Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 31st December 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:20am on Tuesday 31st December 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
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Top temp:
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precipitation condition
...light snow has started to fall
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Stronger winds forecast later
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Tuesday 31st December 2019, 8:20am
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Monday 30th December 2019, 8:32am 0cm
Sunday 29th December 2019, 8:21am 12cm
Saturday 28th December 2019, 8:23am 6cm
Friday 27th December 2019, 8:20am 5cm
Thursday 26th December 2019, 8:30am 13cm
Wednesday 25th December 2019, 8:25am 8cm
Last 7 reports (total): 44cm
Last 14 reports (total): 86cm
Current month (December 2019) total: 207cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 292cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:20am on Tuesday 31st December 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Hello from Niseko.

Gosh, I so wish I didn't have to end the decade (!) with this, but we got rained on last night. Quite heavily at times.

With that annoying news out of the way, looking forward...

And indeed, just a little earlier light snow started falling and there is a dusting of snow already on the ground. It is going to get colder as the day progresses. I am confident that I will be bringing you some numbers tomorrow morning to start the new year off in a good way.

In the meantime there may well be disruptions today to lift operations due to the weather conditions we are expecting.

It also sounds like some New Year events may be called off due to the stormy conditions that we have expected. So if you were planning on taking part or going to any events, I would be sure to check up on them before heading out.

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OK, so it's 2020 from tomorrow. A new year. A refreshed outlook. And hopefully the start of an onslaught of consistent heavy snowfall. That is what I want; I'm pretty sure it's what you will be wanting to. Make it so!

I hope that you all have a fun and safe last day of the year - wherever you are in the world - and see you tomorrow morning.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain Base 6.00am: +2°. Moiwa 800m: -1.4°, NW3.95m/s. Hirafu 1000m: -3.3°. Hanazono 720m: -1.5°, E4.4m/s. Annupuri 1000m: snow depth 105cm. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: N7m/s. Kamui Cape WNW8m/s, 1004hPa, wave 1.2m.

Heavy rain fell overnight and at 5am positive temperatures were recorded up to 700m. Expect the temperature to drop and blizzard conditions as a typical winter type barometric system sets up. Very high NW winds and blizzard conditions will continue above 800m through tomorrow. Do not ride in strictly off limits areas like Haru no Taki looking for fresh snow. There is a high probability of large scale avalanches due to slab formation by the rapid temperature changes.

There is still not enough snow to ride off the ski runs yet. If an accident occurs during this bad weather the helicopter cant fly. If you are not confident with a self rescue think long and hard about going out. It would be a shame to get injured on such a small mountain. The Niseko community respects your freedom but places great importance on safety too. Be cautious. The snow will be good soon.

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Ski resort operation information: Tuesday 31st December 2019
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: 180cm
- Base: 50cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Ace Family quad (until 8:30pm)
- Ace Number 1 pair
- Ace Number 2 Center quad (until 8:20pm)
- Ace Number 3 pair
- Hirafu Gondola (until 8:10pm)
- Holiday Number 1 pair (until 8:30pm)
- King Number 1 pair
- King Number 2 quad
- King Number 3 quad
- Swinging Monkey

All courses now open EXCEPT the following:
- Onsenzawa
- Large
- Konayuki
- Miharashi
- Dynamic

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 115cm
- Base: 55cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Hanazono Number 1 quad
- Hanazono Number 2 quad
- Hanazono Number 3 quad

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 105cm
- Base: 70cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Annupuri Gondola
- Dream Number 1 quad
- Jumbo Number 1 quad (until 8:30pm)
- Jumbo Number 2 pair
- Jumbo Number 3 pair

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 105cm
- Base: 70cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Niseko Gondola
- Upper Village Gondola (until 8:00pm)
- Village Express (until 8:00pm)
- Community Chair
- Banzai Chair (until 8:00pm)
- Morino Chair
- Country Road

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Night time operations are normally available in the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri resort areas. Subject to weather conditions. (There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO resort area).

Archive report: Posted at 8:20am on Tuesday 31st December 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

See above - weather conditions may affect lifts later today

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 31st December 2019
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Tuesday 31st December 2019
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 31st December 2019
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2019/2020
*as of Tuesday 31st December 2019
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
31st December 0cm 11cm 0cm
30th December 0cm 17cm 22cm
29th December 12cm 32cm 25cm
28th December 6cm 26cm 28cm
27th December 5cm 12cm 24cm
26th December 13cm 13cm 13cm
25th December 8cm 6cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 44cm 117cm 112cm
Previous 14 days total 86cm 157cm 247cm
November observed snowfall total 85cm 84cm 188cm
December observed snowfall total 207cm 333cm 406cm
January observed snowfall total - 285cm 305cm
February observed snowfall total - 198cm 299cm
March observed snowfall total - 45cm 49cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 292cm 951cm 1260cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 31st December 2019
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in 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
2020/2021 season - - - - - - - -
2019/2020 season - 85cm
[85cm]
207cm
[292cm]
- - - - -
2018/2019 season 0cm
[0cm]
84cm
[84cm]
333cm
[417cm]
285cm
[702cm]
198cm
[900cm]
45cm
[945cm]
6cm
[951cm]
0cm
[951cm]
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]
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