Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 25th January 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Saturday 25th January 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-9°C

Top temp:
-13°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
NW
visibility condition
Limited-poor
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This report
Saturday 25th January 2020, 8:30am
8cm
Friday 24th January 2020, 8:01am 6cm
Thursday 23rd January 2020, 8:25am 9cm
Wednesday 22nd January 2020, 8:24am 12cm
Tuesday 21st January 2020, 8:39am 33cm
Monday 20th January 2020, 8:30am 2cm
Sunday 19th January 2020, 8:20am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 70cm
Last 14 reports (total): 128cm
Current month (January 2020) total: 215cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 507cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Saturday 25th January 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning, and a Happy New Year to our friends here celebrating the Chinese New Year. And of course those reading from afar.

过年好 I hope I got that right, forgive me if I didn't.

It is a cold morning here. Brrrrr. -9C, Mr Thermometer says. An extra layer kind of day. (Yesterday was very cold out there too).

Talking of layers, I have 8cm of fresh snowfall to report from base which is good. It was snowing quite heavily for a while just a little earlier; 'light snow' more accurately describes what I am seeing right now as I am about to post this report.

Hopefully the lifts will fare better today as a fair few were put on hold due to strong winds yesterday. As of 8:30am, all lifts appear to be scheduled to be operating as normal.

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There just seems to be so many major things to be genuinely worried about right now doesn't there, the latest one being this new virus which is obviously very concerning not only for our friends in China.

Let us all hope that it can be contained quickly...

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain base: -9℃, slight snowfall with snowdrift development. Moiwa 800m: 329°(NW) 10.4m/s, -12.3℃. Hirafu 1000m: 340°(N) 6.2m/s, -15.1℃. Hanazono 720m: 320°(NW) 5.0m/s, -12.2℃. Mizuno no sawa9 00m: 308°(WNW) 5.6m/s, -13.9℃. Yu no sawa 1000m: 333°(NNW) 5.1m/s, -10.9℃. Benkei cape: NW14m/s, Kamui cape: N8m/s, 1029hPa, 2.8m waves. Annupuri 1000m snow depth 135cm.

A wintery pressure distribution is persisting and wind-affected snow is accumulating in leeward slopes. The newly formed snowdrifts are unstable and are prone to slide in some slopes above 800m elevation. The avalanche risk will remain high during the morning in slopes with heavy snowdrift development such as the Kozan no sawa (Backbowl) & O-sawa (Annupuri bowl) 900-1000m SE aspects slopes. The same conditions applies in surrounding peaks.

All peak gates are scheduled to open, however it will remain dependant on lift operations and ski patrol’s final decision. Please follow the instructions. Do not ski off-limits areas such as Haru no Taki to seek fresh tracks. Your lift pass will be confiscated if you get caught. Resort managers will come find you even if you run away. The snow in the trees is not in bad shape. It’s cold today, beware of frostbites. Have a nice day.

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Ski resort operation information: Saturday 25th January 2020

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 230cm
- Base: 110cm

All lifts are normally operating EXCEPT:
- King Number 2 quad lift (this lift is normally rested)

All courses normally open

Lifts scheduled for late operations:
- Ace Family quad until 8:30pm
- Ace Number 2 Center Four quad until 8:20pm
- Hirafu Gondola until 8:10pm
- Holiday Number 1 pair until 8:30pm

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 176cm
- Base: 113cm

All lifts are normally operating

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 155cm
- Base: 110cm

All lifts are normally operating

Lift scheduled for late operations:
- Jumbo Number 1 quad until 8:30pm

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 175cm
- Base: 100cm

All lifts normally operating EXCEPT:
- Country Road (this lift is normally rested)

Lifts scheduled for late operations:
- Annupuri Village Gondola until 8:00pm
- Village Express until 8:00pm
- Banzai Chair until 8:00pm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Saturday 25th January 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

See above for details

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 25th January 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 25th January 2020
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 25th January 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)
  2019/2020
*as of Saturday 25th January 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
25th January 8cm 7cm 7cm
24th January 6cm 25cm 21cm
23rd January 9cm 8cm 1cm
22nd January 12cm 13cm 16cm
21st January 33cm 26cm 6cm
20th January 2cm 2cm 5cm
19th January 0cm 9cm 8cm
Previous 7 days total 70cm 90cm 64cm
Previous 14 days total 128cm 143cm 104cm
November observed snowfall total 85cm 84cm 188cm
December observed snowfall total 207cm 333cm 406cm
January observed snowfall total 215cm 285cm 305cm
February observed snowfall total - 198cm 299cm
March observed snowfall total - 45cm 49cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 507cm 951cm 1260cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 25th January 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 - - - - - - - -
2019/2020 season - 85cm
[85cm]
207cm
[292cm]
215cm
[507cm]
- - - -
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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