Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 22nd December 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Saturday 22nd December 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
-3°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
SW 6m/s - W 5m/s (Hirafu base-top)
visibility condition
Poor
This report
Saturday 22nd December 2018, 8:32am
9cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 41cm
Last 14 reports (total): 148cm
Current month (December 2018) total: 209cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 293cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Saturday 22nd December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

Actually rather pleased to be able to report 9cm of fresh snowfall on the ground from overnight.

The big news is that from this morning the top lifts at Niseko Annupuri and Niseko Village, as well as the top King Number 4 lift at Niseko Grand Hirafu, are open. (Ace Number 4 pair lift not yet).

Hurray! :)

And it looks to me like pretty much all courses are now open and available.

It's always great to be able to say that.

(Though please note that top gates are not).

And once we get past this rather mild weekend, there's lots more snow lined up in the coming week. Still, like today, mild in Niseko sometimes means that it is snowing.

Yes, I really love being here.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -1℃, 15cm snowfall in 12 hours, snowing. Moiwa 800m: -2℃, light breeze, 20cm snowfall, snowing and 500m visibility. Mikaeri junction 750m: -2℃, W5m/s, 20cm snowfall, 190cm snowpack, no snowdrift development and snowing. Coastal data Bekei cape: SW3m/s, Kamui cape: SSW7m/s, 1017hPa, 0.7m waves. Hirafu ridgeline 1250m: -3℃, 15cm snowfall, light wind. Annupuri 1000m: 180cm snowpack, light wind and calm.

The isobars are spread out and the mountain/ocean weather is calm. A small low-pressure system delivered a bit of snowfall overnight. The mountain is blanketed in new snow and this layer will form a prominent Dec 22nd layer in the future snowpack. The general avalanche risk low for today.

The peak chairs will start operating from today. The snowpack is still shallow. Some rocks are still to be expected on-piste above 1000m. Bushes are also still present in 900m elevation areas. Please use caution.

Access gates and the peak is yet to open, but is in working process. Please allow a little more time. Remember that the Niseko Rules are key to keep the freedom and safety of Niseko’s out of bounds riding.

Please refrain from ducking ropes to go out of bounds. The groomers’ condition is really good. Respect the Rules and have a great day. Pray for snow!

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Ski resort operation information: Saturday 22nd 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:
- All lifts apart from Ace Number 4 pair lift and King Number 2 quad lifts are operating

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 133cm
- Base: 90cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All Hanazono lifts are operating

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono Courses:
- All courses
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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 170cm
- Base: 90cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts planned to be operating

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 170cm
- Base: 95cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts apart from Morino Chair and Country Road Chair operating

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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 8:32am on Saturday 22nd December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Most lifts are now operating. Yey!

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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 Saturday 22nd December 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 22nd 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 Saturday 22nd 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 Saturday 22nd December 2018
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
22nd December 9cm 11cm 1cm
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
Previous 7 days total 41cm 147cm 63cm
Previous 14 days total 148cm 207cm 111cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 209cm 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 293cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 22nd 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]
209cm
[293cm]
-
[293cm]
-
[293cm]
-
[293cm]
-
[293cm]
-
[293cm]
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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