Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 3rd December 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Thursday 3rd December 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud, fog
Base temp:
7°C

Top temp:
3°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Rain
wind condition
Strong winds
Fair to poor on mountain
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Thursday 3rd December 2015, 8:32am
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Wednesday 2nd December 2015, 8:13am 0cm
Tuesday 1st December 2015, 8:10am 14cm
Monday 30th November 2015, 7:55am 20cm
Sunday 29th November 2015, 9:01am 15cm
Saturday 28th November 2015, 8:36am 0cm
Friday 27th November 2015, 8:36am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 49cm
Last 14 reports (total): 75cm
Current month (December 2015) total: 14cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 78cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Thursday 3rd December 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

I think today will be the first time that I have to talk about wind.

Ah yes, wind.

It's that one thing that manages to annoy me most about Niseko, it often messing about with lift operations and what is open on the mountain. And today is one of those days - well, this morning anyway. Strong winds are with us and stopping some lifts from opening at the start of the day. Niseko Grand Hirafu resort at 8am was reporting wind speeds of 20-25m/s at the top of the Center Four lift. They will of course try to get going if the conditions allow, but strong winds are expected for the day today. As of 8:30am, it looks like the two lifts at Niseko Village are actually going to be opening as planned but the planned lifts at Niseko Annupuri as well as Niseko Grand Hirafu are on hold.

This morning we also have warmer conditions with rain falling as well. Temperatures may rise to around 10 degrees in town today which is of course too warm. All in all, it's not really a particularly nice day to get up on the mountain even if the winds allowed the lifts to move.

It is one of those days when 'other things' are a good choice. My choice is a soak in the onsen hot springs...

OK now we have all that lot out of the way, things are looking much better from later on today.

Temperatures are set to drop and hopefully by the end of the day it will be snowing. And there's a good chance that the snowfall will continue through tomorrow and over the weekend and into early next week. If this comes off then by the end of the weekend things should be looking very different here.

So I'm looking forward to bringing you that news over the coming few days.

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Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Lifts planned to be running - Ace Number 2 Quad Center Four (transport), Ace Number 3
Early morning strong winds and poor visibility preventing them from opening as planned

Niseko Village:
Lifts planned to be operating - Community Chair and Banzai Chair.

Niseko Annupuri:
Lifts planned to be operating - Annupuri Gondola (transport) and Jumbo Number 3 lift
Early morning strong winds and poor visibility preventing them from opening as planned

Niseko HANAZONO Resort:
The Hanazono area plans to open from Saturday 5th December

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'Nighta' should be starting on Saturday 12th December 2015

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Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 105cm
Base - 35cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 50cm
Base - 20cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 50cm
Base - 20cm

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Thursday 3rd December 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Limited lift operations. See main report for details.

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  2015/2016
*as of Thursday 3rd December 2015
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
3rd December 0cm 5cm 1cm
2nd December 0cm 1cm 5cm
1st December 14cm 0cm 5cm
30th November 20cm 0cm 15cm
29th November 15cm 0cm 25cm
28th November 0cm 0cm 12cm
27th November 0cm 0cm 1cm
Previous 7 days total 49cm 6cm 64cm
Previous 14 days total 75cm 6cm 74cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 14cm 519cm 275cm
January observed snowfall total - 257cm 461cm
February observed snowfall total - 196cm 178cm
March observed snowfall total - 139cm 113cm
April observed snowfall total - 3cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 78cm 1144cm 1163cm
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2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
14cm
[78cm]
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[78cm]
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[78cm]
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[78cm]
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[78cm]
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[78cm]
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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