Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 1st December 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:34am on Friday 1st December 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-8°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow in places, just cloudy in others
wind condition
0 - W 7m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Fair to limited in places
This report
Friday 1st December 2017, 8:34am
16cm
Thursday 30th November 2017, 8:29am 5cm
Wednesday 29th November 2017, 8:26am 0cm
Tuesday 28th November 2017, 8:15am 0cm
Monday 27th November 2017, 8:30am 21cm
Sunday 26th November 2017, 8:31am 27cm
Saturday 25th November 2017, 8:16am 25cm
Last 7 reports (total): 94cm
Last 14 reports (total): 177cm
Current month (December 2017) total: 16cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 204cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:34am on Friday 1st December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Ho ho ho! It's December!

I have lots to report this morning, so let's get to it.

First of all... fresh snow. It's a very nice start to the month with 16cm of fresh snow to start things off. Good quality stuff too with temperatures keeping very low... it's really cold out there.

As I am writing this, it is generally very cloudy with light snowing right now in places, though not so in others - I see some sunshine over on the Hanazono webcam. The forecast, though, is snow for today, tomorrow and indeed regular snowfall right through well into next week.

Excellent.

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Today sees Niseko Village open for the season and they have their Gondola and the Banzai Chair lift operating.

Today is also the debut of the new Ace Family Quad lift at Niseko Grand Hirafu. And if you are one of the first 150 people getting there this morning you will get some kind of 'present'. (Sorry, I know I'm probably too late with that particular piece of information!) This new quad lift replaces the Ace Family pair lift and doubles the hourly riding capacity to 2400 folk. Both the base starting point of the lift and the top station have also changed position - the top now extends to the Sen-no-ki course by the upper area of the Family course.

The Dai-ni-no-kabe and Kogen courses are no longer open at Niseko Grand Hirafu this morning; not exactly sure why that is.

The previously mentioned new Dream Number 1 quad lift at Niseko Annupuri is also scheduled to start moving today.

...and then tomorrow sees the opening of Niseko Hanazono resort area.

Great to see the official Niseko Avalanche Report starting up again. Yoroshiku onegai shimasu to all involved in this great work.

Phew! All action at the moment! Have a good one and see you tomorrow.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -8℃, 15cm snowfall, light breeze. Moiwa800m: NW10m/s, 100cm snowpack, snowdrifts developing. Annupuri1000m: 140cm snowpack. Coastal info: Benkei cape NW12m/s, Kamui cape W6m/s, 1015hPa, 1.7m waves.

We’re starting the Avalanche info as the winter has come earlier than usual. The resorts are opening, however out of bounds area are still restricted for skiing. The snowpack is building steadily, however bumpy terrains are not fully buried. Be careful as they’re hard to see when the light is low. Bamboo and bushes are still thick out of bounds. Snowdrifts are building slowly above 800m as the winter weather pattern continues. Avalanche risk is relatively low today. Do not duck ropes, please respect the Niseko Rules.

The 21st Niseko Avalanche Meeting will be held at the Niseko Station Warehouse from 6pm on the 5th Dec. This event is organized by the Niseko Avalanche Accident prevention Committee. A lecture by Mr. Satoru Yamaguchi from the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience is schedule. Anybody is welcome to come participate.

A First Aid course by Japanese Society of Mountain Medicine will be held at Kanro no Mori from 1st to 3rd Dec. The latest medicinal approach to mountain related first aid will be taught by Dr Kazue Ooki.

Be safe out there and have a great season.

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Friday 1st December 2017

What's planned to be open today in Niseko (subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Lifts operating:
- Ace Number 3 Pair lift (8:40am until 3:30pm)
- Ace Number 2 Center Four quad lift (8:30am until 3:10pm)
- The new Ace Family Quad lift (8:30am until 3:30pm)

Courses open:
- Shirakaba
- Center Course
- Green
- Detour for beginners
- Kokutai
- Alpen
- Super (upper)
- Furiko

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts operating:
- Annupuri Gondola (8:30am until 3:15pm)
- Jumbo Number 1 quad lift (8:30am until 4:00pm)
- Dream Number 1 quad lift (9:00am until 4:00pm)

Courses open:
- Utopia
- Shirakaba
- Paradise
- Junior

Niseko Village

Lifts operating:
- Niseko Gondola (8:30am until 3:00pm)
- Banzai Chair (8:30am until 4:00pm)
- Community Chair (8:30am until 4:00pm)

Courses open:
- Can ski from top to base

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Official resort snow depths on Friday 1st December 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 185cm
Base - 70cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai
Top - ?cm
Base - 50cm

Niseko Village
Top - 120cm
Base - 50cm

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Forecast:
Niseko Grand Hirafu snow and weather forecast (updated multiple times daily)

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Remaining planned season opening dates:

Niseko Hanazono:
Saturday 2nd December 2017 until Sunday 8th April 2018

Floodlit 'nighta' skiing schedule:
Saturday 9th December 2017 until Sunday 18th March 2018

Archive report: Posted at 8:34am on Friday 1st December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

More opening this morning - see main report above for details

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Japan snowfall data
(updated daily during winter)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 1st December 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 1st December 2017
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 1st December 2017
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)
  2017/2018
*as of Friday 1st December 2017
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
1st December 16cm 0cm 14cm
30th November 5cm 10cm 20cm
29th November 0cm 9cm 15cm
28th November 0cm 0cm 0cm
27th November 21cm 0cm 0cm
26th November 27cm 3cm 0cm
25th November 25cm 25cm 18cm
Previous 7 days total 94cm 47cm 67cm
Previous 14 days total 177cm 66cm 77cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 16cm 181cm 244cm
January observed snowfall total - 152cm 303cm
February observed snowfall total - 160cm 266cm
March observed snowfall total - 83cm 109cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 204cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 1st December 2017
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 - 188cm
[188cm]
16cm
[204cm]
- - - - -
2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
152cm
[445cm]
160cm
[605cm]
83cm
[688cm]
0cm
[688cm]
0cm
[688cm]
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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