Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 11th December 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Sunday 11th December 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow has been easing off
wind condition
0 - 9m/s (NW)
visibility condition
Varied but apparently improving
This report
Sunday 11th December 2016, 8:32am
17cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 62cm
Last 14 reports (total): 88cm
Current month (December 2016) total: 69cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 181cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Sunday 11th December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

It was on the national news last night so you might have seen it if you are in Japan, but lots of Hokkaido was enjoying (or not as the case may be for lots of people who don't actually want or need heavy snowfall) some mid-winter conditions with lots of snow falling. It looks like it was causing all sorts of problems for transportation and people who are just trying to get on with their lives - outside of a ski resort setting.

Here in Niseko we want lots of snow all of the time of course, and since my last report there has been another 17cm of snow pile up on the ground here at base. Interestingly, that is actually quite a bit less than my friends over in Sapporo city were reporting.

The official snow depth at the Niseko Grand Hirafu resort area has shot up to 200cm (on the upper slopes, 80cm at base) this morning which is good to see. As a quick comparison, this time last year that number was 140cm, so that sounds like a favourable comparison to me! The other resort areas don't appear to be as keen to get to bigger numbers as Niseko Grand Hirafu, so perhaps a pinch of salt should be on stand-by when looking at them. Always fun though, I like comparing. Let's comparing.

So, looking at the forecast we can expect more snowfall over the coming week after perhaps a bit of a break in the snow clouds tomorrow. It actually looks like the snow is easing off at the moment, it is getting a bit brighter and I can even see a bit of blue sky as well.

Yesterday I had an excellent few hours out on the slopes, conditions were really good. More courses are opening up now and for the Niseko Grand Hirafu listing below it is easier to mention what is not yet open rather than the other way round, so I have adjusted that.

Anyone get out for some nighta last night? It looks like from tonight the Ace Number 2 Center Four lift will be also be joining in the fun for nighta.

With conditions only looking likely to continue getting better over the coming week, I think you can officially call me excited! (Although that might also have something to do with meeting Santa the other night and him promising me some new skis...)

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -8℃, mild wind & snow, 20cm snowfall in 12 hours. Coastal data: Kamui cape NNW11m/s, 1016hPa, 2.0m waves.

The barometric gradient is lowering, however a weak storm persists above 600m elevation. 40cm of new snowdrift development can be observed in some places. Snowdrifts and cornices are still developing slowly in leeward cornice slopes above treeline (800m). Some snowdrifts have reached up 100cm thickness on top of Dec 9th layer and stabilizing as they grow.

The general avalanche risk is low today.

The snowpack is still shallow and bushes/bamboos remains unburied. Be patient.

Wish we had yesterday’s Sapporo snow.

The groomers are getting in better shape everyday, however the light is weak and visibility is low. Beware of the undulations and obstacles on the slopes.

The fresh snow on the side is splendid, however beware of tree stumps lurking below the surface.

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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
- Holiday Number 1 pair
- Swinging Monkey

Courses that are not yet open:

- Sennoki
- Path to King
- Onsenzawa
- Super
- Large
- Kogen
- Ni-kabe
- Konayuki
- Miharashi
- Dynamic

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts planned to be operating:

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

Courses planned to be open:

- All open apart from Hanazono Park

Niseko Village

Lifts planned to be operating:

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

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 open:

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

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Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 11th December 2016:

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

Niseko Village
Top - 80cm
Base - 60cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 70cm
Base - 60cm

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Night skiing is planned 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.

The lifts marked with a * above are the lifts that are planned to be operating for nighta tonight.

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Sunday 11th December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

More of the mountain open now as we received continued snowfall - see report for the latest this morning.

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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 11th December 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 11th December 2016
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 11th 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 Sunday 11th December 2016
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
11th December 17cm 0cm 2cm
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
Previous 7 days total 62cm 54cm 120cm
Previous 14 days total 88cm 108cm 141cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 69cm 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 181cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 11th 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]
69cm
[181cm]
-
[181cm]
-
[181cm]
-
[181cm]
-
[181cm]
-
[181cm]
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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