Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 13th December 2018

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:29am on Thursday 13th December 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Blue skies and sunshine.
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Calm - NE 2m/s
visibility condition
Excellent
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This report
Thursday 13th December 2018, 8:29am
3cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 86cm
Last 14 reports (total): 141cm
Current month (December 2018) total: 126cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 210cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:29am on Thursday 13th December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning to you all.

This morning I have 3cm of fresh snowfall to report to you.

Don't be disappointed, because it is a beautiful morning here. There are just few tiny clouds here and there but for the most part it is blue skies and sunshine. And everywhere is looking really beautiful. Winter scenery on a morning like this is just something to behold. I never get tired of it and I hope that I never will.

As areas continue to open up, specific news I have for you is that the HANAZONO Park course area is now open - the course, not items - meaning that pretty much all of Hanazono is now available. All of the Green Course at Niseko Grand Hirafu is also now open.

Over at Niseko Annupuri, they now have six courses available - Utopia, Silver, Shirakaba, Paradise, Family and Junior.

So we're getting there! It will be interesting to see when we will be able to be officially 'all open'.

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My colleagues down in Niigata who run SnowJapan told me that yesterday set a new record for the number of people reading my Niseko Now reports (and indeed the website as a whole) in one day. So, thank you. I will try not to feel the pressure!

To answer a question sent in regarding ski resort lift/course information:

It is (obviously... surely...) impossible for me go out onto the mountain and check the mountain every morning before I post a report. So for resort operation information in these reports, I am relying on official information sources that I check every morning. I check and update it manually; rest assured there are no scary robots involved. Nor indeed any friendly robots! You'd hope that such information would be correct. And you'd think that they would want to publish the info early and be up-to-date and open, but that isn't always the case. I just do the best that I can with the information that is available and try to fill in some blanks with my personal observations when I have them.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain Base 6.00am: -6°, light winds, sunny, 10cm new snow in last 12 hours. Moiwa 700m: -6°, light winds, trace new snowfall, no snowdrift development, good visibility. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: E6m/s. Kamui Cape: NE3m/s, 1018hPa, wave 1.4m.

The sea and mountains are calm again today and the atmospheric pressure gradient remains shallow. The east side of the niseko mountains has received a little more snow than the west side. Below 300m at Mt Yotei base a hoar frost layer has formed. This Dec 13th layer is expected to be notable in future snowpack. On south facing steep slopes around 700m and lift lines around 600m, fractures up to 30cm from Dec 11th-12th frost layer are easily occurring. Be careful on 40deg slopes. The general avalanche risk is low.

Off the groomed runs trees and bushes are still uncovered making out of bounds areas unsuitable to ride. The gates will remain closed for a while longer. The groomers are in fantastic condition. Off the groomers - not so good. Beware falling and hitting trees, you can never win. A winter weather pattern will get stronger, sending wind and more into Niseko soon. Just have to wait a bit now.

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Ski resort operation information: Thursday 13th 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: 145cm
- Base: 60cm

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: 110cm
- Base: 82cm

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

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Niseko Annupuri
Part open

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

Courses:
- Utopia
- Silver
- Shirakaba
- Paradise
- Family
- Junior

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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 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 Thursday 13th December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

It is a beautiful day with large parts of the mountain now open

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(updated daily during winter)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 13th December 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 13th December 2018
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 13th December 2018
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2018/2019
*as of Thursday 13th December 2018
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
13th December 3cm 26cm 2cm
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
Previous 7 days total 86cm 53cm 62cm
Previous 14 days total 141cm 131cm 85cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 126cm 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 210cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 13th December 2018
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in 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]
126cm
[210cm]
-
[210cm]
-
[210cm]
-
[210cm]
-
[210cm]
-
[210cm]
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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