Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 12th December 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:29am on Wednesday 12th December 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy, grey (or is it gray)
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None currently
wind condition
Calm
visibility condition
Fair. Rather grey.
This report
Wednesday 12th December 2018, 8:29am
5cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 87cm
Last 14 reports (total): 139cm
Current month (December 2018) total: 123cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 207cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:29am on Wednesday 12th December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

There's just 5cm of fresh snow to add to the report this morning (from yesterday), and it is a rather overcast start to the day. It is not snowing now but should be later on with snow clouds above through Friday.

I spent a few hours on the slopes yesterday after posting my report. Very nice snow conditions, it was a lot of fun. We are still waiting for the upper lifts and courses to open up as well as a few other areas here and there, but there's plenty open to enjoy now. With more and more expectant folk turning up daily now (including Santa), we want it all open.

As there are now more courses open than closed at Niseko Grand Hirafu, I thought I'd swap the info round (below) so now the list is of courses that are not yet open.

Nighta operations at Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri started from yesterday evening. For the moment I have added the planned closing times for each of the ski lifts in the information below.

I thought I'd add one more thing to check every morning! ;)

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain Base 6.00am: -8°, no new snow, calm. Moiwa 700m: -8°, light winds, no new snowfall, good visibility. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: S4m/s. Kamui Cape: NNW2m/s, 1021hPa, wave 0.7m.

A shallow atmospheric pressure gradient is causing both sea and mountains to be calm. No new snowfall and no cornice or snowdrift development. General avalanche risk is low.

The edges of the course are all cut up, take care. Today the groomers are in good shape, great for practising turns. If you cant do it on the groomers, you wont survive the backcountry.

Don't duck ropes to ride out of bounds. Niseko Rules protects your safety and freedom to ride out of bounds. Please respect the Niseko Rules.

Snow is coming soon, have a good day.

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Ski resort operation information: Wednesday 12th 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: 70cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Ace Family quad (until 8:30pm)
- Ace Number 2 Center Four (until 8:20pm)
- Ace Number 3 pair (until 3:30pm)
- Hirafu Gondola (until 4:30pm)
- Holiday Number 1 Pair (until 4:30pm)
- King Number 3 quad (until 3:30pm)
- Swinging Monkey (until 3:00pm)

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Mostly open

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 120cm
- Base: 80cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Hanazono Number 1 quad (until 3:30pm)
- Hanazono Number 2 quad (until 3:30pm)
- Hanazono Number 3 quad (until 3:00pm)

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono Courses:
- All courses apart from the below courses are now open
- Path to King
- Onsenzawa
- Large
- Konayuki
- Miharashi
- Dynamic
- Hanazono Park
- Crystal Garden

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Niseko Annupuri
Part open

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 110cm
- Base: 60cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Annupuri Gondola (until 3:15pm)
- Dream Number 1 quad (until 5:30pm)
- Jumbo Number 1 quad (until 8:30pm)
- Jumbo Number 3 pair (until 3:15pm)

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Niseko Village
Part open

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 120cm
- Base: 80cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Niseko Gondola (until 3:00pm)
- Upper Village Gondola (until 8:00pm)
- Village Express (until 8:00pm)
- Community Chair (until 4:30pm)
- Banzai Chair (until 8:00pm)

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Night time operations until 8:30pm are available in the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri resort areas.
There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO resort area.

Archive report: Posted at 8:29am on Wednesday 12th December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas are now open; though not quite fully just yet.

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Wednesday 12th 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 Wednesday 12th December 2018
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
12th December 5cm 2cm 4cm
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
Previous 7 days total 87cm 44cm 66cm
Previous 14 days total 139cm 105cm 92cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 123cm 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 207cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 12th 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]
123cm
[207cm]
-
[207cm]
-
[207cm]
-
[207cm]
-
[207cm]
-
[207cm]
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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