Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 19th December 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:56am on Saturday 19th December 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy, some clearings
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow at times
wind condition
NE3m/s - NW20m/s
Fair
This report
Saturday 19th December 2015, 8:56am
10cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 46cm
Last 14 reports (total): 86cm
Current month (December 2015) total: 119cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 183cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:56am on Saturday 19th December 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Another 10cm of fresh snow to report this morning which is good - conditions are certainly improving and we'd like to see more!

Something else this morning. Yes, just when we were hoping that more terrain might be able to open for the weekend, strong winds on the mountain are affecting operations early on.

As far as I can tell here's what is being affected at the time of writing:

Niseko Grand Hirafu: Ace Number 2 Quad Center Four, Ace Number 3 pair, King Number 3 triple, Swinging Monkey lifts on hold at time of writing due to strong winds
Niseko Hanazono: Number 3 lift on hold at time of writing due to strong winds
Niseko Village: Gondola on hold at time of writing due to strong winds
Niseko Annupuri: All lifts on hold at time of writing due to strong winds

So it's all a bit limited at the moment this morning I'm afraid.

Never mind, the bigger picture is positive with the fresh snowfall and it's good and cold.

Hopefully we might get a bit more today though I wouldn't expect too much - the forecast is for clearing conditions later on, but there's even hints of of blue sky and sun in places now so perhaps the clearing is starting already. Fingers crossed that the wind will calm down too.

Then we are likely due some sunshine tomorrow and back to the fresh snowfall around Monday. Looking ahead to Christmas it would seem there's snow on the way around that period too.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -5℃, 15cm of new snow in 12hours with moderate development of snowdrifts. 600m elevation: W15m/s, 15cm of new snow with notable development of snowdrifts. 1000m elevation: NW15m/s. Coastal data: Benkei cape NNW19m/s, Kamui cape NW11m/s, 1021hPa, 3.4m waves.

Cornices and snowdrifts are slowly developing under the winter weather pattern and are forming soft slabs of unstable snow in cliffs and steep slopes, likely to slide from Dec 18th layer.

50cm surface slab avalanches are likely to occur in 800m upper SE aspects and knolls. Better stay away from those aspects until the wind calms down and the snowpack stabilize. Avalanche accidents are most likely to occur in developing sniwdrifts.

Out of bounds areas are still closed due to lack of snow. Please remain patient and respect the Niseko Rules.

This information is released for the safety of all resort users.

The snow is good but visibility gets bad sometimes.

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Planned resort operations (subject to change due to weather conditions 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 19th December 2015:

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

Niseko Village:
Top - 80cm
Base - 50cm

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 Saturday 19th December 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Limited operations - and wind joining in this morning and affecting some lifts

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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 Saturday 19th December 2015
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
19th December 10cm 30cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 46cm 155cm 105cm
Previous 14 days total 86cm 280cm 147cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 119cm 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 183cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 19th 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]
119cm
[183cm]
-
[183cm]
-
[183cm]
-
[183cm]
-
[183cm]
-
[183cm]
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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