Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 26th December 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:23am on Friday 26th December 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-8°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Yes, still snowing
wind condition
W1m/s - NW7m/s (Hirafu)
Limited
This report
Friday 26th December 2014, 8:23am
45cm
Thursday 25th December 2014, 8:14am 20cm
Wednesday 24th December 2014, 8:12am 25cm
Tuesday 23rd December 2014, 8:36am 30cm
Monday 22nd December 2014, 8:25am 20cm
Sunday 21st December 2014, 9:01am 2cm
Saturday 20th December 2014, 9:32am 1cm
Last 7 reports (total): 143cm
Last 14 reports (total): 298cm
Current month (December 2014) total: 454cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 484cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:23am on Friday 26th December 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Huge amounts of fresh snowfall to report this morning as it keeps on coming down.

40-45cm outside my place, resorts on the mountain report that and more. 60cm on the upper areas of the mountain this morning? Very probably. Amazing.

When Niseko is firing on all cylinders like it is now, it's really impressive stuff. Being here for a long time doesn't damper that feeling at all.

Snow to ease off maybe later on in the day today or early tomorrow and there might even be some sunshine over the weekend. Still looks like it will warm up slightly through early in the week before more significant snow arrives. I think some people would enjoy a bit of a break from the full-on conditions and get the chance to see the beauty of the areas and not just of the snow on the slopes. Not for long though of course; we always want more snow round the corner.

King Number 4 lift and Dynamic Course opening at Niseko Grand Hirafu today meaning that all of the courses at that resort area are now open. Similarly, with the Panorama Course opening at Niseko Annupuri, all of the courses there are open too.

Lots of folk lined up for the opening of the lifts this morning eager to get out and enjoy the snow. Who would blame them! It has certainly been a very merry Christmas for people lucky to be here at the moment.

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
King Number 4 lift to start moving today. Dynamic course now open meaning that all of the courses at Hirafu are now open.

Niseko Hanazono:
All Niseko Hanazono lifts will be open as normal.

Niseko Village:
Top Wonderland Chair now open, resort open as planned.

Niseko Annupuri:
Panorama Course open from today - meaning that all of the courses at Annupuri are now open. All lifts open too.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Moiwa base: -8C, 40cm of overnight snowfall. Moiwa 600m: -10C, 50cm of light crystal snow on the course. Annupuri 1150m: -13C, 60cm of fresh. Hirafu 1000m: -10C, 60cm of fresh. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW19m/s, Kamui cape NNE11m/s, 1010hPa, 2.0m waves.

Heavy dump of light snow generated by a typical winter weather pattern. The atmospheric pressure gradient is shelving and the snowdrifts are yet to largely develop under 900m altitude, however drastic development of snowdrifts are forecasted as the storm picks up. High altitude open slopes should be avoided today. The avalanche hazard in Higashi-One (East ridge) and Osawa 1000m line remains high. The snow in the trees is good, but too deep. Better stay close to the courses today. Gates 5 & 6 are scheduled to open. An access route between Moiwa and Annupuri has been made yesterday, however this is a connecting route for rescue purposes and will not be groomed. This route will be inaccessible when gate 6 is closed as it is outside the resort boundary. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions.

Please beware of overspeeding and loosing control on the courses. Snowcats have been having difficulties grooming due to the heavy amount of snowfall. Have a safe day.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 300cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 190cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 165cm
Base - 130cm

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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 8:23am on Friday 26th December 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas now open

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 26th December 2014
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 26th December 2014
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 Friday 26th December 2014
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
26th December 45cm 2cm 30cm
25th December 20cm 5cm 0cm
24th December 25cm 35cm 5cm
23rd December 30cm 15cm 12cm
22nd December 20cm 5cm 10cm
21st December 2cm 0cm 17cm
20th December 1cm 0cm 35cm
Previous 7 days total 143cm 62cm 109cm
Previous 14 days total 298cm 167cm 191cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 454cm 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 484cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 26th 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]
454cm
[484cm]
-
[484cm]
-
[484cm]
-
[484cm]
-
[484cm]
-
[484cm]
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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