Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 6th December 2016

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Tuesday 6th December 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds are back
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow currently
wind condition
N 8-10m/s
visibility condition
Fair to limited
This report
Tuesday 6th December 2016, 8:32am
6cm
Monday 5th December 2016, 8:28am 0cm
Sunday 4th December 2016, 8:46am 0cm
Saturday 3rd December 2016, 8:27am 3cm
Friday 2nd December 2016, 8:31am 4cm
Thursday 1st December 2016, 8:22am 0cm
Wednesday 30th November 2016, 8:27am 10cm
Last 7 reports (total): 23cm
Last 14 reports (total): 72cm
Current month (December 2016) total: 13cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 125cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Tuesday 6th December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

This is a bit more like it.

It is colder this morning and importantly there's 6cm of fresh snow outside my place here near Hirafu base. The temperature is currently slightly above 0C but we are actually expecting it to get colder as the day goes on.

Strong winds may well affect lifts throughout the day, and I have posted the latest on that situation below.

The forecast is looking very nice at the moment too, so here's to lots of fresh snowfall in the coming week. On and off by the looks of it rather than a full-on non-stop extravaganza but we'll see... bring it on, I say!

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Frequently asked question answered:

"Why don't you post the reports earlier?"

I probably usually spend about 30 minutes or so on this report every day. Sometimes it is a bit less than that and sometimes it is much more – it depends on what is happening at the time and what there is to report. The first lifts at the ski resorts in Niseko start moving at 8:30am and it is around that time when it becomes clear if there might be any interruptions or changes to plans. Early morning weather often changes quickly too – from the time I get up to when I am about the post my report. As such I usually try and get my report posted at around that time.

It sounds like some people would like earlier reports but if I posted them earlier I wouldn’t have that up-to-date information at the time when the resorts open. And, I’d have to get up earlier. As dedicated as I am to these reports, I also need my beauty sleep and there’s a few things I need to do before settling down to report duties.

If you are in Niseko and need to know what the weather is doing before my report time… I suggest looking outside the window! Joking aside, I see each of these reports as one piece of an ongoing commentary of the season, rather than something that is aimed exclusively at people who are in Niseko and checking the weather before rushing off for first lifts.

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A thank you to the kind people who sent me a message regarding the comments I made in my report yesterday. I wasn’t angling for comments, honest! Always appreciated, thank you. I will gambarimasu as much as possible and be particularly excited, when appropriate of course.

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What is planned to be open today?

8:30am update - the lifts at Annupuri are on standby at the start of the day due to strong winds. The other planned lifts appear to be starting the day as planned.

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono

Lifts planned to be operating:

- Ace Family Pair
- Ace Number 2 Center Four
- Ace Number 3 pair
- Hirafu Gondola
- King Number 3 triple
- Swinging Monkey
- Hanazono 1 quad
- Hanazono 2 quad
- Hanazono 3 quad

Courses planned to be open:

- Family
- Beginners access course
- Shirakaba course
- Center course
- Jumbo course
- Parallel course
- Silver Dream (experts only)
- Yotei Sunset

Niseko Annupuri

Lifts planned to be operating:

- Jumbo Number 3 pair
- Annupuri Gondola

Courses planned to be operating:

- Utopia

Niseko Village

Lifts planned to be operating:

- Community Chair
- Upper Village Gondola
- Village Express (used as a connection)

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Official resort snow depths as of Tuesday 6th December 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Top - 105cm
Base - 35cm

Niseko Village
Top - 30cm
Base - 10cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 55cm
Base - 30cm

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Planned season dates for the four main Niseko United ski resorts:

Niseko Grand Hirafu: until Sunday 7th May 2017
Niseko Annupuri: until Sunday 7th May 2017
Niseko Hanazono: until Sunday 2nd April 2017
Niseko Village: until Sunday 2nd April 2017

Night skiing is planned from Saturday 10th December until Monday 20th March 2017 at the Annupuri, Grand Hirafu and Village resort areas.

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Tuesday 6th December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Annupuri affected by winds at the start of the day but the other areas are open as planned.

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 6th December 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Tuesday 6th December 2016
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 6th December 2016
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)
  2016/2017
*as of Tuesday 6th December 2016
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
6th December 6cm 18cm 30cm
5th December 0cm 14cm 10cm
4th December 0cm 5cm 15cm
3rd December 3cm 0cm 5cm
2nd December 4cm 0cm 1cm
1st December 0cm 14cm 0cm
30th November 10cm 20cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 23cm 71cm 61cm
Previous 14 days total 72cm 112cm 61cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 13cm 244cm 519cm
January observed snowfall total - 303cm 257cm
February observed snowfall total - 266cm 196cm
March observed snowfall total - 109cm 139cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 3cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 125cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 6th December 2016
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 - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
13cm
[125cm]
-
[125cm]
-
[125cm]
-
[125cm]
-
[125cm]
-
[125cm]
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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