Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 15th December 2013

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:45am on Sunday 15th December 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
8-15m/s (Hirafu)
Mostly poor on mountain
This report
Sunday 15th December 2013, 8:45am
35cm
Saturday 14th December 2013, 8:55am 35cm
Friday 13th December 2013, 9:10am 20cm
Thursday 12th December 2013, 8:40am 4cm
Wednesday 11th December 2013, 8:49am 1cm
Tuesday 10th December 2013, 9:00am 0cm
Monday 9th December 2013, 8:40am 10cm
Last 7 reports (total): 105cm
Last 14 reports (total): 138cm
Current month (December 2013) total: 143cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 266cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:45am on Sunday 15th December 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

The snow and cold conditions continue here in Niseko, and there has been at least another 35cm of snowfall at base since my last report.

Kind of disappointing that the official snow depth numbers don't reflect all this new snow, perhaps apart from Niseko Grand Hirafu - the others seem to be stalling at much lower numbers for some reason. But believe me, it is out there and lots of it.

Yesterday was a fantastic day. What more can I say. More people have been turning up to come and enjoy what Niseko has to offer, though the peak season crowds aren't here quite yet. It was great to get out for nighta for the first time too.

The snow is forecast to continue through today and into tomorrow, with things set to settle down from Tuesday.

The only thing that is going to dampen things today is those strong winds. No stranger to our Niseko reports, but strong winds on the mountain today are affecting lift operations. Annupuri reporting winds up to 20m/s, Hirafu up to 15m/s. The top two lifts at Hanazono; Swinging Monkey and King Number 3 Triple at Niseko Grand Hirafu; Niseko Gondola at Niseko Village; Gondola and Jumbo Number 3 lifts at Niseko Annupuri... are all not moving at the time of writing. As ever with the weather, things can change. But windy conditions are forecast for the day.

At Hirafu the Super Course opens today (super!), as well as the Furiko Course.

At Utopia, Silver, Shirakaba, Merchen, Paradise, Junior, Challenge, Dynamic and Family courses are now open.

It won't be long now hopefully until we can simply declare that the whole mountain is open.

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Planned lift operations - some affected by wind today:

Grand Hirafu:
Ace Family Pair
Ace Number 3 Pair
Ace Number 2 Quad Center Four
King Number 3 Triple
Swinging Monkey
Hirafu Gondola
Holiday Number 1 Pair

Hanazono:
Hanazono Number 1 Quad
Hanazono Number 2 Quad
Hanazono Number 3 Quad

Niseko Village:
Niseko Gondola
Community Chair
Banzai Chair
Morino Chair

Annupuri:
Gondola
Jumbo Number 1 quad
Jumbo Number 2
Jumbo Number 3

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -6C, 12 hours snowfall 30cm of crystal snow. Moiwa 500m: NW12m/s, -7C, 50cm of fresh and moderate development of snowdrifts. Coastal data: NW16m/s, 2.5m waves, 1006hPa.

Intermittent & moderate snowfall is persisting due to the stagnating low-pressure system. Snowdrifts and cornices are developing above 1000m treeline and the snowpack is yet to stabilize. Small slides (though big enough to be buried and asphyxiated) are to be considered in steep slopes.

The snow accumulation is still insufficient and it will take a bit more time to set the gates. Please refrain from ducking ANY ropes. One track left under a rope would lead many others to do the same and increase the chances of accidents. Ducking ropes is strongly prohibited by the Niseko Rules.

Avalanche accidents mostly occur during or just after storms. Do not overestimate your knowledge and skills; stay humble towards the mountain and always think safety first. Be careful of bushes and stumps and pay attention to the ski patrol’s advices. The snow is in an excellent condition again today. Have a nice day!

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Official snow depth numbers:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 220cm
Base - 90cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 110cm
Base - 70cm

Annupuri:
Top - 110cm
Base - 80cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:45am on Sunday 15th December 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

See report.

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 15th December 2013
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 15th December 2013
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 15th December 2013
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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  2013/2014
*as of Sunday 15th December 2013
2012/2013
Season
2011/2012
Season
15th December 35cm 5cm -
14th December 35cm 10cm -
13th December 20cm 0cm -
12th December 4cm 2cm -
11th December 1cm 40cm -
10th December 0cm 40cm -
9th December 10cm 20cm -
Previous 7 days total 105cm 117cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 138cm 189cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 123cm 118cm -
December observed snowfall total 143cm 418cm -
January observed snowfall total - 443cm -
February observed snowfall total - 316cm -
March observed snowfall total - 164cm -
April observed snowfall total - 32cm -
May observed snowfall total - 2cm -
Season observed snowfall total 266cm 1493cm 0cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 15th December 2013
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
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season - - - - - - - -
2013/2014 season 0cm
[0cm]
123cm
[123cm]
143cm
[266cm]
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[266cm]
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[266cm]
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[266cm]
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[266cm]
-
[266cm]
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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