Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 20th December 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Thursday 20th December 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy skies
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
-
wind condition
WNW
visibility condition
Fair
This report
Thursday 20th December 2018, 8:30am
8cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 74cm
Last 14 reports (total): 160cm
Current month (December 2018) total: 200cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 284cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Thursday 20th December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning everyone from secret base here by Hirafu.

It was rather windy yesterday - when I last checked the Annupuri Gondola was on hold as well as their top lift with the Niseko Gondola and top Hanazono lifts also running at reduced speed.

And it looks like the Annupuri Gondola is on hold again at the start of the day today

There's 8cm of fresh snowfall on the ground this morning and it looks nicer quality than what I reported yesterday. Just a quick word on that --- when I give an opinion about 'snow quality', I'm thinking purely of the Niseko scale. By that, I mean that I am not comparing the snow to the quality of snow you might expect in Australia or Canada or Austria or indeed anywhere else. I'm comparing it to what I have come to expect and experience here in Niseko. Often times I hear people say things along the lines of 'even relatively poor snow quality in Niseko is better than the best snow in *Insert other resort/country here*'. Which may well be true, BUT that's not my comparison. Hope that makes sense.

It is colder this morning too and feels it.

Fairly calm conditions are expected now through the weekend so we probably can't expect much in terms of fresh snowfall over the next few reports.

It does seem that Japan is going to generally see some milder conditions, hopefully before taking a drop back down again early week.

Busy becomes busier every day now it seems. Lots of people coming here for their Christmas holidays. And I hope that you all have a very jolly good one.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain Base 6.00am: -5°, 15cm new snowfall in the last 12 hrs. Moiwa 800m: 5am -6°, NW10m/s, cornice and snowdrift development, 15cm new snowfall in the last 12 hrs. Mikaeri Ridge N10m/s, snow depth 120cm. Annupuri 1000m 2pm yesterday: -7°, S23m/s. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NNW15m/s. Kamui Cape: W10m/s, 1012hPa, wave 3.5m.

The atmospheric pressure gradient is starting to flatten and the blizzard is calming. Snow wind over the last 24hrs has caused snowdrift and cornice development. From 5am observation Moiwa peak, 800m, snowdrifts are fracturing on a definite layer and cornices are breaking easily. Kozan no sawa south face 1000m and Osawa 1000m, avalanche risk is high this morning. Although only a small amount of snow has fallen, cornices are breaking easily which could trigger an avalanche on steeper slopes below. Take care.

The snow in the trees is good but still shallow. Be careful falling into creeks, the water is cold. Out of bounds area are still not ready for riding. Don't over estimate your skills, knowledge or equipment. This can cause accidents. Please respect Niseko Rules.

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Ski resort operation information: Thursday 20th 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: 200cm
- 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: 97cm

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: 170cm
- Base: 90cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Annupuri Gondola (until 3:15pm) ** ON HOLD AT START OF DAY **
- 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: 170cm
- Base: 95cm

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 8:30am on Thursday 20th December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Most areas are now open - waiting for top lifts and gates to get started for the season

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 20th 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 Thursday 20th December 2018
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
20th December 8cm 19cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 74cm 112cm 62cm
Previous 14 days total 160cm 165cm 124cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 200cm 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 284cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 20th 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]
200cm
[284cm]
-
[284cm]
-
[284cm]
-
[284cm]
-
[284cm]
-
[284cm]
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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