Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 4th January 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:02am on Wednesday 4th January 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow on and off
wind condition
SW 2m/s - S 4m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Fair to limited
This report
Wednesday 4th January 2017, 9:02am
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Tuesday 3rd January 2017, 7:59am 0cm
Monday 2nd January 2017, 8:12am 0cm
Sunday 1st January 2017, 8:20am 0cm
Saturday 31st December 2016, 8:35am 5cm
Friday 30th December 2016, 8:31am 14cm
Thursday 29th December 2016, 8:31am 3cm
Last 7 reports (total): 22cm
Last 14 reports (total): 44cm
Current month (January 2017) total: 0cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 293cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:02am on Wednesday 4th January 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning to you all from Niseko.

No new cm of snowfall to report this morning. But, I very much hope to be bringing news of fresh powder on the ground tomorrow morning. I always hope for that of course but it looks like it is going to be happening. A bit of snow has started falling on and off in places this morning and there's a dusting of snow on the top of my car now, so hopefully that is the start of it with snow forecast into tomorrow along with colder conditions.

I've got to say the forecast beyond that isn't looking particularly snowy from Friday into at least early next week, which is a bit concerning.

Anyhow, got to play with what we got and of course there's lots of fun to be had out there. In fact, I am going to go out myself once I post this.

So until tomorrow!

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Be sure to check out the Avalanche Report this morning below.

"They're doing it, so why can't we".

Now imagine a very young child mid-tantrum saying that.

Legit and professionally run guiding companies should know much better.

(And by the way, I have no idea who the report is talking about).

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Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6am: -6℃, no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -8℃, calm wind, no snowfall no snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: -9℃m mild wind and some sprinkles. Hirafu 1200m:-6℃, mild wind, no snowfall. Kamui cape lighthouse: E2m/s, 1012hPa, 0.8m waves.

Calm wind, no snowfall and no snowdrift development. The general avalanche risk is low. The groomers are hard and fast. Beware of overspeeding, loss of control and collisions. Some snow should start coming this morning.

Crossing boundary ropes is strictly prohibited. Here’s one excuse we had from a guiding company that got their lift passes confiscated: "It is silly that only us are not allowed to duck ropes, when so many are already doing it. That is why we ducked ropes and made our customers do the same."

Surely, all Niseko resorts accept the freedom to ride the out of bounds area, however only given the fact that everybody respects the Rules. This area has learnt from bitter experiences in the past, made some Rules in order to officially allow out of bounds riding then set the access gates. Letting people duck ropes at will can and will lead to serious accidents. Making selfish interpretation and neglecting the Rules is as choking your own self. The very basic premises for running a business in Niseko is to respect the area’s official Rules.

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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 resort areas appear to be open as normal this morning.

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Official resort snow depths as of Wednesday 4th January 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 230cm
Base - 90cm

Niseko Village
Top - 140cm
Base - 100cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 140cm
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 9:02am on Wednesday 4th January 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

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  2016/2017
*as of Wednesday 4th January 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
4th January 0cm 0cm 15cm
3rd January 0cm 5cm 10cm
2nd January 0cm 7cm 25cm
1st January 0cm 1cm 15cm
31st December 5cm 5cm 40cm
30th December 14cm 23cm 0cm
29th December 3cm 21cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 22cm 62cm 105cm
Previous 14 days total 44cm 137cm 270cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 181cm 244cm 519cm
January observed snowfall total 0cm 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 293cm 992cm 1144cm
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2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
0cm
[293cm]
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[293cm]
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[293cm]
-
[293cm]
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[293cm]
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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