Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 19th December 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:40am on Friday 19th December 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud cover
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snowfall
wind condition
1-6m/s (Hirafu)
Decent for now
This report
Friday 19th December 2014, 8:40am
30cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 155cm
Last 14 reports (total): 280cm
Current month (December 2014) total: 311cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 341cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:40am on Friday 19th December 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

A bit of relative calm after the storm is the feeling this morning.

Was a bit wild yesterday with the wind messing around with lift movements.

Less wind this morning, less snow falling, and not quite as cold either. 'Just' -3 here at base according to my trusty thermometer, and indeed the resorts report similar temperature at their base levels, Niseko Village recording -7C on their upper slopes.

Snow is forecast to ease off during the day today - might the sun make a bit of an appearance? - and a milder conditions due tomorrow. Looks like it might even rain a bit before turning into snow later in the day tomorrow. Let's hope not.

OK anyway so 30cm or so of fresh snowfall to report since yesterday. It's diffucult to read this morning with all of the wind that we had yesterday blowing it around. Just think lots of fresh snow to play in and you've pretty much got the picture.

Over the last week or two it has been getting gradually busier in Niseko, from now on there'll be more and more people arriving daily so I would expect things to be noticeably busier. With everyone hopefully having the time of their lives, it should be a fun atmosphere. Make it so, everyone!

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Moiwa base: -3C, 15cm of crystal snow in 12hours. Moiwa 600m: -4C, calm wind and 25cm of broken crystal snow with development of snowdrifts. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW 12m/s, Kamui cape WNW7m/s, 1023hPa, 1.9m waves. Annupuri 1150m: -6℃, mild NW wind, good groomers conditions and snowdrift development. The current snowpack is 130cm at Annupuri 1000m.

The atmospheric pressure gradient is small over the Sea of Japan, and the wind is mild around Niseko area. Yesterday’s northerly wind made snowdrifts develop slowly above 800m altitude. The Backbowl’s sidewalls are loaded with heavy snowdrifts. The avalanche hazard is high around 1100m Kozan no sawa (Backbowl) slopes, 900m Osawa cornice slopes. The gates are yet to open and peak hike is still restricted. The snow in the trees is a bit humid and in good condition. Beware of over-speeding and hitting trees. Do not duck ropes; one track left under a rope will lead many others to follow and unnecessarily increase the chances of accidents to happen. Crossing ropes is severely prohibited by the Niseko Rules. We’d like to call all accommodation facilities to inform their guests about the Niseko Rules. Have a nice day.

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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 - 210cm
Base - 90cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 150cm
Base - 110cm

Annupuri:
Top - 135cm
Base - 110cm

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas 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 Friday 19th December 2014
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 19th December 2014
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 19th 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 Friday 19th December 2014
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
19th December 30cm 0cm 40cm
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
Previous 7 days total 155cm 105cm 82cm
Previous 14 days total 280cm 147cm 219cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 311cm 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 341cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 19th 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]
311cm
[341cm]
-
[341cm]
-
[341cm]
-
[341cm]
-
[341cm]
-
[341cm]
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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