Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 16th January 2021

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Saturday 16th January 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud, sunny in places
Base temp:
2°C

Top temp:
-3°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
SW
visibility condition
Varied
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Saturday 16th January 2021, 8:31am
6cm
Friday 15th January 2021, 8:30am 9cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 105cm
Last 14 reports (total): 217cm
Current month (January 2021) total: 259cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 669cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Saturday 16th January 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

So I do have snow to report to you this morning. Due to the mild conditions at the moment it's kind of heavy and wet.

Unfortunately at the start of the day today all of the peak lifts are on hold due to persistent windy conditions, as is the gondola at Niseko Village.

It looks like all of the peak gates are going to be closed today due to 'treacherous conditions'. Hopefully those conditions will be improved soon with fresh snow.

I'm going to sit it out.

And have some toast. Hope you have a good Saturday.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Benkei cape 6:25am: WSW8m/s. Kamui cape: SSW26m/s, 995hPa, 1.9m waves. Hanazono 1000m: -3.9℃, SSW13.2m/s, Hanazono 720m: -4.6℃, S6.0m/s, Moiwa800m: -1.4℃, SSW7.0m/s, Annupuri 1100m: -3.6℃, SSW7.4m/s, Yu no sawa 1100m: -3.4℃, SSW13.8m/s, Mizuno no Sawa: -2.5℃, SW9.7m/s, Kutchan: +2.6℃, SW6.9m/s, 141cm snow depth, 999.6hPa. Moiwa base: -1℃, 20cm wet snowfall in 12h, good visibility.

The temperature went up as a low-pressure system passed. A strong southerly wind blew above 800m elevation with thick fog and storms. Wind and snow is forecasted to pick up again as the wind shifts westerly and temperature drops. Wet and heavy snowdrifts have developed dramatically above 800m elevation This heavy snowpack is extremely unstable and would break with the slightest stimulation. The avalanche risk in the north-facing 30+° slopes above 750m is extreme today. The chairlifts might start running as the wind shifts and settles, but better stay away from open steep slopes above 650m elevation today.

It’s a good day to stay in the tree-runs. The snow around 600m elevation forests haven’t been too affected by the wind and is not in bad shape. Sunlight is weak and it’s difficult to see the surface undulations. Heavy snow is also likely to catch the skis/board, so be careful not hitting trees. All peak gates will be shut today. Please follow the ski patrol's instructions. Treacherous conditions today, please be careful.

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Planned ski area operations: Saturday 16th 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 (+0cm)
- Base: 170cm (+0cm)

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

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 230cm (+2cm)
- Base: 170cm (+5cm)

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: 240cm (+0cm)
- Base: 150cm (+0cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Top lift 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: 230cm (+0cm)
- Base: 150cm (+0cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Top lift and Gondola 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 8:31am on Saturday 16th January 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Ski areas open but top lifts on hold across the mountain at the start of the day

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 16th 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 Saturday 16th 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 Saturday 16th January 2021
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
16th January 6cm 4cm 11cm
15th January 9cm 2cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 105cm 18cm 16cm
Previous 14 days total 217cm 64cm 105cm
November observed snowfall total 62cm 85cm 84cm
December observed snowfall total 348cm 207cm 333cm
January observed snowfall total 259cm 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 669cm 728cm 951cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 16th 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]
259cm
[669cm]
-
[669cm]
-
[669cm]
-
[669cm]
-
[669cm]
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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