Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 31st December 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Monday 31st December 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Fine and sunny. Lovely.
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None this morning
wind condition
NNW 4-10 (Village)
visibility condition
Excellent
This report
Monday 31st December 2018, 8:30am
11cm
Sunday 30th December 2018, 8:24am 17cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 117cm
Last 14 reports (total): 157cm
Current month (December 2018) total: 333cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 417cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Monday 31st December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

So here we are on the last day of 2018 and a further 11cm of fresh snowfall to add to my report - I suspect there will be considerably more than that up on the mountain today. Some lifts were closed yesterday due to the blizzardy weather conditions but things look much calmer this morning.

What a lovely morning to end the year. The sun is out and there are blue skies with just a few small clouds hanging around here and there. There are lots of people lining up to get the first lift of the day... come on, give us a wave! I predict that you are going to have a very good day.

As this is the last report of 2018, I see that my total observed snowfall for the month is 333cm and the total observed snowfall for the season so far is 417cm. I'll be sitting down with some toast and coffee over the next few days and will post my thoughts and in-depth scientific expert analysis on the season so far in a report later this week. ;)

There will be all sorts of events going on today and tonight to celebrate the new year. Don't forget, the bars all close at 9:30pm tonight.

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(I'm just kidding!!)

Look out for some 'torchlight skiing' at 11:30pm - close to the King Number 1 pair lift at Hirafu. You can maybe practice counting down numbers in Japanese. Or, I wonder if they do it in English? I have not been to that for a while! Answers on a postcard please. Anyway, fireworks at 20 past midnight. Similar events are happening at Niseko Annupuri (fireworks and torchlit skiing) and Niseko Village (fireworks) - if you are here, please ask your accommodation folks and they will surely give you the details.

For those without a screaming headache tomorrow morning, how about getting the Gondola at Niseko Annupuri at 7:20am? It's open from then until 8:20am - a special lift ticket costing 1,500 yen is necessary to use that service. The Niseko Gondola (at Niseko Village) will also be running on 1st January from 6:30am - that costs 1,400 yen for adults and 1,000 yen for children.

I hope you all have a good day today and I will see you on the other side.

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Thank you again. And Happy New Year!

May 2019 be particularly snowy one.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -3.5℃, 40cm snowfall in 24 hours, 5cm in the last 12 hours. Moiwa800m: -6℃, good visibility, 60cm of wind-affected snow and 180cm cornices have developed in the past 24hours. Notable snowdrifts developments are present in Mikaeri. Visibility is good. 170cm snow depth at Annupuri1120m. Niseko Village1000m: -8.61℃, light breeze, clear sky, 16cm snowfall in 24hours. Hirafu peak1250m: -7℃, light wind, good visibility, 100cm snowdrifts in 24hours. Coastal data Benkei cape: N9m/s, Kamui cape: E2m/s, 1027hPa, 3.1m waves. Kutchan Weather Station: snow depth 120cm.

The isobars are spreading out, warm air is flowing into the sea of Japan and mountain weather is calm. The past storm have left very large development of snowdrifts and cornices, up to 100cm thickness in some places. The snow at 800m elevation is starting to stabilize, however 80cm slab avalanches are still likely to occur. Prominent weak layer is Dec 30th depth hoar layer. The avalanche hazard level is still high in 900m south facing slopes, 1000m O-sawa & Backbowl cornice slopes.

Better not drop into steep faces carelessly. Collapsing large cornices’ weight is equivalent to a fully-loaded bus. The snow in the tree runs are amazing, however creeks are yet to be buried. Beware of holes. Listen to the ski patrol’s instructions at the gates and be prepared for the backcountry. Prudency is key to live and enjoy another day. Have a great day.

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Ski resort operation information: Monday 31st 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: 260cm
- Base: 115cm

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
- The Center Four lift will be open early between 7th-31st January 2019 (more details soon - when I can find them!)

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 195cm
- Base: 137cm

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: 220cm
- Base: 110cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All Annupuri lifts are normally operating
- The Jumbo 1 lift is normally open until 8:30pm during the evening
- Annupuri First run from 7:20am until 8:20am on 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 12th, 13th, 14th January. (1,500 yen charge)

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 230cm
- Base: 130cm

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 8:30am on Monday 31st December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

A fine way to end the year.

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(updated daily during winter)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 31st December 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Monday 31st 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 Monday 31st 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 Monday 31st December 2018
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
31st December 11cm 0cm 5cm
30th December 17cm 22cm 14cm
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
Previous 7 days total 117cm 112cm 30cm
Previous 14 days total 157cm 247cm 46cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 333cm 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 417cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 31st 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
2018/2019 season 0cm
[0cm]
84cm
[84cm]
333cm
[417cm]
-
[417cm]
-
[417cm]
-
[417cm]
-
[417cm]
-
[417cm]
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]
  October November December January February March April May
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