Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 31st December 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Sunday 31st December 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Mostly cloudy at the start of the day
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Calm!
visibility condition
Good
This report
Sunday 31st December 2017, 8:30am
0cm
Saturday 30th December 2017, 8:29am 22cm
Friday 29th December 2017, 8:21am 25cm
Thursday 28th December 2017, 8:30am 28cm
Wednesday 27th December 2017, 8:22am 24cm
Tuesday 26th December 2017, 8:28am 13cm
Monday 25th December 2017, 8:31am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 112cm
Last 14 reports (total): 247cm
Current month (December 2017) total: 406cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 594cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Sunday 31st December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

There is no fresh snowfall to report this morning. Which means that I have observed a total of 594cm of snowfall here at base up until now this season. What an amazing number that is to be able to report at the end of December. Especially when you compare it to the number from the 16/17 season at the same point in the season - 293cm. That looks downright poor now doesn't it. (Not that it ever looked impressive, of course - please go back and read my reports from last year for the full story and me not being particularly excited about proceedings).

I will post a good old long-worded look back at the season so far... probably on Tuesday or Wednesday, because some cheeky monkeys may well not read my report tomorrow.

So back to today.

Things are calm this morning. There is cloud around but some breaks in the clouds too. We might see some end of the year sunshine during the day today. It is due to be somewhat milder during the day today and perhaps tomorrow too, though still hanging around zero at base, possibly just nudging above.

All resorts open and gates are expected to open. It should be a fine day. And as you can see from the webcam images below, quite a few people lined up for the early lifts. Come on, give us a wave!

You might notice the mention of the word 'wet' in the Avalanche Report below when talking about tomorrow. Wet is a word that we never want to hear in winter, but wet snow would be better than wet rain. Fingers crossed.

Things might not be so calm tonight. There might be one or two people out and about this evening, maybe even partaking in a celebratory sip or two of wine or other fave beverage. You can enjoy watching some torchlight skiing and fireworks if you like. Whatever you choose, have fun and take care. In the past there have been a few serious incidents involving people 'post-bar'. It's cold and slippy - be sure you know where you are going and be with a friend is my best advice.

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Thank you for reading the reports and using SnowJapan in 2017. Here's to a very fine 2018; preferably without lots of the frustrating and downright strange 'news' going on in the world. (Oooh, political!)

I hope that you have a wonderful New Years Eve. And I will see you tomorrow, after my first toast of the year.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -7°, no new snow. Moiwa 800m : -4.4°, N3.8m/s, no new snow. Annupuri 1150m: -7°, light winds, no new snow. Hirafu 1250m: -8°, light winds, no new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: SSW2m/s. Kamui Cape: light wind, 1020hPa, wave 0.7m.

Atmospheric pressure is stable, weather is calm, no snow clouds over the Sea of Japan and no new snow in Niseko. A strong northerly wind yesterday afternoon caused snow development to become ribbed. Between 800-1000m a 50cm thick hard slab has formed in some locations. From observation and tests, snowdrifts are stable and except places like Backbowl sidewall, avalanche risk is low.

A low pressure system is expected to move into the area tomorrow bringing wet snow from the east. From this mornings survey, around 1000m a surface frost has formed from radiative cooling. This current surface is expected become an avalanche sliding surface in the future snowpack. All peak gates expected to open. Listen to the patrols advice and prepare before going out of bounds. There are lots of hard tracks from yesterday, be careful riding. Groomers are in really good shape.

Please respect and follow Niseko Rules. Entry into Haru no Taki and YunoSawa are Strictly monitored. If you get caught entering you will be banned from using ski resorts.

We thank all the people who come to Niseko and respect the rules, the ski patrol who protect us, the grooming operators, lift operators and all others who make Niseko the special place it is. Happy New Year.

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Sunday 31st December 2017

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 325cm
- Base: 160cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 240cm
- Base: 160cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts except Country Road Chair are operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 250cm
- 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 8:30am on Sunday 31st December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All open. Let's New Year Eve.

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 31st December 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 31st December 2017
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 31st December 2017
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)
  2017/2018
*as of Sunday 31st December 2017
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
31st December 0cm 5cm 5cm
30th December 22cm 14cm 23cm
29th December 25cm 3cm 21cm
28th December 28cm 4cm 24cm
27th December 24cm 1cm 20cm
26th December 13cm 0cm 24cm
25th December 0cm 3cm 7cm
Previous 7 days total 112cm 30cm 124cm
Previous 14 days total 247cm 46cm 153cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 406cm 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 594cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 31st 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]
406cm
[594cm]
- - - - -
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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