Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 28th November 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:03am on Monday 28th November 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Generally cloudy, a few breaks
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None currently
wind condition
N 0-8m/s
visibility condition
Fair
This report
Monday 28th November 2016, 8:03am
0cm
Sunday 27th November 2016, 8:42am 0cm
Saturday 26th November 2016, 8:02am 3cm
Friday 25th November 2016, 8:16am 25cm
Thursday 24th November 2016, 8:39am 6cm
Wednesday 23rd November 2016, 8:55am 6cm
Tuesday 22nd November 2016, 10:03am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 40cm
Last 14 reports (total): 73cm
Current month (November 2016) total: 91cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 93cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:03am on Monday 28th November 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from here at my Hirafu base and happily it is a nicer start to the day than yesterday.

Rain down here at base (and at least the lower parts of the mountain) didn't help yesterday, and neither did the windy conditions on mountain though thankfully Niseko Grand Hirafu did get to open up at around 10:30am.

There's another dusting to report here this morning, but not enough for me to award any cm to the report. It is colder than yesterday and right now there is a lot of cloud around but there are actually some breaks in the cloud and a bit of blue sky appearing in some places. The forecast does tell us that we can expect the chance of snow though, so perhaps that's just a temporary thing.

Looking ahead the weekly forecast is looking more promising, so fingers crossed.

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What is currently planned to be open today? (Weather permitting)

Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be part open from 8:30am with the Ace Number 2 Center Four quad lift taking folk up to the Ace Number 3 pair lift and the open Center Course. The last lift servicing the open run will be at 3:30pm and the last quad lift coming back down to base at 4pm. Lift tickets for 1 day are 2,000 yen for adults and 1,000 yen for children and seniors, and those charges are valid until 30th November.

Niseko Annupuri also plans to be part open. The Annupuri Gondola starts moving at 8:30am, taking people up to the Jumbo Number 3 pair lift which is open from 8:45am until 3:15pm. The last Gondola down is at 3:30pm. 1 day lift tickets for this limited Niseko Annupuri opening are 2,100 yen for adults and seniors, and 1,300 yen for elementary school age children.

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Yesterday a reader of Niseko Now very kindly contacted us, pointing out an apparent mistake in the Niseko Now report from 10th February 2013. It seems that 100cm of snowfall was recorded as the observed snowfall for that day, when the correct number (as mentioned in the text report itself) was 10cm. It was a typo that essentially added 90cm to the snowfall for the season!

We have fixed this and the corrected data is now shown on the relevant report pages and of course the new Snowfall Analysis page. Just for the record here, the adjusted total season numbers:

2015-2016 season total: 992cm
2014-2015 season total: 1,144cm
2013-2014 season total: 1,163cm
2012-2013 season total: 1,493cm

Even taking off that mistaken 90cm, 2012-2013 was an impressive season. I am hoping for a reverse of the recent trend of decreasing numbers for the 2016-2017 season.

I wasn’t the person posting the Niseko Now reports during the 2012/2013 season and luckily, I haven’t mentioned that season much in my reports over the last few years. Just to be sure though, we will be manually checking all the reports posted since then and adjusting anything in the text commentaries if necessary. That might take a bit of time to complete, but we want to be sure everything is correct so it will be done.

Apologies for the mistake – and many thanks for the heads-up. Be assured that we take the observed snowfall number very seriously, and I am 100% sure that any such mistake would now not be able to slip through... I can just imagine the deluge of emails being sent in to SnowJapan if it did, for a start!

We are always happy to hear any comments and feedback. You can contact SnowJapan (and me) here.

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Planned season dates for the four main Niseko United ski resorts:

Niseko Grand Hirafu: partly open already, until Sunday 7th May 2017
Niseko Annupuri: partly open already, until Sunday 7th May 2017
Niseko Hanazono: Saturday 3rd December 2016 until Sunday 2nd April 2017
Niseko Village: Thursday 1st December 2016 until Sunday 2nd April 2017

Night skiing is planned from Saturday 10th December until Monday 20th March 2017 at the Annupuri, Grand Hirafu and Village resort areas.

Archive report: Posted at 8:03am on Monday 28th November 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

See main report for what is planned to be open today

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 28th November 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Monday 28th November 2016
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 28th November 2016
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded 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 Monday 28th November 2016
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
28th November 0cm 0cm 0cm
27th November 0cm 0cm 0cm
26th November 3cm 0cm 0cm
25th November 25cm 18cm 0cm
24th November 6cm 8cm 0cm
23rd November 6cm 0cm 0cm
22nd November 0cm - 0cm
Previous 7 days total 40cm 26cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 73cm 29cm 20cm
November observed snowfall total 91cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total - 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 93cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 28th November 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
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
91cm
[93cm]
-
[93cm]
-
[93cm]
-
[93cm]
-
[93cm]
-
[93cm]
-
[93cm]
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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