Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 18th December 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:56am on Friday 18th December 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snowing
wind condition
SE4m/s - W5m/s (Hirafu)
Limited
This report
Friday 18th December 2015, 8:56am
18cm
Thursday 17th December 2015, 8:25am 18cm
Wednesday 16th December 2015, 8:30am 0cm
Tuesday 15th December 2015, 8:35am 0cm
Monday 14th December 2015, 8:32am 0cm
Sunday 13th December 2015, 8:40am 0cm
Saturday 12th December 2015, 8:38am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 36cm
Last 14 reports (total): 90cm
Current month (December 2015) total: 109cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 173cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:56am on Friday 18th December 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning and I have another 18cm of snow to report this morning from here in base. Feeling nice and cold and the snow condition is looking good. Nice and dry.

A bit more of the mountain is opening up this morning with the resorts trying to open as many courses as they can. I would expect more still for the weekend especially if we get a bit more snow during the day today... and we expecting it today and tomorrow, with the snow clouds easing off from Sunday.

Colder conditions are expected to continue over the next few days, so be sure to wrap up and go out prepared. It looks like things might get slightly warmer again early in the week but hopefully not like we saw in the period previous to this snowfall.

More people are continuing to arrive in the Niseko area now and Christmas just one week away! It's a good job that more terrain is opening up. Hopefully not long now before it's all open.

Anyway it should be a good weekend!

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -3℃, snowing. 20cm of fresh snow in 12 hours without notable development of snowdrifts. The wind is stagnating around 10-15m/s westerly at 1000m elevation. Coastal data: Benkei cape WNW12m/s, Kamui cape WSW10m/s, 1016hPa, 2.1m waves.

A typical winter pressure pattern is generating snow. The pressure gradient is small ad wind remains light accordingly. The snowdrifts are developing but stabilizing quickly. However, 50cm slab slides from Dec 12th layer are still to be considered in south facing cliffs and off-limits areas. Do not duck ropes and stimulate these aspects. Most of the avalanche accidents occur in leeward steep slopes with heavy deposit of snowdrifts during storms.

The conditions are getting better, but the snowpack is still shallow. Beware of stumps and bushes. Gates opening will take while.

This information is released for the sake of all resort users. Always stay humble in the mountains and think safety first.

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Resort specific news as of 8:45am - subject to change during the day

The lifts market with an asterix (*) below are planned to be open for night skiing

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Lifts planned to be running:
- Ace Family pair*
- Ace Number 2 Quad Center Four (for transport)
- Ace Number 3 pair
- Hirafu Gondola (for transport)
- King Number 3 triple
- Holiday Number 1 pair
- Swinging Monkey
Courses planned to be open:
- Family
- Beginners access
- Center
- Shirakaba
- Green
- Kokutai (upper part)
- Alpen
- Sennoki
- Kogen
- Boyo
- Holiday
- Rinkan (part)
- Jumbo

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Lifts planned to be running:
- Hanazono Number 1 quad
- Hanazono Number 2 quad
- Hanazono Number 3 quad
Courses planned to be open:
- Connecting
- Parallel
- Silver Dream
- Stairway to Heaven
- Setsuzoku course
- Crystal Garden
- Yotei Sunset (ungroomed)

Niseko Village
Lifts planned to be operating:
- Niseko Gondola
- Community Chair*
- Banzai Chair*

Niseko Annupuri
Lifts planned to be operating:
- Annupuri Gondola
- Jumbo Number 1 quad*
- Jumbo Number 2 pair
- Jumbo Number 3 pair
Courses planned to be open:
- Utopia
- Shirakaba
- Paradise
- Junior
- Family
- Dynamic
- Silver

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Official resort snow depths as of 18th December 2015:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 175cm
Base - 60cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 70cm
Base - 40cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 70cm
Base - 60cm

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Archive report: Posted at 8:56am on Friday 18th December 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

More opening up. See main report.

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 18th December 2015
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 18th December 2015
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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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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  2015/2016
*as of Friday 18th December 2015
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
18th December 18cm 25cm 0cm
17th December 18cm 0cm 0cm
16th December 0cm 0cm 15cm
15th December 0cm 45cm 35cm
14th December 0cm 30cm 35cm
13th December 0cm 25cm 20cm
12th December 0cm 15cm 4cm
Previous 7 days total 36cm 140cm 109cm
Previous 14 days total 90cm 260cm 147cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 109cm 519cm 275cm
January observed snowfall total - 257cm 461cm
February observed snowfall total - 196cm 178cm
March observed snowfall total - 139cm 113cm
April observed snowfall total - 3cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 173cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 18th December 2015
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
109cm
[173cm]
-
[173cm]
-
[173cm]
-
[173cm]
-
[173cm]
-
[173cm]
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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