Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 15th December 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:35am on Tuesday 15th December 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Generally cloudy, fog higher
Base temp:
6°C

Top temp:
0°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
W8m/s - S15m/s (Hirafu)
Variable
This report
Tuesday 15th December 2015, 8:35am
0cm
Monday 14th December 2015, 8:32am 0cm
Sunday 13th December 2015, 8:40am 0cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 0cm
Last 14 reports (total): 59cm
Current month (December 2015) total: 73cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 137cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:35am on Tuesday 15th December 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Morning from Niseko, and while things are looking up I feel there's going to be more pain before things get easier on us.

There's no new snowfall to report and it's warm this morning. And while it is just cloudy at the moment, rain is expected soon and during the day today.

Oh dear.

Looks like it might be quite windy up on the mountain as well. The King Number 3 at Niseko Grand Hirafu and the Hanazono Number 3 lifts early on are on hold due to strong winds and fog.

But like I said there is something on the other side of all this with snow forecast from later on tomorrow and then the following few days...perhaps until around Saturday.

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Remember that at the moment the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri resort upper mountain connections are not open and so if you want to get between them you'll need to get to base and take the road bus.

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As we are now right here in the middle of December, I thought I would go take a look back at the reports from last year and previous years. Memories of last year came flooding back. We did rather well...

December 6th 2014 - 30cm of observed fresh snowfall
December 7th 2014 - 40cm of observed fresh snowfall
December 8th 2014 - 4cm of observed fresh snowfall
December 9th 2014 - 14cm of observed fresh snowfall
December 10th 2014 - 20cm of observed fresh snowfall
December 11th 2014 - 2cm of observed fresh snowfall
December 12th 2014 - 15cm of observed fresh snowfall
December 13th 2014 - 25cm of observed fresh snowfall
December 14th 2014 - 30cm of observed fresh snowfall
December 15th 2014 - 45cm of observed fresh snowfall

I make that 225cm of snow falling at base in a period of 10 days. Now that is stylish! It makes for somewhat shocking reading after the last 10 days we have had here.

We'll have some of that please!

You can of course take a look back at all of the archive reporting from Niseko Now and the other Now reports on SnowJapan at the bottom of all of the reports on the Now pages of SnowJapan.com.

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Resort specific news as of 8:30am - 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 (on hold due to strong winds and fog)
- Holiday Number 1 pair
- 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
- Hanazono Number 2 quad
- Hanazono Number 3 quad (on hold due to strong winds and fog)
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 - 135cm
Base - 30cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 60cm
Base - 20cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 50cm
Base - 30cm

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Archive report: Posted at 8:35am on Tuesday 15th December 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Limited operations on the mountain. We need more snow. We need fresh snow.

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  2015/2016
*as of Tuesday 15th December 2015
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
15th December 0cm 45cm 35cm
14th December 0cm 30cm 35cm
13th December 0cm 25cm 20cm
12th December 0cm 15cm 4cm
11th December 0cm 2cm 1cm
10th December 0cm 20cm 0cm
9th December 0cm 14cm 10cm
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Season observed snowfall total 137cm 1144cm 1163cm
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  October November December January February March April May
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
73cm
[137cm]
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[137cm]
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[137cm]
-
[137cm]
-
[137cm]
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[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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