Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 21st December 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:27am on Wednesday 21st December 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-4°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow just now
wind condition
W 3-4m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Decent
This report
Wednesday 21st December 2016, 8:27am
0cm
Tuesday 20th December 2016, 8:35am 0cm
Monday 19th December 2016, 8:23am 0cm
Sunday 18th December 2016, 8:34am 2cm
Saturday 17th December 2016, 8:30am 24cm
Friday 16th December 2016, 8:30am 36cm
Thursday 15th December 2016, 8:25am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 62cm
Last 14 reports (total): 120cm
Current month (December 2016) total: 137cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 249cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:27am on Wednesday 21st December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

I actually have a dusting of snow to report this morning, but it's no more than that at present so no new cm to add to the tally just yet.

It is actually snowing now as I write this report, though there's not much snow forecast for the day so it will be interesting to see what happens from now. Looks quite foggy up on the mountain as well. It's keeping fairly cold and icy, which good to see considering this is a relatively 'mild patch' we are going through.

The forecast is looking like something should be falling tomorrow - there's a chance it will be rain before snow - with snow due as we enter the weekend.

I had an email passed on to my yesterday by someone writing in and asking if a mistake had been made regarding the top lifts not moving yet. Apparently they were reading somewhere that all of the lifts in Niseko were open. I'm not sure where they were reading that, but it is incorrect information. The top lifts at Niseko Grand Hirafu (Ace Number 4, King Number 4) as well as a few others (Ace Number 1, King Number 1 and King Number 2), the top lift at Niseko Village (Wonderland) and the top lift at Niseko Annupuri (Jumbo Number 4) are not yet open. I wish they were, but they ain't. Here's to the day that they open for the season! Maybe that is one of the things Santa is going to bring...

This is interesting. Niseko Grand Hirafu are going to be offering a 'Super Early Morning' experience on 27th December. This special experience includes use of the Ace Number 2 Center Four lift from the special 'super early' time of 7:20am and then breakfast at 9am. It's limited to 5 people (who judge themselves as 'expert' skill level) and costs a super 25,000 yen! A curious package indeed, but as they say - let's premium!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -3℃, mild wind and no snowfall. Coastal data Kamui cape SSW8m/s, 1025hPa, 0.8m waves. Moiwa 850m: -4℃, no snowfall, no snowdrifts.

The barometric pressure gradient is small. Calm ocean and mountain conditions. There are no developments of snowdrifts and the general avalanche risk is low.

There seem to be more people accessing the backcountry seeking for fresh snow lately.

Keep in mind that mountain weather is subject to sudden changes. Be prepared with the right equipment and be familiar using them. The snow in leeward slopes under 800m elevation remains relatively good, however bushes are still thick. Beware of hitting trees or falling in creeks.

A westerly wind is forecasted to pick up around noon. Beware of weather changes and poor visibility. The groomers are hard packed, fast and good for carving.

Ducking ropes is strictly prohibited in Niseko. One track under the rope would lead others to follow and increase the chances of accidents to happen.

Have a nice day.

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

All four of the resort areas appear to be opening as planned at the start of the day.

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:

- Large
- Miharashi
- Dynamic

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts planned to be operating:

- All lifts operating

Niseko Village

Lifts planned to be operating:

- All lifts operating apart from top Wonderland Chair (and Country Road which isn't usually open anyway)

Niseko Annupuri

Lifts planned to be operating:

- All lifts operating apart from top Jumbo Number 4

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Official resort snow depths as of Wednesday 21st December 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 210cm
Base - 80cm

Niseko Village
Top - 120cm
Base - 100cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 100cm
Base - 90cm

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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 8:27am on Wednesday 21st December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

See report for details on what is open

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 21st December 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Wednesday 21st December 2016
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 21st December 2016
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 21st December 2016
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
21st December 0cm 1cm 2cm
20th December 0cm 0cm 1cm
19th December 0cm 10cm 30cm
18th December 2cm 18cm 25cm
17th December 24cm 18cm 0cm
16th December 36cm 0cm 0cm
15th December 0cm 0cm 45cm
Previous 7 days total 62cm 47cm 103cm
Previous 14 days total 120cm 54cm 213cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 137cm 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 249cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 21st December 2016
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 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
137cm
[249cm]
-
[249cm]
-
[249cm]
-
[249cm]
-
[249cm]
-
[249cm]
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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