Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 18th December 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Tuesday 18th December 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, some blue sky
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Earlier light snow eased off
wind condition
W 2m/s - NE 7m/s
visibility condition
Good
This report
Tuesday 18th December 2018, 8:31am
4cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 62cm
Last 14 reports (total): 144cm
Current month (December 2018) total: 180cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 264cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Tuesday 18th December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning everyone.

4cm of fresh snowfall at base since yesterday and it is feeling colder; this fresh snow looks somewhat better quality than what we got yesterday which is good but I wouldn't expect conditions to be top quality - we need a thicker fresh layer for that.

(Remember, that kind of comment is not meant in any way as a downer - I just only tell you when I think things are 'top quality' when they really, really are! Otherwise, there's no comparison is there, and it makes the comments useless).

As we approach 8:30am there is some blue sky up there (see images below) as well as cloud hanging on, but we can expect the snow clouds to not be far away during the next few days.

Anyway, look out for windy conditions today that may well affect lift operations. Apart from the Annupuri Gondola moving at slower speed it looks like lifts are starting the day as planned as of 8:30am.

I just realised, I haven't had to mention wind so much yet this season. Still, it's early!

Oh yes, one bit of course news from Niseko Grand Hirafu - the Onsenzawa course is now open, so apart from the top area and Miharashi all areas of Hirafu are open during the daytime hours.

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It's good to see other parts of Japan getting some snow, though generally it does look like it has been a slow-ish start to the snow season country-wide.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain Base 6.00am: -3°, light snowfall over last 12hrs. Moiwa 800m: -5°, W8m/s, 30cm new snowdrift growth, wind effected rippled snow surface, good visibility. Hirafu 1000m no data. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NW14m/s. Kamui Cape: W10m/s, 1004hPa, wave 2.1m.

We are currently under influence of a weak winter weather pattern with a NW snow wind blowing into the area causing a small amount of slow snowdrift growth, which when tested there is no obvious fracture. Around 1000m the avalanche risk is low. However, low elevation south facing off limits areas and under steep lift lines, shallow avalanches from the 15-16th layer are occurring easily.

Bamboo and bushes are not buried yet, a little more time is needed before riding out of bounds will be ready. Don't duck the ropes.

The snow conditions at low elevations is not so good but higher up, above 600m, the groomers are good. Be careful going fast and hitting a trees. This information is based on Niseko Rules and is published for the safety of all mountain users.

The snow on the side of the runs is a bit catchy, beware unseen obstacles under the snow. Have a good day.

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Ski resort operation information: Tuesday 18th 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: 185cm
- 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: 95cm

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
- Large
- Miharashi
- Dynamic

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 160cm
- 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)

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

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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 8:31am on Tuesday 18th December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas mostly open now. See above.

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 18th December 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Tuesday 18th December 2018
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 18th 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 Tuesday 18th December 2018
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
18th December 4cm 25cm 2cm
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
Previous 7 days total 62cm 86cm 68cm
Previous 14 days total 144cm 135cm 130cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 180cm 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 264cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 18th 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
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season 0cm
[0cm]
84cm
[84cm]
180cm
[264cm]
-
[264cm]
-
[264cm]
-
[264cm]
-
[264cm]
-
[264cm]
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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