Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 29th December 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Saturday 29th December 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snowfall just now
wind condition
Moderate NW
visibility condition
Limited to poor
This report
Saturday 29th December 2018, 8:31am
32cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 96cm
Last 14 reports (total): 137cm
Current month (December 2018) total: 305cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 389cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Saturday 29th December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

My oh my!

It has been snowing pretty much since I last wrote my report yesterday and I have 32cm of fresh snowfall on the ground to report to you - with more on the way. The Avalanche Report is reporting 50cm.

Loads of lovely fresh snow.

Wind affected some lifts during the day yesterday - including the Niseko Gondola at Niseko Village at times - and today wind may well play a part in proceedings. We are starting the day with all planned lifts moving though. I have also noticed that Niseko Grand Hirafu have their King Number 2 quad moving... probably to cope with the busy New Year period.

Without wanting to sound like a cheesy marketing brochure, it really is going to be deep out - and real care is needed. (Both on and off the slopes!) This kind of snowfall can get somewhat overwhelming and it is of course natural to get super excited about it all, but it brings its own dangers. So please do take care whilst enjoying it all.

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Even knowing all of the reasons why official snow depths don't reflect exact how much snow has fallen (compression, grooming, etc), the official base snow depth numbers do seem rather low. But hey, they're just numbers again!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain Base 6.00am: -7°, 50cm new snow in the last 24 hrs, fine. Moiwa 800m: -12°, NNW10m/s, 50cm new snow, snowdrift and cornice development. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NNW14m/s. Kamui Cape: WSW10m/s, 1006hPa, wave 3.4m. Niseko Village Mizuno no Sawa 1000m: -11.32°, WNW10.8m/s(max). Hirafu Peak inaccessible due to deep snow, -14°, N10m/s. Annupuri 1120m: snow depth 160cm. Kutchan Weather Station: snow depth 103cm.

The isobars are moving further apart and lots of snow has fallen. Due to the strong wind the snow deposition has been inconsistent and is fracturing in the upper 40cm. There is about 100cm of new snow over the Dec 27th layer which is slowly compacting to form slabs. Avalanche risk on steep south facing slopes and knolls is especially high due to solar radiation. Do not enter strictly off limits areas like Yuno Sawa and Haru no Taki. Please respect Niseko Rules.

The snow in the trees is good but it is very deep. Don't go too far from the resorts, you might not be able to get back. Do not stand on cornices, if the falls it will be big. Have a good day.

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Ski resort operation information: Saturday 29th December 2018
The below information is manually checked each morning and believed to be correct at time of report. Subject to change!

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 255cm
- Base: 125cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts apart from Ace Number 4 pair lift 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: 165cm
- Base: 135cm

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: 200cm
- Base: 110cm

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: 210cm
- Base: 110cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts apart from the 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 8:31am on Saturday 29th December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

See above for details

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 29th December 2018
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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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  2018/2019
*as of Saturday 29th December 2018
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
29th December 32cm 25cm 3cm
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
Previous 7 days total 96cm 97cm 24cm
Previous 14 days total 137cm 244cm 87cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 305cm 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 389cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 29th 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]
305cm
[389cm]
-
[389cm]
-
[389cm]
-
[389cm]
-
[389cm]
-
[389cm]
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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