Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 19th December 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:29am on Tuesday 19th December 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
SW 3m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Limited to poor
This report
Tuesday 19th December 2017, 8:29am
35cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 119cm
Last 14 reports (total): 163cm
Current month (December 2017) total: 219cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 407cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:29am on Tuesday 19th December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

A very good morning from Niseko.

I have an impressive 35cm of fresh snow to report to you since yesterday morning.

Avalanche control at Mizuno-no-sawa started yesterday, as mentioned below, and hopefully we will see gates opening at the weekend. It's always exciting and it will be good to get that 'last piece' of the puzzle set up and going.

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The snow I am reporting today takes the total haul for this season - observed by me, at base - to over 4m.

Lordy dordy, we really need to try to not get complacent about this. And to really appreciate it as well. Especially after the less spectacular starts we have had in recent years. I certainly hope that the season continues like this, but can it and will it? Obviously we will see as the weeks move on and we get a complete picture of the season.

For now though... sugoi!

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I am hearing rumors/rumours that a certain Santa Claus has heard about the snowfall here in Niseko this year, and has decided to take a bit of time off from his main duties to appear on the slopes on 23rd and 24th December. It is unconfirmed if he will be skiing or snowboarding but apparently even as he enjoys himself, he will still have a supply of presents to give to folk.

What a thoroughly decent chap.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -6°, 30cm new snow, light winds. Moiwa 800m : -9.6°, W4.1m/s(overnight gusting to 15m/s), 40cm new snow, cornice and snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -13°, W8m/s, 50cm new snow, snow depth 1000m- 170cm, increasing. Hirafu 1200m: -13°, light winds, 50cm new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NW9m/s(2am: 17m/s). Kamui Cape: W10m/s, 1014hPa, wave 1.7m.

The wind pattern hasn't changed and heavy snow continues falling in the Niseko mountains. Grooming machines are having a hard time keeping up with it. The snow is so deep you should take snow shoes if you are snowboarding. From survey and data, on leeward slopes, cornices and knolls, above 800m there is risk of large scale surface avalanches triggered by rider stimulation. Avoid cliffs and steep areas. Snow in the forest is good but too deep.

Mizuno no Sawa avalanche control started yesterday and is expected to open this weekend. Hirafu and Annupuri peak gates are also expected to open at the same time. Please be patient. Poor visibility today due to snow fall. Take care falling into holes or hitting trees. Cracks are hard to see from above. Do not duck ropes. Have a good day.

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Tuesday 19th 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 Tuesday 19th December 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 310cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai
Top - 170cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Village
Top - 180cm
Base - 120cm

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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 8:29am on Tuesday 19th December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All ski resort areas open. Hopefully gates will be available from the weekend.

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 19th 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 Tuesday 19th December 2017
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
19th December 35cm 0cm 10cm
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
Previous 7 days total 119cm 64cm 46cm
Previous 14 days total 163cm 130cm 86cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 219cm 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 407cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 19th 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]
219cm
[407cm]
- - - - -
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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