Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 17th December 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:41am on Monday 17th December 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Sleet > snow
Base temp:
1°C

Top temp:
-3°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Wet snow
wind condition
0 - SE 2m/s
visibility condition
Limited
This report
Monday 17th December 2018, 8:41am
2cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 76cm
Last 14 reports (total): 140cm
Current month (December 2018) total: 176cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 260cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:41am on Monday 17th December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning everyone.

I get no pleasure from having to report it, but report it I do - we had to endure some rain in the evening yesterday, down at base anyway.

Booooo!

Conditions remain relatively mild this morning but happily I can report 3cm of snow. It's very much on the wet side, but we'll take it!

And not to fear, as the forecast is looking rather promising for the coming few days. Fingers crossed for lots of snow coming in.

Here is a question often asked:

Why, when pretty much all the other areas are open, are the top lifts not moving yet?

Well, the official answer seems to be that there's not enough snow yet. That might seem understandably odd considering that more snow usually falls higher up on the mountain than base, and those base areas are already open. You'll notice the Avalanche Report below is also saying that there isn't enough snow yet to safely ride out of bounds. You need more snow to safely do that than on the groomed prepared courses. Once the good folk making those decisions decided that there is enough snow to safely get it all going, it most certainly will do and the gate system will kick into action.

Hopefully that day will be quite soon. Perhaps after this storm that's due over the next few days.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain Base 6.00am: 0°, light winds, 5cm of wet snow in the last 12hrs. Moiwa 800m: -2°, W8m/s, 10cm wet snowfall, no snowdrift development. Hirafu 1000m -3°, 20cm new snow in last 12 hrs, foggy. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NNW7m/s. Kamui Cape: NNW4m/s, 1007hPa, wave 0.7m.

Wet snow has fallen with the passing of a low pressure system. The east side (Hirafu) has received more snow. Wet snow has started to cover the bamboo in forested areas. Surface avalanches can occur easily on 40 deg slopes when this type of low pressure snowfall reaches 30cm depth. Although the speed of these avalanches is slow, they carry significant destructive force. Expect 15-16 Dec layer in snowpack.

Snow is good however visibility is poor. Take care riding. The snow blanketing the mountain is beautiful today.

There still isn't enough snow to safely ride out of bounds. Accidents can easily happen in bad weather. Make cautious decisions.

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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: 90cm

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: 140cm
- Base: 88cm

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 8:41am on Monday 17th December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Most of the mountain is open; top area and gates not yet

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 17th December 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Monday 17th December 2018
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 17th 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 Monday 17th December 2018
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
17th December 2cm 15cm 24cm
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
Previous 7 days total 76cm 61cm 83cm
Previous 14 days total 140cm 115cm 128cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 176cm 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 260cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 17th 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]
176cm
[260cm]
-
[260cm]
-
[260cm]
-
[260cm]
-
[260cm]
-
[260cm]
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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