Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 11th December 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:27am on Tuesday 11th December 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy skies
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Intermittent snow
wind condition
SW 3m/s - W 6m/s
visibility condition
Variable
This report
Tuesday 11th December 2018, 8:27am
18cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 82cm
Last 14 reports (total): 134cm
Current month (December 2018) total: 118cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 202cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:27am on Tuesday 11th December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

You want another 20cm of snow? Not quite, but nearly that much once again as I have measured another 18cm of fresh snowfall to add this morning.

The last few days has been very good indeed. I have now measured and recorded a total of 202cm snowfall this season so far up until today, and I see that Niseko Grand Hirafu is now reporting an official snow depth of 160cm in the peak area.

Of course, we want more - it's a never-ending need! - but happily the forecast tells us that we can expect more though perhaps not so much today.

Right now we have pretty much all of Niseko HANAZONO open apart from the Park, with fairly large parts of Hirafu open - other than the peak area and both sides of the middle area. You can ski down to base at both.

Today sees the start of night time or 'nighta' operations in Niseko.

At Niseko Grand Hirafu the Ace Family Quad and the Ace Number 2 Quad Center Four lifts will be operating until 8:30pm. The Hirafu Gondola and Holiday Number 1 lifts are planned to join in the nighta fun from Saturday 15th December.

At Niseko Annupuri the Jumbo Number 1 quad lift will be operating for nighta until 8:30am. And Niseko Village also has nighta (though I can't find any particular details). Note that there is no nighta over at the Niseko HANAZONO area.

I think that's about it for this morning. The reports get a bit less time-consuming once we are 'all open'. I haven't had my toast yet!

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -7℃, mild wind and snowing. 20cm snowfall without snowdrift development. Moiwa700m: mild wind, 30cm snowfall, light snowdrift development. Sea of Japan Benkei cape: NW13m/s, Kamui cape: W11m/s, 1027hPa, 2.2m waves.

The isobars are starting to spread and the storm is finally settling down. The snowdrifts that developed until last night have stabilized and, although the cornices are still prone to impacts, the general avalanche risk is low. The snowpack is still shallow and the out of bounds area is not suitable for riding yet. The gates will be kept closed. Please refrain from crossing boundary ropes.

The snow is good, but the light is weak and the surface relief is hard to see. Beware of over-speeding and obstacles lurking under the surface. Wearing a helmet and a beacon may not be mandatory, but is strongly recommended as they may save your and others lives.

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Ski resort operation information: Tuesday 11th 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: 160cm
- Base: 70cm

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
Mostly open

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 115cm
- Base: 103cm

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono Courses open:
- Family
- Sen-no-ki
- Alpen
- Beginners Access
- Green (part)
- Shirakaba
- Center
- Kogen
- Boyo Course
- Dai-ni-no-kabe
- Kokutai
- Holiday
- Rinkan
- Jumbo Course
- Parallel Course
- Silver Dream
- Stairway to Heaven
- Setsuzoku
- Legend of Shinya
- Renkan
- Yotei Sunset

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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
- 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: 120cm
- Base: 80cm

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

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Night time operations until 8:30pm in the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas (starting from today).
There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO area.

Archive report: Posted at 8:27am on Tuesday 11th December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas are now open, but not fully yet - with more opening up as snow arrives

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 11th December 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Tuesday 11th December 2018
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 11th 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 Tuesday 11th December 2018
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
11th December 18cm 0cm 17cm
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
Previous 7 days total 82cm 49cm 62cm
Previous 14 days total 134cm 103cm 88cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 118cm 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 202cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 11th 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]
118cm
[202cm]
-
[202cm]
-
[202cm]
-
[202cm]
-
[202cm]
-
[202cm]
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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