Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 27th January 2021

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Wednesday 27th January 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
1°C

Top temp:
-3°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Fine, light snow
wind condition
Moderate southerly
visibility condition
Varied-limited
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Wednesday 27th January 2021, 8:32am
1cm
Tuesday 26th January 2021, 8:22am 0cm
Monday 25th January 2021, 8:31am 0cm
Sunday 24th January 2021, 7:54am 2cm
Saturday 23rd January 2021, 8:31am 9cm
Friday 22nd January 2021, 8:32am 0cm
Thursday 21st January 2021, 8:31am 12cm
Last 7 reports (total): 24cm
Last 14 reports (total): 130cm
Current month (January 2021) total: 359cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 769cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Wednesday 27th January 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

It feels milder once again this morning. There is some very light snow falling at the moment. It's just a dusting+ really and there does seem to be a thin layer of snow on the mountain with 3-5cm being reported by the ski areas. That's certainly not enough to cover what we had yesterday, of course, but I'd say good for some thigh workouts.

There is a moderate south westerly wind this morning and indeed at the start of the morning the top lifts at Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Annupuri are on hold. As of 8:30am the top lift at Village is planning to open, as are all three Hanazono lifts. That may well change, of course.

I think we will all be good and ready for a return to consistent snowfall and that still looks likely to be starting from tomorrow night. So we should be ending the month with new layers of fresh snow. It might get stormy, particularly around Friday.

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I didn't pick up on this comment in the Avalanche Report yesterday:

"Yesterday members of the 2030 Sapporo Olympic Bid Alpine Events Team were on the mountain to investigate possible course routes. To minimise any environmental impact of the events, plans are to use existing runs as much as possible."

Interesting to see that.

So perhaps they're not going to re-construct the Sapporo Olympic downhill courses on Mt Eniwa then? ;)

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Coastal Data 6:25am. Cape Benkei:S9m/s. Cape Kamui: light winds, 1005hPa, wave 0.6m. Hanazono 1000m: -4.8℃, S12.8m/s. Hanazono 720:-2.2℃, SSW5.0m/s. Moiwa 800m: -2.1℃, SSE4.6m/s. Annupuri 1100m: -4.4℃, SSE5.7m/s. Yu no Sawa 1100m: SSW6.0m/s. Mizuno no Sawa Top: -3.3℃, SSE7.0m/s. Kutchan Town:+1.5℃, ESE5.4, snow depth 138cm, 1006.8hPa. Moiwa base: -1, 10cm wet new snow, light winds, good visibility.

Above 1000m there is a southerly wind and wet snow at over 25m/s, especially on the Hanazono side, preceding the approaching low pressure system, with snow drift development on the north side of the range. After the low pressure system passes around 9am a westerly wind and snow will pick up and snow drift development will shift to the SE side of the range. From the 5am Moiwa observation snow drift development from the southerly wind was 40cm, rapidly formed with cornices fracture with little stimulation.

At elevations below 800m, up to 30cm deep avalanches will easily occur, fracturing on jan 26 layer, on 40 deg creek side walls and under lift lines on the east side of the mountain (Hirafu/Hanazono side).The snow is wet and heavy, be careful. After the low pressure system has passed, dry surface avalanches will easily occur this afternoon with the new colder snowdrift growth expected to start around 10am. The avalanche risk will rise to high in the Niseko range from noon through at least tomorrow morning. Peak gate opening yet to be decided. Be aware of the snowfall transition. Make your actions match the conditions. Do not duck ropes.

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Planned ski area operations: Wednesday 27th 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: 315cm (-5cm)
- Base: 175cm (-15cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Top lift on hold at start of the day
- Planned: Ace Family Quad, Ace Quad Center 4, Hirafu Gondola, King Number 3 Quad, King Number 4
- 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: 240cm (+0cm)
- Base: 175cm (+0cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- 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: 260cm (+0cm)
- Base: 190cm (+0cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Top lift on hold at start of the day
- Planned: All lifts apart from Jumbo Number 3
- Jumbo Number 1 quad lift operates for night skiing

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 240cm (+0cm)
- Base: 160cm (+0cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- 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.
There may be other lift operation changes at the moment due to coronavirus situation.
Do be sure to check for details with ski areas.

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Wednesday 27th January 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Some top lifts affected by wind at the start of the day

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27th January 1cm 0cm 5cm
26th January 0cm 9cm 0cm
25th January 0cm 8cm 7cm
24th January 2cm 6cm 25cm
23rd January 9cm 9cm 8cm
22nd January 0cm 12cm 13cm
21st January 12cm 33cm 26cm
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December observed snowfall total 348cm 207cm 333cm
January observed snowfall total 359cm 224cm 285cm
February observed snowfall total - 143cm 198cm
March observed snowfall total - 59cm 45cm
April observed snowfall total - 10cm 6cm
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Season observed snowfall total 769cm 728cm 951cm
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62cm
[62cm]
348cm
[410cm]
359cm
[769cm]
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2019/2020 season - 85cm
[85cm]
207cm
[292cm]
224cm
[516cm]
143cm
[659cm]
59cm
[718cm]
10cm
[728cm]
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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
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30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
257cm
[806cm]
196cm
[1002cm]
139cm
[1141cm]
3cm
[1144cm]
0cm
[1144cm]
2013/2014 season 0cm
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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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