Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 20th January 2021

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:35am on Wednesday 20th January 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-8°C

Top temp:
-13°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light-moderate
wind condition
Variable, moderate westerly
visibility condition
Limited
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This report
Wednesday 20th January 2021, 8:35am
27cm
Tuesday 19th January 2021, 8:32am 5cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 106cm
Last 14 reports (total): 237cm
Current month (January 2021) total: 335cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 745cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:35am on Wednesday 20th January 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

Lots and lots of fresh snow once again this morning.

This morning Hirafu and Hanazono are both reporting over 30cm of fresh snowfall; Annupuri and Village are reporting 10-15cm; the Avalanche Report (below) is reporting a whopping 50cm from Moiwa base.

I have just measured 27cm for my report.

Summary: lots.

It remains cold, it remains a bit windy on the mountain and top lifts (other than the Hanazono one) are all on hold at 8:30am.

After today the forecasts do seem to be showing us a run of days without snow, or at least without much snow. There may even be some sunshine come the weekend.

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Some people have asked about those official snow depth numbers and how they don't seem to reflect new snowfall and sometimes even go down when there is fresh snow being reported. I have said this before but I would suggest that you basically just don't over think them. Hirafu usually move their numbers more than Annupuri and Village, who often don't seem to move them at all. They are what they are. Just another data point, but certainly not the most important one.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Coastal Data 6:25am. Cape Benkei:NW18m/s. Cape Kamui: WNW12m/s, 1024hPa, wave 2.2m. Hanazono 1000m: -15.5℃, SW4.5m/s. Hanazono 720: -11.2℃, NNW8.3m/s. Moiwa 800m: -12.6℃, NNW10.7m/s. Annupuri 1100m: -15.7℃, W6.5m/s. Yu no Sawa 1100m: -15.3℃, W2.9m/s. Mizuno no Sawa Top: -14.4℃, NW3.1m/s. Kutchan Town: -8.1℃,NW3.3m/s, snow depth 164cm, 1024.0hPa. Moiwa base: -12, lightwinds, 50cm of new snow in the last 24hrs.

The atmospheric pressure gradient is starting to flatten, however strong winds continue above 800m. At 1000m on the west side of the mountain the wind peaked 3 times overnight. Over 25m/s at midnight, 2am and 6am. Snowdrift development is drastic at 200+cm and continuing to grow. Cornice growth is also massive. 5am impact tests at Moiwa 800m, showed a 70cm fracture with high speed propagation.

The wind is expected to weaken and snow drifts start to stabilise. However from observation and data the avalanche risk is high this morning. When the lifts start running it is best not to ride out of bounds. Below 800m on knolls and cornice slopes the avalanche risk is also high. Traversing under cornices and knolls will trigger avalanches. Do not duck ropes to enter strictly off limits areas like Haru no Taki. Gate openings yet to be decided. Please respect the patrol's decisions.

Snowdrift stabilisation will generally be delayed, dependent on aspect and elevation, due to the variable wind and snow conditions. The snow is good in the trees but heavy and deep, snowboarders should carry poles. Is your beacon on? Helmets are strongly recommended. There is no guarantee of safety in the winter mountains, be very careful. Anyway the snow keeps coming.

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Planned ski area operations: Wednesday 20th 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: 350cm (+20cm)
- Base: 210cm (+20cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Top lift on hold at 8:30am
- Planned: 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: 280cm (+20cm)
- Base: 210cm (+25cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Top lift on hold at 8:30am
- Planned: 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: 250cm (+0cm)
- Base: 180cm (+10cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Top lift and gondola on hold at 8:30am
- Planned: 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:
- Top lift and gondola on hold at 8:30am
- Planned: 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 8:35am on Wednesday 20th January 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All Niseko United areas open. Top lifts on hold at 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 Wednesday 20th January 2021
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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 Wednesday 20th January 2021
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
20th January 27cm 2cm 2cm
19th January 5cm 0cm 9cm
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
Previous 7 days total 106cm 57cm 61cm
Previous 14 days total 237cm 61cm 121cm
November observed snowfall total 62cm 85cm 84cm
December observed snowfall total 348cm 207cm 333cm
January observed snowfall total 335cm 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 745cm 728cm 951cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 20th 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]
335cm
[745cm]
-
[745cm]
-
[745cm]
-
[745cm]
-
[745cm]
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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