Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 1st December 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Saturday 1st December 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
It's snowing!
wind condition
Light
visibility condition
Poor
This report
Saturday 1st December 2018, 8:30am
20cm
Friday 30th November 2018, 8:03am 15cm
Thursday 29th November 2018, 7:59am 1cm
Wednesday 28th November 2018, 8:09am 0cm
Tuesday 27th November 2018, 8:14am 0cm
Monday 26th November 2018, 8:29am 0cm
Sunday 25th November 2018, 8:28am 18cm
Last 7 reports (total): 54cm
Last 14 reports (total): 102cm
Current month (December 2018) total: 20cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 104cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Saturday 1st December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from my secret Hirafu base where things are looking very wintery.

So we move into December, an as planned all four of the Niseko United resorts are now open, with lifts at Niseko Village and Niseko HANAZONO starting to move as this report goes live.

Niseko HANAZONO plan to have all three of their lifts moving today with 'top to bottom' skiing possible. Don't worry, snowboarders. Presumably top to bottom snowboarding is possible too! ;)

Over at Niseko Village, the Upper Village Gondola (which is actually by base) and the Community Chair lifts are starting their season; so the action there is down by the base area for now.

Niseko Grand Hirafu are adding some new lifts too, including the Hirafu Gondola - but you still need to get either the Gondola or Ace Number 2 quad lift back down.

And as I mentioned yesterday, the lower Dream Number 1 Quad Lift at Niseko Annupuri is opening this morning from 9:00am.

The nearby Moiwa area is also planning on opening from tomorrow.

Phew. I think I have got all that lot right!

In all that excitement, I almost forgot to tell you the good snow news. There's more to report this morning with 20cm of fresh being measured by myself. And it looks really nice quality too.

So to sum up this morning... hurray!

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I'll leave the upcoming run of somewhat warmer temperatures for my report tomorrow.

It's time to enjoy this snow.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

* A big thank you and 'otsukaresama in advance' to the very good folk putting the avalanche reports together. The first one of the season...

Moiwa base 6am: -5℃, snowing, 20cm of snowfall in the past 12hours. Minimal wind influence. Sea of Japan Benkei cape: NW9m/s, Kamui cape: 1.4m waves, 1014hPa. Moiwa 850m and Annupuri 1100m wind data is not yet available.

NW15m/s snow & wind at 1200m elevation made cornices and snowdrifts slowly develop. Slides from 11/28 layer are likely to occur in leeward exposed 40°slopes. Beware when touring in the backcountry. Avalanches will happen when the conditions align, no matter the snowpack depth and will only be an accident if a person is involved in it.

Out of bounds area is still closed and is not suitable for riding yet. Beware of bushes, dirt, rocks and other obstacles in the ungroomed snow. Need to wait for some more snowfall. Better be patient and not waste the season with an early injury. The resorts course conditions are yet to be at its best.

Niseko's out of bounds riding is supported by the strong work of the ski patrols, lift staffs and cat operators. Please respect their work and the Niseko Rules. We hope everyone have a great season.

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Ski resort operation information: Saturday 1st December 2018
The below information is manually checked each morning and believed to be correct at time of report!

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Part open

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 115cm
- Base: 50cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Ace Number 3 pair
- King Number 3 quad
- Swinging Monkey
- Ace Number 2 Center Four (for transport, last down at 4pm)
- Hirafu Gondola (for transport, last down at 4pm)

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Part open

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 48cm
- Base: 30cm
- * Not updated by resort as of 8:30am

Ski lifts operating:
- Hanazono Number 1 quad
- Hanazono Number 2 quad
- Hanazono Number 3 quad

Hirafu & Hanazono Courses open:
- Center Course
- Rinkan Course (lower area)
- Beginners Access
- Jumbo Course
- Yotei Sunset
- Parallel Course
- Silver Dream

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Niseko Annupuri
Part open

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 60cm
- Base: 20cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Annupuri Gondola
- Jumbo Number 3 pair
- Dream Number 1 quad

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Niseko Village
Part open

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: -cm
- Base: 20cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Upper Village Gondola
- Community Chair

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Saturday 1st December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All four of the resort areas are now part open. See above for as many details as I could get this morning!

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Japan snowfall data
(updated daily during winter)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 1st December 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 1st December 2018
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 1st December 2018
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2018/2019
*as of Saturday 1st December 2018
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
1st December 20cm 16cm 0cm
30th November 15cm 5cm 10cm
29th November 1cm 0cm 9cm
28th November 0cm 0cm 0cm
27th November 0cm 21cm 0cm
26th November 0cm 27cm 3cm
25th November 18cm 25cm 25cm
Previous 7 days total 54cm 94cm 47cm
Previous 14 days total 102cm 177cm 66cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 20cm 406cm 181cm
January observed snowfall total - 305cm 152cm
February observed snowfall total - 299cm 160cm
March observed snowfall total - 49cm 83cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 104cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 1st December 2018
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
2018/2019 season 0cm
[0cm]
84cm
[84cm]
20cm
[104cm]
-
[104cm]
-
[104cm]
-
[104cm]
-
[104cm]
-
[104cm]
2017/2018 season - 188cm
[188cm]
406cm
[594cm]
305cm
[899cm]
299cm
[1198cm]
49cm
[1247cm]
13cm
[1260cm]
0cm
[1260cm]
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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