Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 20th November 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:23am on Friday 20th November 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Mostly grey and cloudy
Base temp:
12°C

Top temp:
5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
NNW
visibility condition
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Friday 20th November 2020, 10:23am
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Thursday 12th November 2020, 8:24am 0cm
Wednesday 11th November 2020, 9:01am 14cm
Tuesday 10th November 2020, 9:36am 32cm
Wednesday 4th November 2020, 7:22am 2cm
Friday 9th October 2020, 9:02am 0cm
Sunday 19th April 2020, 8:34am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 48cm
Last 14 reports (total): 48cm
Current month (November 2020) total: 48cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 48cm

Archive report: Posted at 10:23am on Friday 20th November 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

After that early snowfall covered in previous reports, we have had some warmer conditions and rain this last week and as you can see from the images below, the mountains are currently shades or green and brown rather than white.

Perhaps I might have some snow to report early next week as temperatures drop once again.

I wish you a fine weekend.

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Message from last week just in case you didn't see it. Republished for your excite enjoyment:

Now that I am fully awake and ready to go for the winter, I thought I would put down a few pre-season thoughts.

First, I hope you and yours are keeping well.

What a year it has been. As the 2019-2020 season came to a premature end in April, we were all very much hoping that by November the coronavirus situation would be much less of a worry.

Over the summer months the number of confirmed cases reported here in Hokkaido were keeping low and steady, though over the last week or two the numbers have been rising once again (to close on 200 cases a day, mostly in Sapporo). I don’t really know how to interpret that other than hope we might be at the crest of this particular wave and the numbers will begin to settle down again but... who knows.

Everyone has their ‘2020’ story of course. I took some time to re-charge after the rush of winter and I have been able to explore some areas of Hokkaido. It is easy to do the social distancing thing here in the countryside. There have been a few days when I have been places and hardly seen another person. What a beautiful place this is.

So here we are, approaching the middle of November and just a few weeks away from the start of the ski season. It is always an exciting time of the year and the snow that we got early this week was great to see. In terms of snow, that definitely seems like a promising start.

After years of rapid growth and increasing numbers of people visiting Niseko from all over the world, this season is probably going to feel a bit (maybe very)... strange. Travel restrictions are preventing many of you from getting here, so that is undoubtedly going to create a different atmosphere.

Ski resorts here in Niseko plan to be opening along with various strategies to tackle the coronavirus issue. I haven’t delved deep yet, but it is mostly things like wearing face coverings, using hand sanitizers and limiting the number of people on lifts. That kind of thing.

Niseko Grand Hirafu is resting a bunch of lifts this season in what looks like a clear sign they expect fewer people than usual. Last I heard these are the rested lifts: Ace Pair Number 1 lift, Ace Pair Number 3 lift, Ace Pair Number 4 lift, King Pair Number 1 lift and King Quad Number 2 lift.

These lifts not operating should not really affect skiable terrain and the other lifts should be moving as normal. Hirafu has changed their initial planned opening date from 21st November to 5th December, and night skiing will be until 8:00pm.

Niseko Annupuri plans to be the first ski area to open on Saturday 28th November which means we are now just over two weeks away.

I’ll post further news in upcoming reports.


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While it is of course difficult to avoid coronavirus, I intend to keep mention of it to a minimum in my reports. There is enough news out there if you want it and I am guessing that most of you are not coming to the Niseko Now reports to read about coronavirus!

Having said that, the issue will surely shape the season in some respects, so it will be part of the conversation from time to time.

But don’t worry, I plan to be as genki as I have always tried to be.

That is the cunning plan anyway. Let's see how things go.

One important thing that remains the same. I love doing these reports and of course love Niseko. In these reports I will tell you exactly what I see and observe. I’ll get excited when there’s genuinely stuff to be excited about and I won't hide any uncomfortable truths. It's not about being 'positive' or 'negative' - it's simply about telling you what is going on.

And of course, cheese will be kept in the fridge at all times.

(I might mention toast, though.)

It is unfortunate that people who really want to be here are unable to come at this time, but I hope that my reports might help give you a feeling of being connected as we all look forward to the time when things can get back to being more normal.

Anyway, it is a beautiful morning, and it looks like we should be enjoying some fine weather over the next few days.

I’ll be back soon.

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Planned opening dates:

Niseko Annupuri: Saturday 28th November 2020
Niseko Grand Hirafu: Saturday 5th December 2020
Niseko Hanazono: Saturday 5th December 2020
Niseko Village: Tuesday 1st December 2020

Archive report: Posted at 10:23am on Friday 20th November 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Planned opening dates:

Niseko Annupuri: Saturday 28th November 2020
Niseko Grand Hirafu: Saturday 5th December 2020
Niseko Hanazono: Saturday 5th December 2020
Niseko Village: Tuesday 1st December 2020

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 20th November 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 20th November 2020
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 20th November 2020
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 Friday 20th November 2020
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
20th November 0cm 18cm -
12th November 0cm - 0cm
11th November 14cm - -
10th November 32cm - -
4th November 2cm - -
9th October 0cm - -
19th April 0cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 48cm 52cm 2cm
Previous 14 days total 48cm 52cm 2cm
November observed snowfall total 48cm 85cm 84cm
December observed snowfall total - 207cm 333cm
January observed snowfall total - 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 48cm 728cm 951cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 20th November 2020
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]
48cm
[48cm]
-
[48cm]
-
[48cm]
-
[48cm]
-
[48cm]
-
[48cm]
-
[48cm]
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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