Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 17th January 2021

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Sunday 17th January 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Clear and sunny at the start of the day
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Light northerly
visibility condition
Excellent
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This report
Sunday 17th January 2021, 8:30am
10cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 82cm
Last 14 reports (total): 209cm
Current month (January 2021) total: 269cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 679cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Sunday 17th January 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

What a contrast! (Was this forecast? If it was, I sure missed it!)

Yes, it is a beautiful morning here. There is blue skies and sunshine all around at the start of the day.

I see 30cm of snow is being reported in the below report from over in Moiwa, but I am not able to report anywhere near that much myself. I have measured 10cm since yesterday and the United ski areas themselves appear to be reporting 10-15cm.

It's back to being cold, there's some fresh snow, and the sun is shining down on us. I think it is time to get out and enjoy a few hours. If the forecast is correct these clear skies won't be lasting long... got to make the most of it.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

6:25am Benkei cape: E9m/s, Kamui cape: E3m/s, 1012hPa, 1.7m waves. Hanazono 1000m: -13.0℃, NNW4.0m/s. Hanazono 720m: -10.7℃, NNW1.8m/s. Moiwa 800m: -10.4℃, NE6.1m/s. Annupuri 1100m: -13.7℃, NNE5.4m/s. Yu no sawa 1100m: -13.3℃, N5.9m/s. Kutchan -7.0℃, NNW2.0m/s, 139cm snow depth, 1012.5hPa. Moiwa base: -8℃, 30cm snowfall in 12h.

The passing low-pressure generated east to northeast wind with snowfall during the night. Snowdrifts and windblown patches arepresent in western aspects above 500m elevation. The avalanche risk in western aspects, where most snowdrifts have developed, is high. Potential trigger layer is Jan 16th (hoar layer from changing temperature) with 50cm thick slabs on top. The Sea of Japan is relatively calm with an offshore wind.

Peak gates are scheduled to open as the wind settles down and top chairs start running. Pay attention to the ski patrol’s advice before stepping out of bounds. Better not drop into powder slopes until 10am. The slopes around 1000m in Mikaeri and Backbowl area might have been good yesterday but are dangerous today. According to the morning test with the snow cat, the transmission of stimulation is fast and the slabs fractured with a slight stimulation.

Slopes that were exposed to the wind are firm, uneven and crusty. Be careful not to fall and hit obstacles. It is strongly recommended to wear a helmet. Have you switched your beacon on? The snow condition is ever changing.

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Planned ski area operations: Sunday 17th 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: 305cm (+5cm)
- Base: 170cm (+0cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts that are planned to be open should be operating
- 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: 238cm (+8cm)
- Base: 170cm (+0cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- All three lifts
- 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:
- All lifts that are planned to be open should be operating
- 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:
- All lifts that are planned to be open should be operating
- 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 8:30am on Sunday 17th January 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas should be open this morning

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 17th January 2021
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 17th 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 Sunday 17th 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
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2020/2021
*as of Sunday 17th January 2021
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
17th January 10cm 31cm 23cm
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
Previous 7 days total 82cm 49cm 39cm
Previous 14 days total 209cm 90cm 116cm
November observed snowfall total 62cm 85cm 84cm
December observed snowfall total 348cm 207cm 333cm
January observed snowfall total 269cm 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 679cm 728cm 951cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 17th 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]
269cm
[679cm]
-
[679cm]
-
[679cm]
-
[679cm]
-
[679cm]
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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