Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 31st December 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Thursday 31st December 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-11°C

Top temp:
-15°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow!
wind condition
Light right now but some moderate wind likely later
visibility condition
Poor
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This report
Thursday 31st December 2020, 8:30am
34cm
Wednesday 30th December 2020, 8:33am 8cm
Tuesday 29th December 2020, 8:33am 4cm
Monday 28th December 2020, 8:30am 16cm
Sunday 27th December 2020, 8:40am 14cm
Saturday 26th December 2020, 10:07am 22cm
Friday 25th December 2020, 8:12am 7cm
Last 7 reports (total): 105cm
Last 14 reports (total): 190cm
Current month (December 2020) total: 348cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 410cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Thursday 31st December 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko on this last day of 2020.

And we end the year with a very cold morning and a significant amount of fresh snow, with it really pounding down overnight. Hurray!

I have just measured 32cm. The ski areas are reporting 20-30cm of 24 hours snowfall at base areas and actually the same up top. Avalanche Report is reporting 40cm.

Nice. Excellent quality snow as well. It's light, it's dry, it's just lovely.

Snow continues to come in and visibility is all round limited to very poor at the start of the day.

No doubt there will be people eager to get to this snow... but real care needed out there in such conditions.

That's it from me for this year. I will put together my first monthly recap sometime over the next few days so look out for that in an upcoming report.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Coastal Data. Cape Benkei: NNW17m/s. Cape Kamui: NW15m/s, 1000hPa, wave 2.8m. Hanazono 1000m: -16.0℃. Hanazono 720: -14.2℃. Mizuno no Sawa 900m: -14.2℃, WNW4m/s. Moiwa 800m: -13.2℃, NW5m/s. Annupuri 1100m: -16.1℃, WNW7.3m/s. Kutchan Town: -12.9℃, ENE1.6m/s, snow depth 106cm, 1001.4hPa. Moiwa base: -11, 40cm in last 6hrs, poor visibility.

40cm new snow fell from 1am to 7am at the base of the mountain. Above 800m there has been major snowdrift growth, 100cm on top of the Dec 30 layer in some locations. This is expected to increase during the day. The snow is light crushed crystals and snowdrift consolidation will be slow. Annupuri groomers report that at 1100m elev shallow surface avalanches are occurring with very little stimulation. Snow clearing on road to the Goshiki area is delayed due to bad visibility. Snow in the trees is deep.

Off piste the avalanche risk is high. All peak gates will be closed, including Gate 6. The avalanche risk is the same on all Niseko mountains, so take extreme care. Maybe today is an onsen day? Leeward slopes below 600m are relatively calm. Be careful falling in the trees though, there is risk of suffocation depending on how you fall. Happy New Year!

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Planned ski area operations: Thursday 31st December 2020
The below information is manually checked each morning and believed to be correct at time of report.

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 235cm (+5cm)
- Base: 145cm (+20cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- All planned lifts operating (see note below)
- Ace Family Quad, Ace Number 2 Center Four open for night skiing

Courses:
- All courses open

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 185cm (+5cm)
- Base: 140cm (+5cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts operating
- No night skiing

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 150cm (+0cm)
- Base: 120cm (+10cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts operating during the daytime
- Jumbo Number 1 quad opens for night skiing

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 160cm (+10cm)
- Base: 115cm (+15cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Niseko Gondola
- Village Express [*]
- Community Chair [*]
- Banzai Chair [*]
- Wonderland Chair

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Night time operations are available in the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas until 7th March 2021.
Lifts marked [*] are scheduled to be operating during night skiing, until 8:00pm.
There is no night skiing in the Niseko HANAZONO area.

The Ace Pair Number 1, 3 and 4, King Pair Number 1 lift and King Quad Number 2 lifts are being rested for the season at Niseko Grand Hirafu.

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Thursday 31st December 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas of Niseko United are open

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 31st December 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 31st December 2020
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 31st December 2020
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2020/2021
*as of Thursday 31st December 2020
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
31st December 34cm 0cm 11cm
30th December 8cm 0cm 17cm
29th December 4cm 12cm 32cm
28th December 16cm 6cm 26cm
27th December 14cm 5cm 12cm
26th December 22cm 13cm 13cm
25th December 7cm 8cm 6cm
Previous 7 days total 105cm 44cm 117cm
Previous 14 days total 190cm 86cm 157cm
November observed snowfall total 62cm 85cm 84cm
December observed snowfall total 348cm 207cm 333cm
January observed snowfall total - 224cm 285cm
February observed snowfall total - 143cm 198cm
March observed snowfall total - 59cm 45cm
April observed snowfall total - 10cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 410cm 728cm 951cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 31st December 2020
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in 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
2020/2021 season 0cm
[0cm]
62cm
[62cm]
348cm
[410cm]
-
[410cm]
-
[410cm]
-
[410cm]
-
[410cm]
-
[410cm]
2019/2020 season - 85cm
[85cm]
207cm
[292cm]
224cm
[516cm]
143cm
[659cm]
59cm
[718cm]
10cm
[728cm]
-
2018/2019 season 0cm
[0cm]
84cm
[84cm]
333cm
[417cm]
285cm
[702cm]
198cm
[900cm]
45cm
[945cm]
6cm
[951cm]
0cm
[951cm]
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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