Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 27th December 2014

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:50am on Saturday 27th December 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Mostly cloudy for now
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Not snowing right now
wind condition
2-8m/s (Hirafu)
Decent and improving
This report
Saturday 27th December 2014, 8:50am
25cm
Friday 26th December 2014, 8:23am 45cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 167cm
Last 14 reports (total): 298cm
Current month (December 2014) total: 479cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 509cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:50am on Saturday 27th December 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

The snow continued once again through the day yesterday with a few people asking me 'does it ever stop'?

It has actually stopped this morning after continuing yesterday. Not much extra overnight but leaving us with another 25-30cm or so since my report yesterday morning. Isn't it just great when we can report that much snow so often. Let's not get complacent though, even Niseko can go through dry periods. Happily we don't seem to be up for one of them at the moment.

OK so back to this morning. Temperatures remain low this morning. It's fairly calm here in the village area, though perhaps some gusty winds up on the mountain. Resorts look likely to be open as planned this morning though... although looks like there's a few lifts running at reduced speed and the top Niseko Village Wonderland lift delayed?

There's a bit of blue sky opening up now and the sun even peeking through just now in places. Oh no, hold on, hidden again by cloud.... so, changeable conditions as you can see early this morning.

Clearing skies expected today and tomorrow, along with a slightly milder spell tomorrow and into early next week before we get back to more snow.

Enjoy the weekend.

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Looks set to be open as planned, top lift

Niseko Hanazono:
Looks set to be open as planned, though top lift operating at reduced speed.

Niseko Village:
Looks set to be open as planned. Delayed opening for top Wonderland lift?

Niseko Annupuri:
Looks set to be open as planned.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Moiwa base: -7C, 20cm of fresh snow and calm morning. Moiwa 800m: -10C, NW10m/s, 30cm snowfall with moderate snowdrift development and good visibility. Annupuri 1150m: -11C, W10m/s with snowdrifts. Hirafu 1000m: -12C, 20cm of new snow in 12 hours. Coastal data: Benkei cape WNW9m/s, Kamui cape WSW9m/s, 1020hPa and 1.2m waves.

The atmospheric pressure gradient is small and the mountain is calm. Cornices and snowdrifts are slowly developing. Gate 4 (Fujiwara) is scheduled to open at a lower elevation. Beware; the avalanche risk still remains high in the Higashi-One (East ridge) cornice area due to heavy snowfall in a short period of time. Gate 6 & 10 will open from the morning. Listen to the ski patrol’s instructions at the gates before stepping out of bounds. The creeks at the bottom of the valleys aren’t fully buried yet; be careful not to fall. The snow in the treeruns is in great condition. Have a nice day.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 310cm
Base - 170cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 200cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 185cm
Base - 150cm

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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 8:50am on Saturday 27th 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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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 27th December 2014
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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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 Saturday 27th December 2014
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
27th December 25cm 5cm 20cm
26th December 45cm 2cm 30cm
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
Previous 7 days total 167cm 67cm 94cm
Previous 14 days total 298cm 152cm 211cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 479cm 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 509cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 27th 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
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
479cm
[509cm]
-
[509cm]
-
[509cm]
-
[509cm]
-
[509cm]
-
[509cm]
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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