Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 28th December 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Friday 28th December 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-9°C

Top temp:
-13°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
It is snowing
wind condition
NW 5-10m/s (base); NW 10-15m/s (top) [Hirafu]
visibility condition
Poor
This report
Friday 28th December 2018, 8:30am
26cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 73cm
Last 14 reports (total): 122cm
Current month (December 2018) total: 273cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 357cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Friday 28th December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

And a very good morning to you all from here in Niseko.

Not wanting to lose out to areas of Honshu that finally seem to be getting dumped on - very pleased to see that - I can add another 26cm of fresh snow from here by my Hirafu base. And to think, there'll be more than that higher up on the mountain.

Snow conditions should be excellent this morning.

It is also very cold and rather windy - be prepared - and with limited visibility, know where you're going.

Now that Christmas is over and Santa has enjoyed his last piece of toast before moving on, New Year is the next big holiday. In Japan, of course, New Year is a much bigger event than Christmas and with the many visitors from overseas it is going to be very busy.

With regular fresh top-ups of snow on the forecast into next week, we are going to end the year in style.

With the 26cm from today, my total observed snowfall for the month of December 2018 goes up to 273cm and the total for the season so far up to 357cm. Last season by the end of December I had observed a Niseko-tastic 594cm for the season so far. While that is out of reach, perhaps we can beat my observed December 2017 snowfall of 406cm. 49cm in the last three reports of the year? Very possible.

I know, I know, it's just a number - but I like looking at the numbers. So let me have my fun!

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As of 8:30am, the Annupuri Gondola and top Jumbo Number 4 lift are on hold at Annupuri, as is the top Ace Number 1 pair lift at Niseko Grand Hirafu. Oh yes, and the top Wonderland Chair at Niseko Village.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain Base 6.00am: -10°, 20cm new snow in the last 12 hrs, snowdrift development, mild blizzard. Moiwa 800m: -13°, 50cm snowdrift and cornice development. Hirafu Peak -16°, N16m/s, 30cm wind packed snow. Niseko Village Mizuno no Sawa -14°, NW16.9m/s, cornice and snow drift development. Kutchan Weather Station snow depth 94cm, -8.4°. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: N17m/s. Kamui Cape: NW13m/s, 1003hPa, wave 3.1m.

A snow wind continues above 800m with unstable cornice and snowdrift development. Knolls under ridgelines and open 40deg slopes, the avalanche risk is high. From observation at 800m Moiwa Bowl, there is major cornice growth fracturing at up to 100cm depth. Do not stimulate cornices or knolls or ride and wait in the valley bottom. Snow is good in the trees, deep and heavy. Always be aware of risks when riding. Avalanches hit you from behind.

Gate openings are not yet decided. Please listen to the patrols advice. With care you can avoid accidents. Do not enter Haru no Taki, even by mistake. Beware frostbite. Have a good day.

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Ski resort operation information: Friday 28th 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: 230cm
- Base: 160cm

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: 150cm
- 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 8:30am on Friday 28th December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

A few lifts affected by wind early on

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 28th December 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 28th 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 Friday 28th 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 Friday 28th December 2018
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
28th December 26cm 28cm 4cm
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
Previous 7 days total 73cm 83cm 22cm
Previous 14 days total 122cm 225cm 84cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 273cm 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 357cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 28th 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]
273cm
[357cm]
-
[357cm]
-
[357cm]
-
[357cm]
-
[357cm]
-
[357cm]
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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