Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 1st December 2012

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:26am on Saturday 1st December 2012
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud, snow
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
-
wind condition
Base 2m/s; Top 5m/s
Poor
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This report
Saturday 1st December 2012, 9:26am
10cm
Friday 30th November 2012, 9:59am 15cm
Thursday 29th November 2012, 9:20am 1cm
Wednesday 28th November 2012, 9:36am 20cm
Tuesday 27th November 2012, 9:12am 1cm
Monday 26th November 2012, 9:44am 5cm
Sunday 25th November 2012, 9:51am 10cm
Last 7 reports (total): 62cm
Last 14 reports (total): 128cm
Current month (December 2012) total: 10cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 128cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:26am on Saturday 1st December 2012
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Welcome to the weekend and guess what... it's snowing. It tends to do that a lot here, for which we are all very thankful! Since my last report around 10cm of fresh snowfall to report here and that's being reflected by Hirafu who now have 185cm up top and 80cm at base. So this morning it is snowing lightly and it's also very cold. Earlier on it was just under -5C and it's almost unchanged a few hours later. Going to be a cold day for sure.

Today of course sees Niseko Village open and this morning they have the Community Chair and Banzai Chair lifts operating. I have noted below which lifts are operating at the three open resort areas below.

Lifts Operating (at time of writing)

Grand Hirafu
Ace Family Pair
Ace Quad No2 (Center Four)
Ace Pair Lift No3
King Hooded Triple Life #3

Niseko Annupuri
Annupuri Gondola
Jumbo Quad No1
Jumbo Pair #3

Niseko Village
Community Chair
Banzai Chair

Good to see more of the mountain opening up.

From today until 14th December, the lift tickets are set to the normal 'off-season' prices.

Weather forecast? Cold and snowy today and then things might just clear up somewhat tomorrow and not be quite as cold. Monday night into Tuesday is looking like it might bring us warmer conditions and also rain to the region before cold and snow returns again on Wednesday.

Now that we are into December, let's take a look at the JMA (Japan Meteorological Agency) Kutchan town snowfall numbers. If you take a look back over the Niseko Now reports last season, we were comparing the snowfall month by month over recent seasons in the Kutchan town area. Here are the numbers for the month of November over the last five seasons:

November 2008: 80cm
November 2009: 102cm
November 2010: 40cm
November 2011: 82cm
November 2012: 98cm

Please note that these numbers are not the snowfall on the mountains themselves, and we are simply mentioning them out of interest. As you can see in our reports here, a fair amount more falls on the mountains (think around 1.5 times the amount is a good ballpark). We'll keep an eye on these numbers throughout the season and see how things compare. By the way take a look back at December 2011 in the Niseko Now archives - it really was an amazing month for snowfall and December 2012 has a big target!

Looking back at our own reports here, around 120cm of snow has fallen in the village area since that first snowfall.

Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu
Top - 185cm
Bottom - 80cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 100cm
Bottom - 90cm

Niseko Village
Top - 100cm
Bottom - 60cm

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Planned resort opening dates:

Saturday 8th December
Niseko Hanazono

Archive report: Posted at 9:26am on Saturday 1st December 2012
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Annupuri and Niseko Village resorts are part open.

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25th November 10cm - -
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Previous 14 days total 128cm 0cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 118cm - -
December observed snowfall total 10cm - -
January observed snowfall total - - -
February observed snowfall total - - -
March observed snowfall total - - -
April observed snowfall total - - -
May observed snowfall total - - -
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