Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 22nd December 2013

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:24am on Sunday 22nd December 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud clearing, more blue skies
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None at the moment
wind condition
Variable; 0-8m/s (Hirafu)
Very good
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This report
Sunday 22nd December 2013, 9:24am
5cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 20cm
Last 14 reports (total): 125cm
Current month (December 2013) total: 163cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 286cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:24am on Sunday 22nd December 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Around 5cm of new snow to report this morning, so better than the last few.

Intermittent snow earlier on this morning but now the sun is out and we have increasingly blue skies over Niseko.

All but 4 lifts (see below) are now operating at the four resort areas of the mountain, though a few are running at reduced speed early on due to wind - but it doesn't seem to be affecting things as a whole. Down here in the village area there hasn't been much of a wind to report at all actually, though it has picked up in the last hour or so - and the Niseko Village resort is reporting winds of up to 16m/s on upper elevations.

Noticeably more people around this weekend as you would expect. Lots of overseas visitors arriving for the Christmas and New Year period. There will be lots of parties over the next week, that's for sure.

It would be nice if Mr Santa brought us huge dumps of Niseko-branded powder snow, though some pesky forecasts seem to have his significant delivery scheduled more for later in the week. Other less pesky ones with more on Christmas Eve. I'll let you decide what to believe looking at the different forecasts!

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am:-5C, 8cm of fresh crystal snow since 4am. 800m data: -6C, 15cm of crystal snow, no snowdrift development. Coastal data: Benkei cape NNE11m/s, Kamui cape ENE5m/s, 3m waves and 1014hPa.

Intermittent snowfall with northerly wind is continuing above 800m. Snowdrifts and cornices are developing and the avalanche risk is rising in leeward ridges, knolls and cornice slopes. Potential sliding layer: Dec 20th.

Top chairs are scheduled to operate but gates will be closed due to lack of snow. Please respect the Rules and remain inbounds. Do not duck ropes, as it will make people follow your tracks and unnecessarily increase the chances of accidents to happen.

The fresh snow in the trees is good but shallow. Beware of trees, crust lying under the fresh snow and icy wind-ripples. Accidents often occur during storms. Better stay prudent and not overestimate your knowledge and skills.

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Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 180cm
Base - 70cm
All lifts operating apart from Ace Number 4 pair and King Number 2 quad.


Niseko Village:
Top - 120cm
Base - 80cm
All lifts operating apart from Country Road.

Annupuri:
Top - 110cm
Base - 80cm
All lifts operating apart from Family pair.

Archive report: Posted at 9:24am on Sunday 22nd December 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Most lifts operating

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 22nd December 2013
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 22nd December 2013
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2013/2014
*as of Sunday 22nd December 2013
2012/2013
Season
2011/2012
Season
22nd December 5cm 10cm -
21st December 0cm 17cm -
20th December 0cm 35cm -
19th December 0cm 40cm -
18th December 0cm 10cm -
17th December 0cm 10cm -
16th December 15cm 7cm -
Previous 7 days total 20cm 129cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 125cm 246cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 123cm 118cm -
December observed snowfall total 163cm 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 286cm 1493cm 0cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 22nd December 2013
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in 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 - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
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2013/2014 season 0cm
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123cm
[123cm]
163cm
[286cm]
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[286cm]
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[286cm]
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[286cm]
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[286cm]
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[286cm]
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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