Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 18th January 2021

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:33am on Monday 18th January 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Lots of cloud, some blue sky and sun
Base temp:
-8°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None currently
wind condition
Light
visibility condition
Generally OK
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This report
Monday 18th January 2021, 8:33am
34cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 98cm
Last 14 reports (total): 229cm
Current month (January 2021) total: 303cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 713cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:33am on Monday 18th January 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

Remember those blue skies yesterday morning? Lovely. And this morning it's a mix of cloud and some blue sky with the sun breaking through in places as I write this.

But guess what. In between we have been treated to some serious snowfall overnight. I am measuring 34cm of it and I see that Niseko Grand Hirafu is declaring 50cm of fresh snow (other areas showing less). But whatever the number... there's a lot across the mountain, so snow conditions should be really good this morning.

There is hardly any wind and it is a cold start.

In resort news, Niseko Grand Hirafu have announced that the Holiday Number 1 pair lift will be rested on weekdays (no planned re-opening date being said, so we should perhaps take that as being 'for the time being'). The Jumbo Number 2 and 3 pair lifts at Niseko Annupuri will also be rested on weekdays.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Coastal Data. Cape Benkei:NW14m/s. Cape Kamui: WSW13m/s, 1013hPa, wave 1.5m. Hanazono 1000m: -13.5℃, NNE2.2m/s. Hanazono 720: -10.6℃, NNW2.2m/s. Moiwa 800m: -11.1℃, NW7.9m/s, 50cm new in last 12hrs. Annupuri 1100m: -13.7℃, W5.4m/s, 50cm new in last 12hrs. Yu no Sawa 1100m: -13.6℃, WSW3.4m/s. Mizuno no Sawa Top: -12.9℃, WNW3.6m/s. Kutchan Town: -7.6℃, SSW4.1m/s, snow depth 155cm, 1014.6hPa. Moiwa base: -8, 50cm snowfall in last 12hrs, calm.

The snow fall continues. 50cm at the base in the last 12hrs, 60cm at 1000m. A 12-15m/s westerly has blown overnight, stronger briefly around midnight though. From observation only a small amount of wind slab has formed, and avalanche risk below 1000m is low. Due to the amount of snow gate openings are yet undecided. Please respect the patrol's decisions. Do not enter strictly off limits area Haru no Taki looking for deep snow and steep slopes. There is the possibility of triggering an avalanche with large fracture face by rider stimulation.

The snow is good, however avoid stimulating steep slopes, cornice slopes and knolls. Ride the fall line. The snow is deep today, boarders should carry poles so they can get back to the groomers. The weather will be variable, take care in times of heavy snowfall and poor visibility. Helmets are not a fashion accessory, they are worn to avoid head injuries - always wear one. Beacons on? Have a good day.

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Planned ski area operations: Monday 18th 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: 340cm (+35cm)
- Base: 200cm (+30cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Ace Family Quad, Ace Quad Center 4, Hirafu Gondola, King Number 3 Quad, King Number 4, Swinging Monkey
- Ace Family Quad and 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: 265cm (+27cm)
- Base: 190cm (+20cm)

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: 160cm (+10cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Annupuri Gondola, Dream Quad, Jumbo Quad Number 1, Jumbo Pair Number 4
- 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:
- Niseko Gondola, Community Chair, Banzai Chair and Wonderland Chair
- 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 8:33am on Monday 18th January 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All four areas of Niseko United is open - some lifts rested on weekdays

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 18th January 2021
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Monday 18th 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 Monday 18th 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 Monday 18th January 2021
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
18th January 34cm 9cm 16cm
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
Previous 7 days total 98cm 58cm 53cm
Previous 14 days total 229cm 84cm 131cm
November observed snowfall total 62cm 85cm 84cm
December observed snowfall total 348cm 207cm 333cm
January observed snowfall total 303cm 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 713cm 728cm 951cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 18th 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]
303cm
[713cm]
-
[713cm]
-
[713cm]
-
[713cm]
-
[713cm]
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]
  October November December January February March April May
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