Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 14th December 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:57am on Friday 14th December 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
NW 1m/s - N 6m/s
visibility condition
Generally limited due to snowfall
This report
Friday 14th December 2018, 7:57am
25cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 109cm
Last 14 reports (total): 151cm
Current month (December 2018) total: 151cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 235cm

Archive report: Posted at 7:57am on Friday 14th December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

I remember talking about blue skies and sunshine just yesterday morning. And indeed it was a lovely morning.

But get this... there's another 25cm of fresh snow on the ground. There's no faffing about this morning. And while it is due to continue through the day, as you can see from the webcam images below taken at around 7:45am there is currently a spell of some thinner clouds and even a bit of sun shining through in places. But as I write this 10 minutes later it's clouded over once again and it is still snowing. So somewhat changeable right now but I suspect the snow clouds will win out.

While this is all very exciting of course, let's never forget to take care out there. And congratulations to everyone who timed an early season trip just about now.

The report is a bit early this morning as I, er, want to go and wash my hair or maybe read a book.

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Hmm. With the snowy excitement this morning, I almost feel that I want to delay this bit of news...

I heard some interesting news coming in yesterday from a Japanese friend. I thought it might be of interest to readers of this report.

It seems that there was a town assembly meeting in Kutchan yesterday. In what was probably a very interesting and fun meeting, the wise assembly members decided that a 'lodging tax' is going to be introduced with a view to introducing it from November of next year. If I am understanding this correctly, what this means is that people staying in Kutchan accommodation will get taxed an additional 2% tax (ie. the tax rate will be 2% of the accommodation charges).

Apparently, the other such lodging taxes that exist in Tokyo and Kyoto are a small fixed rate, rather than a percentage, so this will be the first fixed-rate lodging tax in Japan. Hurray!

The revenue that this exciting new tax will generate will be used to ‘promote tourism and expand multi-lingual guidance services as well as barrier-free facilities’ and the town expects to raise over 300 million yen a year.

Kutchan is a small town, but of course it is host to an extremely large number of international visitors – and more than a few of them have more than a few pennies to spend. There is definitely a struggle to keep up with services and staffing shortage issues going on, from the stories I hear. So, let’s just hope that if and when this new tax is introduced it really will be used for the things it is meant to and that facilities in general can continue to ‘level up’.

I wonder if Niseko town will do the same? << That’s me just totally wondering to myself.

Anyway, let’s new tax!

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain Base 6.00am: -6°, light winds, 20cm new snow. Moiwa 800m: -7°, light winds, 30cm new snowfall, no snowdrift development. Hirafu 1000m , -7°、30cm new snow, no snowdrift development. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: N11m/s. Kamui Cape: W8m/s, 1018hPa, wave 1.9m.

General avalanche risk is low and snow is fantastic today.

Only a short report today, the avalanche crew would like to take a day off today to enjoy the snow before the real winter starts.

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Ski resort operation information: Friday 14th 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: 80cm

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: 105cm
- Base: 94cm

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: 130cm
- Base: 90cm

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 7:57am on Friday 14th December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas are mostly open. Top lifts not moving yet.

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 14th 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 Friday 14th December 2018
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
14th December 25cm 8cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 109cm 56cm 58cm
Previous 14 days total 151cm 134cm 75cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 151cm 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 235cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 14th 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]
151cm
[235cm]
-
[235cm]
-
[235cm]
-
[235cm]
-
[235cm]
-
[235cm]
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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