Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 21st December 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Saturday 21st December 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Mostly cloud
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow eased off
wind condition
Light SW
visibility condition
Fair
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Saturday 21st December 2019, 8:31am
9cm
Friday 20th December 2019, 8:19am 9cm
Thursday 19th December 2019, 8:30am 6cm
Wednesday 18th December 2019, 8:30am 0cm
Tuesday 17th December 2019, 8:31am 0cm
Monday 16th December 2019, 8:20am 0cm
Sunday 15th December 2019, 8:26am 6cm
Last 7 reports (total): 30cm
Last 14 reports (total): 63cm
Current month (December 2019) total: 145cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 230cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Saturday 21st December 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning everyone and welcome to the weekend.

I have measured another modest amount of snow this morning, I am measuring 9cm. It's bit by bit at the moment, rather than serious dumps, though nice quality snow for sure and all is welcome. As always we can expect more than that higher up and a friend of mine who gets to be up there early tells me around double what I measure down here. (I'm not in the least bit jealous of him. Honestly).

This morning it is cold and light snow has been falling, but it is easing off now and in some directions some breaks in the cloud are appearing.

It is the weekend before Christmas. What might be called the first 'peak' of the upcoming peak season is nearly upon us. More and more people are arriving by the day. There are highly expectant folk, and rightly so. After all, they have been promised the best powder in the world... (not by me, of course). And of course, it goes without saying that everyone hopes that every visitor gets to have a fantastic time while they are here in Niseko.

So it is good to see some mid-mountain runs re-opening at Hirafu for the weekend. The King Number 1 pair lift is also operating from today. Top lifts are still not available and there are still areas that can't be accessed, so we are by no means there yet.

We can also hope for gradually more snowfall building up and for the whole mountain to be open fairly soon. (Please).

And who can forget Santa-san's forthcoming appearances!

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain base 6am: -7℃, 3cm snowfall in 12h. Coastal data: Benkei cape WNW13m/s, Kamui cape SW16m/s, 1021hPa, 1.9m waves. Annupuri 1000m snowpack: 80cm.

The wintery pressure distribution resulted in a light snowfall, relatively consistent above 1000m elevation and the snowpack has grown slightly. The wind has blown the new snow from the western side to the eastern side of the mountain, as Hanazono seems to have the most amount of new snow, however a thin layer of light snow can be found throughout the mountain.

A new low pressure is advancing through the afternoon and temperature is forecasted to rise during the day. Light is weak again and the terrain is difficult to see, ride carefully.

The out of bounds area is still closed. Please obey the ski patrol’s instructions and respect the Niseko Rules. The mountain condition is slowly getting better.

2 anemometers have been installed at two location in Hanazono yesterday, and 4 more locations to follow. Data collection will start soon.

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6-day snow and weather forecast

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Ski resort operation information: Saturday 21st December 2019
The below information is manually checked each morning and believed to be correct at time of report. Subject to change.

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 155cm
- Base: 60cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Ace Family quad
- Ace Number 2 Center quad
- Ace Number 3 pair
- Hirafu Gondola
- Holiday Number 1 pair
- King Number 1 pair
- King Number 3 quad
- Swinging Monkey

Courses available:
- Family
- Sennoki
- Alpen
- Detour for beginners
- Green
- Shirakaba
- Center
- Kogen
- Boyo
- Ni-kabe
- Kokutai
- Holiday
- Rinkan (lower area)
- Jumbo

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 95cm
- Base: 40cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Hanazono Number 1 quad
- Hanazono Number 2 quad
- Hanazono Number 3 quad

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 90cm
- Base: 60cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Annupuri Gondola
- Dream Number 1 quad
- Jumbo Number 1 quad
- Jumbo Number 2 pair
- Jumbo Number 3 pair

Courses available:
- Utopia Course
- Silver Course
- Shirakaba Course
- Paradise Course
- Family Course
- Junior Course

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 90cm
- Base: 50cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Niseko Gondola ON HOLD
- Upper Village Gondola
- Village Express
- Community Chair
- Banzai Chair

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Night time operations are normally available in the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri resort areas. Subject to weather conditions.
There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO resort area.

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Saturday 21st December 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

See above for details

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 21st December 2019
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 21st December 2019
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 21st December 2019
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2019/2020
*as of Saturday 21st December 2019
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
21st December 9cm 0cm 38cm
20th December 9cm 8cm 19cm
19th December 6cm 12cm 35cm
18th December 0cm 4cm 25cm
17th December 0cm 2cm 15cm
16th December 0cm 6cm 4cm
15th December 6cm 17cm 6cm
Previous 7 days total 30cm 49cm 142cm
Previous 14 days total 63cm 158cm 198cm
November observed snowfall total 85cm 84cm 188cm
December observed snowfall total 145cm 333cm 406cm
January observed snowfall total - 285cm 305cm
February observed snowfall total - 198cm 299cm
March observed snowfall total - 45cm 49cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 230cm 951cm 1260cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 21st December 2019
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in 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
2020/2021 season - - - - - - - -
2019/2020 season - 85cm
[85cm]
145cm
[230cm]
- - - - -
2018/2019 season 0cm
[0cm]
84cm
[84cm]
333cm
[417cm]
285cm
[702cm]
198cm
[900cm]
45cm
[945cm]
6cm
[951cm]
0cm
[951cm]
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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