Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 23rd December 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:36am on Tuesday 23rd December 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snowing
wind condition
3-10m/s (Hirafu); 7-15m/s (Village)
Fair to poor
This report
Tuesday 23rd December 2014, 8:36am
30cm
Monday 22nd December 2014, 8:25am 20cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 108cm
Last 14 reports (total): 245cm
Current month (December 2014) total: 364cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 394cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:36am on Tuesday 23rd December 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Lots of light fresh snow to report again this morning from the Niseko area - 30cm outside my place - which should make for excellent conditions today.

It's not quite as cold this morning as it was yesterday, but still right down there in negative numbers and -6 degrees here in the village base area.

It's not quite as windy either, and lifts should be less affected this morning. Yesterday as conditions improved slightly most of the lifts seemed to be operating.

The peak lifts and gates are of course still not open. No doubt there's a lot of people keeping their eyes on that situation and I can imagine the rush that will happen when they do open. Be sure to check out the Avalance Report below for more information.

Niseko continues to getting busier. Christmas might not be a major holiday for Japanese, but it is of course with lots of other folk and many want to spend their holidays here in Niseko. As you would.

It's worth adding that 23rd December (ie. today) is actually a national holiday here in Japan. It's the Emperors Birthday, so... happy birthday!

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Niseko Grand Hirafu looks set to start the day as planned.

Niseko Hanazono:
Niseko Hanazono looks set to start the day as planned.

Niseko Village:
Niseko Gondola running at reduced speed.

Niseko Annupuri:
Annupuri Gondola not operating due to wind conditions.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Moiwa base:-10C, 25cm of crystal snow. Moiwa 600m: -13C, 30cm of fresh in 12 hours. Annupuri 1150m: -14C, W16m/s, 25cm of fresh. Coastal data: Benkei cape WNW15m/s, Kamui cape W11m/s, 1007hPa and 2.6m waves.

The atmospheric pressure gradient is shelving, snowdrift development around 800m is slowing down and the snowpack is stabilizing. However, avalanche risk is still high especially in leeward 1100m slopes. The avalanche control in Mizuno no sawa (Niseko Village) has started yesterday and a 40cm slab avalanche from Dec 20th layer running all the way down to the bottom has been reported from the ski patrol. Stay away from south facing strictly off-limits areas.
Peak lifts are scheduled to open as the wind calms down, but peak gates are yet to open. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. Never duck ropes to step out of bounds. The snow in the trees is even better than yesterday, but beware of branches and bushes lurking just underneath the surface. Have a nice day.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 250cm
Base - 105cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 160cm
Base - 120cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 140cm
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 8:36am on Tuesday 23rd December 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas now open

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 23rd December 2014
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Tuesday 23rd December 2014
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 23rd 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 Tuesday 23rd December 2014
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
23rd December 30cm 15cm 12cm
22nd December 20cm 5cm 10cm
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
Previous 7 days total 108cm 20cm 134cm
Previous 14 days total 245cm 130cm 238cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 364cm 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 394cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 23rd 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]
364cm
[394cm]
-
[394cm]
-
[394cm]
-
[394cm]
-
[394cm]
-
[394cm]
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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