Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 29th December 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Thursday 29th December 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow, fog
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Moderate snowfall
wind condition
SW 2m/s - SW 6m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Poor
This report
Thursday 29th December 2016, 8:31am
3cm
Wednesday 28th December 2016, 8:33am 4cm
Tuesday 27th December 2016, 8:31am 1cm
Monday 26th December 2016, 8:31am 0cm
Sunday 25th December 2016, 8:31am 3cm
Saturday 24th December 2016, 8:31am 11cm
Friday 23rd December 2016, 8:45am 2cm
Last 7 reports (total): 24cm
Last 14 reports (total): 87cm
Current month (December 2016) total: 162cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 274cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Thursday 29th December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Hello to you all from Niseko.

Just three more days left in 2016; the mind boggles at how fast things whizz by. (And how you actually spell 'whizz'!)

But anyway what do we have to report this morning.

Well, there's a bit of snowfall again but nothing major. Just about 3cm on the ground this morning and snow is currently falling. It is a cold morning and keeping down at -4C at 8am. Visibility looks pretty low out on the mountain too at the start of the day.

Snowfall is still lined up on the forecast over the next few days, but we should be hoping for more significant amounts.

From this morning the top Ace Number 4 lift at Niseko Grand Hirafu is opening, as well as the King Number 2 quad - which means that all of the lifts and courses at that resort are now operating/open. All the lifts at Niseko Annupuri are now operating of course and at Niseko Village all of the lifts (apart from the Country Road lift) are open. At last! (By the way, I'll write more about that Country Road lift in another report).

Next up, all the gates. As mentioned below it seems that the Moiwa Gate 6 is going to be opening from tomorrow.

Have a fun day, and see you tomorrow.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -5℃, 5cm snowfall, calm. Moiwa peak: -8℃, SW5m/s, 10cm new snow with no snowdrift development. Hirafu peak ridge: light wind, -10℃, 10cm new snow. Annupuri 1150m: -8℃, W10m/s, light development of snowdrifts, good groomers condition. Coastal data: Kamui cape WSW7m/s, 1010hPa, 1.9m waves.

The general avalanche risk low. Snow and wind is forecasted to pick up as a cold front moves across around noon. Moiwa gate 6 is scheduled to open tomorrow after the beacon checker is set. Avalanche beacons or helmets are not mandatory equipment however is strongly recommended to wear.

The Japanese Park Law advocates the protection of the environment as well as the adequate use of it. The Niseko Rules acts as a safety guideline implemented by the local community and is the foundation for the local and federal government to tolerate the situation.

Anyone has the right to freely climb and glide down a mountain in Japan.

The Rules are here to protect the freedom and the safety of out of bounds riding.

Please respect the Niseko Rules and let others now about it too.

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Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All lifts appear to be operating as planned.

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Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 29th December 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 230cm
Base - 85cm

Niseko Village
Top - 130cm
Base - 100cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 130cm
Base - 90cm

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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.

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Thursday 29th December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All planned lifts now open. See report for more details.

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 29th December 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 29th December 2016
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 29th December 2016
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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  2016/2017
*as of Thursday 29th December 2016
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
29th December 3cm 21cm 0cm
28th December 4cm 24cm 0cm
27th December 1cm 20cm 25cm
26th December 0cm 24cm 45cm
25th December 3cm 7cm 20cm
24th December 11cm 0cm 25cm
23rd December 2cm 0cm 30cm
Previous 7 days total 24cm 96cm 145cm
Previous 14 days total 87cm 143cm 223cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 162cm 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 274cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 29th December 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
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
162cm
[274cm]
-
[274cm]
-
[274cm]
-
[274cm]
-
[274cm]
-
[274cm]
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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