Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 30th December 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:24am on Sunday 30th December 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
NW 7-13 (Village)
visibility condition
Varied
This report
Sunday 30th December 2018, 8:24am
17cm
Saturday 29th December 2018, 8:31am 32cm
Friday 28th December 2018, 8:30am 26cm
Thursday 27th December 2018, 8:32am 12cm
Wednesday 26th December 2018, 8:30am 13cm
Tuesday 25th December 2018, 8:31am 6cm
Monday 24th December 2018, 8:29am 7cm
Last 7 reports (total): 113cm
Last 14 reports (total): 148cm
Current month (December 2018) total: 322cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 406cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:24am on Sunday 30th December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning everyone.

There are just two more days left in 2018 - they're really flying by aren't they.

I hope I'm not boring you with news of fresh snowfall every day - today I am measuring 17cm. Right now the snow seems to be easing off and there are even signs that there might be a few breaks in the cloud. Or maybe not. The forecasts show snow clouds generally remaining over the region.

As you might notice below it looks like Gate 6 is going to be opening along with gates 2 and 3 from 1st January.

I'm not feeling particularly wordy this morning, so let's leave it at that for today and enjoy the excellent conditions that we have right now.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain Base 6.00am: -7°, 10cm new snow in the last 12 hrs, calm. Moiwa 800m: -10°, NW8m/s, 40cm new snow in last 24hrs, snowdrift development. Mikaeri Weather Station: snow depth 210cm. Niseko Village Mizuno no Sawa 1000m: -10.12°, 21cm new snow in last 12 hrs. Hirafu Ridgeline: -12°, NW10m/s, snow drift development. Kutchan Weather Station: snow depth 103cm. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NW13m/s. Kamui Cape: NNE9m/s, 1003hPa, wave 3.0m.

The atmospheric pressure gradient is shallow and the snow wind is calming down. The western Mikaeri area has received quite a lot of snow and snowdrift development. Yesterdays tracks are mostly buried. From observation the avalanche risk is dropping, however be careful around knolls and on cornice slopes. The risk of avalanche from a deep layer continues. Please do not enter strictly off limits areas like Haru no Taki.

Gate 6 is expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice and prepare before entering out of bounds areas. Preparations are being made to open peak gates 2 & 3 on New Years Day. Do not duck ropes to enter Kozan no sawa, Osawa or Fujiwara no sawa.

Niseko protects your freedom to ride out of bounds, but at the same time is seriously concerned with your safety, please respect and follow Niseko Rules. The snow in the trees is good. Watch for a sudden change in the weather. Have a good day.

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Ski resort operation information: Sunday 30th December 2018
The below information is manually checked each morning and believed to be correct at time of report. Subject to change!

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 260cm
- Base: 130cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts apart from Ace Number 4 pair lift are normally operating
- The Ace Family quad (until 8:30pm), Ace Center 4 quad (8:20pm), Hirafu Gondola (until 8:10pm) and Holiday Number 1 pair (until 8:30pm) lifts are normally open during the evening

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 186cm
- Base: 137cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All Hanazono lifts are normally operating
- The Hanazono lifts are normally open until 3:30pm

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono Courses:
- All official courses are now available

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 200cm
- Base: 110cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All Annupuri lifts are normally operating
- The Jumbo 1 lift is normally open until 8:30pm during the evening

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 220cm
- Base: 120cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts apart from the Country Road Chair are normally operating
- The Upper Village Gondola, Village Express and Banzai Chair lifts are normally open until 8:00pm during the evening

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Night time operations are available in the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri resort areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO resort area.

Archive report: Posted at 8:24am on Sunday 30th December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas are now open

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 30th December 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 30th December 2018
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 30th December 2018
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)
  2018/2019
*as of Sunday 30th December 2018
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
30th December 17cm 22cm 14cm
29th December 32cm 25cm 3cm
28th December 26cm 28cm 4cm
27th December 12cm 24cm 1cm
26th December 13cm 13cm 0cm
25th December 6cm 0cm 3cm
24th December 7cm 0cm 11cm
Previous 7 days total 113cm 112cm 36cm
Previous 14 days total 148cm 262cm 65cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 322cm 406cm 181cm
January observed snowfall total - 305cm 152cm
February observed snowfall total - 299cm 160cm
March observed snowfall total - 49cm 83cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 406cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 30th December 2018
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 0cm
[0cm]
84cm
[84cm]
322cm
[406cm]
-
[406cm]
-
[406cm]
-
[406cm]
-
[406cm]
-
[406cm]
2017/2018 season - 188cm
[188cm]
406cm
[594cm]
305cm
[899cm]
299cm
[1198cm]
49cm
[1247cm]
13cm
[1260cm]
0cm
[1260cm]
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]
  October November December January February March April May
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