Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 22nd December 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:25am on Monday 22nd December 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-10°C

Top temp:
-14°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow at times
wind condition
2-7m/s (Hirafu); 5-15m/s (Village)
Limited
This report
Monday 22nd December 2014, 8:25am
20cm
Sunday 21st December 2014, 9:01am 2cm
Saturday 20th December 2014, 9:32am 1cm
Friday 19th December 2014, 8:40am 30cm
Thursday 18th December 2014, 8:50am 25cm
Wednesday 17th December 2014, 8:45am 0cm
Tuesday 16th December 2014, 8:45am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 78cm
Last 14 reports (total): 229cm
Current month (December 2014) total: 334cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 364cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:25am on Monday 22nd December 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

It's a really very - very - cold morning here in the Niseko area. My thermometer says -10C. Niseko Village has a low on their report of -16C. The numbers look cold and it sure feels cold too.

I bring news of fresh snow on the ground as well with 20cm at my base here and as you can see on the Avalanche Report below, 25-30cm being reported on the mountain. Lower areas could do with that again (and again, sorry for being greedy!) to freshen things up good and proper.

Unfortunately, the strong winds are still with us. Not as much as yesterday morning and this morning it's not affecting lifts like it was yesterday.

Forecast for the coming few days is slightly less cold and generally cloudy conditions with snow continiung to fall on and off.

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Regular readers of Niseko Now will know that sometimes we look at the snowfall numbers that have been reported in Kutchan Town by the Japan Meteorological Agency. Just for a bit of fun. These are the official data recorded by JMA in Kutchan Town - not on the mountain, which usually gets considerably more snowfall. But as it's a constant that we can compare year to year, it's something that is of interest.

Anyway, last season here's the snowfall recorded in early season

November 2013: 99cm
December 2013: 258cm

And here's the same this year:

December 2014: 41cm
December 2014: 237cm

Of course, we were disappointed with November this year, but as you can see with over a week left for December we are only 21cm off the number from last season for the whole month.

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Resort specific news at time of writing - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Other than a problem with the Family Lift that they hope to get sorted quickly, Hirafu looks to be opening lifts as ppanned - Gondola running at slower speed.

Niseko Hanazono:
Niseko Hanazono looks set to start the day as planned.

Niseko Village:
Niseko Village looks set to start the day as planned.

Niseko Annupuri:
Annupuri Gondola not operating due to wind conditions.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Moiwa base: -11C, 10cm of broken crystal snow. Moiwa 800m: -13C, NW20m/s, 30cm of new snow. Annupuri 1150m: -18C, W20m/s, 25cm of fresh. 1000m altitude snowpack 135cm. Coastal data: Benkei cape WNW23m/s, Kamui cape WSW19m/s, 1002hPa, 3.1m waves.

The atmospheric pressure gradient remains steep and the storm is persisting. Cornices and snowdrifts are developing and the avalanche risk is high in leeward knolls and cornice slopes around 700m. Avalanches mostly occur in heavy snowdrift slopes during and just after storms, and become an accident if somebody is involved in it. Do not duck ropes to seek fresh lines. One track left under the rope will lead many others to follow it and increase the chances of accidents to happen. Out of bounds access from the resort is still restricted. Avalanche risk is also high everywhere else in the Niseko backcountry area. Carefully chose your tour route. Snowdrift slabs take some time to stabilize after the storm settles down. Precaution is key to safety. Beautiful conditions in the trees today. Beware of frostbite.

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Official snow depth numbers and any notes at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 230cm
Base - 95cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 150cm
Base - 110cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 135cm
Base - 110cm

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Lifts open for night skiing (planned):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift.
There is no night skiing at the Hanazono area.

Niseko Village
Community Chair and Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri
Jumbo Number 1 Quad

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Archive report: Posted at 8:25am on Monday 22nd December 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts now open - though top gates not open yet

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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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  2014/2015
*as of Monday 22nd December 2014
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
22nd December 20cm 5cm 10cm
21st December 2cm 0cm 17cm
20th December 1cm 0cm 35cm
19th December 30cm 0cm 40cm
18th December 25cm 0cm 10cm
17th December 0cm 0cm 10cm
16th December 0cm 15cm 7cm
Previous 7 days total 78cm 20cm 129cm
Previous 14 days total 229cm 125cm 246cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 334cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total - 461cm 443cm
February observed snowfall total - 178cm 316cm
March observed snowfall total - 113cm 164cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 32cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 2cm
Season observed snowfall total 364cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 22nd December 2014
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 - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
334cm
[364cm]
-
[364cm]
-
[364cm]
-
[364cm]
-
[364cm]
-
[364cm]
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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