Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 26th December 2011

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Niseko (Hokkaido), Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 12:30pm on Monday 26th December 2011
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
North north-west 18m/s. Fairly mild temperatures and wind is dying down, snow will continue to fall.
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
0°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
-
wind condition
North north-west 18m/s
Sun is creaping through every now and then but generally flat light
This report
Monday 26th December 2011, 12:30pm
---
Sunday 25th December 2011, 9:47am ---
Saturday 24th December 2011, 9:20am ---
Friday 23rd December 2011, 15:19pm ---
Thursday 22nd December 2011, 10:56am ---
Wednesday 21st December 2011, 8:46am ---
Tuesday 20th December 2011, 11:37am ---
Last 7 reports (total): ---
Last 14 reports (total): ---
Current month (December 2011) total: ---
season so far total: ---

Archive report: Posted at 12:30pm on Monday 26th December 2011
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Can't quite remember seeing this much snow before at this time of year, it feels like we must be bumping up against some recent records for December. Another 40cm or so to report. That official snowfall number for Kutchan town for the month of December is now standing at 313cm. That is in fact the most in December since 2005 (when the snowfall number was 362cm), but we still have those extra days until the end of the month.

The top lifts and Niseko Village gondola are closed due to wind but that is set to die down during the day and the sun has even made a couple of brief appearances. Lifts in Hirafu and Hanazono are operating at reduced speed but should be back to normal shortly as the weather starts to clears up. The wind out there means that it is also feels very cold.

There is still a huge amount of fresh snow out there and little stashes of fresh still to be found. We got a big dump overnight again and the forecast for the next few days is looking good with some welcome calmer winds and consistent snow fall.

Happy riding!

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 300cm
Bottom - 170cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 260cm
Bottom - 170cm

Niseko Hanazono:
Top - 300cm
Bottom - 170cm

Annupuri:
Top - 260cm
Bottom - 170cm

Niseko Avalanche info reads:
Niseko base 6am: -5℃, 40cm of broken particles snowfall in the past 12 hours.
Coastal data: NNW13m/s wind at Benkei cape, N12m/s, 5.6m waves and 1004hPa at Kamui cape.
Annupuri peak wind: NNW18.2m/s.
The atmospheric pressure gradient is steep and a strong northerly wind is blowing throughout the Niseko range.
Large cornices (2.5m) and thick & dense snowdrifts (150cm) are developing in O Sawa, Kozan no Sawa 1000m altitude leeward slopes and in Fujiwara no Sawa (2m cornices and deep snowdrifts).
According to the snowfall transition and present status, the avalanche hazard is high. Risk of 120cm thick surface slab avalanche is present in leeward slopes.
All gates in Hirafu side will be closed. Other gates opening are yet decided. Respect the ski patrol’s decisions.
Many of the avalanche accidents happen during and just after storms. Mountains in Niseko areas are in a dangerous condition, be conscious and be careful.

Archive report: Posted at 12:30pm on Monday 26th December 2011
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Lower sections of the lifts are running all the resorts. Gondolas at Annupuri and Hirafu are running, as well as the centre four quad at Hirafu, although the Hirafu lifts are running at reduced speed.

<
Sunday 25th December 2011
This report
Monday 26th December 2011
Tuesday 27th December 2011
>
THANK YOU
Thanks for reading our reports through the 16-17 season. If you are planning a trip to Japan, please do make use of our extensive reporting archives (links below) and the Snowfall Analysis page (tab at the top of this page).

Our exclusive daily snow reporting will be back in late autumn.
Daily snow reports
Other SnowJapan 'Now' reports and latest observed snowfall
Minakami Now 0cm
Monday 1st May 2017, 3:08pm
Madarao Now 0cm
Sunday 2nd April 2017, 8:01am
Hakuba Now 0cm
Sunday 7th May 2017, 9:40am
Myoko Now 0cm
Sunday 7th May 2017, 9:54am
Yuzawa Now 0cm
Monday 29th May 2017, 2:07pm
Shiga Kogen Now 0cm
Monday 29th May 2017, 7:35am
Furano Now 0cm
Thursday 25th May 2017, 9:01am
Appi Kogen Now 0cm
Thursday 18th May 2017, 8:33am
Grandeco Now 0cm
Sunday 7th May 2017, 8:49am
Zao Now 0cm
Sunday 7th May 2017, 10:04am
Naeba Now 0cm
Sunday 2nd April 2017, 9:58am
Nozawa Onsen Now 0cm
Sunday 7th May 2017, 9:11am
Kiroro Now 0cm
Monday 1st May 2017, 9:00am
Japan snowfall data
(updated daily during winter)
Niseko Now archived reporting
View previous reports posted to Niseko Now by clicking on the month

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002