Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 16th January 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Wednesday 16th January 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, fog
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow at times
wind condition
NW
visibility condition
Limited-poor
This report
Wednesday 16th January 2019, 8:30am
11cm
Tuesday 15th January 2019, 8:30am 0cm
Monday 14th January 2019, 8:20am 0cm
Sunday 13th January 2019, 8:31am 1cm
Saturday 12th January 2019, 8:17am 2cm
Friday 11th January 2019, 8:30am 2cm
Thursday 10th January 2019, 8:31am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 16cm
Last 14 reports (total): 105cm
Current month (January 2019) total: 130cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 547cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Wednesday 16th January 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

Had some early toast this morning before going out for a quick walk around Hirafu base area. It is nice to have some lovely fresh snow on the ground this morning. I am measuring 11cm, so it is not a huge amount but more is on the way.

Wind is almost definitely going to be an issue in the coming days with tomorrow looking like it will be full on blizzard conditions. To what extent it will affect lifts - we will just have to wait and see.

There are lots of people lining up early for first lifts this morning to get some early first tracks in on the fresh snow as you can see on the webcam images below. It looks like all resort areas are opening as planned at the start of the day today.

Have fun. And be sure to be strapped in for tomorrow!

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The Free Ride Park at Hirafu will be closed today for layout maintenance.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base 6am: 15cm snowfall in 24hours. Moiwa 800m: -9.1℃, W6m/s. Mikaeri junction: NW8m/s, large development of snowdrifts from southerly wind. Annupuri 1150m: -12℃, NW15m/s, stormy. 1120m snow depth 185cm. Mizuno no sawa: -5℃, 13cm snowdrifts in 24hours. Hirafu peak: -11℃, strong NW wind, snow storm. Suttsu weather station: -3.2℃, NW15.2m/s, Kutchan: -4.6℃, 118cm snow depth. Benkei cape: NNW17m/s, Kamui cape: WNW14m/s, 1007hPa, 3.5m waves.

A north westerly storm has picked up as the low-pressure system moved east, making cornices and snowdrifts develop in leeward slopes above 1000m. The low-pressure left 20cm of snow overnight. Loose snow avalanches are to be expected in 30°treerun slopes. Jan 15th layer is present under the low-pressure snowfall and an uneven (Jan 16th) layer with a large temperature difference between yesterday’s and today’s snow has formed. Both are weak hoar layers. The storm is forecasted to pick up, making cornices and snowdrifts develop drastically. The avalanche risk is high and will stay high through tomorrow.

Better not go near cornice slopes today. Especially the O-sawa (annupuri bowl) cornice slopes. Traversing under cornices can easily trigger a slide. All gates opening is undecided, please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. The snow in the trees is a little dense and good. Better not venture too far out today.

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Ski resort operation information: Wednesday 16th 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: 260cm
- Base: 120cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts are operating as planned (King Number 2 quad not 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 required).

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 185cm
- Base: 145cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts are operating as planned
- The Hanazono lifts are normally open until 3:50pm (Number 3 until 3:30pm)

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 265cm
- Base: 140cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts are operating as planned
- The Jumbo 1 lift is normally open until 8:30pm during the evening

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 265cm
- Base: 140cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts are operating as planned (Country Road not 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 Wednesday 16th January 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas appear to be opening as normal at the start of the day

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Wednesday 16th January 2019
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 16th 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 Wednesday 16th January 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
16th January 11cm 7cm 8cm
15th January 0cm 0cm 1cm
14th January 0cm 5cm 13cm
13th January 1cm 18cm 18cm
12th January 2cm 9cm 12cm
11th January 2cm 10cm 8cm
10th January 0cm 6cm 3cm
Previous 7 days total 16cm 55cm 63cm
Previous 14 days total 105cm 98cm 72cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 333cm 406cm 181cm
January observed snowfall total 130cm 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 547cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 16th 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]
130cm
[547cm]
-
[547cm]
-
[547cm]
-
[547cm]
-
[547cm]
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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