Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 22nd December 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Friday 22nd December 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None currently
wind condition
0 - E 1m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Fair
This report
Friday 22nd December 2017, 8:32am
11cm
Thursday 21st December 2017, 8:31am 38cm
Wednesday 20th December 2017, 8:32am 19cm
Tuesday 19th December 2017, 8:29am 35cm
Monday 18th December 2017, 8:34am 25cm
Sunday 17th December 2017, 8:25am 15cm
Saturday 16th December 2017, 8:38am 4cm
Last 7 reports (total): 147cm
Last 14 reports (total): 207cm
Current month (December 2017) total: 287cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 475cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Friday 22nd December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning friends.

This morning I measured 11cm of fresh snowfall to add to the report as the snow keeps on piling up.

Well, actually, not at the moment as it has eased off leaving us with generally cloudy skies at the moment. It is going to be slightly less cold today as well and over the next few days temperatures may well venture into low positive numbers during the daytime. It remains to be seen if we will get to see much sunshine.

So it seems we are going to have a little breather from the relentless snowfall.

I'm not exactly sure why but as we approach 8:30am it would seem that the top lifts at Hirafu, Village and Annupuri are on hold. Hopefully that should be a temporary early morning thingie.

Not to fear. Colder temps and snow should be back by Monday.

Remember, Santa-san should be here in Niseko over the weekend. Obviously, his chosen destination. (Note: there might even be some dudes dressing up and pretending to be Santa-san around town; don't be fooled by them!)

As per the Avalanche Report below it seems that decisions are yet to be made regarding gates. There's lots of talk about them opening tomorrow, but we'll have to wait and see. I will of course bring you any news when I have it.

I hope you have a fun day wherever you are.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 4am: -1℃, light snowfall, calm. Moiwa800m: -4.9℃, W5.5m/s, developing snowdrifts and cornices, light snowfall, good visibility. Annupuri/Hirafu data n/a. Coastal data: NNW10m/s, WSW8m/s, 1021hPa, 1.3m waves.

The wind is calming down as the atmospheric pressure gradient is flattening. The snowdrifts are stabilizing, however a weak layer of yesterday’s hail is present at around 40cm depth.

Leeward cornice/knoll slopes above 800m are starting to stabilize, however precaution is still required. 150cm thick slab avalanche hazard continues in strictly off limits Haru no Taki area. South facing slopes are the most affected by the sun and thin wet snow slabs that can be the trigger of a large slide are more likely to form. Potential trigger layer is Dec 14th’s low pressure system snowfall.

Many of the avalanche accidents occur during and just after storms and heavy snowfall. Looking at the snowfall transition of the last few days, if a slide occurs in the Backbowl’s higher slopes, it would be a very large avalanche that would run a very long distance at a great speed. Do not underestimate the hazard of avalanches. Once the wind calms down and snowfall stops, the snowpack will eventually stabilize. Just a little more patience, please. The snow in the trees is dense and in great shape.

Peak lifts operation is undecided as hazard of cornice collapse off the peak is present. Once safety is confirmed, the lifts will start running. Peak gates opening will be delayed. Have a nice day.

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Friday 22nd December 2017

What's planned to be open today in Niseko (subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Lifts operating:
- Hirafu Gondola (* nighta)
- Ace Number 1 pair lift
- Ace Number 2 Center Four quad lift (* nighta)
- Ace Number 3 pair lift
- Ace Family quad lift (* nighta)
- Holiday Number 1 pair lift (* nighta)
- Swinging Monkey
- King Number 1 pair lift
- King Number 3 quad lift
- King Number 4

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts operating:
- Hanazono Number 1 quad lift
- Hanazono Number 2 quad lift
- Hanazono Number 3 quad lift

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts operating:
- Annupuri Gondola
- Jumbo Number 1 quad lift (* nighta)
- Jumbo Number 2 pair lift
- Jumbo Number 4 pair lift
- Dream Number 1 quad lift

Niseko Village

Lifts operating:
- Niseko Gondola
- Banzai Chair
- Community Chair (* nighta)
- Upper Village Gondola (* nighta)
- Village Express (* nighta)
- Morino Chair
- Wonderland Chair

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Official resort snow depths on Friday 22nd December 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 300cm
Base - 150cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai
Top - 210cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Village
Top - 210cm
Base - 150cm

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Floodlit 'nighta' skiing:
Night skiing is planned for every evening at the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO area. Ski lifts that are scheduled to be operating for nighta are noted above.

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Friday 22nd December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas are open. Gates - not yet... waiting.

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 22nd December 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 22nd December 2017
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 22nd December 2017
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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  2017/2018
*as of Friday 22nd December 2017
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
22nd December 11cm 1cm 0cm
21st December 38cm 0cm 1cm
20th December 19cm 0cm 0cm
19th December 35cm 0cm 10cm
18th December 25cm 2cm 18cm
17th December 15cm 24cm 18cm
16th December 4cm 36cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 147cm 63cm 47cm
Previous 14 days total 207cm 111cm 47cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 287cm 181cm 244cm
January observed snowfall total - 152cm 303cm
February observed snowfall total - 160cm 266cm
March observed snowfall total - 83cm 109cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 475cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 22nd December 2017
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 - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - 188cm
[188cm]
287cm
[475cm]
- - - - -
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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