Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 19th December 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:57am on Wednesday 19th December 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Mostly cloudy, some blue sky
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None currently
wind condition
Moderate Westerly
visibility condition
Decent
This report
Wednesday 19th December 2018, 7:57am
12cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 69cm
Last 14 reports (total): 156cm
Current month (December 2018) total: 192cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 276cm

Archive report: Posted at 7:57am on Wednesday 19th December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

Some decent snowfall yesterday during the day, but it eased off overnight. Sounded like it was quite windy out there.

The result - I am measuring 12cm of snow this morning. Again, not the best quality - bit on the wet side - but we're happy to have the snow continue coming in.

It looks like Japan is going to be experiencing some warmer conditions as the weekend approaches. For us that means that temps might creep just over the zero level and hopefully not much more than that. There's still fairly regular snowfall lined up though.

I have to post my report before the lifts open this morning; fairly strong westerly winds may be a factor today.

Oh yes, the Miharashi course is open at Niseko Grand Hirafu from this morning - so just the top area remaining closed there now.

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Rudolph just got in touch to let me know that Santa-san will be on the slopes of Niseko Grand Hirafu on 23rd and 24th December. And he will even be giving out small presents to people he meets on the slopes. He is also going to be making time to be on the slopes over at Niseko Annupuri as well, on the 24th and 25th. Also complete with presents for children.

Not exactly sure how he'll work out the split on the 24th, but... what a gent!

Unconfirmed if he will also make an appearance at the other areas, but I suspect there is a chance that he might.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain Base 6.00am: -3°, 10cm wet heavy snow with a little hail and wind overnight. Moiwa 800m: -4°, E10m/s, 20cm new snowdrift development. Hirafu 1000m strong NE wind, 10cm new snow, some snowdrift development within the ski area. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: WNW17m/s. Kamui Cape: WSW14m/s, 1007hPa, wave 2.9m.

The atmospheric pressure gradient is steep over the Sea of Japan, with a high pressure south and low pressure north of here. Coastal temperatures are high. A strong westerly snow wind, around 20m/s, persists above 1100m causing cornice and snow drift development on leeward slopes. The avalanche risk is high above 1200m under leeward knolls and ridge lines.

Mikaeri 800m the snow depth is 120cm but bamboo and bushes are still showing through.

Many avalanche accidents by stimulating thick, heavy wind slabs that have developed rapidly during blizzard conditions. Take care on steep slopes where your ski or board does not float. There is good but heavy snow in the forest. Be careful crashing into trees though.

Don't duck the ropes. The out of bounds areas are still not ready to ride. Have a good day.

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Ski resort operation information: Wednesday 19th 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: 195cm
- Base: 95cm

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: 135cm
- 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
- 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 7:57am on Wednesday 19th December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas are open - not quite fully yet

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Wednesday 19th 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 Wednesday 19th December 2018
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
19th December 12cm 35cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 69cm 119cm 64cm
Previous 14 days total 156cm 163cm 130cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 192cm 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 276cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 19th 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]
192cm
[276cm]
-
[276cm]
-
[276cm]
-
[276cm]
-
[276cm]
-
[276cm]
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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