Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 31st December 2014

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:34am on Wednesday 31st December 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow as I write
wind condition
1-4m/s (Hirafu)
Decent
This report
Wednesday 31st December 2014, 8:34am
40cm
Tuesday 30th December 2014, 8:45am 0cm
Monday 29th December 2014, 10:01am 0cm
Sunday 28th December 2014, 8:35am 0cm
Saturday 27th December 2014, 8:50am 25cm
Friday 26th December 2014, 8:23am 45cm
Thursday 25th December 2014, 8:14am 20cm
Last 7 reports (total): 130cm
Last 14 reports (total): 263cm
Current month (December 2014) total: 519cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 549cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:34am on Wednesday 31st December 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Hello and good morning from Niseko on this New Years Eve morning.

I was very much hoping that I wouldn't have to report 'no new snowfall' again today, and I am very happy that I don't have to.

Yes, Niseko bounces back in style as it so often does - I have the best part of 40cm of fresh snow to report this morning. No doubt many of the folk here in Niseko will already be out lining up for the lifts!

It's suitably cold and the snow is suitably light and fluffy. Oh yes. What better way to slide out the year! It should be a good day.

So that's it for 2015. We have easily 'beaten' the Kutchan snowfall number for December 2013 - currently 373cm for the month compared with 258cm last year - and that number is actually more than we have had for quite a few years in the month of December. With some more snowfall due today and overnight there'll be some added on to that as well.

Let us hope that the rest of the season continues in a similar way.

New Years Day is forecast to be cold and snowy.

Enjoy the last day of the season and if you are in Niseko the events going on here. I will see you on the other side.

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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, though King Number 3 lift running at reduced speed.

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

Niseko Village:
Looks set to be open as planned.

Niseko Annupuri:
Looks set to be open as planned.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Moiwa base: -5C, 30cm of snowfall in 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: NW10m/s, -7C, 40cm of fresh. Annupuri 1150m: W8m/s, -7C, 40cm snowfall. Hirafu 1000m:W5m/s, -7C, 45cm snowfall. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW11m/s, Kamui cape NW8m/s, 1004hPa, 0.9m waves.

Thick snowclouds flowed in early morning and generated heavy snowfall. The wind is relatively calm and there are no notable developments of snowdrifts. A distinct layer (Dec 28th) is present in the snowpack, but looking at the snowfall transition and other observations, the avalanche risk remains low.
All gates except no.2, 3 and 9 will open today. Listen to the ski patrols’ advice before stepping out of the gates. Always use gates and never duck ropes.
Visibility is bad, the surface is hard to read and the powder is deep. Carelessly following other people’s tracks could end up in unexpected results. Better stay close to the courses. Beware of falling head first and getting suffocated. There never is 100% safety in the mountains. Always think safety first.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 290cm
Base - 170cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 210cm
Base - 150cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 200cm
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 8:34am on Wednesday 31st December 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas open

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Wednesday 31st December 2014
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 31st 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 31st December 2014
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
31st December 40cm 5cm 3cm
30th December 0cm 10cm 0cm
29th December 0cm 20cm 5cm
28th December 0cm 15cm 15cm
27th December 25cm 5cm 20cm
26th December 45cm 2cm 30cm
25th December 20cm 5cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 130cm 62cm 73cm
Previous 14 days total 263cm 117cm 202cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 519cm 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 549cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 31st 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]
519cm
[549cm]
-
[549cm]
-
[549cm]
-
[549cm]
-
[549cm]
-
[549cm]
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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