Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 3rd December 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:27am on Saturday 3rd December 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Blue skies and sunny
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
0 - W 9m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Excellent
This report
Saturday 3rd December 2016, 8:27am
3cm
Friday 2nd December 2016, 8:31am 4cm
Thursday 1st December 2016, 8:22am 0cm
Wednesday 30th November 2016, 8:27am 10cm
Tuesday 29th November 2016, 8:09am 9cm
Monday 28th November 2016, 8:03am 0cm
Sunday 27th November 2016, 8:42am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 26cm
Last 14 reports (total): 70cm
Current month (December 2016) total: 7cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 119cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:27am on Saturday 3rd December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

A very good morning to you from here in sunny Hirafu.

Yesterday was something of a ride with the weather. It was calming down by the end of the day and making way for what is a beautiful morning here in Niseko. Apart from a few small clouds hanging around here and there, it's lovely blue skies all around and the sun is out. Very nice.

Winds were blowing the snow around yesterday, but I am going with 3cm as the snowfall since my last report and surely quite a bit more on places on the mountain. While it may be far from peak season conditions yet, of course, it should be fun out there this morning. As we approach 8:30am it looks like there are a fair few people lining up for the first lift at Grand Hirafu.

It is a fairly mild morning here and currently about 0C here at base and it should be a generally calm weekend. Once we get into next week though things are looking quite exciting from late Monday with some decent snowfall lined up. That's what we like.

Today is of course the first Saturday of December and more lifts and courses are scheduled to open from this morning - especially in the Hirafu area. This is where things start to get somewhat complicated regarding 'what's open', but I have tried my best to get the latest information pre-opening this morning from official sources and added it below. Remember, things can change and may well do so - and also that the snow is not particularly deep yet (surely no-one told you that?!), and so there are bushes and rocks and the like still showing through in places. I'll try to keep a track on it all each morning in the hope that sooner than later everywhere will be able to open!

Today marks the first day of operation for the new King Number 3 triple lift at Niseko Grand Hirafu and there will be a small ceremony there before it starts its never-ending journey. The new lift is mentioned in the resort introduction here, but basically the original triple lift has been changed into a new hooded quad and is a bit longer. Let's hope it is a worthy improvement.

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What is planned to be open today?

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono

Lifts planned to be operating:

- Ace Number 2 Center Four
- Ace Number 3 pair
- Hirafu Gondola
- King Number 3 triple
- Swinging Monkey
- Hanazono 1 quad
- Hanazono 2 quad
- Hanazono 3 quad

Courses planned to be open:

- Beginners access course
- Shirakaba course
- Center course
- Jumbo course
- Rinkan course (upper area closed)
- Parallel course
- Silver Dream
- Stairway to Heaven
- Setsuzoku course
- Crystal Garden
- Renraku course
- Yotei Sunset

Niseko Annupuri

Lifts planned to be operating:

- Jumbo Number 3 pair
- Annupuri Gondola

Courses planned to be operating:

- Utopia

Niseko Village

Lifts planned to be operating:

- Community Chair
- Upper Village Gondola
- Village Express (used as a connection)

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Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 3rd December 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Top - 105cm
Base - 40cm

Niseko Village
Top - 30cm
Base - 10cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 55cm
Base - 30cm

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu: until Sunday 7th May 2017
Niseko Annupuri: until Sunday 7th May 2017
Niseko Hanazono: until Sunday 2nd April 2017
Niseko Village: 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 8:27am on Saturday 3rd December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

More lifts and courses opening this morning. Please refer to the main report for more details as I have them at the start of the day.

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 3rd December 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 3rd December 2016
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 3rd 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 Saturday 3rd December 2016
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
3rd December 3cm 0cm 5cm
2nd December 4cm 0cm 1cm
1st December 0cm 14cm 0cm
30th November 10cm 20cm 0cm
29th November 9cm 15cm 0cm
28th November 0cm 0cm 0cm
27th November 0cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 26cm 49cm 6cm
Previous 14 days total 70cm 75cm 6cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 7cm 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 119cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 3rd 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
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
7cm
[119cm]
-
[119cm]
-
[119cm]
-
[119cm]
-
[119cm]
-
[119cm]
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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