesday 12th January 2021, 8:30am 12cm
Monday 11th January 2021, 8:25am 18cm
Sunday 10th January 2021, 8:21am 33cm
Saturday 9th January 2021, 8:45am 30cm
Friday 8th January 2021, 8:33am 25cm
Last 7 reports (total): 145cm
Last 14 reports (total): 244cm
Current month (January 2021) total: 244cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 654cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:27am on Thursday 14th January 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Hello and good morning from Niseko.

The consistent snowfall continues. This morning I am adding 15cm to my report. I was just looking back, the last report when I was not able to report fresh snowfall was on 23rd December!

It isn't the best quality snow that we often expect here due to the milder conditions. But that is not a complaint - just an observation. Currently my thermometer outside says -1C.

We need to be wary of wind again today and as yesterday we are starting the day with top lifts on hold; today including the top Hanazono lift as well.

Should be calmer tomorrow and remaining mild. A return to really cold is due later weekend.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Coastal Data. Cape Benkei:NW20m/s. Cape Kamui: W18m/s, 1004hPa, wave 1.5m. Hanazono 1000m: -6.8℃, ESE2.6m/s. Hanazono 720: -4.4℃, NNW5.9m/s. Moiwa 800m: -4.4℃, WNW6.9m/s. Annupuri 1100m: -7.1℃, W8.5m/s. Yu no Sawa 1100m: -6.6℃, WSW5.1m/s. Mizuno no Sawa 900m: -5.7℃, WNW4.5m/s. Kutchan Town: 0.5℃, SW4.0m/s, snow depth 152cm, 1005.4hPa. Moiwa base: -2, 10cm snowfall in last 6hrs, moderate wind.

The weather quickly changed at 4am after a cold front passed through, cold wind and snow will persist above 1000m. From observation, there is 50cm of consolidated and stable snow drift development on top of the Jan 12 layer, then the new snow this morning on top of a Jan 13 layer. The snowfall transition indicates the avalanche risk rapidly rising through the day. As of 6am, above 1000m with winds and snow exceeding 20m/s the peak gates are expected to be closed, others are yet to be decided. Please respect the patrol's decisions.

The avalanche risk on surrounding mountains will be the same as on Annupuri today. In the trees after 10am there is the risk of snowdrifts fracturing, be careful. Below 800m in the forests the snow is a bit heavy but good. Be careful losing visibility and falling into holes and cracks or hitting trees. There are always dangers on the mountain. Is your beacon on?

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Planned ski area operations: Thursday 14th January 2021
The below information is manually checked each morning and believed to be correct at time of report.
The numbers in brackets show the change in the official snow depth numbers since the previous report.

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 300cm (+10cm)
- Base: 170cm (+10cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Top lift on hold
- Ace Family Quad, Ace Number 2 Center Four lifts operate for night skiing

Courses:
- All courses open

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 228cm (+8cm)
- Base: 165cm (+0cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Top lift on hold
- There is no night skiing at Hanazono

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 230cm (+0cm)
- Base: 150cm (+0cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Top lift and gondola on hold
- Jumbo Number 1 quad lift operates for night skiing

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 220cm (+10cm)
- Base: 150cm (+0cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Gondola and top lift on hold
- Village Express, Community Chair and Banzai Chair lifts operate for night skiing

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Night time operations are available in the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas until 7th March 2021.
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 8:27am on Thursday 14th January 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All four areas on Niseko United are open. Top lifts on hold this morning due to weather conditions.

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 14th January 2021
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 14th 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 Thursday 14th 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
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  2020/2021
*as of Thursday 14th January 2021
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
14th January 15cm 9cm 0cm
13th January 12cm 3cm 1cm
12th January 12cm 0cm 2cm
11th January 18cm 0cm 2cm
10th January 33cm 0cm 0cm
9th January 30cm 1cm 20cm
8th January 25cm 0cm 24cm
Previous 7 days total 145cm 13cm 49cm
Previous 14 days total 244cm 99cm 119cm
November observed snowfall total 62cm 85cm 84cm
December observed snowfall total 348cm 207cm 333cm
January observed snowfall total 244cm 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 654cm 728cm 951cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 14th 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]
244cm
[654cm]
-
[654cm]
-
[654cm]
-
[654cm]
-
[654cm]
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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