Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 18th December 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:34am on Sunday 18th December 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, some sun at times
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
-4°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
W 5-22 m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Good
This report
Sunday 18th December 2016, 8:34am
2cm
Saturday 17th December 2016, 8:30am 24cm
Friday 16th December 2016, 8:30am 36cm
Thursday 15th December 2016, 8:25am 0cm
Wednesday 14th December 2016, 8:38am 0cm
Tuesday 13th December 2016, 8:32am 2cm
Monday 12th December 2016, 8:28am 4cm
Last 7 reports (total): 68cm
Last 14 reports (total): 130cm
Current month (December 2016) total: 137cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 249cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:34am on Sunday 18th December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Hello and good morning to you all.

There is just a small amount of snowfall to report falling since my report yesterday and it is looking like we're now going to have a run of a few days without any fresh. Yes, the forecast is still showing lots of clearer and sunny weather conditions along with milder temperatures as well, though it shouldn't be rising much into positive (temperature) numbers. It's important that it keeps cold of course so that the snow we have keeps in good condition.

I had a fantastic morning yesterday and at this stage of the season the bar has been set. I expect big things in the coming weeks and months.

So when can we expect fresh snowfall? It looks like it might be around Thursday-Friday. In the meantime there's a lot of snow out there to enjoy and - for now - very good conditions. Let's enjoy the sunshine and blue skies while we can... Niseko doesn't usually get a whole lot of that in mid-season.

Having said that, there is still quite a lot of cloud around at the moment. The sun has been shining through at times this morning and it is forecast to be a fine day with temperatures forecast to rise to around +2C at base later on. Unfortunately it appears that strong gusty wind on the mountain is going to be an issue this morning (Niseko Grand Hirafu reporting westerly winds of 22m/s up top). Please see the resort-specific information below for the latest as I post this report.

It is of course now just one week to go before Christmas and with people continuing to arrive for the holidays, things continue to get livelier here. It should be noted of course that generally Christmas isn't a holiday as such here in Japan. Even with the 'tradition' of eating Kentucky Fried Chicken and light sponge cake on 24th December and then promptly taking the Christmas tree down! There's a handful of folk visiting Niseko from overseas though in recent years, so here in Niseko it is something of a holiday.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -2℃, no snowfall and calm. Coastal data Kamui cape SSW25m/s, 1013hPa, 1.8m waves. Moiwa peak: -3℃, no snowfall but the wind is blowing up the snow from the ground.

A strong SSW (20+m/s) is blowing above 1000m. There are no snowfall, however the wind is blowing the surface snow and developing unstable snowdrifts. Areas under 800m elevation are not affected by the wind, however is forecasted to pick up later. Some packed soft-slabs of 15cm thickness are forming in south facing slopes above 800m due to the wind and temperature. Boards and skis can get caught in those layer and make you loose control. Beware.

The avalanche risk is relatively low during the morning. 20cm thick surface slab slides can be triggered by riding stimulation in south-facing 30°slopes, which could also lead to a deeper layer slide. Be extra cautious in steep terrain.

Although the snowpack is small, avalanches could happen anytime the conditions aligns.

Not being in hazardous slopes and on the avalanche path is the best way to prevent accidents.

Beautiful weather this morning, have a great day.

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Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):

Wind on mountain is affecting some lifts early this morning - the Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri gondolas as well as the mid lifts at Niseko Grand Hirafu (Ace 3, King 3 and Swinging Monkey). All three Hanazono lifts are on hold as well.

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Lifts planned to be operating:

- Ace Family pair*
- Ace Number 2 Center Four*
- Ace Number 3 pair
- Hirafu Gondola*
- King Number 3 quad
- Holiday Number 1 pair*
- Swinging Monkey

Courses that are not yet open:

- Large
- Miharashi
- Dynamic

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts planned to be operating:

- Hanazono 1 quad
- Hanazono 2 quad
- Hanazono 3 quad

Courses planned to be open:

- All open apart from Hanazono Park

Niseko Village

Lifts planned to be operating:

- Niseko Gondola
- Upper Village Gondola*
- Village Express*
- Community Chair*
- Banzai Chair
- Morino Chair

Niseko Annupuri

Lifts planned to be operating:

- Jumbo Number 1 quad* (opening late this morning)
- Jumbo Number 2 pair
- Jumbo Number 3 pair
- Annupuri Gondola

Courses planned to be open:

- Utopia
- Shirakaba
- Silver
- Paradise
- Junior
- Family
- Dynamic
- Marchen

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Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 18th December 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 230cm
Base - 105cm

Niseko Village
Top - 120cm
Base - 100cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 100cm
Base - 100cm

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Night skiing is planned until Monday 20th March 2017 at the Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village resort areas. There is no nighta in the Hanazono area.

The lifts marked with a * above are the lifts that are planned to be operating for nighta.

Archive report: Posted at 8:34am on Sunday 18th December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Wind affecting some lifts at the start of the day - see report

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 18th December 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 18th December 2016
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 18th December 2016
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)
  2016/2017
*as of Sunday 18th December 2016
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
18th December 2cm 18cm 25cm
17th December 24cm 18cm 0cm
16th December 36cm 0cm 0cm
15th December 0cm 0cm 45cm
14th December 0cm 0cm 30cm
13th December 2cm 0cm 25cm
12th December 4cm 0cm 15cm
Previous 7 days total 68cm 36cm 140cm
Previous 14 days total 130cm 90cm 260cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 137cm 244cm 519cm
January observed snowfall total - 303cm 257cm
February observed snowfall total - 266cm 196cm
March observed snowfall total - 109cm 139cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 3cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 249cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 18th December 2016
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 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
137cm
[249cm]
-
[249cm]
-
[249cm]
-
[249cm]
-
[249cm]
-
[249cm]
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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