Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 25th January 2019

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Friday 25th January 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Just cloudy outside my place, light snow in places apparently
wind condition
NW
visibility condition
Varied
This report
Friday 25th January 2019, 8:31am
7cm
Thursday 24th January 2019, 8:15am 25cm
Wednesday 23rd January 2019, 8:30am 8cm
Tuesday 22nd January 2019, 8:22am 13cm
Monday 21st January 2019, 8:30am 26cm
Sunday 20th January 2019, 8:15am 2cm
Saturday 19th January 2019, 8:30am 9cm
Last 7 reports (total): 90cm
Last 14 reports (total): 143cm
Current month (January 2019) total: 259cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 676cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Friday 25th January 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

So yes, yesterday was rather wild. The bottom Hanazono quad lift got moving as did a few Jumbo lifts over at Annupuri, but lots of the lifts remained at a standstill as the wind blew.

Thankfully, things are considerably calmer this morning. Phew!

More snow surely fell from the skies, but that wind yesterday was blowing it about without any apparent concern for it's feelings and well being. And this morning I have just 7cm to measure - so that is what I can report. But a special mention that there will be more fluffy fresh out there this morning.

The mountain should all be open today including gates and conditions should be truly excellent. That is why there are tons of people lined up waiting for those first lifts to move.

Have a very fine day wherever you are.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain Base 6.00am: -5°, trace new snow in last 12hrs. Moiwa 800m: -7.3°, WNW8.4m/s, 15cm in the last 12 hrs, cornice and snowdrift development. Mikaeri Weather Station: -7°, complex snowdrift development. Annupuri 1120m: snowpack 185cm. Hirafu Peak: -10°. Mizuno no Sawa: no data. Kutchan Weather Station: -4.1°, snow depth 161cm. Suttsu Weather Station: -0.9°, snowpack 49cm. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NNW11m/s. Kamui Cape: N11m/s, 1014hPa, wave 2.4m.

Seas reached 8m but the storm is calming down now and wind speed around 1000m as dropped below 15m/s. From observation snowdrifts are starting to stabilise, however from tests snowdrifts are fracturing at 45cm depth, fracture surface is granular layer formed by wind direction and temperature gradient.

General avalanche risk is falling. Around 1100m cornice growth has been extreme and there is possibility of a natural collapse. Do not spend time in the valley bottom. In the event of an avalanche it shouldn’t travel far but be will be highly destructive. Snow conditions are not good in Higashi One area due to the northerly wind.

All peak gates are expected to open. Please follow the patrol's advice. Be prepared before entering the backcountry. Never traverse under cornices, this can easily trigger a surface avalanche. Snow is dense and heavy from the strong wind.

Be careful hitting trees in the forest. The wind will continue through the morning. Have a good day.

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Ski resort operation information: Friday 25th January 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 320cm
- Base: 150cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts should be operating as normal this morning (King Number 2 quad rested)

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 238cm
- Base: 183cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts should be operating as normal this morning

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 290cm
- Base: 150cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts should be operating as normal this morning

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 280cm
- Base: 150cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts should be operating as normal this morning (Country Road lift rested)

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Night time operations are available in the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri resort areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO resort area.

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Friday 25th January 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All go this morning. Yey!

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 25th January 2019
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 25th January 2019
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 25th January 2019
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2018/2019
*as of Friday 25th January 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
25th January 7cm 7cm 9cm
24th January 25cm 21cm 12cm
23rd January 8cm 1cm 9cm
22nd January 13cm 16cm 0cm
21st January 26cm 6cm 0cm
20th January 2cm 5cm 9cm
19th January 9cm 8cm 1cm
Previous 7 days total 90cm 64cm 40cm
Previous 14 days total 143cm 104cm 96cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 333cm 406cm 181cm
January observed snowfall total 259cm 305cm 152cm
February observed snowfall total - 299cm 160cm
March observed snowfall total - 49cm 83cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 676cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 25th January 2019
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded 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
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season 0cm
[0cm]
84cm
[84cm]
333cm
[417cm]
259cm
[676cm]
-
[676cm]
-
[676cm]
-
[676cm]
-
[676cm]
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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