Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 5th December 2016

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:28am on Monday 5th December 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Foggy, cloudy
Base temp:
5°C

Top temp:
1°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
SW 0-4m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Poor
This report
Monday 5th December 2016, 8:28am
0cm
Sunday 4th December 2016, 8:46am 0cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 26cm
Last 14 reports (total): 66cm
Current month (December 2016) total: 7cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 119cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:28am on Monday 5th December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Hello from a mild and foggy Niseko. Poor visibility here this morning, down to village level.

There is no new snowfall to report.

It is an obvious thing to say of course, but we are very much in need of fresh snowfall. The courses that are open really need it with the mild weather over the last few days (and of course the courses not yet open also really need it!)

It seems that lower courses that had been open on the Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono side of the mountain are now having to close due to the snow conditions (Setsuzoku, Stairway to Heaven, Crystal Garden, Renraku).

The exciting news is that the forecast is looking very good starting from tonight and then basically through into at least next weekend. Lots of snowfall lined up in the coming week, so we all just hope that it happens like that. Might get stormy at times.

I look forward to bringing you heroic stories of required snow shovelling (something those of us who live here need to do before we can strap the skis or boards on!)

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It is very early season yet but I have already received a 'complaint' from someone new to my reports, apparently over my 'lack of excitement'.

Well, I'm really not here to hype up my reports and give you some kind of distorted dream-like account of what is happening here. I'm here to provide reports on what the weather is doing, how much snow is falling and generally any related news I can.

And I do get very excited - when things call for genuine excitement. I may also have a little light-hearted moan or two if that's what conditions call for.

Bottom line, I love Niseko (and Japan in general) and I just want to share what is happening here with people visiting in an honest way. There's plenty marketing-speak brochures out there if you want to read one of them.

Anyway, I very much hope to be excited a lot this season. I'll try to keep it under control though! ;)

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What is planned to be open today?

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono

Lifts planned to be operating:

- Ace Family Pair
- 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
- Parallel course
- Silver Dream
- 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 Monday 5th December 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Top - 95cm
Base - 35cm

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 8:28am on Monday 5th December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Please see the main report

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 5th December 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Monday 5th December 2016
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 5th December 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 5th December 2016
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
5th December 0cm 14cm 10cm
4th December 0cm 5cm 15cm
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
Previous 7 days total 26cm 68cm 31cm
Previous 14 days total 66cm 94cm 31cm
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 Monday 5th 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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