Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 11th December 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:55am on Thursday 11th December 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
2°C

Top temp:
-2°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Moderate snowfall currently
wind condition
Moderate to strong winds
Limited
This report
Thursday 11th December 2014, 8:55am
2cm
Wednesday 10th December 2014, 8:30am 20cm
Tuesday 9th December 2014, 8:20am 14cm
Monday 8th December 2014, 9:16am 4cm
Sunday 7th December 2014, 8:50am 40cm
Saturday 6th December 2014, 8:30am 30cm
Friday 5th December 2014, 8:01am 10cm
Last 7 reports (total): 120cm
Last 14 reports (total): 141cm
Current month (December 2014) total: 141cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 171cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:55am on Thursday 11th December 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Not much snow to report early this morning, just a few cm on the ground, but it's snowing quite heavily right now as I write this report just before 9am. It's actually relatively mild this morning (+2) but as the day moves on expect it to get colder and for that to continue tomorrow and Saturday. If the forecast is right, it's going to be a very cold and more importantly very snowy weekend. I'm looking forward to reporting some very nice numbers in the coming days.

The Niseko Annupuri resort has more open from today - joining the already open Jumbo Number 1 Quad lift is the Annupuri Gondola and the Jumbo Number 3 Pair lift, opening up more of that resort area of course. More details below. (Bad news with that is it's normal lift prices from today!)

Unfortunately at the time of writing strong winds are stopping the King Number 3 lift at Niseko Grand Hirafu and the Hanazono Number 3 lift at Niseko Hanazono from operating. We can only hope that this season there's not too much of the "strong winds stopping lifts" kind of news. I've said it before but if there's one thing about Niseko that I don't like...!

Night operations should be starting from Saturday night. Looking forward to that.

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Here's what is planned to be open this morning:

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Courses: Family Course, Alpen, Detour for Beginners, Green, Center, Kokutai, Kogen, Ni-Kabe, Jumbo, Parallel, Rinkan (lowe), Setsuzoku.
Lifts: Ace Family Lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Ace Number 3 lift, Hirafu Gondola, King Number 3 Triple lift, Swinging Monkey.

Niseko Hanazono
Courses: Stairway to Heaven, Silver Dream, Legend of Shinya, Yotei Sunset, Crystal Garden
Lifts: All 3 quad lifts operating

Niseko Village
Courses: Final Fling, Shaky Knees, Next Stage, Banzai, Cruiser, Don't Blink, beginners course from Gondola, Junkyard, Namara (part ungroomed), Jagaimo (ungroomed), Misoshiru (ungroomed)
Lifts: Niseko Gondola, Community Chair, Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri
Courses: Paradise, Family, Challenge, Marchen, Dynamic, Junior, Utopia, Shirakaba, Silver
Lifts: Annupuri Gondola, Jumbo Number 1 Quad, Jumbo Number 3 Pair

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Nighta is scheduled to open from Saturday 13th December. Just 2 more nights to go!

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Official snow depth numbers at the time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 150cm
Base - 80cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 80cm
Base - 50cm

Annupuri:
Top - 130cm
Base - 90cm

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

More opening up - see the main report for details

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 11th December 2014
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 11th December 2014
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 11th December 2014
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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  2014/2015
*as of Thursday 11th December 2014
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
11th December 2cm 1cm 40cm
10th December 20cm 0cm 40cm
9th December 14cm 10cm 20cm
8th December 4cm 12cm 10cm
7th December 40cm 15cm 10cm
6th December 30cm 0cm 15cm
5th December 10cm 0cm 10cm
Previous 7 days total 120cm 38cm 145cm
Previous 14 days total 141cm 101cm 218cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 141cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total - 461cm 443cm
February observed snowfall total - 178cm 316cm
March observed snowfall total - 113cm 164cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 32cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 2cm
Season observed snowfall total 171cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 11th December 2014
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 - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
141cm
[171cm]
-
[171cm]
-
[171cm]
-
[171cm]
-
[171cm]
-
[171cm]
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]
  October November December January February March April May
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