Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 9th December 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Sunday 9th December 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, blue sky, sun (@8:15am); clouding over again (@8:30am!)
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
A break in the snow, but due to be falling
wind condition
W
visibility condition
Good at the moment!
This report
Sunday 9th December 2018, 8:30am
20cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 45cm
Last 14 reports (total): 97cm
Current month (December 2018) total: 81cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 165cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Sunday 9th December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

And a good happy Sunday morning to you all. I hope you are with me, even on weekends... every day until 6th May is our agreement, remember. :)

This morning I have measured an additional 20cm of fresh snowfall here at base and it has continued to fall and it continues to be very cold.

Hold on a minute though - just after 8:00am there has been blue skies opening up and the sun was even starting to shine through. See webcams. But as this report nearly goes live at 8:30am the clouds are moving in again. I guess it is perhaps just a temporary break. So quickly changing conditions early on this morning - that's what you get when you are posting a 'snapshot' report!

Snow is on the forecast and continues to be over the coming week so we should be enjoying regular snowfall.

At the Hirafu base area, the Ace Family quad is joining in the fun along with the Family course and the lower area of the Sen-no-ki course now becoming available. There isn't quite enough base yet for the Holiday Number 1 lift to open as yet. Hopefully that will be soon. It means that there's a small area open at base along with the upper mid area of Niseko Grand Hirafu, with a chunk of 'not open yet' in the middle and top of the resort. If you venture up to that upper area that is currently open, you still need to get the Ace Number 2 and Hirafu Gondola to come down at the end of your fun. You can ski down to base at HANAZONO via the Silver Dream course.

Over at Annupuri, they are going to be operating their Jumbo Number 1 quad lift from this morning. Courses available there are Utopia, Shirakaba, Paradise, Family and Junior and you can now ski back to base.

Over at Niseko Village... honestly, I am not sure. They are being very shy with such information. But operating lifts remain the same.

Anyway the snow should be a lot of fun today, especially early on with this period of clearer conditions. Remember it's still not mad deep, whatever slinky marketing types might tell you so care needed to things popping up out of the snow still especially in the lower areas.

That's it. I'm off out there!

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -9℃, 20cm snowfall in 24hours, weak storm. Sea of Japan Benkei cape NW13m/s, Kamui cape W 12m/s, 1018hPa, 2.1m waves. NW15m/s at 1100m elevation, cornices and snowdrifts developing.

A mild storm is persisting under the typical winter pressure distribution. The snow is so light it won’t push the bamboo-grass down. Bushes are still present all around the mountain. The snowdrift development continues above 800m and the soft-slabs formed at knolls below the ridges and the cornices are likely to slide at 60-80cm thickness. Looking at the weather transition and the current conditions, the avalanche hazard is high at the west-ridge and Backbowl’s east facing slopes.

Surface slab avalanches are very likely to occur during storms. Better make conservative plans and decisions and avoid being injured at the start of the season.

The snow is excellent today. Beware of frostbite and enjoy your day.

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Ski resort operation information: Sunday 9th 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: 135cm
- Base: 60cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Ace Family quad
- Ace Number 2 Center Four
- Ace Number 3 pair
- Hirafu Gondola
- King Number 3 quad
- Swinging Monkey

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Part open

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 85cm
- Base: 55cm
- 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:
- Family Course
- Sen-no-ki (lower area)
- 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: 80cm
- Base: 50cm

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

Niseko Annupuri Courses open:
- Utopia Course
- Shirakaba Course
- Paradise Course
- Family Course
- Junior Course

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Niseko Village
Part open

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 80cm
- Base: 50cm

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 Sunday 9th December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas are part open - see above for updated info

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 9th December 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 9th December 2018
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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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 Sunday 9th December 2018
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
9th December 20cm 7cm 10cm
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
Previous 7 days total 45cm 59cm 33cm
Previous 14 days total 97cm 140cm 59cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 81cm 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 165cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 9th 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]
81cm
[165cm]
-
[165cm]
-
[165cm]
-
[165cm]
-
[165cm]
-
[165cm]
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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