Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 17th December 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Saturday 17th December 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
It's still snowing
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Moderate snowfall
wind condition
0 - SW 3m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Limited
PLEASE READ THIS
This report
Saturday 17th December 2016, 8:30am
24cm
Friday 16th December 2016, 8:30am 36cm
Thursday 15th December 2016, 8:25am 0cm
Wednesday 14th December 2016, 8:38am 0cm
Tuesday 13th December 2016, 8:32am 2cm
Monday 12th December 2016, 8:28am 4cm
Sunday 11th December 2016, 8:32am 17cm
Last 7 reports (total): 83cm
Last 14 reports (total): 128cm
Current month (December 2016) total: 135cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 247cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Saturday 17th December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

A very good, cold and snowy morning to you from Niseko.

Yesterday was excellent. And today is looking like it's going to be excellent too. 24cm of fresh snowfall on the ground is a sure sign and as I write this it is snowing quite heavily. And with that much falling down here at base, it's pretty certain that there's that much more higher up.

For those of you who came to Niseko for a (some may say risky) mid-Christmas early season fix - congratulations!

So yes, we have lots more fresh snowfall on the ground but it has me wondering when the remaining lifts and courses will be opened. Surely there's enough snow now - but it still looks like the top lifts are on stand-by. As of yesterday, Niseko Grand Hirafu were saying that they planned to have the King Number 4 lift operating from Saturday (today), but it has been delayed due to there being not enough snow. Interesting. I don't have any other news on that score this morning but it would surprise me if they kept them closed for much longer.

Before we get carried away with too much excitement, it is worth taking a look at the forecast which unfortunately is looking rather dry after today. There's going to be lots of sunshine and temperatures are going to be on the milder side (though not enough for us to be worrying about a melt!) I'm personally looking forward to a day in the sun with this current snow we have, though it would be nice to have a few top-ups of snow following on quickly after. As the forecast stands, it's not looking like there's much chance of snow through until at least the end of the week.

Time to ski!

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There is one thing that I would like to point your attention to today. Please do read on!

From yesterday, SnowJapan.com started daily updates of the official snow depth data for well over 300 ski and snowboard resorts around Japan.

It’s (very) important to point out that this data is not something that SnowJapan is creating – rather, it is the official snow depth numbers that ski resorts themselves are reporting every day.

If you look through the data and charts for different ski resorts, you will notice how of them seem to change their numbers daily; others seem to only change them every so often (even if it has snowed in the meantime); while others have their own little quirks! Some report the snow depth at top; some report the snow depth at base. Basically, even more so than my ‘observed snowfall’ measurements each day, remember that this is not a ‘science’ and this data should just be looked at as something of interest.

What I find most interesting about these statistics is comparing the numbers for different seasons, especially as each resort will (presumably) be taking measurements from the same place every season. And now, this comparison can very easily be done!

Here's how. Click on the big blue tab called ‘Snowfall Analysis’ at the top of this report – and then go down to the last chart on the page. In the case of these Niseko Now reports, the data from the Niseko Grand Hirafu resort area is used. As you may notice, a new ‘point’ on the graph is going to be added every day of the season, so it is should be fun watching how the shape of the line progresses this season compared with the previous two seasons.

And just to be clear, you can see this chart – and the associated data - for hundreds of ski resorts throughout Japan. Where? On the ‘Snowfall’ tab on each of the ski resort pages within SnowJapan.com. Here are direct links to a few of them:

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

I hope you are enjoying all of this new data-watching as much as I am. I find myself checking out all the Now reports every day, even if (unfortunately) I’m not going to be going to those places anytime soon!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -8℃, 30cm of crystal snow and calm morning. Kamui cape data: W11m/s, 1010hPa, 2.0m waves. Moiwa peak 800m: -10℃, W10m/s, 40cm snowfall and moderate development of snowdrifts.

The typical winter barometric chart is generating abundant snowfall. The wind remained around 10m/s westerly around 1000m elevation. The cornices and snowdrifts are developing slowly.

The new snow layer above Dec 14th is reaching up to 80cm in leeward slopes at 800m. Looking a observations, the snowdrifts are stable and the general avalanche risk is low.

Although we had a good dump, bushes, bamboos and streams are yet to be covered. Accidents in the out of bounds areas will be difficult to rescue.

Gates are closed and out of bounds riding is yet to be permitted. Do not duck ropes to seek fresh lines. One track under the rope leads many others to do the same and easily increase the chances of accidents to happen.

Niseko area is doing the best to respect the freedom to ride, however is also deeply concerned about their safety. Please respect the Rules and have a nice day. Wonderful conditions today.

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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.

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:

- Large
- 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
- Morino 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
- Dynamic

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Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 17th December 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 240cm
Base - 110cm

Niseko Village
Top - 120cm
Base - 100cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 100cm
Base - 100cm

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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 8:30am on Saturday 17th December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Top lifts and gates still to open. Otherwise mostly open.

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(updated daily during winter)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 17th December 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 17th December 2016
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 17th December 2016
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2016/2017
*as of Saturday 17th December 2016
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
17th December 24cm 18cm 0cm
16th December 36cm 0cm 0cm
15th December 0cm 0cm 45cm
14th December 0cm 0cm 30cm
13th December 2cm 0cm 25cm
12th December 4cm 0cm 15cm
11th December 17cm 0cm 2cm
Previous 7 days total 83cm 18cm 117cm
Previous 14 days total 128cm 77cm 250cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 135cm 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 247cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 17th December 2016
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in 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]
135cm
[247cm]
-
[247cm]
-
[247cm]
-
[247cm]
-
[247cm]
-
[247cm]
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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