Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 21st December 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:50am on Friday 21st December 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Light
visibility condition
Fair
This report
Friday 21st December 2018, 7:50am
0cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 49cm
Last 14 reports (total): 158cm
Current month (December 2018) total: 200cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 284cm

Archive report: Posted at 7:50am on Friday 21st December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from the Niseko area.

And today, there is no fresh cm of snowfall to report to you.

It is a cloudy start to the day, though there are some breaks in the cloud away from the mountain and maybe we will get to see some sunshine.

We are about to have a few days of relatively mild conditions so there might well be a few more reports missing fresh snowfall. Doh! But not to fear, it seems that we should be back to snow come Monday.

Just in time for the arrival of Santa-san. Or perhaps he is bringing them with him. Best kind of present!

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The Free Ride Park by the King Number 1 lift opened for the season yesterday with all sorts of goodies for folk into that kind of stuff. It says here the items are as follows:

4m Table Top
5m Wide Box
5m Cylinder Rail
7m Down Rail
5m Table Top

So now you know!

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -2℃, no snowfall and calm. Moiwa800m: -5℃, WSW8m/s, light overnight snowfall. Mikaeri700m: 150cm snowpack. Sea of Japan Benkei cape: NW12m/s, Kamui cape: WNW10m/s, 1021hPa, 1.8m waves. 170cm snowpack at west side Annupuri1000m.


The atmospheric pressure gradient is flat and the weather is calm. There hasn’t been much snowfall or snowdrift development in the past 24hours. The snowpack in the western area above 800m elevation has grown up to 200cm in some places. The snowdrifts are stable and the general avalanche risk is low.

The bushes at lower Fijiwara, O-sawa, Backbowl and Mikaeri are yet to be buried. The Mikaeri cat-track cannot be groomed due to survey work in lower elevation.

The access gates will be kept closed for another little while. Probably couple of more storms and would be good to go. The groomers condition is very good today. Beware of hitting course-side trees. Have a great day.

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Ski resort operation information: Friday 21st 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: 190cm
- 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
- 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 7:50am on Friday 21st December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas are open - but not quite fully just yet. Top lifts not moving yet.

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(updated daily during winter)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 21st December 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 21st December 2018
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 21st December 2018
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2018/2019
*as of Friday 21st December 2018
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
21st December 0cm 38cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 49cm 142cm 62cm
Previous 14 days total 158cm 198cm 120cm
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 Friday 21st 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]
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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