Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 14th December 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:38am on Wednesday 14th December 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Generally cloudy
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
WSW 1m/s - W 2m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Fair
This report
Wednesday 14th December 2016, 8:38am
0cm
Tuesday 13th December 2016, 8:32am 2cm
Monday 12th December 2016, 8:28am 4cm
Sunday 11th December 2016, 8:32am 17cm
Saturday 10th December 2016, 8:33am 15cm
Friday 9th December 2016, 8:33am 10cm
Thursday 8th December 2016, 8:26am 10cm
Last 7 reports (total): 58cm
Last 14 reports (total): 75cm
Current month (December 2016) total: 75cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 187cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:38am on Wednesday 14th December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Hello and this morning I wasn't expecting to be able to report any fresh snow - and that is the case. There's just a very slight dusting here and there.

It is currently about -2C and just generally conditions can be best described as cloudy and quite calm.

OK, so we all eagerly await the next delivery of snowfall, and it looks like we should be seeing the snow start falling once again sometime later today/tonight.

Apart from the Sennoki, Nikabe and Super courses at Niseko Grand Hirafu and the Dynamic Course at Niseko Annupuri now being available, I can't see any other resort status changes this morning. It would seem that for more to open we need that snow. Fingers crossed that over the coming few days we'll see that happen.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -4℃, no snowfall. Coastal data: Kamui cape SSW3m/s, 1009hPa, 1.1m.

The barometric pressure gradient is low and the ocean and the mountains are in a calm condition. There are no new developments of snowdrifts and the general avalanche risk is low.

Snow is still insufficient; please refrain from ducking ropes to seek fresh tracks. One track under the rope will lead many others to do the same. There are much more than just powder for ski and snowboarding. Brush up your techniques for when the day comes. The snow will come and there’s still a long way through the season. The groomers condition is in beautiful shape.

The Backbowl may seem great, however is not quite ready for riding. Yesterday’s strong wind made a crust layer which may crack and slide, resulting in a shallow but very fast running avalanche, powerful enough to carry one down to the bottom of the valley. A fatal accident occurred in a similar condition 4 years ago.

Valley bottoms are still full of bush and you would sink down to your chest when bootpacking. Better stay inbounds for now.

This information is released for the sake of all resort users. Beware of sudden weather changes.

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Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):

All four resort areas appear to be able to open as planned at the start of the day, although it looks like the Niseko Gondola (at Niseko Village) has a delayed start to the day but should be moving again soon.

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Lifts planned to be operating:

- Ace Family pair*
- Ace Number 2 Center Four*
- Ace Number 3 pair
- Hirafu Gondola*
- King Number 3 quad
- Holiday Number 1 pair*
- Swinging Monkey

Courses that are not yet open:

- Onsenzawa
- Super
- Kogen
- Konayuki
- Miharashi
- Dynamic

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts planned to be operating:

- Hanazono 1 quad
- Hanazono 2 quad
- Hanazono 3 quad

Courses planned to be open:

- All open apart from Hanazono Park

Niseko Village

Lifts planned to be operating:

- Niseko Gondola
- Upper Village Gondola*
- Village Express*
- Community Chair*
- Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri

Lifts planned to be operating:

- Jumbo Number 1 quad* (opening late this morning)
- Jumbo Number 2 pair
- Jumbo Number 3 pair
- Annupuri Gondola

Courses planned to be open:

- Utopia
- Shirakaba
- Silver
- Paradise
- Junior
- Family
- Dynamic

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Official resort snow depths as of Wednesday 14th December 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 185cm
Base - 65cm

Niseko Village
Top - 80cm
Base - 60cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 70cm
Base - 60cm

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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.

The lifts marked with a * above are the lifts that are planned to be operating for nighta.

Archive report: Posted at 8:38am on Wednesday 14th December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Please see main report for latest on what is open

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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 Wednesday 14th December 2016
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
14th December 0cm 0cm 30cm
13th December 2cm 0cm 25cm
12th December 4cm 0cm 15cm
11th December 17cm 0cm 2cm
10th December 15cm 0cm 20cm
9th December 10cm 0cm 14cm
8th December 10cm 7cm 4cm
Previous 7 days total 58cm 7cm 110cm
Previous 14 days total 75cm 73cm 211cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 75cm 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 187cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 14th December 2016
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
75cm
[187cm]
-
[187cm]
-
[187cm]
-
[187cm]
-
[187cm]
-
[187cm]
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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