Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 20th December 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:32am on Saturday 20th December 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
1°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Just cloudy at the moment
wind condition
SW4 - SW8
OK
This report
Saturday 20th December 2014, 9:32am
1cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 131cm
Last 14 reports (total): 251cm
Current month (December 2014) total: 312cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 342cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:32am on Saturday 20th December 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Just a thin cover of new snow since my last report and it's noticeably warmer this morning.

It is generally cloudy right now, but we are expecting some rain this afternoon. We are hoping of course that will end up short-lived and it will soon turn into snowfall.

Tomorrow we expect snow to be falling and for colder conditions.

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A few resort news thingies this morning.

Over at Hanazono, Strawberry Fields opens today as well as the Snowmobiling Course.

Niseko Grand Hirafu have noted that the top Large and Dynamic Courses accessed via the Ace Pair Number 4 lift and King Number 4 Lift cannot open yet due to 'insufficient snow cover'.

They are though extending the operation of the Hanazono Quad Number 3 and Swinging Monkey lifts to 3:30pm, with the two lower Hanazono Quads now doing their thing until 3:50pm.

Just a reminder of a few other things - the top connection between Niseko Annupuri and Niseko Village resorts is not yet available with thise top lifts not moving yet (shuttle bus needed) and those gates aren't open yet. For all the talk of large volumes of snowfall, it seems that we need more.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Moiwa base: -3C, light snowfall and calm morning. Moiwa 600m: -5C, light snowfall, calm and good visibility. Annupuri 1150m: -5C, light snowfall and development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1000m: 130cm snowpack. Coastal data: Benkei cape SSW3m/s, Kamui cape S13m/s, 1017hPa, 1.3m waves.

A Low Pressure system is approaching and making warm air flow in from the south. The weather is predicted to deteriorate before noon. The general avalanche risk is low according to observations, however wet snow slab avalanches hazard in 40°slopes will rise in the afternoon. Be cautious. The groomers conditions and the snow in the trees is in good shape. Bushes are still sticking out above the surface and the streams at the bottom aren’t fully buried yet. Backcountry access from the resort is still restricted and will take some more time to have the gates ready. Do not duck ropes to step out of bounds. We strongly demand all Niseko accommodation to inform their guests about the Niseko Rules. Have a nice weekend.

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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 - 200cm
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 resorts open - not quite fully though as yet

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 20th December 2014
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 20th December 2014
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 20th 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 Saturday 20th December 2014
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
20th December 1cm 0cm 35cm
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
Previous 7 days total 131cm 85cm 117cm
Previous 14 days total 251cm 147cm 239cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 312cm 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 342cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 20th 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]
312cm
[342cm]
-
[342cm]
-
[342cm]
-
[342cm]
-
[342cm]
-
[342cm]
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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