Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 31st January 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:19am on Thursday 31st January 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Clouds
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow at times (but actually just eased off outside my place)
wind condition
North Westerly
visibility condition
Varied
This report
Thursday 31st January 2019, 8:19am
11cm
Wednesday 30th January 2019, 8:22am 0cm
Tuesday 29th January 2019, 8:25am 10cm
Monday 28th January 2019, 8:15am 0cm
Sunday 27th January 2019, 8:30am 5cm
Saturday 26th January 2019, 8:25am 0cm
Friday 25th January 2019, 8:31am 7cm
Last 7 reports (total): 33cm
Last 14 reports (total): 132cm
Current month (January 2019) total: 285cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 702cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:19am on Thursday 31st January 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

Back to snow!

And on this last report of January I bring you news of 11cm of fresh snowfall at base up until 8am, bringing us up to a total of 285cm for the month and 702cm for the season so far - as observed by me. (More on that on Monday).

Unfortunately wind is going to be an issue again today. At the start of the day all top lifts will be on hold as well as the gondolas at Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri. Others may also be affected so be aware of that.

Sunday is looking likely to be unseasonably warm throughout Japan, though that still means that up here temps won't get much above zero. Hopefully. I'm going to put my neck out there and confidently say that it will almost definitely be colder than Australia.

Hopefully we'll get more snow building up before that warmer bit.

So tomorrow is February and the next big event in the season is the Chinese New Year holiday period that will soon be with us, so Niseko will continue to be busy-busy. Things start getting less frantic once we get into March but let's not wish away the days.

Have a good one and see you tomorrow.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain Base 6.00am: -7°, 10cm new snow in the last 12 hrs. Moiwa 800m: -9.1°, W15m/s, 15cm new snow in the last 12 hrs, cornice and snowdrift development. Mikaeri Weather Station: NW18m/s, major snowdrift development, blizzard, poor visibility. Annupuri 1120m: snow depth 200cm, 1000m: -11°, N15m/s, blizzard, poor visibility. Hirafu Peak: -12°, Northerly wind 18m/s, blizzard, poor visibility. Kutchan Weather Station: -5.1°, snow depth 156cm, WNW19m/s(3:12am). Suttsu Weather Station: -2.3°, NW18.5m/s(5:30am), snow depth 43cm. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NNW19m/s. Kamui Cape: WNW12m/s, pressure 1007hPa,wave 2.5m.

We have strengthening high pressure west/low pressure east weather system bringing blizzard conditions at all levels including the mountain base. Above 800m snowdrifts are are rapidly developing on leeward slopes. From tests, the Jan 30th granular layer is fracturing at 40cm depth with the structurally unstable growth to continue. All peak gates will be closed. Do not duck ropes to go out of bounds.

Surface avalanches easily occur during and right after blizzards. The avalanche risk is High at 900m SE facing slopes (below treeline) with todays heavy snowfall. Be careful Chisei/ Nitto puri. Snow is reset and good in the trees. Have a safe day.

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Ski resort operation information: Thursday 31st January 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 320cm
- Base: 125cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Top lifts on hold at the start of the day
- The Ace Family quad (until 8:30pm), Ace Center 4 quad (8:20pm), Hirafu Gondola (until 8:10pm) and Holiday Number 1 pair (until 8:30pm) lifts are normally open during the evening

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 220cm
- Base: 180cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Top lift on hold at the start of the day
- The Hanazono lifts are normally open until 3:50pm (Number 3 until 3:30pm)

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Niseko Annupuri

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

Ski lifts operating:
- Top lift and Gondola on hold at the start of the day
- The Jumbo 1 lift is normally open until 8:30pm during the evening

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Niseko Village

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

Ski lifts operating:
- Top lift and Gondola on hold at the start of the day
- The Upper Village Gondola, Village Express and Banzai Chair lifts are normally open until 8:00pm during the evening

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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 8:19am on Thursday 31st January 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Top lifts and gondolas at Village and Annupuri not starting the day as planned due to wind. Others may be affected. Let's checking.

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 31st January 2019
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 31st January 2019
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 31st 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 Thursday 31st January 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
31st January 11cm 45cm 14cm
30th January 0cm 26cm 0cm
29th January 10cm 15cm 0cm
28th January 0cm 14cm 11cm
27th January 5cm 16cm 0cm
26th January 0cm 26cm 11cm
25th January 7cm 7cm 9cm
Previous 7 days total 33cm 149cm 45cm
Previous 14 days total 132cm 206cm 76cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 333cm 406cm 181cm
January observed snowfall total 285cm 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 702cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 31st 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]
285cm
[702cm]
-
[702cm]
-
[702cm]
-
[702cm]
-
[702cm]
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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