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LATEST REPORT: Posted at 10:45am on Friday 16th November 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
7°C

Top temp:
1°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
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wind condition
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visibility condition
Fair
This report
Friday 16th November 2018, 10:45am
0cm
Monday 12th November 2018, 15:42pm 0cm
Thursday 1st November 2018, 7:23am 2cm
Friday 19th October 2018, 13:39pm 0cm
Sunday 6th May 2018, 9:20am 0cm
Saturday 5th May 2018, 7:56am 0cm
Friday 4th May 2018, 8:21am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 2cm
Last 14 reports (total): 2cm
Current month (November 2018) total: 2cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 2cm

Hello everyone.

I was just looking back at the reports from the middle of November last year - as you can also do using the links below - and was fondly remembering how full-on and quickly the season got started last year from November. It was very exciting indeed. And it was always going to be a big ask for the same to happen every year.

So here we are. 16th November 2018. Hopefully we will see some of that early season goodness coming pretty soon, but we're not there yet. Alas, the news at the moment all seems to be about unseasonable warmth rather than light fluffy powder.

For you fact-fans, I thought I'd give you some interesting info I have found. The below is the date when 'on average' various areas of Hokkaido experience their first snowfall ('hatsuyuki')... and how the situation is shaping up this time round:

Wakkanai: 22nd October >> this year = 14th November
Asahikawa: 23rd October >> this year = 14th November
Abashiri: 31st October >> this year = 14th November
Sapporo: 28th October >> this year = not yet
Muroran: 1st November >> this year = not yet
Hakodate: 3rd November >> this year = not yet
Obihiro: 7th November >> this year = not yet
Kushiro: 10th November >> this year = not yet

And here is the latest date on record when the first snowfall was recorded in those areas:

Wakkanai:14th November 2018 (this year)
Asahikawa: 18th November 2012
Abashiri: 18th November 2012
Sapporo: 20th November 1890 (!)
Muroran: 23rd November 1975
Hakodate: on 27th November 1911
Obihiro: 24th November 1892
Kushiro: 9th December 1928

So basically if it doesn't snow in Sapporo before Tuesday, we'll be breaking that latest first snowfall record that has stood since 1890. Yikes!

I am course not trying to scare you, just tell you things as they are (which is of course how I always go about things). It is early and things often change quickly, and the forecasts do seem to be showing snowfall here in Niseko over the coming days. Just how much and down to base? Well, I will be back with you early next week with another update.

Let's snowing!

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The official planned opening dates of the ski resorts are as follows:

- Niseko Grand Hirafu: Friday 23rd November 2018
- Niseko Annupuri: Friday 23rd November 2018
- Niseko Village: Saturday 1st December 2018
- Niseko Hanazono: Saturday 1st December 2018

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

The first lifts hopefully might be able to open on 23rd November. Next update early next week.

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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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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  2018/2019
*as of Friday 16th November 2018
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
16th November 0cm 18cm 3cm
12th November 0cm - -
1st November 2cm - -
19th October 0cm - -
6th May 0cm 0cm -
5th May 0cm 0cm 0cm
4th May 0cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 2cm 27cm 44cm
Previous 14 days total 2cm 27cm 49cm
November observed snowfall total 2cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total - 406cm 181cm
January observed snowfall total - 305cm 152cm
February observed snowfall total - 299cm 160cm
March observed snowfall total - 49cm 83cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 2cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 16th November 2018
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2018/2019 season 0cm
[0cm]
2cm
[2cm]
-
[2cm]
-
[2cm]
-
[2cm]
-
[2cm]
-
[2cm]
-
[2cm]
2017/2018 season - 188cm
[188cm]
406cm
[594cm]
305cm
[899cm]
299cm
[1198cm]
49cm
[1247cm]
13cm
[1260cm]
0cm
[1260cm]
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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