Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 12th December 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:38am on Saturday 12th December 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Sunny and fine
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
NW3-5m/s (Hirafu)
Very good indeed, lovely morning
This report
Saturday 12th December 2015, 8:38am
0cm
Friday 11th December 2015, 8:34am 0cm
Thursday 10th December 2015, 8:42am 0cm
Wednesday 9th December 2015, 8:33am 0cm
Tuesday 8th December 2015, 8:34am 7cm
Monday 7th December 2015, 8:32am 15cm
Sunday 6th December 2015, 9:10am 18cm
Last 7 reports (total): 40cm
Last 14 reports (total): 108cm
Current month (December 2015) total: 73cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 137cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:38am on Saturday 12th December 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Hopefully we can move on quite quickly from the really poor weather conditions the last few days.

It would seem that rain has done damage and snow conditions have suffered - some runs that have been open are now closed again. Do check the updated information below. And I of course advise checking with the resorts if you are here as decisions may be made during the day as well. I can't wait for 'everywhere' to be open. And not just because it will make checking information every morning much easier either... it will mean full access to lots of fluffy powder (hopefully) on the mountain. We should really be there already.

Anyway, back to this morning!

Snow conditions may be far from perfect but the weather is thankfully much improved this morning.

It is colder for a start and it is not raining (hurray!). It's actually a very fine morning with lots of clear blue sky and the sun shining down on us. It should be a fine day today; and we can probably expect similar conditions as well during the day tomorrow... perhaps Monday too. Time to enjoy practicing on some well-groomed courses in the fine weather I think.

But what about fresh snow, you ask. Well, look to perhaps Tuesday and then Wednesday onwards for some of that. And hopefully lots of that! I will of course keep you up to date with that each morning.

'Nighta' (night skiing) starts from this evening at the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri resort areas. Note that there is no nighta at the Niseko Hanazono area.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base: -1℃, no snowfall and calm morning. Coastal data: Benkei cape NNE7m/s, Kamui cape calm, 1020hPa, 1.8m waves. Northerly 10m/s wind at 1000m altitude.

Thaw is continuing. 40cm snowpack at 600m. Some dirt patches are starting to appear in the courses. The surface is frozen this morning due to radiation cooling in a mild wintry pressure pattern.

The groomers are in a good condition for technique practicing. The ungroomed snow around the courses is crusty (Dec 12th layer) and tricky to ski. Do not duck ropes to access the out of bounds areas. Avalanche occurrence does not depend on the amount of snow.

The Niseko Rules exist in order to prevent out of bounds accidents and are mandatory rules that all resort users must obey.

A free debate is scheduled at the Niseko Avalanche Forum today (held at Niseko Townspeople Hall), anyone is welcome to participate.

Have a nice weekend.

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Resort specific news as of 8:40am - subject to change during the day

The lifts market with an asterix (*) below are planned to be open for night skiing

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Lifts planned to be running:
- Ace Family pair*
- Ace Number 2 Quad Center Four (for transport)
- Ace Number 3 pair
- Hirafu Gondola (for transport)
- King Number 3 triple
- Swinging Monkey
Courses planned to be open:
- Family
- Beginners access
- Center
- Shirakaba
- Kogen
- Boyo
- Holiday
- Rinkan (lower part)
- Jumbo
- Connecting Course

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Lifts planned to be running:
- Hanazono Number 1 quad (for transport)
- Hanazono Number 2 quad
- Hanazono Number 3 quad
Courses planned to be open:
- Parallel
- Silver Dream
- Stairway to Heaven
- Setsuzoku course
- Crystal Garden
- Yotei Sunset (ungroomed)

Niseko Village
Lifts planned to be operating:
- Niseko Gondola
- Community Chair*
- Banzai Chair*

Niseko Annupuri
Lifts planned to be operating:
- Annupuri Gondola
- Jumbo Number 1 quad*
- Jumbo Number 2 pair
- Jumbo Number 3 pair
Courses planned to be open:
- Utopia
- Shirakaba
- Paradise
- Junior
- Family
- Silver
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Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 145cm
Base - 35cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 60cm
Base - 20cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 60cm
Base - 30cm

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Archive report: Posted at 8:38am on Saturday 12th December 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Limited operations across the resorts - see report for more details

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 12th December 2015
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 12th December 2015
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 12th December 2015
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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  2015/2016
*as of Saturday 12th December 2015
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
12th December 0cm 15cm 4cm
11th December 0cm 2cm 1cm
10th December 0cm 20cm 0cm
9th December 0cm 14cm 10cm
8th December 7cm 4cm 12cm
7th December 15cm 40cm 15cm
6th December 18cm 30cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 40cm 125cm 42cm
Previous 14 days total 108cm 156cm 93cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 73cm 519cm 275cm
January observed snowfall total - 257cm 461cm
February observed snowfall total - 196cm 178cm
March observed snowfall total - 139cm 113cm
April observed snowfall total - 3cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 137cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 12th December 2015
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 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
73cm
[137cm]
-
[137cm]
-
[137cm]
-
[137cm]
-
[137cm]
-
[137cm]
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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