Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 12th December 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Tuesday 12th December 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snowing
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
It's snowing nicely
wind condition
SW 2-8m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Poor
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This report
Tuesday 12th December 2017, 8:32am
2cm
Monday 11th December 2017, 8:22am 0cm
Sunday 10th December 2017, 8:27am 11cm
Saturday 9th December 2017, 8:35am 7cm
Friday 8th December 2017, 8:32am 2cm
Thursday 7th December 2017, 8:12am 5cm
Wednesday 6th December 2017, 8:31am 17cm
Last 7 reports (total): 44cm
Last 14 reports (total): 105cm
Current month (December 2017) total: 100cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 288cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Tuesday 12th December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning to you all.

Yesterday wasn't very excite. It was rather mild and rather wet. But happily that is behind us now.

When I got up this morning things weren't looking particularly exciting with just a dusting of just under 1cm of snow on the ground.

But it was quite noticeably much colder than yesterday, and as I am writing this report snow is coming down nicely. (So my fresh snowfall number for the report is 2cm).

There's going to be some windy conditions today though at the start of the day lift operations appear to be proceeding as planned, as well as limited visibility with more snow piling up during the day today and tomorrow.

Things should be good again once this storm passes.

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One (actually two) thing(s) I feel I should mention this morning.

If you are driving, be especially careful this morning. It looks pretty dangerous out there. Best to be on the extra careful side.

And if you are skiing or snowboarding, I imagine there's just that thin layer of snowfall on the hard icy conditions that yesterdays weather dealt us. What's the term, dust on crust?

Let's careful riding.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -6°, light winds and snow. Moiwa 800m : -10°, SW8m/s, 10cm new snow, no snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -12°,SW20m/s, new snow all blown away. Hirafu: 1000m, -14°, trace new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:WNW17m/s. Kamui Cape SW18m/s, 995hPa, wave 2.4m.

The isobaric lines have moved closer together and the westerly wind has become strong. Although not much snow has fallen, snow drift development is progressing rapidly above 1100m. From this mornings observation, leeward slopes above 800m are easily fracturing. The avalanche risk will increase through the day. Below 700m, yesterdays tracks are frozen from the warm weather yesterday, not good riding. Be careful on lift lines, cliffs and 40deg slopes, surface avalanches will fracture easily on Dec 11 layer. Avalanches occur if conditions are right regardless of the amount of snow, accidents happen only when people are involved.

Blizzards can quickly create unstable snowdrifts and cornices. Many accidents occur on leeward slopes during blizzards. After today's storm passes, the snow will stabilise..

Do not duck ropes to enter Strictly Off Limits south facing slopes like Haru no Taki. Niseko Rules are there to try and prevent accidents while giving you freedom to ride out of bounds.

The mountain will be better after the storm passes, be patient today. Be careful of frostbite. Have a good day.

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Tuesday 12th December 2017

What's planned to be open today in Niseko (subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Lifts operating:
- Ace Number 3 Pair lift
- Ace Number 2 Center Four quad lift (nighta)
- Ace Family quad lift (nighta)
- King Number 3 quad lift
- Hirafu Gondola
- Holiday Number 1 pair lift
- Swinging Monkey

* All courses are open apart from Large and Dynamic.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts operating:
- Hanazono Number 1 quad lift
- Hanazono Number 2 quad lift
- Hanazono Number 3 quad lift

* All lifts are operating

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts operating:
- Annupuri Gondola
- Jumbo Number 1 quad lift (nighta)
- Jumbo Number 2 quad lift
- Dream Number 1 quad lift

* Utopia, Shirakaba, Silver, Panorama, "S" ji, Paradise, Family, Dynamic and Junior courses are open.

Niseko Village

Lifts operating:
- Niseko Gondola
- Banzai Chair
- Community Chair (nighta)
- Upper Village Gondola (nighta)
- Village Express (nighta)

* Top of Gondola to base is skiable.

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Official resort snow depths on Tuesday 12th December 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 215cm
Base - 80cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai
Top - 135cm
Base - 80cm

Niseko Village
Top - 145cm
Base - 80cm

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Floodlit 'nighta' skiing:
Scheduled daily at Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri.
There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO area.

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Tuesday 12th December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Resorts are all open - details above

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  2017/2018
*as of Tuesday 12th December 2017
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
12th December 2cm 4cm 0cm
11th December 0cm 17cm 0cm
10th December 11cm 15cm 0cm
9th December 7cm 10cm 0cm
8th December 2cm 10cm 7cm
7th December 5cm 4cm 15cm
6th December 17cm 6cm 18cm
Previous 7 days total 44cm 66cm 40cm
Previous 14 days total 105cm 92cm 108cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 100cm 181cm 244cm
January observed snowfall total - 152cm 303cm
February observed snowfall total - 160cm 266cm
March observed snowfall total - 83cm 109cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 288cm 688cm 992cm
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  October November December January February March April May
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - 188cm
[188cm]
100cm
[288cm]
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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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