Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 10th December 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:01am on Monday 10th December 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-13°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
NW 5m/s
visibility condition
Limited
This report
Monday 10th December 2018, 8:01am
19cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 64cm
Last 14 reports (total): 116cm
Current month (December 2018) total: 100cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 184cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:01am on Monday 10th December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

It is a good start to the week.

Those blue skies that we had as I was writing my report yesterday didn't last long and this morning I am measuring a further 19cm of fresh snowfall on the ground to add to my reports. It's really light and dry. Very nice.

Currently it is generally cloudy. Light snow has been falling this morning and perhaps it will be another day of on-off snowfall.

From this morning the Holiday Number 1 pair lift should be moving from 8:30am at Niseko Grand Hirafu. Hirafu is also opening up the Dai-ni-no-kabe, Kogen, Boyo and all of the Sen-no-ki courses. So there's another chunk of that area available from this morning and you can ride back down to base. Yey.

Niseko Village also now have their gondola moving.

A bit of an 'doh' to report: Annupuri are apparently needing to do some kind of maintenance work on their Jumbo Number 1 quad lift this morning. So keep that in mind if you want to be over in that area.

I look forward to the day when I will be able to just say... everywhere is open. Hopefully it won't be too long before I can do that. The forecast continues to look good and 'snowy' through this coming week, so I should be seeing and reporting fresh snow every day.

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More people seem to be arriving in Niseko day by day now, both people coming to slide and the people working behind the scenes. And that will continue as we approach Christmas as things get gradually more lively.

Blimey, Christmas is just over two weeks away. Santa is due to be on the slopes of Niseko around Christmas - he always seems to choose Niseko (he's clever) - so I hope he gets the bulk of his work sorted before then.

Time - slow down please!

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 5am: -9℃, light storm, 20cm of wind-affected snow. Dense snowdrifts with wind-ripples are present in Moiwa 600m elevation. Sea of Japan Benkei cape: NW14m/s (21m/s @ 3am), Kamui cape: WNW13m/s, 1023hPa, 3.0m waves.

A NW20m/s storm has persisted overnight above 1000m elevation and made snowdrifts heavily develop in leeward slopes. Observations showed signs of weak bonding within these snowdrifts. The avalanche risk is high at knoll aspects and heavy-loaded slopes just below the ridges.

The wind will calm down as the isobars spread out and the new slabs will eventually stabilize. The snow in the trees have a slight drag, but good. The conditions are not uniform, so please use cautions. The overall snowpack is still quite shallow.

This information is released for the safety of skiers and snowboarders. Precaution is key to avoid accidents. The access gates to the out of bounds area will remain closed for a while. Do not duck ropes to step out of bounds.

Have a nice day.

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Ski resort operation information: Monday 10th 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: 150cm
- Base: 65cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Ace Family quad
- Ace Number 2 Center Four
- Ace Number 3 pair
- Hirafu Gondola
- Holiday Number 1 Pair
- King Number 3 quad
- Swinging Monkey

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Part open

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 100cm
- Base: 70cm
- Data as of yesterday (not updated 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
- Shirakaba Course
- Center Course
- Beginners Access
- Jumbo Course
- Rinkan Course
- Dai-ni-no-kabe
- Kogen Course
- Boyo Course
- Yotei Sunset
- Parallel Course
- Silver Dream

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Niseko Annupuri
Part open

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 100cm
- Base: 60cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Annupuri Gondola
- Dream Number 1 quad
- Jumbo Number 1 quad (maintenance this morning - unclear if it might get moving)
- 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: 100cm
- Base: 60cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Niseko Gondola
- 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 8:01am on Monday 10th December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas are least part open with more courses opening up - see above for details

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 10th December 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Monday 10th 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 Monday 10th December 2018
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
10th December 19cm 11cm 15cm
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
Previous 7 days total 64cm 54cm 45cm
Previous 14 days total 116cm 124cm 71cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 100cm 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 184cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 10th 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
2018/2019 season 0cm
[0cm]
84cm
[84cm]
100cm
[184cm]
-
[184cm]
-
[184cm]
-
[184cm]
-
[184cm]
-
[184cm]
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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