Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 25th December 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Monday 25th December 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
RAIN. Yikes.
Base temp:
6°C

Top temp:
2°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Rain
wind condition
S 8m/s - SW 20m/s
visibility condition
Limited to poor
This report
Monday 25th December 2017, 8:31am
0cm
Sunday 24th December 2017, 8:34am 0cm
Saturday 23rd December 2017, 8:28am 7cm
Friday 22nd December 2017, 8:32am 11cm
Thursday 21st December 2017, 8:31am 38cm
Wednesday 20th December 2017, 8:32am 19cm
Tuesday 19th December 2017, 8:29am 35cm
Last 7 reports (total): 110cm
Last 14 reports (total): 196cm
Current month (December 2017) total: 294cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 482cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Monday 25th December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Ho ho ho!

Merry Christmas! Again! (Remember to take the Christmas tree down this morning before you go out...)

It may be Christmas Day, but I'm afraid I cannot report lots of fluffy white snow to you this morning.

Instead, I'm lumped with talking about very mild conditions, wind and rain.

Yuck.

Of course things can't be perfect all the time. Not even in Niseko 17/18.

But the good news is that we are looking at a quick turn around with conditions and snow is due to be falling by this evening - possibly much sooner - and then we are on for snow falling throughout the coming week and heavily at times. And we'll need to keep an eye on the winds as well. But we should be able to forget this rainy blip quite quickly.

My recommendation is some bonus festive toast with extra jam this morning and a relaxing day, perhaps a good soak in an onsen. Or if you are particularly keen you could perhaps bravely battle the conditions; though wind looks like it's going to be playing against you though with mostly only lower lifts looking to be open at the start of the day. See below for the situation at 8:30am.

I will bring you much better news tomorrow morning. Promise.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: +5°, rain, snow melt. Moiwa 800m : +2.4°, ESE6.4m/s, fog. Annupuri 1150m: +2°, light easterly winds, thick fog. Hirafu 1250m: +1°, SE10m/s, fog. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:S8m/s. Kamui Cape: SW10m/s, 987hPa, wave 0.9m.

Above zero temperatures have made runs difficult to groom. A low pressure system will pass through before noon. Expect temperature drop, blizzard and conditions to deteriorate even more than now on the mountain. With the rain and heavy melt snow, snow bridges over the creeks can easily collapse. Also under lift lines, off the side of the course and even snow on the roof will crumble easily. This snow is heavy and very dangerous. If you get buried you cant inflate your chest and will suffocate.

Winter rain causes unexpected problems. It's no fun riding in these bad conditions. Make flexible plans according to the situation. The snow is soft and skiis tips can dig into the snow, careful going fast, crashing and breaking bones.

It is foggy with poor light and bad visibility, better not go out of bounds today. Stay in the ski resort. To avoid accidents all gates are closed today. Dont duck ropes to ride out of bounds. No1 tip for things to do today: go to an onsen.

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Monday 25th December 2017

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts except Ace Number 4 and King Number 2 are operating
** Strong winds are affecting all but the lower lifts at the start of the day

Official snow depth:
- Top: 270cm
- Base: 110cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are operating
** Strong winds are affecting Gondola, Jumbo 3 and 4 lifts at the start of the day

Official snow depth:
- Top: 210cm
- Base: 160cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts except Country Road Chair are operating
** Strong winds are affecting Gondola and top Wonderland lift at the start of the day

Official snow depth:
- Top: 220cm
- Base: 170cm

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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 below (subject to change):

* Niseko Grand Hirafu - Ace Family quad, Ace Number 2 quad, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 pair
* Niseko Annupuri - Jumbo Number 1 quad lift
* Niseko Village - Village Express, Upper Village Gondola, Community Chair, Banzai Chair

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Monday 25th December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts are open - wind affecting many lifts this morning

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 25th December 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Monday 25th December 2017
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 25th December 2017
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 Monday 25th December 2017
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
25th December 0cm 3cm 7cm
24th December 0cm 11cm 0cm
23rd December 7cm 2cm 0cm
22nd December 11cm 1cm 0cm
21st December 38cm 0cm 1cm
20th December 19cm 0cm 0cm
19th December 35cm 0cm 10cm
Previous 7 days total 110cm 17cm 18cm
Previous 14 days total 196cm 85cm 54cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 294cm 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 482cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 25th 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]
294cm
[482cm]
- - - - -
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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