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LATEST REPORT: Posted at 8:22am on Monday 11th December 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy, foggy
Base temp:

Top temp:
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Earlier rain eased off
wind condition
SW 2-6m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Looks foggy, limited
This report
Monday 11th December 2017, 8:22am
Sunday 10th December 2017, 8:27am 11cm
Saturday 9th December 2017, 8:35am 7cm
Friday 8th December 2017, 8:32am 2cm
Thursday 7th December 2017, 8:12am 5cm
Wednesday 6th December 2017, 8:31am 17cm
Tuesday 5th December 2017, 8:35am 7cm
Last 7 reports (total): 49cm
Last 14 reports (total): 103cm
Current month (December 2017) total: 98cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 286cm

Good morning everyone and welcome to the start of another week as we approach the middle of December.

I recall mentioning the chance of some rain in my report yesterday and hoping that it wouldn't happen. There may have been some wet snow falling overnight but sadly, the first thing I saw this morning was rain early on.


Happily, it has not been a downpour and more like an annoying drizzle and it seems to have eased off for the moment. Things are mainly just cloudy - and a bit foggy - right now.

It feels noticeably milder this morning as well.

I notice that the Niseko Avalanche Report is reporting some wet snow above 800m, so while we got a wet down here at base it looks like it has been snow up top. Not light fluffy powder snow though... and I'm not sure my Niigata-residing friends will be too pleased to see the comparison with the quality of their snow!


With sleet/snow possible at times today, tomorrow should see some good changes with a return to much colder conditions and a return to snowfall. Hurray!


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: +2°, light winds, sleet. Moiwa 800m : -2°, 5cm wet snow, snowdrift development around midnight from southerly wind. Annupuri 1000m: -5°,light westerly wind, 10cm new snow in early morning. Hirafu 1000m, -2°, trace new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:S6m/s. Kamui Cape SSE6m/s, 997hPa, wave 0.8m.

A low pressure system is passing through the Sea of Japan, drawing warm air from the south into the area. Above 1000m the wind is starting to move around to the west and will become stronger through the day. Snow today is similar to Niigata - wet. If the depth of wet snow increases cliffs, lift lines and other steep slopes, heavy “tofu” like avalanches will easily occur. After the low pressure system passes, the wind is expected to pick up, bringing rapid cornice and snow drift growth. From this mornings observation the general avalanche risk is low, however it is expected to rise sharply during the day.

Snow conditions vary from day to day, one day good the next can be bad. Most avalanche accidents happen in bad weather. Today is a good day to stay in the ski resorts. From observation and snowfall transition, south facing steep slopes like Haru no Taki, the avalanche risk will be increasing through the day. Do not duck ropes and to enter Strictly Off Limits areas seeking fresh snow. Please respect and follow Niseko Rules. Moiwa Gate 6 will be closed.


Monday 11th December 2017

What's planned to be open today in Niseko (subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Lifts operating:
- Ace Number 3 Pair lift
- Ace Number 2 Center Four quad lift (nighta)
- Ace Family quad lift (nighta)
- King Number 3 quad lift
- Hirafu Gondola
- Holiday Number 1 pair lift
- Swinging Monkey

* All courses are open apart from Large and Dynamic.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts operating:
- Hanazono Number 1 quad lift
- Hanazono Number 2 quad lift
- Hanazono Number 3 quad lift

* All lifts are operating

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts operating:
- Annupuri Gondola
- Jumbo Number 1 quad lift (nighta)
- Jumbo Number 2 quad lift
- Dream Number 1 quad lift

* Utopia, Shirakaba, Silver, Panorama, "S" ji, Paradise, Family, Dynamic and Junior courses are open.

Niseko Village

Lifts operating:
- Niseko Gondola
- Banzai Chair
- Community Chair (nighta)
- Upper Village Gondola (nighta)
- Village Express (nighta)

* Top of Gondola to base is skiable.


Official resort snow depths on Monday 11th December 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 215cm
Base - 80cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai
Top - 135cm
Base - 80cm

Niseko Village
Top - 145cm
Base - 80cm


Floodlit 'nighta' skiing:
Scheduled daily at Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri.
There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO area.

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas of Niseko are mostly open. Still waiting for top lifts and gates to get going.

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 11th December 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Monday 11th December 2017
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 11th 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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*as of Monday 11th December 2017
11th December 0cm 17cm 0cm
10th December 11cm 15cm 0cm
9th December 7cm 10cm 0cm
8th December 2cm 10cm 7cm
7th December 5cm 4cm 15cm
6th December 17cm 6cm 18cm
5th December 7cm 0cm 14cm
Previous 7 days total 49cm 62cm 54cm
Previous 14 days total 103cm 88cm 108cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 98cm 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 286cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 11th December 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2017/2018 season - 188cm
- - - - -
2016/2017 season 2cm
2015/2016 season 3cm
2014/2015 season 0cm
2013/2014 season 0cm
2012/2013 season 0cm
  October November December January February March April May
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