Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 21st December 2013

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:00am on Saturday 21st December 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
N 10-15m/s (Hirafu); 22m/s (Annupuri)
OK
This report
Saturday 21st December 2013, 9:00am
0cm
Friday 20th December 2013, 8:50am 0cm
Thursday 19th December 2013, 8:30am 0cm
Wednesday 18th December 2013, 8:10am 0cm
Tuesday 17th December 2013, 8:58am 0cm
Monday 16th December 2013, 8:49am 15cm
Sunday 15th December 2013, 8:45am 35cm
Last 7 reports (total): 50cm
Last 14 reports (total): 132cm
Current month (December 2013) total: 158cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 281cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:00am on Saturday 21st December 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

A handful of days now with no new snow to report in Niseko, but hopefully that run will soon be at an end.

Strong winds in the region this morning which is causing issues with lift operations. The plan was to have pretty much the whole mountain and lifts open from this morning, but that isn't quite possible. At the time of writing this report mostly only lower lifts are operating on the mountain, with Niseko Annupuri area completely closed. Things may change with the weather during the day of course.

Not the best of conditions then this morning, perhaps one to miss as we patiently wait for our refil. Tonight/tomorrow? Hopefully!


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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -1C, no snowfall. Coastal data: Benkei cape E14m/s, Kamui cape: SW3m/s, 2m waves and 1009hPa. NE wind picked up during the night and new snowdrifts are drastically developing above 800m altitude. 40cm thick slab avalanche are likely to occur in leeward slopes. Highly wind-affected snowdrifts are packed and heavy as they form. Be careful as they are hard to ski on and could collapse and slide quite easily. Mediocre snow condition in the trees. NE 25m/s gusts and -5C at 800m.

Top chair-lifts are schedule to start today, but will depend on the weather conditions. Gates setting is delayed due to lack of snow and accident prevention measures. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. Do not cross ropes to seek fresh tracks. Haru no Taki and Yu no sawa areas are strictly off-limits at all times. The Niseko Rules have been set for the sake of all resort users. Niseko resort respect the freedom to ski out of bounds, but are also concerned about everyone’s safety. The snow is hard and fast; control your speed and beware not to hit trees.

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Official snow depth numbers:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 185cm
Base - 65cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 120cm
Base - 80cm

Annupuri:
Top - 110cm
Base - 80cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:00am on Saturday 21st December 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Lifts affected by wind today

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 21st December 2013
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 21st December 2013
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  2013/2014
*as of Saturday 21st December 2013
2012/2013
Season
2011/2012
Season
21st December 0cm 17cm -
20th December 0cm 35cm -
19th December 0cm 40cm -
18th December 0cm 10cm -
17th December 0cm 10cm -
16th December 15cm 7cm -
15th December 35cm 5cm -
Previous 7 days total 50cm 124cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 132cm 246cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 123cm 118cm -
December observed snowfall total 158cm 418cm -
January observed snowfall total - 443cm -
February observed snowfall total - 316cm -
March observed snowfall total - 164cm -
April observed snowfall total - 32cm -
May observed snowfall total - 2cm -
Season observed snowfall total 281cm 1493cm 0cm
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The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 21st December 2013
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
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
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2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
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2013/2014 season 0cm
[0cm]
123cm
[123cm]
158cm
[281cm]
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[281cm]
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[281cm]
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[281cm]
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[281cm]
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[281cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
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