Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 29th January 2021

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:33am on Friday 29th January 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
Windy
visibility condition
Limited-poor
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Friday 29th January 2021, 8:33am
3cm
Thursday 28th January 2021, 8:32am 0cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 15cm
Last 14 reports (total): 109cm
Current month (January 2021) total: 362cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 772cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:33am on Friday 29th January 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

I have some fresh snow to report this morning. Not a huge amount - just a few cm and it is snowing as I write this report.

Unfortunately the wind that we thought might come with the snow is happening... and as of 8:30am there's only a handful of lifts opening. Lower lifts at all four Niseko United areas are moving (and have been noted in the list below) but all of the top lifts and Gondola lifts are on hold.

The forecasts now show consistent snowfall across the coming week so we should be seeing a reset. We just might have to put up with some unfriendly conditions as we move towards that!

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Coastal Data 6:25am. Cape Benkei:S11m/s. Cape Kamui:SSW2m/s, 992hPa, wave1.1m. Hanazono 1000m: -7.4℃, SSE14.4m/s. Hanazono 720:-5.0℃, S5.9m/s. Moiwa 800m: -5.1℃, SSW4.8m/s. Annupuri 1100m: -7.7℃, SSE4.8m/s. Yu no Sawa 1100m: -7.2℃, SSE5.9m/s. Kutchan Town:-0.7℃, SE12m/s, snow depth 132cm, 993.0hPa. Moiwa base: -3, trace new snow in last 12hrs, good visibility, frozen.

A low pressure system is approaching. Below 800m on the west side, winds are below 15m/s, however above 1000m on the east side a strong 25-35m/s wind is blowing. On Higashi One cornice face and Kozan no Sawa side wall, wind blow snow has formed a 10cm hard slab which is prone to surface avalanches. Snow drifts formed pre dawn in front of the low pressure are hard, unstable and in the opposite direction than usual. They are expected to form a Jan 29 layer in the future. Be aware and cautious.

The wind will temporarily drop during the morning and then pick up again more strongly. Peak gates will be closed. Please respect the patrol's decisions. Today it is better to stay on the groomers. From 7.30am the snowfall on the west side of the range will be heavy with poor visibility. Be careful hitting trees. Please wear your helmet. Accidents occur in bad weather. Be careful.

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Planned ski area operations: Friday 29th 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: 170cm (-5cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Ace Family Quad, Ace Number 2 Quad lifts operating at the 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 (-7cm)
- Base: 165cm (-5cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Two lower lifts operating at start of the day
- 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:
- Dream Number 1 and Jumbo Number 1 lifts operating at start of the day
- Planned: All lifts apart from Jumbo Number 2 and 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:
- Community, Banzai and Morino Chair lifts are operating at the start of the day
- Planned: Niseko Gondola, Community Chair, Mori no 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 8:33am on Friday 29th January 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Limited operations this morning due to weather conditions

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  2020/2021
*as of Friday 29th January 2021
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
29th January 3cm 0cm 10cm
28th January 0cm 0cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 15cm 32cm 55cm
Previous 14 days total 109cm 123cm 155cm
November observed snowfall total 62cm 85cm 84cm
December observed snowfall total 348cm 207cm 333cm
January observed snowfall total 362cm 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 772cm 728cm 951cm
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  October November December January February March April May
2020/2021 season 0cm
[0cm]
62cm
[62cm]
348cm
[410cm]
362cm
[772cm]
-
[772cm]
-
[772cm]
-
[772cm]
-
[772cm]
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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