Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 9th December 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:33am on Friday 9th December 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
W 4-5m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Fair to limited
This report
Friday 9th December 2016, 8:33am
10cm
Thursday 8th December 2016, 8:26am 10cm
Wednesday 7th December 2016, 8:30am 4cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 33cm
Last 14 reports (total): 59cm
Current month (December 2016) total: 37cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 149cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:33am on Friday 9th December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Hello again and I have another 10cm of fresh snowfall to report to you this morning outside my place here in Hirafu.

It's gradually adding up and I noticed that I have now observed just under 150cm of snowfall here since that first snow of the season.

It's not quite as cold this morning and the snow isn't quite as dry and fluffy (not the stuff I had in my hand a short while ago anyway), but it should still be a fun morning out there.

The forecast is still looking good too with snow lined up most days over the coming week.

It does feel like the season has got started now with everything falling into place, even though what is open in terms of lifts and courses remains limited. With the snow due over the coming days though, I expect that to change quite quickly.

As mentioned at the bottom of my reports, floodlit night skiing ('nighta') is planned to start from tomorrow. Nighta is available at the Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village resort areas - none over at Hanazono. No specific nighta news yet regarding operations from tomorrow, but hopefully I will have more information in my report in the morning.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -2℃, 10cm snowfall in 12 hours, light snow and calm.

Coastal data: Kamui cape ENE7m/s, 1011hPa, 1.0m waves.

Wind and snow are forecasted to pick up above 800m as the next low-pressure system approaches and passes. The snowpack is still very shallow and the out of bounds areas are not suitable for riding yet. The groomers are in better condition, but today’s light is weak and undulations are hard to see. Beware of over speeding.

Looking at the snowfall transition and other data, the general avalanche risk is low today, however cornices formed at steep slopes and under chairlifts could fall anytime, better beware.

Observatory equipment for Nagoya University Snow & Ice Research Center will be installed at Mikaeri area in Moiwa today.

The 20th Niseko Avalanche Meeting will be held at Niseko Chomin Center today at 6pm. Everyone is welcome.

Have a nice day.

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Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):

All four resort areas appear to be able to open as planned at the start of the day.

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Lifts planned to be operating:

- Ace Family pair
- Ace Number 2 Center Four
- Ace Number 3 pair
- Hirafu Gondola
- King Number 3 quad
- Swinging Monkey

Courses planned to be open:

- Family course
- Alpen course (experts only)
- Green
- Beginners access course
- Shirakaba course
- Center course
- Boyo (lower part only)
- Kokutai (experts only)
- Holiday
- Jumbo course
- Parallel course

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts planned to be operating:

- Hanazono 1 quad
- Hanazono 2 quad
- Hanazono 3 quad

Courses planned to be open:

- Silver Dream (experts only)
- Stairway to Heaven (experts only)
- Setsuzoku
- Crystal Garden
- Renraku
- Yotei Sunset (experts only)

Niseko Village

Lifts planned to be operating:

- Community Chair
- Upper Village Gondola
- Village Express

Niseko Annupuri

Lifts planned to be operating:

- Jumbo Number 1 pair
- Jumbo Number 3 pair
- Annupuri Gondola

Courses planned to be operating:

- Utopia
- Shirakaba
- Paradise
- Junior

You can now ski down to base at Niseko Annupuri.

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Official resort snow depths as of Friday 9th December 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 155cm
Base - 55cm

Niseko Village
Top - 50cm
Base - 40cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 60cm
Base - 40cm

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Night skiing is planned from Saturday 10th December until Monday 20th March 2017 at the Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village resort areas. There is no nighta in the Hanazono area.

Archive report: Posted at 8:33am on Friday 9th December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

For details on what is planned to be open today, please see above.

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 9th December 2016
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 9th December 2016
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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  2016/2017
*as of Friday 9th December 2016
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
9th December 10cm 0cm 14cm
8th December 10cm 7cm 4cm
7th December 4cm 15cm 40cm
6th December 6cm 18cm 30cm
5th December 0cm 14cm 10cm
4th December 0cm 5cm 15cm
3rd December 3cm 0cm 5cm
Previous 7 days total 33cm 59cm 118cm
Previous 14 days total 59cm 108cm 119cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 37cm 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 149cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 9th 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]
37cm
[149cm]
-
[149cm]
-
[149cm]
-
[149cm]
-
[149cm]
-
[149cm]
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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