Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 24th December 2018

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:29am on Monday 24th December 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow at times
wind condition
SW
visibility condition
Fair
This report
Monday 24th December 2018, 8:29am
7cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 40cm
Last 14 reports (total): 116cm
Current month (December 2018) total: 216cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 300cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:29am on Monday 24th December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Ho ho ho! It's Christmas!

Well, that's what some people are telling me. I'm sure back home it used to be on the 25th December; I have perhaps been here in Japan for too long. Anyway, I'll do the same tomorrow so we get double Christmas. Anyone spot Santa-san on the slopes yesterday? I saw a few 'Fake' Santa-san out at a restaurant last night. Naughty!

OK serious hat on. I have measured 7cm of fresh snow on the ground this morning and it is most definitely feeling colder. Not a massive amount but it looks good quality stuff. Light snow has been falling though it's not just right now. Lots of cloud around and even a few areas where they look like they are breaking up - but generally cloud and light snow appears to be the forecast for the day.

It looks like there's some serious snow on the way from the second half of the week so we should be ending the year in style. Until today I have measured 216cm of snowfall in December 2018. I measured a total of 406cm during the whole of December last year. That might be a difficult number to chase, but let's give it a go!

Have a fine day everyone.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain Base 6.00am: -7°, 10cm new snow in the last 12 hrs, currently snowing. Moiwa 800m: -11°, NW10m/s, 20cm new snow, snow drift development, mild blizzard. Hirafu peak ridge line: -14°, N15m/s, 15cm new snow, small amount snowdrift development. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NNW12m/s. Kamui Cape: WNW11m/s, 1013hPa, wave 1.9m.

The weather has changed to a typical winter weather pattern with an increase in cornice and snow drift development on the mountain. From observation and data, on leeward knolls and 40deg slopes around 1000m a 30cm slab(snowdrift) is fracturing on 22-23 Dec layer. Above 1000m the avalanche risk is moderately high. The snow in the trees is good but with only 20-30cm you are still hitting bottom, so be careful hitting unseen undulations and old tracks. Visibility is poor in low light.

Although the snow depth is increasing there still isn’t enough snowpack for the resorts to open access to ride out of bounds. Do not duck ropes to go out of bounds. All it takes is one person to duck the ropes making a track, then others follow, increasing the chance of an accident. Be careful of frostbite. Have a good day.

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Ski resort operation information: Monday 24th December 2018
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: 195cm
- 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: 132cm
- Base: 90cm

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 Annupuri lifts are 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 are 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 8:29am on Monday 24th December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Pretty much all now open - we await the top gates and access to out of bounds

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Japan snowfall data
(updated daily during winter)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 24th December 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Monday 24th 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 Monday 24th 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 Monday 24th December 2018
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
24th December 7cm 0cm 11cm
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
Previous 7 days total 40cm 135cm 16cm
Previous 14 days total 116cm 196cm 99cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 216cm 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 300cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 24th 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]
216cm
[300cm]
-
[300cm]
-
[300cm]
-
[300cm]
-
[300cm]
-
[300cm]
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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