Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 21st December 2014

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:01am on Sunday 21st December 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, poor visibility
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snowing now after rain overnight
wind condition
S5 - W12 (Hirafu)
Generally poor
This report
Sunday 21st December 2014, 9:01am
2cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 103cm
Last 14 reports (total): 213cm
Current month (December 2014) total: 314cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 344cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:01am on Sunday 21st December 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Rain! Noooooo! We don't like rain, oh no.

Sadly in the afternoon yesterday we got served up with rain which continued to fall overnight as well. Not the best introduction to Niseko for the many people who are probably here for their first taste of the resort that's for sure.

Happily this morning temperatures have dropped somewhat and it has been snowing... quite heavily in fact as I write this.

As well as the snow though, some strong winds as well this morning.

Take into account the less than perfect conditions due to the rain; the wind; the limited visibility and only a limited number of lifts and courses open this morning; and it all adds up to not one of the best days. Time for a soak in the onsen perhaps.

The good news is that now it has turned into snow it should continue today and tomorrow as well. In fact, it's generally snowy conditions forecast through the coming week, so conditions should hopefully improve quite quickly.

From today I have changed things up a bit in the report, and will note any resort-specific news in the area below if there is any that I can find to share.

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Resort specific news at time of writing - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Just the low Holiday Number 1 lift and Ace Number 1 Pair lift moving at the moment due to weather conditions.

Niseko Hanazono:
Operation of all 3 lifts temporarily suspended.

Niseko Village:
The Niseko Gondola is not moving due to the winds. Community, Banzai and Morino Chair lifts open as normal.

Niseko Annupuri:
All lifts on hold as of 8:30am due to strong wind conditions. They will open if and when conditions improve.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Moiwa base: -4C, heavy snowfall from before 6am. Moiwa 600m: westerly gusts, poor visibility and snowdrifts starting to develop. Annupuri 1150m: -12C, W15-25m/s with snowfall. Icy and dodgy condition from 400m altitude on down. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW19m/s at 5:25am, Kamui cape WSW21m/s, 999hPa and 1.8m waves. Westerly 25m/s winds are forecasted at 1500m level at noon.

The temperature dropped and a westerly storm started as the cold front passed around midnight. A 20-30m/s wind with heavy snowfall is blowing above 600m from 5am, snowdrifts will develop drastically and the avalanche hazard will rise accordingly. A track across the rope of closed gate 6, heading to Mikaeri area was found yesterday. Keep in mind that out of bounds access from ski resorts is still officially prohibited in Japan. Niseko’s gate system is quite unique and is actually still an experimental grey area. Respecting the Niseko Rules is the only way to protect the freedom to step out of bounds, as well as keeping the minimum safety of all guests. Many seem to understand the situation and remain patient until the gates open, but it is a shame to see that some still disregards a simple rule. "Freedom" is not easy to obtain and should not be misperceived.

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Official snow depth numbers and any notes at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 210cm
Base - 90cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 150cm
Base - 100cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 135cm
Base - 110cm

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Lifts open for night skiing (planned):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift.
There is no night skiing at the Hanazono area.

Niseko Village
Community Chair and Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri
Jumbo Number 1 Quad

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Archive report: Posted at 9:01am on Sunday 21st December 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Limited today due to strong wind conditions

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 21st December 2014
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 21st December 2014
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 21st December 2014
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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  2014/2015
*as of Sunday 21st December 2014
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
21st December 2cm 0cm 17cm
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
Previous 7 days total 103cm 50cm 124cm
Previous 14 days total 213cm 132cm 246cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 314cm 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 344cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 21st 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
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
314cm
[344cm]
-
[344cm]
-
[344cm]
-
[344cm]
-
[344cm]
-
[344cm]
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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