Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 8th December 2018

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

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
Westerly
visibility condition
Poor. But we don't mind. It's snowing!
This report
Saturday 8th December 2018, 8:30am
19cm
Friday 7th December 2018, 7:57am 2cm
Thursday 6th December 2018, 8:10am 4cm
Wednesday 5th December 2018, 8:14am 0cm
Tuesday 4th December 2018, 8:29am 0cm
Monday 3rd December 2018, 8:01am 0cm
Sunday 2nd December 2018, 8:25am 16cm
Last 7 reports (total): 41cm
Last 14 reports (total): 95cm
Current month (December 2018) total: 61cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 145cm

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

UPDATE

At Niseko Grand Hirafu, the course from the top of the King Number 3 quad lift opened today.

Hopefully there will be more news to report tomorrow morning.

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ORIGINAL MORNING REPORT

Good morning!

And this morning, it is good. :)

I have measured 19cm of lovely fresh snow at base to add to my report this morning (and check the Avalanche report below with 25cm-60cm being numbers that stand out to me).

It is also a very cold morning.

Yes, this is kind of early morning feeling we desire.

Snow continues to fall this morning and by the looks of the forecast it is due to continue over the coming week.

I sense we are at a real turning point.

Hopefully more lifts and courses will soon be opening and we can be sure that the resorts are working towards making that happen. For the moment though, as of 8:30am, I can't see any changes to report. I will try to update this report later on today with anything new.

While this fresh snow and promise of more over the coming days is all very exciting, remember that base is still shallow. Take care out there.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Moiwa base 5am: -8℃, 25cm snowfall in 24 hours. Goshiki Onsen: -8℃, 60cm snowfall in 24hours with snowdrift development. Sea of Japan Benkei cape: NW18m/s, Kamui cape: W14m/s, 1015hPa, 2.7m waves.

The strong north westerly wind brought a good amount of snowfall. Cornices and snowdrifts have developed in wind-exposed ridges’ leeward slopes above 800m elevation. 60-80cm snowdrifts have formed on top of Deb 6-7th layer and the avalanche risk in 40° slopes and knoll terrains is moderately high.

A wonderful blanket of soft-slab have blanketed the surface, and conditions will get better if the storm persist throughout the day. However, it is still very shallow out there and it is strongly recommended not to go out of the open courses. All gates are closed. Do not duck ropes. Bushes are still thick and may need to bush-crawl to come out. Beware of frostbites as colder temperature is forecasted for today.

Have a nice day.

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Ski resort operation information: Saturday 8th December 2018
The below information is manually checked each morning and believed to be correct at time of report

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Part open

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 115cm
- Base: 50cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Ace Number 3 pair
- King Number 3 quad
- Swinging Monkey
- Ace Number 2 Center Four (for transport to open area)
- Hirafu Gondola (for transport to open area)

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Part open

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 55cm
- Base: 20cm
- Not updated for today at time of report

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono Courses open:
- Shirakaba Course
- Center Course
- Beginners Access
- Jumbo Course
- Rinkan Course
- Yotei Sunset
- Parallel Course
- Silver Dream

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Niseko Annupuri
Part open

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 60cm
- Base: 40cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Annupuri Gondola
- Jumbo Number 3 pair
- Dream Number 1 quad

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Niseko Village
Part open

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 60cm
- Base: 30cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Upper Village Gondola
- Community Chair
- Banzai Chair

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Night time operations are planned to begin at the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri resort areas from Tuesday 11th December.
There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO area.

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

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas are currently part open. Hopefully more will be opening up very soon.

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 8th December 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 8th December 2018
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 8th December 2018
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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  2018/2019
*as of Saturday 8th December 2018
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
8th December 19cm 2cm 10cm
7th December 2cm 5cm 4cm
6th December 4cm 17cm 6cm
5th December 0cm 7cm 0cm
4th December 0cm 5cm 0cm
3rd December 0cm 16cm 3cm
2nd December 16cm 12cm 4cm
Previous 7 days total 41cm 64cm 27cm
Previous 14 days total 95cm 158cm 74cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 61cm 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 145cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 8th 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
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season 0cm
[0cm]
84cm
[84cm]
61cm
[145cm]
-
[145cm]
-
[145cm]
-
[145cm]
-
[145cm]
-
[145cm]
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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