Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 27th December 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Thursday 27th December 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-11°C

Top temp:
-15°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
Moderate-strong Westerly
visibility condition
Poor
This report
Thursday 27th December 2018, 8:32am
12cm
Wednesday 26th December 2018, 8:30am 13cm
Tuesday 25th December 2018, 8:31am 6cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 47cm
Last 14 reports (total): 121cm
Current month (December 2018) total: 247cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 331cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Thursday 27th December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning everyone.

I can't see much of anything out of my window this morning!

Poor visibility, very cold temperatures and rather windy conditions this morning and as the first lifts get moving for the day I can see that the top lifts at Hirafu, Village and Annupuri - as well as the Annupuri Gondola - are not going to be able to open as planned at the start of the day.

So yes it is snowing and I have just measured 12cm of fresh snow on the ground here by my Hirafu base. I am guessing there is going to be more (or less) in places due to the wind, but that's my measurement. Once again it is really good nice light quality too. The forecasts remain snowy so there are going to be regular top-ups to fill in tracks.

It seems that access to some of the top gates should be happening pretty soon with lots of preparation going on. Perhaps once this particular storm passes? Just a bit more patience required.

All very exciting. Have fun and take care.

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May I suggest checking out the report from Myoko (in Niigata) yesterday; I know what my colleague is saying.

Myoko Now: 26th December report

And by the way, some of you may well just read this Niseko Now report, but I highly recommend checking out some of the other ones on SnowJapan. I read them all every day, even areas I have never been to. It's great to keep up to date on what is happening around Japan.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -10℃, 20cm snowfall with developing snowdrifts, stormy. Moiwa800m: W15m/s, 20cm, developing cornices and snowdrifts. Mikaeri junction: 50-100cm snowdrifts. Coastal data Benkei cape: NW20m/s, Kamui cape: W15m/s, 1006hPa, 2.5m waves. Hirafu peak: -17℃, NW20m/s, snowdrifts developing. Niseko Village Mizuno no Sawa 1000m: W16.3m/s, -15.29℃, Ktutchan town snowdepth: 84cm.

A strong westerly wind is blowing above 800m elevation. The snowdrifts and cornices development is large and very unstable. The avalanche risk is high today. All peak chairs operation is pending. Do not duck ropes into strictly off-limits areas. Better not stimulate knoll terrains within the boundaries as they are equally unstable. Very hazardous conditions today.

The opening of gate 6 is still pending, please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. We’re finally getting a decent amount of snow, however creeks are yet to be fully buried. Better not venture out too far without proper equipment. Rescue operations will take a long time. Many of the avalanche accidents occur during and just after storms. The dense wind-affected snow in the trees is in great conditions. Wearing a helmet is strongly recommended. Have a great day.

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Ski resort operation information: Thursday 27th December 2018
The below information is manually checked each morning and believed to be correct at time of report. Subject to change!

** SOME LIFTS AFFECTED BY WIND EARLY THIS MORNING - SEE ABOVE **

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 215cm
- Base: 95cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts apart from Ace Number 4 pair lift and King Number 2 quad lifts are normally operating
- The Ace Family quad (until 8:30pm), Ace Center 4 quad (8:20pm), Hirafu Gondola (until 8:10pm) and Holiday Number 1 pair (until 8:30pm) lifts are normally open during the evening

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 153cm
- Base: 96cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All Hanazono lifts are normally operating
- The Hanazono lifts are normally open until 3:30pm

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

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 180cm
- Base: 90cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All Annupuri lifts are normally operating
- The Jumbo 1 lift is normally open until 8:30pm during the evening

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 190cm
- Base: 100cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts apart from Morino Chair and Country Road Chair are normally operating
- The Upper Village Gondola, Village Express and Banzai Chair lifts are normally open until 8:00pm during the evening

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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 Thursday 27th December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Some lifts affected by weather conditions this morning - see above

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 27th December 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 27th December 2018
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 27th 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 Thursday 27th December 2018
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
27th December 12cm 24cm 1cm
26th December 13cm 13cm 0cm
25th December 6cm 0cm 3cm
24th December 7cm 0cm 11cm
23rd December 0cm 7cm 2cm
22nd December 9cm 11cm 1cm
21st December 0cm 38cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 47cm 93cm 18cm
Previous 14 days total 121cm 205cm 80cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 247cm 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 331cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 27th 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
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season 0cm
[0cm]
84cm
[84cm]
247cm
[331cm]
-
[331cm]
-
[331cm]
-
[331cm]
-
[331cm]
-
[331cm]
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]
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