Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 14th December 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:35am on Sunday 14th December 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
-9°C

Top temp:
-13°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
It's snowing still
wind condition
SW2 - W7
Limited
This report
Sunday 14th December 2014, 8:35am
30cm
Saturday 13th December 2014, 8:22am 25cm
Friday 12th December 2014, 8:20am 15cm
Thursday 11th December 2014, 8:55am 2cm
Wednesday 10th December 2014, 8:30am 20cm
Tuesday 9th December 2014, 8:20am 14cm
Monday 8th December 2014, 9:16am 4cm
Last 7 reports (total): 110cm
Last 14 reports (total): 211cm
Current month (December 2014) total: 211cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 241cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:35am on Sunday 14th December 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

'It just doesn't stop snowing' is what I heard a few people say yesterday, and sometimes it feels like that.

Another 30cm of snow observed since last report and the official numbers are gradually going up as well with Niseko Grand Hirafu nearly up to the 2m mark at peak. Take a look at the Avalance Report below... 50cm of new snowfall at Annupuri 1000m. It probably shows how much we are use to things here and how much we expect when the snowfall we have been having is seen as 'still insufficient'!

There's more on the way though. It might ease tomorrow but heavy snowfall is again forecast from later Tuesday through Wednesday with a good chance of strong winds as well.

Did I mention it's keeping very cold? -8 here earlier and that was at base. Shouldn't be quite as cold from tomorrow.

So great snow conditions to play in at the moment, and still things are not as busy as they will soon be getting so a it's a fine time to be able to get out there.

Hope you can get to enjoy it. Don't get stuck in it!

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -8C, 30cm of broken crystal snow and light development of snowdrifts. Moiwa 650m: WNW10m/s, 40cm of new snow and moderate development of snowdrifts. Coastal data: NW16m/s at Benkei cape. Anupuri 1000m: W13m/s, -12CX, 50cm of new snow and bad visibility.

The strong atmospheric pressure gradient is generating continuous snowfall. Cornices and snowdrifts are developing above 800m. The snow is slightly wind-affected, heavy and deep but in good shape. The snow is deep and you’ll easily get stuck in flat slopes, better stay close to the groomers. Beware of hitting trees. The snow is still insufficient and the gates opening will take some more time. Do not duck ropes to step out of bounds, always use gates. Niseko’s backcountry safety has been based on this simple rule in Niseko. Please follow the rules to protect the freedom of out of bounds riding. The avalanche risk is relatively high in all areas around Niseko today, especially around 800m leeward open steep slopes. Carefully select your route. No matter the snowfall amount, avalanches happen when the conditions are right, and become an accident if a person is involved. Beware of frostbites. Have a nice day.

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Here's what is planned to be open today (subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Courses:
Family Course, Sen-no-ki, Alpen, Detour for Beginners, Green, Onsenzawa, Center, Shirakaba, Kokutai, Kogen, Ni-Kabe, Jumbo, Parallel, Rinkan, Setsuzoku, Jumbo, Parallel, Holiday
Lifts:
Ace Family Lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Ace Number 3 lift, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift, Hirafu Gondola, King Number 3 Triple lift, Swinging Monkey.
Night skiing lifts:
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift

Niseko Hanazono
Courses: Stairway to Heaven, Silver Dream, Legend of Shinya, Yotei Sunset, Crystal Garden
Lifts: All 3 quad lifts operating
Night skiing lifts: No night skiing at Hanazono

Niseko Village
Courses:
Final Fling, Shaky Knees, Next Stage, Banzai, Cruiser, Don't Blink, beginners course from Gondola, Junkyard, Namara (part ungroomed), Jagaimo (ungroomed), Misoshiru (ungroomed)
Lifts:
Niseko Gondola, Community Chair, Banzai Chair
Night skiing lifts:
Community Chair and Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri
Courses:
Paradise, Family, Challenge, Marchen, Dynamic, Junior, Utopia, Shirakaba, Silver (9 out of 13 courses open)
Lifts:
Annupuri Gondola, Jumbo Number 1 Quad, Jumbo Number 2 Pair, Jumbo Number 3 Pair
Night skiing lift:
Jumbo Number 1 Quad

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Official snow depth numbers at the time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 190cm
Base - 110cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 120cm
Base - 80cm

Annupuri:
Top - 130cm
Base - 100cm

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Niseko lift tickets can be won in the SnowJapan Prize Draw, details here:

http://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/lift-ticket-prize-draw

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All 4 resorts on the mountain open - see main report

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 14th December 2014
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 14th December 2014
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 14th December 2014
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)
  2014/2015
*as of Sunday 14th December 2014
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
14th December 30cm 35cm 10cm
13th December 25cm 20cm 0cm
12th December 15cm 4cm 2cm
11th December 2cm 1cm 40cm
10th December 20cm 0cm 40cm
9th December 14cm 10cm 20cm
8th December 4cm 12cm 10cm
Previous 7 days total 110cm 82cm 122cm
Previous 14 days total 211cm 108cm 194cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 211cm 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 241cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 14th 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
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
211cm
[241cm]
-
[241cm]
-
[241cm]
-
[241cm]
-
[241cm]
-
[241cm]
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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