Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 10th December 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:33am on Saturday 10th December 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snowy clouds
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow just now
wind condition
N 4-9m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Varied, mostly limited
This report
Saturday 10th December 2016, 8:33am
15cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 45cm
Last 14 reports (total): 71cm
Current month (December 2016) total: 52cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 164cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:33am on Saturday 10th December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

It's Saturday morning and there's a 15cm of lovely fresh light snow on the ground outside my place this morning. I am hearing of more than 20cm higher up on the mountains.

It is back to being cold again and it has been pretty crazy weather overnight actually, with strong winds and the snow really dumping down at times - though as I put this report together it has eased off somewhat and it is now just coming down lightly and visibility has improved. Still, continued snowfall is forecast for the day and it's looking good for the weekend. (Though not if you want to see the sun!)

Tonight is of course the planned opening of nighta operations. From what I can gather, Niseko Grand Hirafu plan to only have the Ace Family lift (and Family Course) open for nighta today as they are delaying the nighta operations of the Ace Number 2 Center Four and Gondola until there's more snow.

Niseko Village plan to have their main Niseko Gondola operating from this morning and also plan to start nighta today. They plan to have the Village Express, Upper Village Gondola and Community Chair operating tonight.

And over at Niseko Annupuri they also have another lift moving and a few more courses open, and are planning on opening for nighta tonight with the Jumbo Number 1 quad operating. Details as I have them updated below, hope they are all correct.

Today will surely be the best day of the season so far, and while it's exciting to see more snowfall and more open up (obviously!), we're still not fully open. So there's lots to look forward to, and in the meantime I'm going to go and have some fun out there this morning.

Take care out there!

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Oh yes, today is the first day of the 'on season' lift ticket prices. Yey!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -4℃, 20cm snowfall in 12 hours, light storm and bad visibility. Coastal data: Kamui cape N15m/s, 1009hPa, 2.5m waves.

The wind and snow has picked up under the winter weather pattern (High West/Low East), heavy snowdrift slabs are developing fast, reaching up to 80cm in leeward knoll terrain above 800m and are easily collapsing from the weak bonding between the low-pressure snowfall of Dec 9th.

Looking at all observations, data and snowfall transition, the avalanche risk is high. Better not carelessly drop into course side steep slopes or under chairlifts.

Many of the avalanche accidents occur during storms. The unstable snowdrifts will stabilize as the weather turns better. Better not push limits today.

Treacherous conditions not only in the mountain but on the road as well.

Beware of slippery mirror-like road and limited visibility. Drive safe.

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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, though watch out for windy conditions that might affect some lifts.

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
- Rinkan
- 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
- Stairway to Heaven
- Setsuzoku
- Legend of Shinya
- Crystal Garden
- Renraku
- Yotei Sunset

Niseko Village

Lifts planned to be operating:

- Niseko Gondola
- Community Chair
- Upper Village Gondola
- Village Express

Niseko Annupuri

Lifts planned to be operating:

- Jumbo Number 1 quad
- Jumbo Number 2 pair
- Jumbo Number 3 pair
- Annupuri Gondola

Courses planned to be operating:

- Utopia
- Shirakaba
- Silver
- Paradise
- Junior
- Family

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Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 10th December 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 175cm
Base - 60cm

Niseko Village
Top - 70cm
Base - 50cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 70cm
Base - 50cm

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Night skiing is planned from today 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 Saturday 10th December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

More opening up for the weekend as snow continues to fall. See main report for more details.

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 10th December 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 10th December 2016
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 10th 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 Saturday 10th December 2016
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
10th December 15cm 0cm 20cm
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
Previous 7 days total 45cm 59cm 133cm
Previous 14 days total 71cm 108cm 139cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 52cm 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 164cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 10th 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]
52cm
[164cm]
-
[164cm]
-
[164cm]
-
[164cm]
-
[164cm]
-
[164cm]
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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