Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 18th December 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:34am on Monday 18th December 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Heavy snowfall
wind condition
SW 1-2m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Poor
This report
Monday 18th December 2017, 8:34am
25cm
Sunday 17th December 2017, 8:25am 15cm
Saturday 16th December 2017, 8:38am 4cm
Friday 15th December 2017, 8:30am 6cm
Thursday 14th December 2017, 8:23am 8cm
Wednesday 13th December 2017, 8:02am 26cm
Tuesday 12th December 2017, 8:32am 2cm
Last 7 reports (total): 86cm
Last 14 reports (total): 135cm
Current month (December 2017) total: 184cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 372cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:34am on Monday 18th December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning everyone.

The good news continues.

Heavy snowfall since last night; it is currently snowing heavily and I measured 25cm of fresh snow on the ground here by Hirafu base.

And.

There's lots more snow scheduled to arrive over the next few days.

Marvellous.

I've got some computer stuff to do this morning and while the conditions should be really great, it's very cold and visibility looks rather limited so I'm not feeling to hard done by. Time for some extra celebratory toast.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -7°, 25cm new snow, calm. Moiwa 800m : -10°, WSW3.5m/s, 30cm new snow, slow snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -13°, W10m/s, 30cm new snow, snowdrift development. Hirafu 1200m: -14°, W10m/s, 30-40cm new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NW14m/s. Kamui Cape: WSW10m/s, 1016hPa, wave 1.4m.

A weak snow wind continues with the East/West low pressure arrangement, snow drifts are developing slowly, however because of the amount of snow that has fallen, around 800m growth has been over 60cm . From impact test, 50cm slab is breaking easily and stabilisation is delayed. There is the possibility of a large scale avalanche in the following areas -West Ridge south slope, Mikaeri Bowl, East Ridge cornice slope, Strictly off Limits Haru no Taki and Yu no Sawa side wall. The snow is deep and good in the forest.

The snow wind is relatively weak at 15m/s but has continued for a long time, so a lot of snow has built up. Avoid riding under cornices, knolls and lift lines. Do not duck ropes to ride out of bounds. Others will follow 1 track, leading to higher risk of accident. Careful of frostbite. Have a good day.

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Monday 18th 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 (* nighta)
- Holiday Number 1 pair lift (* nighta)
- Swinging Monkey
- King Number 4

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts operating:
- Hanazono Number 1 quad lift
- Hanazono Number 2 quad lift
- Hanazono Number 3 quad lift

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts operating:
- Annupuri Gondola
- Jumbo Number 1 quad lift (* nighta)
- Jumbo Number 2 pair lift
- Jumbo Number 4 pair lift
- Dream Number 1 quad lift

Niseko Village

Lifts operating:
- Niseko Gondola
- Banzai Chair
- Community Chair (* nighta)
- Upper Village Gondola (* nighta)
- Village Express (* nighta)
- Wonderland Chair

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Official resort snow depths on Monday 18th December 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 280cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai
Top - 170cm
Base - 120cm

Niseko Village
Top - 170cm
Base - 110cm

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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 8:34am on Monday 18th December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Mountain is open and getting snowed on in true style!

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Monday 18th December 2017
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 18th 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 Monday 18th December 2017
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
18th December 25cm 2cm 18cm
17th December 15cm 24cm 18cm
16th December 4cm 36cm 0cm
15th December 6cm 0cm 0cm
14th December 8cm 0cm 0cm
13th December 26cm 2cm 0cm
12th December 2cm 4cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 86cm 68cm 36cm
Previous 14 days total 135cm 130cm 90cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 184cm 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 372cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 18th 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]
184cm
[372cm]
- - - - -
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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