Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 30th January 2021

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:35am on Saturday 30th January 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light-moderate snow
wind condition
Felt calmer before, but wind affecting top lifts
visibility condition
Varied
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This report
Saturday 30th January 2021, 8:35am
3cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 9cm
Last 14 reports (total): 106cm
Current month (January 2021) total: 365cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 775cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:35am on Saturday 30th January 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

Yesterday the Niseko Village gondola did get moving but the top lifts and the other two gondolas remained closed (well, as far as I can tell). Pesky winds!

I was kind of expecting to be able to report more snow than I am able to this morning. Perhaps there has been more snow but the wind has been blowing it around. Hirafu and Hanazono are reporting 5-10cm so perhaps there is a layer to be enjoyed, though it might be uneven.

Actually this morning it didn't feel too windy down here at base when I was out a while ago - but the top lifts are the dreaded purple colour on the resort map... meaning they're suspended/on hold. The Annupuri Gondola is not opening up as planned at the start of the day but the Niseko Gondola at Niseko Village is operating (at a reduced speed) and the Hirafu Gondola is up and running.

We are expecting snow through the day. Perhaps less so tomorrow but consistent snowfall still on the forecast for the coming week. Just one more report for January 2021!

Enjoy your Saturday.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

6:25am Benkei cape: NNE14m/s, Kamui cape: SE2m, 1001hPa, 2.4m waves. Hanazono 1000m: -8.7℃, NNW10.6m/s. Hanazono 720m: -6.5℃, NNW4.6m/s. Moiwa 800m: -6.5℃, NNE6.2m/s. Anupuri 1100m: -8.8℃, N2.8m/s. Yu no Sawa: -8.4℃, no wind data. Mizuno no Sawa top: -7.5℃, N3.0m/s. Kutchan town: -8.6℃, calm, 137cm snow depth, 999.8hPa. Moiwa base: -4℃, no new snowfall, light wind & snow started from 6am.

Evaluating from the past 12h weather transition and observations, the snowdrifts formed by the southerly wind are now stable and the general avalanche risk during the morning is low. However, the hazard level will rise as new snowdrifts start to develop through the afternoon. Snow that piled up under calm weather is less likely to slide than the snow that’s been affected by strong wind. If everybody acknowledges this fact as a common sense and becomes prudent towards storms, accidents will be less likely to occur. Avalanches are not the only hazard in winter mountains. There are many inherent risks involved in winter activities and there will never be a 100% safe condition.

Gates opening are undetermined, please respect the ski patrol’s decisions. We strongly recommend wearing a helmet and carrying avalanche equipment (beacon, shovel, probe). The snow is not too bad today.

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Planned ski area operations: Saturday 30th 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: 320cm (+5cm)
- Base: 180cm (+10cm)

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 (+10cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Top lift on hold 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:
- Top lift and gondola on hold 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:
- Top lift on hold at 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 8:35am on Saturday 30th January 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All four areas of Niseko United are open - some lifts affected by wind

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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2020/2021
*as of Saturday 30th January 2021
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
30th January 3cm 0cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 9cm 23cm 47cm
Previous 14 days total 106cm 119cm 144cm
November observed snowfall total 62cm 85cm 84cm
December observed snowfall total 348cm 207cm 333cm
January observed snowfall total 365cm 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 775cm 728cm 951cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
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2020/2021 season 0cm
[0cm]
62cm
[62cm]
348cm
[410cm]
365cm
[775cm]
-
[775cm]
-
[775cm]
-
[775cm]
-
[775cm]
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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