Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 31st January 2021

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:36am on Sunday 31st January 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-8°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
(North-) westerly
visibility condition
Varied, limited
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This report
Sunday 31st January 2021, 8:36am
22cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 29cm
Last 14 reports (total): 118cm
Current month (January 2021) total: 387cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 797cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:36am on Sunday 31st January 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

It's snowing still and this morning Hanazono and Hirafu are reporting 20-30cm of fresh snowfall, with 10cm being reported at the other two areas.

New snow is good, of course!, but I'm afraid wind is still an issue this morning on the mountain. The top lifts at Hirafu and Annupuri are on hold and the Niseko Annupuri gondola has yet to get going. Other than that all other lifts appear to be starting the day.

Forecasts seem to be showing the snow (and hopefully wind too) easing later in the day.

Tomorrow looks set to be a short mild spell - even bringing us some rain (booo) - though happily that does not long lasting with colder temperatures coming back inform Tuesday... and regular snow.

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PS Sorry about the report appearing late today.

It seems I didn't, er, 'press the button'. Doh! Silly me.

Time stamp for the report - and information in it - is the time it was written.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

6:25am Benkei cape: NNW17m/s, Kamui cape: W15m/s, 1015hPa, 2.0m waves. Hanazono1000m: -13.9℃, ESE5.7m/s. Hanazono720m: -11.2℃, NNW5.2m/s. Moiwa800m: -11.8°C, NNE15.1m/s. Annupuri1100m: -14.6℃, WNW8.5m/s, Yu no Sawa 1100m: -14.0℃, NNW5.7m/s, Mizuno no Sawa top: -13.2℃, NW6.2m/s. Kutchan town: -6.3℃, W5.0m/s, 157cm snow depth, 1016.9hPa. Moiwa base: -6℃, light wind and 30cm windblown snowfall in 12h.

A strong north westerly wind is still blowing at the edge of the high pressure system. 25m/s gusts were recorded at Moiwa 800m at 6am. 50cm wind-affected but soft snowpack have formed mainly around 600-700m elevation. Evaluating from this morning’s observations and weather transition, the avalanche risk in areas under tree-line (<800m) is lowering, however it will remain high in leeward (SE) aspect slopes in alpine areas (>800m) during the morning. Better not rush off-piste even if the chair-lifts start running. Gates opening is yet to be determined. Please respect the ski patrol’s decisions.

The snow is moderately dense enough not to touch the bottom. The snow in the tree-runs is good. Do not drop into knolls and open steep slopes at once, ride one by one and do not clusterat the bottom of the gullies. Today is a good day but caution is required. Have you switched on your beacon? It is also strongly recommended to wear a helmet in order to minimize risks of critical head injuries.

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Planned ski area operations: Sunday 31st 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: 350cm (+30cm)
- Base: 190cm (+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: 260cm (+20cm)
- Base: 190cm (+15cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- All 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:
- Two top lifts 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: 250cm (+10cm)
- Base: 170cm (+10cm)

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 8:36am on Sunday 31st 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; top lifts on hold due to wind

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 31st January 2021
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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 Sunday 31st January 2021
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
31st January 22cm 0cm 11cm
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
Previous 7 days total 29cm 17cm 33cm
Previous 14 days total 118cm 88cm 132cm
November observed snowfall total 62cm 85cm 84cm
December observed snowfall total 348cm 207cm 333cm
January observed snowfall total 387cm 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 797cm 728cm 951cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 31st January 2021
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(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
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2020/2021 season 0cm
[0cm]
62cm
[62cm]
348cm
[410cm]
387cm
[797cm]
-
[797cm]
-
[797cm]
-
[797cm]
-
[797cm]
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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