Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 20th December 2013

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:50am on Friday 20th December 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Overcast / fine
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
-
wind condition
NE 2-3m/s
Good
This report
Friday 20th December 2013, 8:50am
0cm
Thursday 19th December 2013, 8:30am 0cm
Wednesday 18th December 2013, 8:10am 0cm
Tuesday 17th December 2013, 8:58am 0cm
Monday 16th December 2013, 8:49am 15cm
Sunday 15th December 2013, 8:45am 35cm
Saturday 14th December 2013, 8:55am 35cm
Last 7 reports (total): 85cm
Last 14 reports (total): 147cm
Current month (December 2013) total: 158cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 281cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:50am on Friday 20th December 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Yesterday it wasn't as 'blue sky' as the day before, and this morning we again start with cloudy/overcast skies. It's hovering around 0 degrees at the moment and there's nothing much of a wind here at village level. Calm weather prevails at he moment.

I don't have a whole lot to report this morning. After a run of dry days, I think everyone is now really looking forward to the next snowfall to hit Niseko. I almost don't want to say it, but the forecast isn't really showing us much still - snow showers from Sunday, along with lower temperatures. But still nothing major.

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Planned lift operations:

Grand Hirafu:
Ace Family Pair
Ace Number 3 Pair
Ace Number 2 Quad Center Four
King Number 3 Triple
Swinging Monkey
Hirafu Gondola
Holiday Number 1 Pair

Hanazono:
Hanazono Number 1 Quad
Hanazono Number 2 Quad
Hanazono Number 3 Quad

Niseko Village:
Niseko Gondola
Community Chair
Banzai Chair
Morino Chair

Annupuri:
Gondola
Jumbo Number 1 quad
Jumbo Number 2
Jumbo Number 3

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Niseko Avalanche Report

NIseko base 6am: -1C, no snowfall. Coastal data: calm at Benkei cape, E9m/s at Kamui cape, flat, 1011hPa. Light wind-drifted snow accumulation can be observed above 800m, but no fresh snow has fallen. Predicted wind at noon: N or NE 10m/s.

Overall avalanche risk is low, however shallow surface slides should be considered in 1200m Backbowl sidewalls (30 degree grade). Carefully choose your weekend touring route. Better avoid crusty slopes, they could break with ski stimulation and run down the slope in high-speed.

The Hirafu K4 chair-lift is scheduled to open tomorrow. Gate setting will take a little more while. The snow on-piste is hard but in good condition. Beware of over-speeding and hitting trees. Better not overestimate your skills, always be prudent to avoid early season injuries. Seek for ski patrol's advice for out of bounds riding and refer to the Niseko Rules map. Do not cross boundary ropes.

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Official snow depth numbers:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 185cm
Base - 65cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 120cm
Base - 80cm

Annupuri:
Top - 110cm
Base - 80cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:50am on Friday 20th December 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 20th December 2013
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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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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  2013/2014
*as of Friday 20th December 2013
2012/2013
Season
2011/2012
Season
20th December 0cm 35cm -
19th December 0cm 40cm -
18th December 0cm 10cm -
17th December 0cm 10cm -
16th December 15cm 7cm -
15th December 35cm 5cm -
14th December 35cm 10cm -
Previous 7 days total 85cm 117cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 147cm 239cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 123cm 118cm -
December observed snowfall total 158cm 418cm -
January observed snowfall total - 443cm -
February observed snowfall total - 316cm -
March observed snowfall total - 164cm -
April observed snowfall total - 32cm -
May observed snowfall total - 2cm -
Season observed snowfall total 281cm 1493cm 0cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 20th December 2013
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season - - - - - - - -
2013/2014 season 0cm
[0cm]
123cm
[123cm]
158cm
[281cm]
-
[281cm]
-
[281cm]
-
[281cm]
-
[281cm]
-
[281cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
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