Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 20th December 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Wednesday 20th December 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-9°C

Top temp:
-13°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
W 3m/s - SE 8m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Restricted
This report
Wednesday 20th December 2017, 8:32am
19cm
Tuesday 19th December 2017, 8:29am 35cm
Monday 18th December 2017, 8:34am 25cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 112cm
Last 14 reports (total): 165cm
Current month (December 2017) total: 238cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 426cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Wednesday 20th December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

'Only' 19cm of fresh snow to report on this cold and snowy morning. ;)

Light snow falling as I write this report with somewhat limited visibility outside from the look of the webcam images.

It looks like we might be heading towards a few days where there might not be much fresh snowfall along with milder conditions. Don't worry, though, as Santa will be here with his presents and more snow by Monday.

With all the snow we have had, I think there's probably more than a few people looking forward to the chance of a day or two featuring some blue sky and sunshine. If it's not snowing, some sun would be nice... though we'd like it to remain as cold as possible of course to keep the snow in fine condition.

Hearing more about probable plans for gate openings... soon!

Yey!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -9°, 15cm new snow, light winds. Moiwa 800m : -12°, W10.8m/s, 20cm new snow, major snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -15°, W16m/s, 30cm new snow, major snowdrift development. Hirafu 1200m: -16°, light blizzard, 15cm new snow, poor visibility. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NW16m/s. Kamui Cape: WSW14m/s, 1020hPa, wave 2.2m.

The winter weather pattern has not changed. Overnight the atmospheric pressure gradient increased, winds picked up, and seas have been increasing hour by hour. Snowdrifts on south west facing slopes between 800 and 1200m, there has been 120cm new growth on top of Jan 12-14 low pressure snowfall layer. Gusting conditions has caused uneven development , expect fractures between 60-120cm depending on location. From observation and snowfall transition, the avalanche risk is high on cornice and knolls slopes between 800-1100m.

Today is cold. This morning the isobars are moving apart and wind will drop, however take care of frostbite. Do not stimulate knolls or cornices on open slopes, ride one by one. Do not wait in the valley bottoms. Snow in the forest is heavier than yesterday but still has good bounce. Do not enter strictly off limits areas Haru no Taki and Yu no Sawa. From the snowfall transition Haru no Taki is especially dangerous.

Peak gates are still being prepared at Hirafu and Annupuri aiming for Friday opening. Please listen to the patrols advice. Winter came early this year, have a good season.

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Wednesday 20th 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 Wednesday 20th December 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 300cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai
Top - 190cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Village
Top - 190cm
Base - 130cm

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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 8:32am on Wednesday 20th December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas are open. Peak gates possibly opening this weekend.

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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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  2017/2018
*as of Wednesday 20th December 2017
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
20th December 19cm 0cm 0cm
19th December 35cm 0cm 10cm
18th December 25cm 2cm 18cm
17th December 15cm 24cm 18cm
16th December 4cm 36cm 0cm
15th December 6cm 0cm 0cm
14th December 8cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 112cm 62cm 46cm
Previous 14 days total 165cm 124cm 68cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 238cm 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 426cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 20th 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]
238cm
[426cm]
- - - - -
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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