Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 29th December 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:21am on Friday 29th December 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snowing heavily
wind condition
0 - W 4m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Generally looks poor
This report
Friday 29th December 2017, 8:21am
25cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 97cm
Last 14 reports (total): 244cm
Current month (December 2017) total: 384cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 572cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:21am on Friday 29th December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning all.

I am measuring 25cm of fresh snow this morning as it continues to fall; and quite heavily too. (Though don't worry, the snow is lovely and light).

Let's promise ourselves to a) not let this get boring, or b) get complacent about all of this ok? I am so excited to see how the rest of the season turns out. It's hard to believe that we are still in 2017 but I'm not one to wish away the days, so I feel the need to enjoy it as much as possible while it lasts.

Anyway, limited visibility this morning but I am happy to report much less wind and all lifts appear to be opening as planned.

I don't feel the need for so many words this morning and I think I am going to get wrapped up and enjoy a few hours on the slopes. In the name of research of course. Maybe see some of you out there.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -7℃, 10cm snowfall and calm. Moiwa 800m: -9.3℃, WSW2.4m/s, wind stagnating below 15m/s overnight, 30cm snowfall with large snowdrifts developments. Annupuri 1150m: -10℃, light breeze, 40cm snowfall, 100cm snowdrifts. Hirafu peak ridge 1250m: -13℃, light breeze, 50cm snowfall. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW11m/s, Kamui cape NNW10m/s, 1010hPa, 1.7m waves.

40cm new snow of light crystal flakes is blanketing the whole mountain. The snowpack of 800-900m snowdrifts is stabilizing and the avalanche hazard is lowering in general, however stabilization of large snowdrifts in higher altitude (1000m) SE facing slopes will take some more time to settle down. The avalanche risk in the Backbowl walls, Higashi-One cornice slopes, strictly off-limits Haru no Taki area remains high. Looking at the snowfall transition and all other data, the snowpack will stabilize tomorrow. Peak gates will be kept closed, Moiwa gate no.6 may open depending on chair lift operations. Beware of geothermal holes throughout the mountain.

The snow condition is ever changing. Many of the accidents occur during storms and in slopes with large snowdrifts development. The snowpack stabilizes as the storm settles down. Plan your route according to the given conditions. Make conservative decisions and come back safe.

The Niseko Rules protects the freedom and safety of all resort users. Awesome snow today, enjoy :)

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Friday 29th December 2017

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 340cm
- Base: 160cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 230cm
- Base: 150cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts except Country Road Chair are operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 240cm
- 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 8:21am on Friday 29th December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open as planned this morning by the looks

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 29th December 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 29th December 2017
(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 29th December 2017
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)
  2017/2018
*as of Friday 29th December 2017
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
29th December 25cm 3cm 21cm
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
Previous 7 days total 97cm 24cm 96cm
Previous 14 days total 244cm 87cm 143cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 384cm 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 572cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 29th 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]
384cm
[572cm]
- - - - -
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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