Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 3rd December 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Sunday 3rd December 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
It's still snowing!
wind condition
0 - N 3m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Limited due to snow clouds and snow. We'll manage!
This report
Sunday 3rd December 2017, 8:31am
16cm
Saturday 2nd December 2017, 8:30am 12cm
Friday 1st December 2017, 8:34am 16cm
Thursday 30th November 2017, 8:29am 5cm
Wednesday 29th November 2017, 8:26am 0cm
Tuesday 28th November 2017, 8:15am 0cm
Monday 27th November 2017, 8:30am 21cm
Last 7 reports (total): 70cm
Last 14 reports (total): 180cm
Current month (December 2017) total: 44cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 232cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Sunday 3rd December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

It's still snowing! This morning I have another 16cm to add to the tally. It doesn't feel as cold this morning and a quick look at the thermometer (and forecast) shows that to be the case. (Still, don't worry, it's certainly not warm!)

Perhaps there might be a break from snowfall tomorrow - maybe some sunshine? - before a return to it during the week.

I think it's fair to say that the people who were able to be out skiing or snowboarding here enjoyed themselves yesterday. There are more people turning up now but it's still not peak season busy of course. I myself spent about four hours on the mountain; the time whizzed by, I really didn't want to finish up.

All four of the resorts are open offering a lot of terrain and importantly... there are excellent snow conditions. What a wonderful start we are being treated to. :)

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -5°, 10cm new snow, calm. Moiwa 800m WSW 8m/s, -10°, 20cm new snow, snowdrift slowly growing. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 135cm, cornice and snowdrift development. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:SSE3m/s. Kamui Cape WSW6m/s.

Overnight 15-20cm of snow fell blanketing mountain. Around 3am a high pressure system moved bringing light winds. Around 800m leeward slopes on the west side have 60cm of new snow drift on top of the Nov 29th layer, from the past 3 days of light winds. According to tests there is no obvious weak layer and pack seems stable. Warm weather is expected with next low pressure system and 3rd Dec layer will become notable in future snow pack.

Snow is not too light or too heavy, it is good. Bamboo and bushes are not buried yet, so take care riding off the runs. With the low light it is hard to see the contours of the snow. Its a bit early to ride out of the ski areas yet. Avoid having an accident, please respect Niseko Rules.

The 21st Annual Niseko Avalanche meeting will be held at 6pm on the 5th Dec at Old Stone Warehouse in front of Niseko Station. Yamaguchi san of the NIED will be speaking. I recommend your attendance.

The first aid and avalanche course by the Japanese Mountaineering Doctor Oshiro, sponsored by Japan Climbing Medicine World, finishes today. Beware of changes in weather and snow quality. Have a good day.

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Sunday 3rd December 2017

What's planned to be open today in Niseko (subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Lifts operating:
- Ace Number 3 Pair lift
- Ace Number 2 Center Four quad lift
- Ace Family quad lift
- King Number 3 quad lift
- Hirafu Gondola
- Holiday Number 1 pair lift
- Swinging Monkey

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts operating:
- Hanazono Number 1 quad lift
- Hanazono Number 2 quad lift
- Hanazono Number 3 quad lift

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts operating:
- Annupuri Gondola
- Jumbo Number 1 quad lift
- Jumbo Number 2 pair lift
- Dream Number 1 quad lift

Niseko Village

Lifts operating:
- Niseko Gondola
- Banzai Chair
- Community Chair

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Official resort snow depths on Sunday 3rd December 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 200cm
Base - 80cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai
Top - 130cm
Base - 60cm

Niseko Village
Top - 135cm
Base - 70cm

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Floodlit 'nighta' skiing schedule:
Saturday 9th December 2017 until Sunday 18th March 2018

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Sunday 3rd December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas now open and enjoying an excellent start to the season. More details above.

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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 Sunday 3rd December 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 3rd 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 Sunday 3rd 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 Sunday 3rd December 2017
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
3rd December 16cm 3cm 0cm
2nd December 12cm 4cm 0cm
1st December 16cm 0cm 14cm
30th November 5cm 10cm 20cm
29th November 0cm 9cm 15cm
28th November 0cm 0cm 0cm
27th November 21cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 70cm 26cm 49cm
Previous 14 days total 180cm 70cm 75cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 44cm 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 232cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 3rd 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
2017/2018 season - 188cm
[188cm]
44cm
[232cm]
- - - - -
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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