Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 24th December 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:12am on Wednesday 24th December 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snowing nicely!
wind condition
SW1 - W2 m/s (Hirafu)
Limited
This report
Wednesday 24th December 2014, 8:12am
25cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 133cm
Last 14 reports (total): 250cm
Current month (December 2014) total: 389cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 419cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:12am on Wednesday 24th December 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Another fine snowy morning here in Niseko with about 25cm fresh on the ground once more outside my place here in Hirafu. Going to be more than that up there, so conditions should be top notch again today on the mountain. It's still coming down very nicely now so refills aplenty during the day... and tomorrow and Friday by the looks. A steady supply of fresh light snow, nice.

(Oh yes, just to update what I was reporting yesterday - the JMA snowfall number for December 2014 in Kutchan has now gone over that for December 2013. Keep it coming!)

It's not as cold again here at base, just around -3C degrees now, with resorts reporting low temperatures at peak of -8C. Wind doesn't look like it's going to cause lift disruptions this morning.

I'm hearing that Gates 5 and 6 should be opening very soon, bit more on that down in the Avalance Report below. Top lifts at Hirafu, Village and Annupuri not yet moving but hopefully it's going to open soon.

It being Christmas, there's a number of events going on. Santa should be found on the slopes today and tomorrow. Whether he will be skiing or snowboarding, unconfirmed! But apparently he will have some 'delicious presents' to give to some people who meet him. That's over at Hirafu anyway. I've got a feeling that he might be spotted elsewhere as well.

Fireworks. Who doesn't like fireworks? Well, apart from my dog. Pets are advised to keep away from 9:15pm tonight when there'll be a firework display at Hirafu after the night skiing has finished.

I have no doubt that once that lot has finished there will be further frivolity at various establishments around the village and beyond as well. Have fun. Wrap up well. Don't drink too much, etc. It may sound strange but in past seasons there have been very sad accidents happen late at night.

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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, top Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts not moving yet.

Niseko Hanazono:
All Niseko Hanazono lifts will be open as normal.

Niseko Village:
Four lifts open as normal, top Wonderland Chair lift not moving yet.

Niseko Annupuri:
Four lifts open as normal, top Jumbo Number 4 lift not moving yet.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Moiwa base: -3C, 30cm of crystal snowfall in the past 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: -4C, mild wind, 40cm of fresh, snowdrift development and 30m visibility. Annupuri 1150m: -6C, strong wind, 30cm of new snow and notable development of snowdrifts. Snowpack 140cm at 1000m. Hirafu 1000m: -5C, 30cm of fresh and light development of snowdrifts. Coastal data: Benkei cape NNE9m/s, Kamui cape N5m/s, 1010hPa and 1.4m waves.

Typical heavy snowfall (30-40cm) of an approaching low-pressure system. The wind in high-altitude is strong, but mild around 800m and the snowdrifts development is relatively slim. Visibility is poor. This thick new layer of low-pressure generated snow often collapses even without notable weak layers. Beware of slides in steep knolls and cornice slopes. Depending on the chairlifts operation, Gate 5 (Hanazono) and 6 (Moiwa) will open today. Seek for the ski patrol’s advice before stepping out of bounds. Carrying avalanche gear is strongly recommended. Many hazards are present in the out of bounds area. Always remain prudent and think safety first. Always ride one by one and stay away from gully bottom. The snow in the trees is in good shape.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 270cm
Base - 120cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 170cm
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 8:12am on Wednesday 24th December 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas now open. Gates yet to open. Keep an eye on the report

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Wednesday 24th December 2014
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 24th 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 Wednesday 24th December 2014
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
24th December 25cm 35cm 5cm
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
Previous 7 days total 133cm 55cm 129cm
Previous 14 days total 250cm 165cm 203cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 389cm 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 419cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 24th 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]
389cm
[419cm]
-
[419cm]
-
[419cm]
-
[419cm]
-
[419cm]
-
[419cm]
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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