Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 25th December 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:14am on Thursday 25th December 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow showers
wind condition
5m/s (Hirafu)
Fair
This report
Thursday 25th December 2014, 8:14am
20cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 128cm
Last 14 reports (total): 268cm
Current month (December 2014) total: 409cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 439cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:14am on Thursday 25th December 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Top lifts open for Christmas!

More fresh snow. 20+cm outside my place, resort areas reporting 30cm.

Yes, it's very good morning from Niseko and... Merry Christmas!

SnowJapan has a Christmas present to give as well, with Stage 2 of the Lift Ticket Prize Draw now open for all to enter:

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OK, onto the details for the day.

A cold Christmas morning - no wonder Santa has that big bushy beard - and not so much wind this morning. It's still snowing though only lightly, with more due during the day today and tomorrow.

So, top lifts open at Niseko Grand Hirafu (well, the Ace Number 4), Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri. All should be moving this morning with Gate 4 also scheduled to be open today as well.

Looking ahead, from Saturday we can expect the snow clouds to clear and maybe we'll have some sunny conditions to enjoy. Looks like a milder spell from the weekend too, hopefully it won't warm up too much.

Have a great day everyone and all the best for the holidays wherever you are reading this from in the world.

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
From today, the Ace Number 4 Pair lift will be open. Original plan was for King Number 4 lift to open but due to the 'discouraging' (!?) condition of the Dynamic Course, they've changed that plan. Curious to know more on that! Anyway, the Large Course and Miharashi Courses are now open. Dynamic Course aside, not 'fully open', I do believe.

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

Niseko Village:
Top Wonderland Chair now open - opened yesterday from around 10am actually.

Niseko Annupuri:
Top Jumbo Number 4 lift now open.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Moiwa base: -8C, 30cm of snowfall in 12 hours, calm morning. Moiwa 800m: -12C, 20cm of fresh snow and development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: -13C, 30cm and development of snowdrifts. Hirafu 1000m: -13C, 20cm of fresh snow and development of snowdrifts. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW12m/s, Kamui cape WSW10m/s, 1008hPa, 1.2m waves.

A mild winter weather pattern with a moderate westerly wind is prevailing, making snowdrifts develop in areas above 800m. The snow under treeline is in good shape, but 40cm slides from 23rd depth hoar layer are to be expected in steep slopes along the valley. Gate 4 is scheduled to open today at a lower elevation, however avalanche hazard still remains high in NE areas of 1000m altitude. High-traversing all the way to the slopes under Higashi-One (east ridge) cornices is strongly discouraged. Listen to the ski patrol’s instructions and always use gates to step out of bounds. Carrying and knowing how to use avalanche gears (beacon, probe & shovel) is strongly advised. The visibility is fluctuating.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 280cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 170cm
Base - 120cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 150cm
Base - 120cm

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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 8:14am on Thursday 25th December 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts are now open. Top areas open too.

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 25th December 2014
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 25th 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 Thursday 25th December 2014
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
25th December 20cm 5cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 128cm 60cm 119cm
Previous 14 days total 268cm 169cm 163cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 409cm 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 439cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 25th 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]
409cm
[439cm]
-
[439cm]
-
[439cm]
-
[439cm]
-
[439cm]
-
[439cm]
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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