Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 17th December 2017

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Niseko (Hokkaido), Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:25am on Sunday 17th December 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds over Niseko
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Very light snow as I write this
wind condition
SW 0m/s - NW 10m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Limited to poor
This report
Sunday 17th December 2017, 8:25am
15cm
Saturday 16th December 2017, 8:38am 4cm
Friday 15th December 2017, 8:30am 6cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 61cm
Last 14 reports (total): 115cm
Current month (December 2017) total: 159cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 347cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:25am on Sunday 17th December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

Snow in the day yesterday and this morning there's 15cm of it piled up and to report from here at base.

It is another very cold morning and so I imagine that conditions should be really nice - report below mentioning things not completely reset - just get wrapped up sufficiently to get out and enjoy it. There's not much of a wind down here but it seems more so on the mountain so take that into account as well. Lifts appear to be starting up as planned though.

Let's Niseko.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -8°, 15cm new snow, calm. Moiwa 800m : -10.6°, W5.8m/s. Annupuri 1150m: -11°, W10m/s, 30cm new snow. Hirafu 1200m: -14°, W10m/s, 20cm new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NW12m/s. Kamui Cape NW9m/s, 1010hPa, wave 2.0m.

The winter weather pattern continues and with a shallow atmospheric pressure gradient the wind is westerly wind around 15m/s. Heavy snowfall overnight. From the 5am snow test, there was no obvious snowdrift fracture. From snowfall transition and data, the avalanche risk is low below 1100m. Snow is good although not completely reset everywhere. Expect bad visibility at times, watch for the transition from the groomers into fresh snow.

Niseko Rules was established to allow you to ride out of bounds and issues this daily avalanche information to help prevent accidents out of bounds. Ropes mark the ski resort boundary's and outside the rope is not the ski resort. Use the gates to go out of bounds, do not duck the rope.

Rescue activities outside the ski resorts are charged expenses outlined by the Niseko Annupuri Area Avalanche Accident Prevention Council. Ski resorts, Patrol and local community respect your freedom to ride out of bounds and always wish for your safety. Snow is getting deeper day by day. Have a good day.

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Sunday 17th 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 (* nighta)
- Holiday Number 1 pair lift (* nighta)
- Swinging Monkey
- King Number 4

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

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

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts operating:
- Annupuri Gondola
- Jumbo Number 1 quad lift (* nighta)
- Jumbo Number 2 pair lift
- Jumbo Number 4 pair lift
- Dream Number 1 quad lift

Niseko Village

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

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Official resort snow depths on Sunday 17th December 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 255cm
Base - 95cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai
Top - 150cm
Base - 90cm

Niseko Village
Top - 160cm
Base - 100cm

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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 8:25am on Sunday 17th December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas open and top lifts operating.

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 17th December 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 17th December 2017
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 17th December 2017
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)
  2017/2018
*as of Sunday 17th December 2017
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
17th December 15cm 24cm 18cm
16th December 4cm 36cm 0cm
15th December 6cm 0cm 0cm
14th December 8cm 0cm 0cm
13th December 26cm 2cm 0cm
12th December 2cm 4cm 0cm
11th December 0cm 17cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 61cm 83cm 18cm
Previous 14 days total 115cm 128cm 77cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 159cm 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 347cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 17th 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]
159cm
[347cm]
- - - - -
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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