Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 13th December 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Tuesday 13th December 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
-4°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow, probably easing off
wind condition
W 5m/s - SW 8m/s
visibility condition
Generally poor
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This report
Tuesday 13th December 2016, 8:32am
2cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 62cm
Last 14 reports (total): 85cm
Current month (December 2016) total: 75cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 187cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Tuesday 13th December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Hello from Niseko base here and after that run of much colder temperatures, it is a much warmer start to the day this morning. Having said that it is still only hovering around 0 degrees as of 8am and probably won't venture much more than a few degrees into positive numbers during the day, so it's nothing to get startled about.

After clouds clearing and leaving us with a fine day yesterday with blue skies, we did actually get a limited delivery of fresh snow overnight. I measured 2cm, and as you might expect it is not as light and fluffy as we had previously, but light snow does continues to fall early on. It is expected to ease off soon.

Hopefully it will be snowing once again by the end of tomorrow and continue through the weekend.

In the meantime, pesky southerly winds might well affect higher lifts in particular today so be wary of that.

The Free Ride Park at Niseko Grand Hirafu is now open. (Well, open from 10am-4pm!)

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -4℃, mild wind and 4cm snowfall in 12 hours. Coastal data: Kamui cape ENE8m/s, 1012hPa, 0.7m waves.

A southerly storm is picking up above 800m as the next low-pressure system is approaching. Typical pre-low pressure snowfall crystals are observed below 600m elevation, however the snowfall amount is small.

Bushes and bamboos are not buried and the out of bounds areas are not suitable for riding yet. Still many hollow space lurking under the bamboo. Try to bootpack and you will sink to your chest and have a very hard time walking out. Better not carelessly drop into the valleys.

The storm is forecasted to pick up as the wind swings westerly. Beware of sudden weather changes. The light is weak and the visibility is poor. Ride carefully.

The general avalanche risk is low.

An Avalanche Institute member’s son has been caught ducking ropes in Hirafu yesterday. Both father and son are deeply reflecting on this matter and we made sure it would never happen again.

Sincere apologies to the Hirafu Ski Patrollers for the troubles caused.

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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. The King Number 3 and Swinging Monkey lifts at Niseko Grand Hirafu might be affected by winds this morning.

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 Tuesday 13th 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 8:32am on Tuesday 13th December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Please see main report for details of what is open. The mountain is not yet fully open.

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  2016/2017
*as of Tuesday 13th December 2016
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
13th December 2cm 0cm 25cm
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
Previous 7 days total 62cm 22cm 120cm
Previous 14 days total 85cm 93cm 181cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 75cm 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 187cm 992cm 1144cm
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2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
75cm
[187cm]
-
[187cm]
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[187cm]
-
[187cm]
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[187cm]
-
[187cm]
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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