Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 15th December 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:02am on Monday 15th December 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, blue skies and some sun - for now!
Base temp:
-8°C

Top temp:
-13°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Not snowing - for now!
wind condition
N 2-10m/s
Good - for now!
This report
Monday 15th December 2014, 9:02am
45cm
Sunday 14th December 2014, 8:35am 30cm
Saturday 13th December 2014, 8:22am 25cm
Friday 12th December 2014, 8:20am 15cm
Thursday 11th December 2014, 8:55am 2cm
Wednesday 10th December 2014, 8:30am 20cm
Tuesday 9th December 2014, 8:20am 14cm
Last 7 reports (total): 151cm
Last 14 reports (total): 256cm
Current month (December 2014) total: 256cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 286cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:02am on Monday 15th December 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

What's this... blue skies?! The sun is out this morning.

But what's this... close to half a metre of fresh snowfall?! Oh yes.

With reports of 60cm or so on the mountain it's one of those mornings where you just HAVE to get the skis or board on and get out. Deep fresh powder along with a rare and perhaps unexpected break in the clouds. Almost perfect. It probably won't last long!

The Morino Chair lift is now operating at Niseko Village and the really good sign is that the individual ski resorts are now not feeling the need to have to report on what courses are open. Which means that most of the mountain is now open.

As mentioned in the Avalanche Report below, we now just wait for the gates to get opened and the top lifts. Still, conditions are so good elsewhere that there's surely more than enough to keep everyone happy. (Well maybe almost everyone!)

The Gondola at Niseko Village, King Number 3 lift at Grand Hirafu and the top Hanazono lift are moving this morning, but have been running at reduced speeds early on due to a moderate wind.

Snowfall will be back maybe even soon today but definitely tomorrow, and as with many regions of Japan once again we expect heavy snowfall and strong winds.

After that slow start, December 2014 is shaping up nicely.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -8C, 40cm of crystal snow without snowdrift development. Coastal data: NNE9m/s at Benkei cape. Moiwa 650m: 60cm of new snow without snowdrift development. Annupuri 1000m: 120cm snowpack and 250cm snowpack in leeward slopes around 800m.

Snow clouds are expanding throughout the Sea of Japan coastline and dropping heavy loads of snow in coastal mountain areas. 60cm of new snow has dumped in some areas but snowdrifts development is minimal. Snow and wind is forecasted to pick up again and will make cornices and slabs grow. Avalanches from Dec 10th layer are to be expected in steep exposed slopes above 800m. Newly formed slabs are getting thicker and although they are relatively stable, large-scale avalanches are still likely to happen with a slight stimulation around knoll terrains. The snowpack is steadily growing and gates below 1000m are being ready to open soon. Please be patient for a little longer.

Do not duck ropes. Deep and light powder snow can be found along the courses today. Be careful not to get stuck. The storm will pick up soon. Remain in control and be careful not to fall. You can easily get suffocated in deep snow.

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Here's what is planned to be open today (subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Courses:
Super Course and Furiko Courses now open
Lifts:
Ace Family Lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Ace Number 3 lift, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift, Hirafu Gondola, King Number 3 Triple lift, Swinging Monkey.
Night skiing lifts:
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift

Niseko Hanazono
Courses: Stairway to Heaven, Silver Dream, Legend of Shinya, Yotei Sunset, Crystal Garden
Lifts: All 3 quad lifts operating
Night skiing lifts: No night skiing at Hanazono

Niseko Village
Lifts operating:
Niseko Gondola, Community Chair, Banzai Chair, Morino Chair
Night skiing lifts:
Community Chair and Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri
Lifts operating:
Annupuri Gondola, Jumbo Number 1 Quad, Jumbo Number 2 Pair, Jumbo Number 3 Pair
Night skiing lift:
Jumbo Number 1 Quad

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Official snow depth numbers at the time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 190cm
Base - 120cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 140cm
Base - 100cm

Annupuri:
Top - 130cm
Base - 110cm

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Niseko lift tickets can be won in the SnowJapan Prize Draw, details here:

http://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/lift-ticket-prize-draw

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Most of the mountain is now open - see report for more details

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 15th December 2014
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Monday 15th December 2014
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 15th December 2014
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2014/2015
*as of Monday 15th December 2014
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
15th December 45cm 35cm 5cm
14th December 30cm 35cm 10cm
13th December 25cm 20cm 0cm
12th December 15cm 4cm 2cm
11th December 2cm 1cm 40cm
10th December 20cm 0cm 40cm
9th December 14cm 10cm 20cm
Previous 7 days total 151cm 105cm 117cm
Previous 14 days total 256cm 138cm 189cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 256cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total - 461cm 443cm
February observed snowfall total - 178cm 316cm
March observed snowfall total - 113cm 164cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 32cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 2cm
Season observed snowfall total 286cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 15th December 2014
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 - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
256cm
[286cm]
-
[286cm]
-
[286cm]
-
[286cm]
-
[286cm]
-
[286cm]
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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