Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 16th December 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:25am on Sunday 16th December 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy, some blue sky
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None currently
wind condition
0 - S 3m/s
visibility condition
Good
This report
Sunday 16th December 2018, 8:25am
6cm
Saturday 15th December 2018, 8:30am 17cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 93cm
Last 14 reports (total): 138cm
Current month (December 2018) total: 174cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 258cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:25am on Sunday 16th December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

When I got up there was some light snow falling but that has stopped and it is now just kind of cloudy and overcast and actually some blue sky to be seen as well. Might it even clear up?

It is certainly feeling milder than it has been, though still it is happily under zero (but might inch above that later on).

So yes, it's a calm morning.

I should have more snow to report tomorrow morning though with regular refreshes likely over the coming days.

How it should be. And we want things to be in tip top shape for Santa-san.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain Base 6.00am: -3°, light snowfall overnight. Moiwa 800m: -5°, light winds, 10cm new snow in the last 24hrs, no snowdrift development. Hirafu trace new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: WSW5m/s. Kamui Cape: SW19m/s, 1016hPa, wave 1.6m.

Light winds at lower levels however at higher elevations a strong SW wind is blowing. From observation there is no new snow drift development around 800m level and drifts have stabilised. The general avalanche risk is low. From the snowfall transition expect 15-16 Dec layer to be significant in the future. There still is not enough snow to ride everywhere and the side of the runs are all tracked out. Take care in low light, the surface undulations are hard to see.

This information is published to prevent accidents around the Niseko ski resorts. Accidents occur when you act carelessly or overconfident. Most accidents can be avoided with care. In recent years we hear of commercial training sessions undermining efforts made by ski patrol to maintain safety in the area. These attitudes don’t create any progress toward mountain safety. Local history and dangers are the first point of call for anyone wanting to learn more. There is no global standard for avalanche knowledge of rescue techniques.

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Ski resort operation information: Sunday 16th December 2018
The below information is manually checked each morning and believed to be correct at time of report

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 180cm
- Base: 85cm

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 8:10pm)
- Holiday Number 1 Pair (until 8:30pm)
- King Number 3 quad (until 3:30pm)
- Swinging Monkey (until 3:00pm)

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 145cm
- Base: 105cm

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
- Onsenzawa
- Large
- Miharashi
- Dynamic

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 150cm
- Base: 90cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Annupuri Gondola (until 3:15pm)
- Dream Number 1 quad (until 5:30pm)
- Jumbo Number 1 quad (until 8:30pm)
- Jumbo Number 2 pair (until 3:15pm)
- Jumbo Number 3 pair (until 3:15pm)

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 150cm
- 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 8:25am on Sunday 16th December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Most of the mountain is now open - top lifts coming soon hopefully!

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 16th December 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 16th December 2018
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 16th 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 Sunday 16th December 2018
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
16th December 6cm 4cm 36cm
15th December 17cm 6cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 93cm 57cm 74cm
Previous 14 days total 138cm 116cm 107cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 174cm 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 258cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 16th 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]
174cm
[258cm]
-
[258cm]
-
[258cm]
-
[258cm]
-
[258cm]
-
[258cm]
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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