Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 13th December 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:02am on Wednesday 13th December 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow continues to fall
wind condition
E 2m/s - W 6m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Limited
This report
Wednesday 13th December 2017, 8:02am
26cm
Tuesday 12th December 2017, 8:32am 2cm
Monday 11th December 2017, 8:22am 0cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 53cm
Last 14 reports (total): 131cm
Current month (December 2017) total: 126cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 314cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:02am on Wednesday 13th December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning to you all from my Hirafu base.

An early report from me this morning as I am going to battle the road conditions and get somewhere...

It is another very good morning as that pesky rain the other day becomes a distant memory.

There has been lots of snow and blowing winds since my last report, and I have 26cm piled up at my official measuring point. The wind doesn't usually get to mess big time with my numbers, but I think we can expect a considerable amount of snow on the slopes this morning.

And it is still snowing.

Hopefully lifts will be operating this morning as scheduled.

And the forecast over the coming week shows regular snow lined up. Though tomorrow might provide a breather being calm with some sunshine.

Things couldn't really be much better for these first few weeks of the season.

Can it continue like this? I certainly hope so!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -7°, 20cm new snow. Moiwa 800m : -9.4°, W10.2m/s, 30cm new snow. Annupuri 1100m: -12°,W15m/s, 50cm new snow, major snowdrift development. Hirafu: 1200m, -13°, W15m/s, gusty, 50cm new snow, snowdrift development. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NW20m/s. Kamui Cape WSW9m/s, 1005hPa, wave 3.1m.

The typical winter weather pattern continues, the west side above 800m 10-15m/s blizzard continues. There has been drastic cornice and snowdrift development above 900m on the east side of the mountain, growth has been over 200cm in many places. The wind is relatively weak at 15m/s, but is gusting, increasing the amount of snow at each of the ski areas.

The snowdrifts are steadily increasing. From observation below 1000m avalanche risk is not extremely high. However the current conditions and snowfall transition cause the risk on leeward slopes like Haru no Taki like Yu no Sawa to be high. Expect 60cm deep surface slab fracture from the Dec 11 layer. Do not duck ropes to enter strictly off limits areas looking for deep snow.

The top lifts at each Niseko United area are expect to start on the 16th. Gates will open soon after when preparations are complete. Please be patient.

The snow is deep and good in the trees below 1000m. Be careful falling into hidden creeks, the water is cold. Be careful and take care.

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Wednesday 13th 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)
- Morino Chair

* Top of Gondola to base is skiable.

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Official resort snow depths on Wednesday 13th December 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 240cm
Base - 100cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai
Top - 135cm
Base - 90cm

Niseko Village
Top - 145cm
Base - 80cm

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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 above.

Archive report: Posted at 8:02am on Wednesday 13th December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Resorts are all open - details above. Still waiting for top lifts and gates.

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 13th 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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  2017/2018
*as of Wednesday 13th December 2017
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
13th December 26cm 2cm 0cm
12th December 2cm 4cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 53cm 62cm 22cm
Previous 14 days total 131cm 85cm 93cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 126cm 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 314cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 13th 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
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - 188cm
[188cm]
126cm
[314cm]
- - - - -
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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