Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 14th December 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:23am on Thursday 14th December 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Mostly cloudy
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None right now
wind condition
NE 2m/s - N 8m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Fair
This report
Thursday 14th December 2017, 8:23am
8cm
Wednesday 13th December 2017, 8:02am 26cm
Tuesday 12th December 2017, 8:32am 2cm
Monday 11th December 2017, 8:22am 0cm
Sunday 10th December 2017, 8:27am 11cm
Saturday 9th December 2017, 8:35am 7cm
Friday 8th December 2017, 8:32am 2cm
Last 7 reports (total): 56cm
Last 14 reports (total): 134cm
Current month (December 2017) total: 134cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 322cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:23am on Thursday 14th December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

It was an excellent day yesterday. There's not much more to say about that really; I'll keep my adjectives to myself. ;)

It's not quite as cold this morning and things generally feel calmer and they should be during today and tomorrow. This morning I have 'just' 8cm of fresh snow to report since my last report.

The big question is -- with all this snow and regular snow on the forecast over the next week, when will those top lifts and gates (other than Gate 6 over at Moiwa) get opening up? Surely it will be soon. Still, there's so much to enjoy out there at the moment I'm feeling chilled about that.

The holiday period is fast approaching and so things are starting to gear up with lots more people going to be arriving over the next week. They'll surely be happy with what they find. Ho ho ho!

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Most folk ever reading the reports yesterday, I am informed.

Thank you! And a big 'haro' to all you folk who are new to Niseko and these reports. I hope you stick around.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -2°, 10cm new snow, calm. Moiwa 800m : -4.8°, N4.3m/s, 20cm new snow, snowdrift development. Annupuri: -7°,strong NE winds, blizzard conditions, very little new snow but large snowdrift development. Hirafu: 1000m, -8°, above 1000m major snowdrift development. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:ENE8m/s. Kamui Cape ENE4m/s, 1016hPa, wave 2.9m.

The winter weather pattern continues with major snowdrift development above 800m from the strong NE wind. Light winds and more than 20cm of good snow in forest areas below 700m. From observation and data analysis there are no obvious weak layers in the snow drifts below 800m, the avalanche risk is low except in the south facing strictly off limits areas. However do not stimulate knolls or cornices. Fluctuations in wind speed are causing inconsistent stabilisation of snowdrifts. Better to be safe than sorry. The snow is good in the forest.

Most accidents happen right after the storm. Snow conditions are always changing. Be aware of the current and past snowfall. Make wise decisions for conditions and situation. Be careful of falling into creeks or hitting trees. Do not duck ropes to ride out of bounds. Moiwa Gate 6 is expected to open. Have a good day.

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Thursday 14th December 2017

What's planned to be open today in Niseko (subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Lifts operating:
- Ace Number 3 Pair lift
- Ace Number 2 Center Four quad lift (nighta)
- Ace Family quad lift (nighta)
- King Number 3 quad lift
- Hirafu Gondola
- Holiday Number 1 pair lift
- Swinging Monkey

* All courses are open apart from Large and Dynamic.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts operating:
- Hanazono Number 1 quad lift
- Hanazono Number 2 quad lift
- Hanazono Number 3 quad lift

* All lifts are operating

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts operating:
- Annupuri Gondola
- Jumbo Number 1 quad lift (nighta)
- Jumbo Number 2 quad lift
- Dream Number 1 quad lift

* Utopia, Shirakaba, Silver, Panorama, "S" ji, Paradise, Family, Dynamic and Junior courses are open.

Niseko Village

Lifts operating:
- Niseko Gondola
- Banzai Chair
- Community Chair (nighta)
- Upper Village Gondola (nighta)
- Village Express (nighta)
- Morino Chair

* Top of Gondola to base is skiable.

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Official resort snow depths on Thursday 14th December 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 250cm
Base - 85cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai
Top - 135cm
Base - 90cm

Niseko Village
Top - 145cm
Base - 80cm

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Floodlit 'nighta' skiing:
Night skiing is planned for every evening at the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas.
There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO area.
Ski lifts that are scheduled to be operating for nighta are noted above.

Archive report: Posted at 8:23am on Thursday 14th December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts are open - not quite fully though as we wait for top lifts to start up

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 14th December 2017
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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  2017/2018
*as of Thursday 14th December 2017
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
14th December 8cm 0cm 0cm
13th December 26cm 2cm 0cm
12th December 2cm 4cm 0cm
11th December 0cm 17cm 0cm
10th December 11cm 15cm 0cm
9th December 7cm 10cm 0cm
8th December 2cm 10cm 7cm
Previous 7 days total 56cm 58cm 7cm
Previous 14 days total 134cm 75cm 73cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 134cm 181cm 244cm
January observed snowfall total - 152cm 303cm
February observed snowfall total - 160cm 266cm
March observed snowfall total - 83cm 109cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 322cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 14th December 2017
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
2017/2018 season - 188cm
[188cm]
134cm
[322cm]
- - - - -
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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