Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 12th December 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:28am on Monday 12th December 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-9°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
W 2-5m/s
visibility condition
Limited to poor
This report
Monday 12th December 2016, 8:28am
4cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 66cm
Last 14 reports (total): 92cm
Current month (December 2016) total: 73cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 185cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:28am on Monday 12th December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Hello and a Happy Monday morning to you from here in Niseko, and it is a very cold one too. Coldest morning of the season so far, if I am not mistaken - nearly minus double digit temperatures even at base, brrrrr! If there wasn't all the lovely snow outside you might be tempted to wrap up in front of a log fire. But perhaps we should leave that until after nighta has closed as it would be silly to not get out and enjoy the snow.

Conditions were really very good yesterday as I am sure people who were out there would agree, especially when you consider we are still in the first half of December.

This morning I have 4cm of fresh snowfall to report since my previous report which brings my total observed snowfall for the season so far up to 185cm, compared with 137cm this time last season. (By the way if you hadn't noticed, it's really easy now to see this kind of thing - scroll down this page to near the bottom and the list of links that says 'Niseko Now reports from the same period last season').

Back to today and we're not expecting much in terms of new cm of snow, though it is snowing very lightly as I write this report. It will likely ease off, but the snow clouds should be back over Niseko by tomorrow morning and the forecast is still looking good with regular snow lined up at least into next weekend.

This last weekend was noticeably busier out and about in Hirafu and on the slopes, I thought. Lift tickets are now in 'on season' (as they call it in Japanese - ie. regular prices) mode, and Christmas is less than two weeks away. Wow, I can hardly believe that... where does the time go... slow down please!

With the forecast looking promising and an already good base, those early season nerves have passed now and we can all get stuck into just enjoying what nature provides.

Take care out there and have fun.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -10℃, light dust in the last 12 hours. Coastal data: Kamui cape NW5m/s, 1025hPa, 1.8m waves.

A high-pressure system is laying over Japan and the barometric gradient is flat. The ocean and mountains are in a clam condition. Some surface hoar is present on the surface as the temperature dropped with radiative cooling.

The general avalanche risk is low today.

The snow is good, but insufficient. The out of bounds areas are still not suitable for riding. Please be patient. The snow will come sooner or later.

The weather is good this morning, however always be prepared for sudden weather changes. Undulations and bumps are hard to notice once the light goes weak. Beware of over speeding and crashing into trees or other skiers.

Access gates are yet to be ready. Please refrain from ducking ropes.

Today’s snow surface (Dec 12th) will remain as a notable layer in the future snowpack.

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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 the Jumbo Number 1 quad is going to be starting a bit late.

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
- 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* (opening late this morning)
- 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 Monday 12th December 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 200cm
Base - 70cm

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.

Archive report: Posted at 8:28am on Monday 12th December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

The Niseko United resorts appear to be opening as planned this morning

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 12th December 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Monday 12th December 2016
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 12th 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 Monday 12th December 2016
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
12th December 4cm 0cm 15cm
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
Previous 7 days total 66cm 40cm 125cm
Previous 14 days total 92cm 108cm 156cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 73cm 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 185cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 12th 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
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
73cm
[185cm]
-
[185cm]
-
[185cm]
-
[185cm]
-
[185cm]
-
[185cm]
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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