Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 27th December 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:22am on Wednesday 27th December 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-9°C

Top temp:
-14°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow+wind
wind condition
WNW
visibility condition
Generally poor
This report
Wednesday 27th December 2017, 8:22am
24cm
Tuesday 26th December 2017, 8:28am 13cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 93cm
Last 14 reports (total): 205cm
Current month (December 2017) total: 331cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 519cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:22am on Wednesday 27th December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning everyone.

The strong winds, heavy snowfall and very cold conditions have continued.

I got another 24cm of fresh snow to report, though once again I need to mention that the wind has been blowing it around big time and so look in different places and you'll see more and less. I am guessing that actual snowfall is probably considerably more. It has been rather wild, to say the least.

Though the winds are expected to be less today, they are still expected to cause some lift disruption. Official 'sauces' are this morning apparently once again having trouble and so the snow depths are not updated and I am unable to confirm lift operation status at time of writing. (Sorry!)

Be extra/very safe out there - there really is no need to push yourself at the moment.

Once this storm calms down proper and passes, conditions should be truly excellent. Snow is still expected over the next few days. For calmer and clearer conditions perhaps we can look to the weekend.

:)

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And now for something completely different.

Here’s something I prepared yesterday...

“Your snow reports suck and are way off the money. Get it right.”

Such was the ever-so-charming email – reproduced above in full - that someone sent in to SnowJapan yesterday. It was bravely sent in without a name and using an invalid email address that bounced the form. (Oh, but of course!)

Whenever these kinds of comments are sent in we often feel they are often probably done as some kind of ‘hilarious’ lark, maybe a drunken bit of fun to try and get some kind of rise – and SnowJapan are not in the habit of rising to such bait.

But SnowJapan have given me permission to make a few comments today.

So please indulge me!

Point 1: Which snow reports exactly? All of them? Do they all suck? Or just some of them? Maybe just one of them? Mine perhaps, or a different one?

Point 2: In what way do they ‘suck and are way off the money’?

Note: If you genuinely would like us to ‘get it right’, how exactly are we supposed to do that if you do not specify such things?

Point 3: And here’s a jolly good idea. If you are going to waste your time being so confrontational, why not man-up - or indeed woman-up - and put your name to your comments, rather than hide behind the cowardly anonymity of t’inter?

Actually, I think I know the answer to that one.

The internet really is such a wonderful thing. It allows us to instantly avail ourselves to all sorts of important kitten-related cuteness (though I prefer monkeys myself), endless AKB48 videos and also allows us to easily spend too much money shopping in the Christmas sales. Doh!

But it still often perplexes me how it also seems to turn some folk into really rude, ungrateful and manner-free trolls. On second thoughts, I’m pretty sure these people are exactly like that with or without the internet; the internet just brings it out of them and to the fore.

But to address the issue for relative newcomers:

If I make a mistake in these reports, I am keen to know about it. I will correct it and I will also likely apologise for it in a future report. The reports on SnowJapan are here to tell you what is happening, not what we all want to be happening or to feed you some agenda-driven message. I am certain that is the case with the other reports.

A large amount of time, effort and care is put into the reports. Every single day for 4-6 months, depending on the report. I know that when I am in the swing of things I probably spend over 30 minutes every day putting this report together. Sometimes a bit less, sometimes more than that. And for the most part I really love doing it. Hopefully that comes across in my reports.

You don’t have to love our style of reports, but if you think they are so bad and are unwilling to elaborate further than ‘they suck’, here’s a novel idea – don’t read them. Last I heard, you aren’t paying for them. And SnowJapan might be happy to save on some bandwidth.

Comments are welcome, and we will always consider genuine stuff that is sent in. Offensive comments, insults and generally bad-mannered and rude shouts will be totally ignored. Behind the scenes we might briefly shake our heads in disbelief and/or have a bit of a chuckle, but we’re not losing any sleep over it. That's because we do the best we can, stand by what we do and most importantly we absolutely know where we’re coming from.

When I make posts like this - I know, I have been known to a few times a season - I actually enjoy it. It’s a bit like discussing stuff over a few pints with good friends. 😊

Anyway, thanks for indulging me again.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -10℃, 30cm snowfall, stormy. Moiwa800m: -12.8℃, W12.2m/s (max 29m/s), large snowdrifts developing. Annupuri1150m: -18℃, W20m/s, 50cm snowfall at base. Hirafu1000m: -15℃, light wind, 50cm snowfall. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW20m/s, Kamui capeW13m/s, 995hPa, 3.3m waves.

The wind is slowly calming down, however strong westerly wind persists in western side of the mountain above 800m. 5am observations showed that the snowdrifts are yet to stabilize, easily fractures with a slight impact. The avalanche risk is extremely high in Niseko and surrounding mountains. Potential trigger layer is 24th Dec’s layer of warm snow, or the collapsing of the snowdrift itself. 60cm thick surface slab slides are to expected in 1000m Backbowl and Osawa sidewalls.

The storm remains strong and visibility is bad. Heavily wind affected dense and deep snow blankets the area below treeline. Better stay inbounds today. Snow is abundant and deep in Hirafu and the eastern area. Beware of falling and suffocation.

Many of the winter mountain accidents occur when pushing too far during bad weather. Once the weather settles down, the snow will stabilize and the mountain will be ready to be enjoyed safely. Niseko is under a once in a decade cold spell. Be flexible with your travel plans, better not push things in this weather.

All gates are closed today. Chair lifts operation is undetermined. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions.

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Wednesday 27th December 2017

Please note snow depths not updated today - unable to check official information

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 likely to be affecting lift operations

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

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are operating
** Strong winds are likely to be affecting lift operations

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 likely to be affecting lift operations

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 8:22am on Wednesday 27th December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Wind expected to affect lifts again today

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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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  2017/2018
*as of Wednesday 27th December 2017
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
27th December 24cm 1cm 20cm
26th December 13cm 0cm 24cm
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
Previous 7 days total 93cm 18cm 52cm
Previous 14 days total 205cm 80cm 98cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 331cm 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 519cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 27th 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]
331cm
[519cm]
- - - - -
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]
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