Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 24th December 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:34am on Sunday 24th December 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Lots of cloud
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None currently
wind condition
SW 3-4m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Fair
This report
Sunday 24th December 2017, 8:34am
0cm
Saturday 23rd December 2017, 8:28am 7cm
Friday 22nd December 2017, 8:32am 11cm
Thursday 21st December 2017, 8:31am 38cm
Wednesday 20th December 2017, 8:32am 19cm
Tuesday 19th December 2017, 8:29am 35cm
Monday 18th December 2017, 8:34am 25cm
Last 7 reports (total): 135cm
Last 14 reports (total): 196cm
Current month (December 2017) total: 294cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 482cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:34am on Sunday 24th December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning all.

Merry Christmas. Yes, here in Japan Christmas Eve (night) seems to be 'Christmas' more than Christmas Day itself. If that clumsy explanation makes sense! It's a night filled with joy, mostly featuring couples or families enjoying some traditional Kentucky Fried Chicken and delightfully light and fluffy decorated sponge cakes.

And on the subject of delightfully light and fluffy - actually, I don't have any cm of fresh snowfall to report this morning. Doh!

There was actually some light snow falling at times during the day yesterday, but it didn't amount to much in the end. That was all expected of course. No need to evacuate seeking better conditions just yet with regular snowfall - heavy at times, with added strong winds - due to be with us come tomorrow. Don't be too shocked if it rains before it snows again though. It shouldn't last long.

For the moment early this morning there is a lot of cloud around (bit of sun peeking through in places) and it is relatively mild and calm.

Lots of people were enjoying some gate action yesterday, though hearing various reports of some 'ducking' going on too. Let's respecting the rules, folks. There're really not there just for the sake of having some boring rules. And I think it is always good manners to respect the rules of places you are visiting.

Anyway, enjoy today. And prepare for what's to come!

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With most lifts now operating I have adjusted the resort specific information bit below.

I'll continue to update the official snow depth data as well as noting any resort-specific information in the space below every day.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -2°, no new snow, calm. Moiwa 800m : -4.1°, WSW1.2m/s, no new snow. Annupuri 1150m: -6°, no new snow, calm. Hirafu 12500m: -8°, no new snow, calm. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:SSW4m/s. Kamui Cape: SW10m/s, 1018hPa, wave 0.9m.

The atmospheric pressure is stable and weather is calm. As a low pressure system approaches this afternoon expect temperature to rise, southerly wind to pick up and wet snow start to fall. From observation, data and snowfall transition the general avalanche risk is low. Gates are expected to be open this morning. Listen to the patrols advice.

Yesterday was the first day peak gates opened this season and lots of people used them to ride out of bounds. There was no accidents but some people were still ducking ropes. Thanks to all who respect the rules. Although today's avalanche risk is low we never know what is going to happen in the mountains. Always use caution. The weather is expected to deteriorate this afternoon. Head home a little earlier today.

At Annupuri 1000m on the ridge side, the cornice has grown to about 7m high and 150m long. Today the grooming machines will flatten it out, keep your distance while they are working. Be careful when visibility is bad, the cornices are very high at the moment and easy to fall off if you don't see them. The weather is turning bad today. Make decisions based on the current situation. Niseko is paying serious attention to the safety of users. Have a good day.

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Sunday 24th December 2017

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts operating:
- All lifts except Ace Number 4 and King Number 2 are operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 285cm
- Base: 135cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts operating:
- All lifts are operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 210cm
- Base: 160cm

Niseko Village

Lifts operating:
- All lifts except Country Road Chair are operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 220cm
- Base: 170cm

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Floodlit 'nighta' skiing:

Night skiing is planned for every evening at the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO area. Ski lifts that are scheduled to be operating for nighta are noted below (subject to change):

* Niseko Grand Hirafu - Ace Family quad, Ace Number 2 quad, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 pair
* Niseko Annupuri - Jumbo Number 1 quad lift
* Niseko Village - Village Express, Upper Village Gondola, Community Chair, Banzai Chair

Archive report: Posted at 8:34am on Sunday 24th December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas are open

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 24th December 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 24th December 2017
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 24th December 2017
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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  2017/2018
*as of Sunday 24th December 2017
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
24th December 0cm 11cm 0cm
23rd December 7cm 2cm 0cm
22nd December 11cm 1cm 0cm
21st December 38cm 0cm 1cm
20th December 19cm 0cm 0cm
19th December 35cm 0cm 10cm
18th December 25cm 2cm 18cm
Previous 7 days total 135cm 16cm 29cm
Previous 14 days total 196cm 99cm 47cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 294cm 181cm 244cm
January observed snowfall total - 152cm 303cm
February observed snowfall total - 160cm 266cm
March observed snowfall total - 83cm 109cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 482cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 24th December 2017
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 - 188cm
[188cm]
294cm
[482cm]
- - - - -
2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
152cm
[445cm]
160cm
[605cm]
83cm
[688cm]
0cm
[688cm]
0cm
[688cm]
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
303cm
[611cm]
266cm
[877cm]
109cm
[986cm]
6cm
[992cm]
0cm
[992cm]
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
257cm
[806cm]
196cm
[1002cm]
139cm
[1141cm]
3cm
[1144cm]
0cm
[1144cm]
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]
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