Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 21st December 2017

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Niseko (Hokkaido), Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Thursday 21st December 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
...snow easing off
wind condition
SW 1-2m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Fair
This report
Thursday 21st December 2017, 8:31am
38cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 142cm
Last 14 reports (total): 198cm
Current month (December 2017) total: 276cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 464cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Thursday 21st December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

A very good morning to you from Niseko.

Is it still snowing?

Yes, it most certainly is.

And today I add another 38cm of snow to the report. I am kidding you not. That brings my observed snowfall for the season so far to a whopping 464cm. Eek!

I see the report for today below is saying 'the snow is great, but maybe too deep'. That's just silly isn't it. ;) But seriously, while it is natural to get jolly excited and worked up about the special situation we are currently experiencing with all this lovely snowfall, we do indeed need to be remain mindful of the dangers that such things bring with them. Enjoy, but be careful.

It really does look like once the snow clouds clear up and disperse today, we are going to have a few days break from snow and perhaps get some of that sunshine we have been expecting on the forecast. If we do get some sun, enjoy it while it lasts...because more snow expected from Christmas Day.

Welcome to all of you folk arriving in Niseko at the moment. You chose wisely. Have fun! It won't be difficult. :)

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -7℃, 20cm snowfall, calm. Moiwa800m: -9.6℃, W4.1m/s, 40cm snowfall, large development of snowdrifts. Annupuri1150m: -10℃, 40cm snowfall, NW10m/s, not easy to groom. Hirafu1200m: -10℃, 40cm snowfall, snowpack 280cm. Costal data: Benkei cape NW9m/s, Kamui cape W10m/s, 1014hPa, 1.7m waves.

The isobars are spreading out, a westerly wind is stagnating around 10m/s on the ocean and the mountains. The overnight snowfall deposited large settlements of snowdrifts in leeward slopes around 800m.

The snowdrifts are growing stably, however is growing too big. The avalanche risk is relatively low, however always think safety first. The snowpack in Hirafu is almost reaching 300cm.

100+cm thick avalanche is likely to occur in strictly off-limits Haru no Taki area, due to drastic accumulation of snowpack and forming of unstable slabs. If the sun comes out today, surface slabs will keep forming and hazard level will rise drastically. Do not enter strictly off-limits area, they are banned for good reasons.

The snow is great, but maybe too deep. Beware of suffocation during falls. This season’s snowfall is surprising people from around the world. Peak gates are scheduled to open this weekend. Please respect the ski patrol’s decisions. Do not duck ropes and respect the Niseko Rules.

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Thursday 21st 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 Thursday 21st December 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 320cm
Base - 155cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai
Top - 200cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Village
Top - 210cm
Base - 150cm

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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 8:31am on Thursday 21st December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas open. Gates coming very soon!

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 21st December 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 21st December 2017
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 21st 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 Thursday 21st December 2017
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
21st December 38cm 0cm 1cm
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
Previous 7 days total 142cm 62cm 47cm
Previous 14 days total 198cm 120cm 54cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 276cm 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 464cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 21st 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]
276cm
[464cm]
- - - - -
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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