Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 28th December 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Thursday 28th December 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds remain!
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
NW 2-5m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Varied - poor in places
This report
Thursday 28th December 2017, 8:30am
28cm
Wednesday 27th December 2017, 8:22am 24cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 83cm
Last 14 reports (total): 225cm
Current month (December 2017) total: 359cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 547cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Thursday 28th December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning everyone.

The snow continues to build up and rather quickly at that. I have another 28cm of fresh snowfall here at base to report to you this morning.

I see this morning that Niseko Grand Hirafu have their upper official snow depth at 320cm; while Annupuri have their official base snow depth at 130cm. That seems particularly low, but there you go. I am just reporting the information they put out there. 130cm does seem unrealistically low - as anyone here will surely agree with - and actually all of them seem low. But it is worth pointing out again that the official snow depth numbers can't be expected to increase as per the amount of new snowfall that is reported. For a number of reasons including some I can't explain particularly well - snow gets compacted and groomed etc.

Happily there seems to be less wind today. It is still quite windy but not the wild conditions we have had over the last few days. Perhaps some lifts that were closed yesterday should be available this morning and it should be a very nice morning to be outside and enjoying all of this fresh snow. Resort specific information updated in below, so please check that out. (Looks like just the Gondola and top lifts are affected by wind and on stand-by at the start of the day).

Gates will be closed though.

If you are wanting to see the sun, you might have to wait until the weekend as snow is still forecast for today and tomorrow.

I wonder how much snow we'll get by the end of the year. With the snow I am adding today, my total for the season so far is up to 547cm. I am looking forward to putting my "season recap" report together early in January!

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As some rather naughty people might not read the reports every day, I'd like to bring my comments from yesterday to your attention. If you did not see my report yesterday, please do take a read here.

Many thanks to everyone who has sent in kind messages of support, comments and suggestions. It is always very nice to hear from you and they are always really appreciated. :)


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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6m: -7℃, 15cm, calm. Moiwa800m: -9.1℃, W9.8m/s, 30cm snowfall with small snowdrifts development. Annupuri1150m: -13℃, W10m/s, 40cm snowfall. Hirafu1100m: -12℃, light breeze, 20cm snowfall. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW14m/s, Kamui cape W12m/s, 1008hPa, 2.8m waves.

The snow keeps falling but the winter pressure pattern is settling down making the wind calm down. 5am observations showed that although some depth hoar layer due to wind and temperature change are present in the snowpack, the avalanche hazard is starting to stabilize in general. Risk of a large avalanche from Dec 24th layer is still to be highly expected in some slope aspects and inclination. Better stay vigilant in shady slopes too.

There are no such thing as a “safe” winter mountain. The snow is in great shape, however a small slide on a steep slope can trigger a deeper/larger avalanche as it runs down. Better not underestimate the risks you’re taking. Sketchy conditions continues today and the same conditions applies for all surrounding mountains. Tourers beware. Do not stop at the bottom of the gully/valley, avalanches strikes from above you.

Peak lifts operation is undetermined. All gates will remain closed. Please respect the ski patrol’s instructions. Niseko respects the freedom of all users, but is also deeply concerned about their safety.

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Thursday 28th 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 the top King Number 4 lift at the start of the day

Official snow depth:
- Top: 320cm
- Base: 150cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are operating
** Strong winds are affecting the Gondola and top Jumbo Number 4 lift at the start of the day

Official snow depth:
- Top: 210cm
- Base: 130cm

Niseko Village

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

Official snow depth:
- Top: 230cm
- 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 8:30am on Thursday 28th December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open - some lifts still affected by wind at the start of the day... see above

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 28th December 2017
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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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 Thursday 28th December 2017
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
28th December 28cm 4cm 24cm
27th December 24cm 1cm 20cm
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
Previous 7 days total 83cm 22cm 75cm
Previous 14 days total 225cm 84cm 122cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 359cm 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 547cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 28th 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
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - 188cm
[188cm]
359cm
[547cm]
- - - - -
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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