Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 26th December 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:28am on Tuesday 26th December 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
0°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
Strong winds
visibility condition
Poor
This report
Tuesday 26th December 2017, 8:28am
13cm
Monday 25th December 2017, 8:31am 0cm
Sunday 24th December 2017, 8:34am 0cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 88cm
Last 14 reports (total): 207cm
Current month (December 2017) total: 307cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 495cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:28am on Tuesday 26th December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Morning everyone.

I promised better news this morning. And yes, sort of because it has got much colder once again and we do have some fresh snow. My number is 13cm but wind was a big factor yesterday so it's may well be wildly different in places. I suspect much more than that actually fell, but I record from the same place every day, so...

So yes, pretty intense weather since my last report. From around mid-morning things started getting a bit wild with snow and very strong winds blowing things about. There may have even been some flying cows. I think I made the right choice in staying in, eating and drinking.

I am having trouble accessing official information this morning, but expect lift disruptions today too. If you do decide to venture out, take extra care.

These are not friendly conditions.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 5.00am: -10°, 20cm new snow, snowdrift development. Moiwa 800m : -12.4°, W15.5m/s, 200cm snowdrift. Annupuri 1150m: -13.5°, W25m/s, major snowdrift development on eastern side slopes, 30cm new snow. Hirafu 1250m: 16°, strong wind, snowdrift development. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NW25m/s. Kamui Cape: WSW21m/s, 997hPa, wave 7.5m.

Currently there is a high pressure to west and massive low pressure 943hPa in the Sea of Okhotsk, bringing strong winds that are savaging the mountains and the sea. A W30m/s blizzard continues blowing above 1000m and 7m swell on the ocean. Survey at 800m shows rapid snow drift development, drifts are unstable and more than 3m in some locations. Blade test instantly fractured, propagating over long distance. Snowdrift development continues. Avalanche risk is extremely high.

It is yet to be decided if top lifts will run. All gates will be closed. Steeps slopes at Nitonupuri, Iwaonupuri, Mikaeri Bowl, Kozan no Sawa, lower Osawa and Higashi One there is high possibility of over 100cm deep surface avalanches over wide areas. Best not to go backcountry today. Onsen or a Sushi resturant is a better plan. Roads are dangerous too, so be careful driving.

The weather and snow will soon get better. This low pressure is the biggest on the Pacific at the moment. Accidents can easily happen in bad weather. Take precaution

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Tuesday 26th December 2017

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts except Ace Number 4 and King Number 2 are operating
** Strong winds are affecting lifts at the start of the day - details unconfirmed

Official snow depth:
- Top: 270cm
- Base: 110cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are operating
** Strong winds are affecting lifts at the start of the day - details unconfirmed

Official snow depth:
- Top: 210cm
- Base: 160cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts except Country Road Chair are operating
** Strong winds are affecting lifts at the start of the day - details unconfirmed

Official snow depth:
- 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 below (subject to change):

* Niseko Grand Hirafu - Ace Family quad, Ace Number 2 quad, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 pair
* Niseko Annupuri - Jumbo Number 1 quad lift
* Niseko Village - Village Express, Upper Village Gondola, Community Chair, Banzai Chair

Archive report: Posted at 8:28am on Tuesday 26th December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Expect lifts to be affected by wind today. Best to check with official 'sauces'.

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 26th December 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Tuesday 26th December 2017
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 26th 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 Tuesday 26th December 2017
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
26th December 13cm 0cm 24cm
25th December 0cm 3cm 7cm
24th December 0cm 11cm 0cm
23rd December 7cm 2cm 0cm
22nd December 11cm 1cm 0cm
21st December 38cm 0cm 1cm
20th December 19cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 88cm 17cm 32cm
Previous 14 days total 207cm 81cm 78cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 307cm 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 495cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 26th 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]
307cm
[495cm]
- - - - -
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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