Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 27th December 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:43am on Sunday 27th December 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud with limited visibility
Base temp:
-8°C

Top temp:
-13°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
E2m/s - NW10m/s (Hirafu)
Limited
This report
Sunday 27th December 2015, 8:43am
20cm
Saturday 26th December 2015, 8:34am 24cm
Friday 25th December 2015, 8:31am 7cm
Thursday 24th December 2015, 8:33am 0cm
Wednesday 23rd December 2015, 8:34am 0cm
Tuesday 22nd December 2015, 8:32am 0cm
Monday 21st December 2015, 8:27am 1cm
Last 7 reports (total): 52cm
Last 14 reports (total): 98cm
Current month (December 2015) total: 171cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 235cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:43am on Sunday 27th December 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

There are lots of smiling faces at the moment here as our Christmas period haul of fresh snowfall continues.

I have another 20cm of fresh snow outside my place here in Hirafu base this morning, and it is still snowing now, and forecast to continue for the next few days as well.

This is what we like. I am happy that Santa and his creature friends held on to their promise. Not that I ever doubted them of course.

Some of the smiles might be temporarily wiped off faces when people realise that it's also very windy this morning and affecting some lifts at the start of the day. Though maybe not! After the start to the season we have had lovely fresh snowfall and lots of it is by far the biggest thing right now and I think we can put with some wind if that's part of the deal for getting the snow. Though it would be good if we could just get the snow without the wind.

At the time of writing, strong winds on the mountain are affecting resorts in this way:

Niseko Grand Hirafu - Top King Number 4 lift on hold. Snow moving going on at King Number 3 which may open a bit late.
Niseko Hanazono - Top Hanazono Number 3 lift on hold.
Niseko Village - Gondola and top Wonderland lift on hold.
Niseko Annupuri - Jumbo Number 1 running slow with all other lifts on hold.

It's limited visibility on the slopes this morning along with the windy conditions.

Have fun in all that snow, but don't forget to be careful and to always stay safe. An extra layer and face masks are recommended today - it's cold out there.

As I mentioned snowfall is due through until around Tuesday; the resort areas should be 'all open' sometime soon I think.

Oh yes! :)

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -9℃, 20cm of crushed crystal snow in 12hours, small development of snowdrifts. Moiwa 800m: -12℃, NE15m/s, large cornices and snowdrifts development up to 100cm. Annupuri 1000m:-16℃, NW25m/s, poor visibility and large development of snowdrifts.

Coastal data: Benkei cape NW17m/s, Kamui cape W12m/s, 1007hPa, 3.1m waves.

The strong winter pressure distribution has generated powerful wind and snowfall during the night. The wind at lower elevation has calmed down in the morning, however the storm is persisting above 600m elevation. Snowdrifts and cornices are continuing to grow and are extremely unstable. Avalanche risk is very high in leeward slopes above 800m and open leeside steep slopes above 600m in all mountain areas in Shiribeshi sub-prefecture.

Many of the accidents occur in those slopes loaded with snowdrifts. Stay away from these aspects when planning your touring routes.

Great condition in the trees.

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Planned resort operations (subject to change due to weather conditions during the day)

The lifts market with an asterix (*) below are planned to be open for night skiing

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Lifts planned to be running:
- Ace Family pair*
- Ace Number 1 pair
- Ace Number 2 Quad Center Four* (for transport)
- Ace Number 3 pair
- Hirafu Gondola*
- King Number 1 pair
- King Number 3 triple
- King Number 4
- Holiday Number 1 pair*
- Swinging Monkey
Courses planned to be open:
- Family
- Beginners access
- Center
- Shirakaba
- Green
- Kokutai
- Ni-kabe
- Alpen
- Sennoki
- Kogen
- Boyo
- Rinkan
- Jumbo
- Dynamic

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Lifts planned to be running:
- Hanazono Number 1 quad
- Hanazono Number 2 quad
- Hanazono Number 3 quad
Courses planned to be open:
- Connecting
- Parallel
- Silver Dream
- Stairway to Heaven
- Setsuzoku course
- Crystal Garden
- Yotei Sunset (ungroomed)

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

Niseko Annupuri
Lifts planned to be operating:
- All lifts planned to be operating
Courses planned to be open:
- Champion
- Utopia
- Shirakaba
- Paradise
- Junior
- Family
- Dynamic
- Silver

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Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 27th December 2015:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 230cm
Base - 80cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 100cm
Base - 100cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 105cm
Base - 80cm

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Archive report: Posted at 8:43am on Sunday 27th December 2015
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Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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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 Sunday 27th December 2015
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
27th December 20cm 25cm 5cm
26th December 24cm 45cm 2cm
25th December 7cm 20cm 5cm
24th December 0cm 25cm 35cm
23rd December 0cm 30cm 15cm
22nd December 0cm 20cm 5cm
21st December 1cm 2cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 52cm 167cm 67cm
Previous 14 days total 98cm 298cm 152cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 171cm 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 235cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 27th 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]
171cm
[235cm]
-
[235cm]
-
[235cm]
-
[235cm]
-
[235cm]
-
[235cm]
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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