Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 23rd December 2018

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:15am on Sunday 23rd December 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy, fog
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
-4°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow reported higher up
wind condition
Light
visibility condition
Limited
This report
Sunday 23rd December 2018, 8:15am
0cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 35cm
Last 14 reports (total): 128cm
Current month (December 2018) total: 209cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 293cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:15am on Sunday 23rd December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Hello and good morning.

No fresh snowfall to report at base this morning and it is overcast and cloudy. Light snow is being reported by Annupuri and upper parts of Hirafu.

It was a mild day yesterday though conditions on the mountain are keeping fairly cold. And the forecast shows temperatures dropping once again from tomorrow with a lot of snow forecast over the coming week, so we should soon be enjoying fresh conditions once again.

Tomorrow is a national holiday in Japan. That particular fact probably doesn't affect things quite as much here in Niseko as it does at other ski resorts around Japan, but tomorrow is also Christmas Eve. Niseko is really getting lively now as it approaches top gear for one of the big holiday periods. More people means more fun in some ways, but it also means that there's more competition for those fresh tracks on the mountain.

Bottom line - being so popular, we really do need regular fresh snowfall. Happily, Niseko usually delivers on that front and that forecast is looking good. As long as that happens, we should all be happy.

Hurray!

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain Base 6.00am: -1°, no new snowfall, calm. Moiwa 800m: -4°, now new snowfall, calm. Hirafu peak ridge line: -6°, light wind, now new snowfall, elevation 1000m: snow pack 180cm, elevation 700m 100cm. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NW7m/s. Kamui Cape: WSW4m/s, 1019hPa, wave 0.8m.

Atmospheric pressure is stable, the sea and mountains are calm and no new snow. From today's tests avalanche risk is low. The pressure gradient will increase in the coming days, hopefully bringing more snow. The resort is getting busy with new visitors and lots people on the slopes, beware collisions. Fingers crossed we can climb to the peak before the end of the year.

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Ski resort operation information: Sunday 23rd 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: 85cm

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: 135cm
- Base: 85cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All Hanazono lifts are operating

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono Courses:
- All courses are now open

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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 8:15am on Sunday 23rd December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Most of the mountain is now open - not the gates yet

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 23rd December 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 23rd December 2018
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 23rd December 2018
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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  2018/2019
*as of Sunday 23rd December 2018
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
23rd December 0cm 7cm 2cm
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
Previous 7 days total 35cm 150cm 29cm
Previous 14 days total 128cm 207cm 103cm
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 Sunday 23rd 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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