Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 21st December 2015

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:27am on Monday 21st December 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, mist
Base temp:
2°C

Top temp:
-1°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light rain
wind condition
0m/s - NE5m/s (Hirafu)
Limited in places
This report
Monday 21st December 2015, 8:27am
1cm
Sunday 20th December 2015, 8:34am 0cm
Saturday 19th December 2015, 8:56am 10cm
Friday 18th December 2015, 8:56am 18cm
Thursday 17th December 2015, 8:25am 18cm
Wednesday 16th December 2015, 8:30am 0cm
Tuesday 15th December 2015, 8:35am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 47cm
Last 14 reports (total): 54cm
Current month (December 2015) total: 120cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 184cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:27am on Monday 21st December 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Hello and good morning from Niseko.

It's milder this morning and unfortunately it's also... raining. I am hearing that wet snow is falling higher up, but it's a bit wet down here for the moment. Still, a thin layer of snow to add to the total before it gets washed away.

Temperatures here at base might rise to about 4C later on this afternoon but it should get colder as it gets dark this evening and we should (hopefully) get some snow down to base overnight that I can report to you tomorrow morning.

There's lots of cloud and mist around early this morning too so visibility is probably rather limited up there on the slopes.

Still looking good for decent snowfall at Christmas along with very cold temperatures. Just what we want.

Niseko is getting busy... we need everywhere to be open.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: +1℃, 3cm of wet snow. 600m altitude: 10cm of wet snow, mild wind and no development of snowdrifts. 1000m altitude: W15m/s and snowing. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW15m/s, Kamui cape W8m/s, 1020hPa, 1.3m waves.

Warm air is flowing in as the next low pressure system approaches. Wet snow is falling and unstable slabs in leeward slopes are likely to slide during the day. Caution required under chairlift lines and sidebanks. The pre-low pressure snowfall has the characteristic to transform into a weak layer under the next cold storm snowdrifts slabs. Avalanches occur when the conditions allow and are not dependant on the amount of snowfall. They are natural occurrences and only become an accident if someone is involved in it. Carefully follow the snowfall transition of the next few days.

Sleet at the base, but snow in higher altitude. Sticky snow, so softer wax is recommended. Access gates are yet to be set up, please respect the Niseko Rules and refrain from stepping out of bounds.

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Planned resort operations (subject to change due to weather conditions 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*
- King Number 3 triple
- Holiday Number 1 pair*
- Swinging Monkey
Courses planned to be open:
- Family
- Beginners access
- Center
- Shirakaba
- Green
- Kokutai
- Ni-kabe
- Alpen
- Sennoki
- Kogen
- Boyo
- Holiday
- Rinkan
- Jumbo

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Lifts planned to be running:
- Hanazono Number 1 quad
- Hanazono Number 2 quad
- Hanazono Number 3 quad
Courses planned to be open:
- Connecting
- 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*
- Morino 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
- Dynamic
- Silver

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Official resort snow depths as of Monday 21st December 2015:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 165cm
Base - 60cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 80cm
Base - 50cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 70cm
Base - 60cm

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Archive report: Posted at 8:27am on Monday 21st December 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

See 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 Monday 21st December 2015
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Monday 21st December 2015
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 21st December 2015
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)
  2015/2016
*as of Monday 21st December 2015
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
21st December 1cm 2cm 0cm
20th December 0cm 1cm 0cm
19th December 10cm 30cm 0cm
18th December 18cm 25cm 0cm
17th December 18cm 0cm 0cm
16th December 0cm 0cm 15cm
15th December 0cm 45cm 35cm
Previous 7 days total 47cm 103cm 50cm
Previous 14 days total 54cm 213cm 132cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 120cm 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 184cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 21st 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]
120cm
[184cm]
-
[184cm]
-
[184cm]
-
[184cm]
-
[184cm]
-
[184cm]
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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