Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 5th December 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:56am on Thursday 5th December 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloudy, some blue sky
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-15°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Not right now but likely
wind condition
WNW
visibility condition
Looking generally decent
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This report
Thursday 5th December 2019, 7:56am
19cm
Wednesday 4th December 2019, 8:21am 17cm
Tuesday 3rd December 2019, 8:12am 10cm
Monday 2nd December 2019, 8:20am 0cm
Sunday 1st December 2019, 8:31am 0cm
Saturday 30th November 2019, 8:00am 19cm
Friday 29th November 2019, 8:32am 10cm
Last 7 reports (total): 75cm
Last 14 reports (total): 79cm
Current month (December 2019) total: 46cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 131cm

Archive report: Posted at 7:56am on Thursday 5th December 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

It's a morning of good news. Just under 19cm of snowfall at base aside....

As I updated in the reports from yesterday in the afternoon, this morning Niseko Grand Hirafu is opening for the first time this season.

They are opening the lower Family Course as well as the higher Center Course (which can be reached via the Ace Number 2 Center quad, which is used for transport up and down from that upper area). The Ace Family quad and Ace Number 3 pair lifts are also operating.

Hurray!

It is still limited but as regular snow falls we should be seeing things get going properly soon.

In this early season period, the ski resorts are going to be pushing to get fully open as soon as they can. That means that things might change quickly. I am going to be checking as much information as I can before I post my report each morning. I'll do what I can to bring you as much good information as I can. Do note though that there is a chance that the situation might change during the day - not only due to weather conditions, but also sudden changes to lift operations and course openings.

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I have done a bit of re-organising for this report and you might notice a few more photos too.

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6-day snow and weather forecast

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Ski resort operation information: Thursday 15th December 2019
The below information is manually checked each morning and believed to be correct at time of report.
Subject to change!

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Part open

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 80cm
- Base: 35cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Ace Family quad (8:30am - 3:30pm)
- Ace Number 2 Center quad (8:30am - 3:10pm) [for transport to Ace 3 lift]
- Ace Number 3 pair (8:40am - 3:30pm)

Courses available:
- Family Course
- Center Course (experts only)

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Closed - plans to open from Saturday

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 50cm
- Base: 20cm

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Niseko Annupuri
Part open

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 50cm
- Base: 35cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Dream Number 1 quad (8:30am - 4:30pm)

Courses available:
- Base beginners area

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Niseko Village
Part open

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 50cm
- Base: 35cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Upper Village Gondola (8:30am - 4:00pm)
- Village Express (8:00am - 4:00pm)
- Community Chair (11:00am - 4:00pm)
- Banzai Chair

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Night time operations are available in the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri resort areas from Wednesday 11th December 2019. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO resort area.

Archive report: Posted at 7:56am on Thursday 5th December 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Niseko Grand Hirafu opens from today - see above for details

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 5th December 2019
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 5th December 2019
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2019/2020
*as of Thursday 5th December 2019
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
5th December 19cm 0cm 7cm
4th December 17cm 0cm 5cm
3rd December 10cm 0cm 16cm
2nd December 0cm 16cm 12cm
1st December 0cm 20cm 16cm
30th November 19cm 15cm 5cm
29th November 10cm 1cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 75cm 52cm 61cm
Previous 14 days total 79cm 115cm 142cm
November observed snowfall total 85cm 84cm 188cm
December observed snowfall total 46cm 333cm 406cm
January observed snowfall total - 285cm 305cm
February observed snowfall total - 198cm 299cm
March observed snowfall total - 45cm 49cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 131cm 951cm 1260cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 5th December 2019
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
2020/2021 season - - - - - - - -
2019/2020 season - 85cm
[85cm]
46cm
[131cm]
- - - - -
2018/2019 season 0cm
[0cm]
84cm
[84cm]
333cm
[417cm]
285cm
[702cm]
198cm
[900cm]
45cm
[945cm]
6cm
[951cm]
0cm
[951cm]
2017/2018 season - 188cm
[188cm]
406cm
[594cm]
305cm
[899cm]
299cm
[1198cm]
49cm
[1247cm]
13cm
[1260cm]
0cm
[1260cm]
2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
152cm
[445cm]
160cm
[605cm]
83cm
[688cm]
0cm
[688cm]
0cm
[688cm]
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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