Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 18th December 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:50am on Thursday 18th December 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow and wind storm
wind condition
NE 5 - NNW 20
Poor
This report
Thursday 18th December 2014, 8:50am
25cm
Wednesday 17th December 2014, 8:45am 0cm
Tuesday 16th December 2014, 8:45am 0cm
Monday 15th December 2014, 9:02am 45cm
Sunday 14th December 2014, 8:35am 30cm
Saturday 13th December 2014, 8:22am 25cm
Friday 12th December 2014, 8:20am 15cm
Last 7 reports (total): 140cm
Last 14 reports (total): 260cm
Current month (December 2014) total: 281cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 311cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:50am on Thursday 18th December 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

This particular region of Hokkaido missed the worst of the storm yesterday. Places in eastern regions got much wilder conditions by the looks of things, and more snow too.

Here I have 25cm or so of snow to report. Not bad of course, but much less than some places got. The official snow depth at Niseko Grand Hirafu resort is now up to 2m though.

It's snowing this morning still and rather windy and here's how the wind conditions are affecting lifts as of before 9am:

All of Annupuri on standby, though will open if weather conditions improve.
The Niseko Gondola at Niseko Village is not moving, but the three lower lifts are open.
The Hirafu Gondola, Ace Number 2 Center Four, Ace Number 3, King Number 3 Triple, Swinging Monkey lifts at Niseko Grand Hirafu are not moving.
All of the Hanazono lifts are not moving.

So choice for the morning boils down to basically the lower areas of Hirafu or Village.

Not crazy cold actually, with the temperature just under 0 right now.

Tomorrow should see calmer conditions and the snowfall easing off. Back to snow at the weekend though. It's never far off!

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Moiwa base: -4C, light wind and 30cm of small broken crystal snow in 12 hours. Moiwa 600m: -4C, ENE10m/s, 40cm of new snow and light development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: NW15m/s, -7C and developing snowdrifts. Benkei cape: NNE15m/s. Kamui cape: ENE9m/s, 997hPa and 2.2m waves.

The wind and snowfall is moderate under 800m as the low-pressure system moves east and the atmospheric pressure gradient is relatively small. The snow in the trees is pretty good. The storm is forecasted to pick up, strong northerly wind will make the cornices and snowdrifts develop drastically. The avalanche hazard level will rise considerably as the storm picks up during the day. The visibility is very bad. Riding slopes near/under cornices are to be avoided in all areas in and around Niseko. Avalanches are also likely to happen under chairlift lines and steep faces within the resorts.
This information is released for the safety of all Niseko resorts’ guests. Do not duck boundary ropes.

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Lifts planned to be operating (* subject to change due to weather conditions).
Any news at time of writing is noted in the main report above:

Niseko Grand Hirafu
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
Lifts: Hanazono Number 1, Hanazono Number 2, Hanazono Number 3
Night skiing lifts: No night skiing at Hanazono

Niseko Village
Lifts:
Niseko Gondola, Community Chair, Banzai Chair, Morino Chair.
Night skiing lifts:
Community Chair and Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri
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 - 200cm
Base - 90cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 140cm
Base - 105cm

Annupuri:
Top - 130cm
Base - 110cm

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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:

Limited operations due to weather conditions

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 18th December 2014
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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  2014/2015
*as of Thursday 18th December 2014
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
18th December 25cm 0cm 10cm
17th December 0cm 0cm 10cm
16th December 0cm 15cm 7cm
15th December 45cm 35cm 5cm
14th December 30cm 35cm 10cm
13th December 25cm 20cm 0cm
12th December 15cm 4cm 2cm
Previous 7 days total 140cm 109cm 44cm
Previous 14 days total 260cm 147cm 189cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 281cm 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 311cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 18th 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]
281cm
[311cm]
-
[311cm]
-
[311cm]
-
[311cm]
-
[311cm]
-
[311cm]
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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