Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 9th December 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:33am on Wednesday 9th December 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Clear and sunny
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-4°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
SW2m/s - W8m/s (Hirafu)
Very good indeed I say!
This report
Wednesday 9th December 2015, 8:33am
0cm
Tuesday 8th December 2015, 8:34am 7cm
Monday 7th December 2015, 8:32am 15cm
Sunday 6th December 2015, 9:10am 18cm
Saturday 5th December 2015, 8:31am 14cm
Friday 4th December 2015, 8:31am 5cm
Thursday 3rd December 2015, 8:32am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 59cm
Last 14 reports (total): 108cm
Current month (December 2015) total: 73cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 137cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:33am on Wednesday 9th December 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Hirafu and this morning we have blue skies and some sunshine from early on.

Mt Yotei is looking particularly beautiful and the early morning 'cloud hat' has now disappeared with clear blue all around. There are just a few clouds mountain-side remaining for the moment.

Yesterday there were a few times when there was a bit of snow falling but nothing in terms of new cm and there is no new snowfall to report overnight.

The clear skies might not last the day with cloudy skies forecast for later on and generally cloudy tomorrow as well. Temperatures today probably rising to around 5C and perhaps a little higher tomorrow.

It looks like Sennoki and Ni-kabe course areas are now open at Niseko Grand Hirafu. Grand Hirafu have snow depth up top as 160cm this morning and 70cm at base. The other areas not quite as much, with 70-80cm on upper areas.

There's 'enough' to enjoy, but we want and need more. It should get a bit colder during the day around Friday but it might be a rain-or-snow situation. The weekly forecast does not currently tempt us with the promise of a major dump.

Last year I recorded 519cm of snowfall here at base during the month of December 2014. Currently my same observations this month are standing at 73cm so there's lots of snowfall expected! Don't let us down!

Skiable connections between the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri resort areas are not yet available - Niseko United shuttle bus is required to get between them.

If you are here, hope you can enjoy the day on the mountain... morning should be very nice.

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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 Family pair
- Ace Number 2 Quad Center Four (for transport)
- Ace Number 3 pair
- Hirafu Gondola (for transport)
- King Number 3 triple
- Swinging Monkey
Courses planned to be open:
- Family
- Sennoki
- Kogen
- Boyo
- Ni-kabe
- Alpen
- Beginners access
- Center
- Shirakaba
- Green
- Rinkan (lower part)
- Jumbo
- Kokutai
- Holiday
- Connecting

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Lifts planned to be running:
- Hanazono Number 1 quad (for transport)
- Hanazono Number 2 quad
- Hanazono Number 3 quad
Courses planned to be open:
- Parallel Course
- Silver Dream (upper part)
- Stairway to Heaven
- Setsuzoku course
- Legend of Shinya
- Crystal Garden
- Yotei Sunset (ungroomed)

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

Niseko Annupuri
Lifts planned to be operating:
- Annupuri Gondola
- Jumbo Number 1 quad
- Jumbo Number 2 pair
- Jumbo Number 3 pair
Courses planned to be open:
- Utopia
- Shirakaba
- Paradise
- Junior
- Family
- Dynamic

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'Nighta' should be starting on Saturday 12th December 2015.
Nighta is available at Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri (none in the Niseko Hanazono area)

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Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 160cm
Base - 60cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 80cm
Base - 40cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 70cm
Base - 70cm

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Archive report: Posted at 8:33am on Wednesday 9th December 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Limited operations still with more gradually opening up. See report for more details.

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Wednesday 9th December 2015
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 9th December 2015
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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  2015/2016
*as of Wednesday 9th December 2015
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
9th December 0cm 14cm 10cm
8th December 7cm 4cm 12cm
7th December 15cm 40cm 15cm
6th December 18cm 30cm 0cm
5th December 14cm 10cm 0cm
4th December 5cm 15cm 0cm
3rd December 0cm 5cm 1cm
Previous 7 days total 59cm 118cm 38cm
Previous 14 days total 108cm 119cm 101cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 73cm 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 137cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 9th December 2015
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
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
73cm
[137cm]
-
[137cm]
-
[137cm]
-
[137cm]
-
[137cm]
-
[137cm]
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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