Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 23rd December 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:28am on Saturday 23rd December 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
-4°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow falling
wind condition
0 - W 5m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Seems somewhat limited out there
This report
Saturday 23rd December 2017, 8:28am
7cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 150cm
Last 14 reports (total): 207cm
Current month (December 2017) total: 294cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 482cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:28am on Saturday 23rd December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

Santa is in town. Reports from Nozawa this morning are obviously 'fake' - perhaps my reporting friend down there has just been misled... ;)

...and the resorts are opening up top gates for him. According to the Avalanche Reports, gates 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 should be opening this morning.

Hurray!

Yesterday we enjoyed some lovely weather in the afternoon. Blue skies and sunshine. Marvellous.

I have 7cm of snow to report this morning from my base and it's mild - well, relatively mild of course, with temps currently hovering around zero. Light snow is falling here in Hirafu as I write this but I think we can expect it to ease off this morning and we may get some more sun between now and tomorrow evening.

I have just taken a quick look at the forecast. Late Sunday-early Monday onwards looks pretty good for potentially heavy snow and strong winds. Another storm looks to be on the horizon. Until now, pesky winds haven't been much of an issue this season; that may well change come early week. Perhaps Santa doesn't have any control over that kind of thing.

In the meantime, I hope you have a good Saturday.

More people piling into Niseko now as things get more lively by the day.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -1℃, 5cm of low-pressure snowfall. Moiwa800m: -1.6℃, S1.4m/s, heavy snowfall 15cm without snowdrifts development. Annupuri1000m: -2℃, light NW breeze, 15cm snowfall. Hirafu1200m: -3℃, light breeze, 10cm snowfall and bad visibility. Coastal data: Benkei cape NNW9m/s, Kamui cape SSW2m/s, 1014hPa, 0.6m waves.

The isobars are spread out, however a low-pressure area is hovering above Niseko, generating 10-15cm of humid snow and falling. The snowdrifts that formed yesterday are stabilizing with time and the avalanche hazard is lowering. The current snowfall is likely to slide in 40°steep slopes. Danger of falling cornice on the peak ridge is lowering. Peak chairs are scheduled to run from the morning.

Gates 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 are also scheduled to open today. Looking at the snowfall transition and observations, the avalanche risk under treeline is relatively low. Avoid cornices and knolls and ride one by one. If stopping halfway on the slope, choose a spot away from avalanche path.

The Niseko Rules have been established in order to protect all resort users’ safety and freedom to ride in the out of bounds area. Please respect it for your own sake. Do not duck ropes.

Collapsing cornices sometimes trigger an avalanche. Extra caution is required in Higashi-One. Visibility is bad, be vigilant. Precaution is key to avoid accidents. Have a nice weekend.

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Saturday 23rd 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:
- All lifts operating

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts operating:
- All lifts operating

Niseko Village

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

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Official resort snow depths on Saturday 23rd December 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 295cm
Base - 145cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai
Top - 210cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Village
Top - 220cm
Base - 170cm

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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 8:28am on Saturday 23rd December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas open with some gate action planned to be added today

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 23rd December 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 23rd December 2017
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 23rd December 2017
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)
  2017/2018
*as of Saturday 23rd December 2017
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
23rd December 7cm 2cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 150cm 29cm 47cm
Previous 14 days total 207cm 103cm 47cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 294cm 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 482cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 23rd 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
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - 188cm
[188cm]
294cm
[482cm]
- - - - -
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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