Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 22nd December 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Thursday 22nd December 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-4°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
0 - E 2m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Fair
This report
Thursday 22nd December 2016, 8:30am
1cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 63cm
Last 14 reports (total): 111cm
Current month (December 2016) total: 138cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 250cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Thursday 22nd December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Hello and good morning from Niseko.

I have news of a special Niseko-related 'Giveaway' this morning as I put on my Santa beard and fetching red gear with fluffy white bits. See a bit below for more on that.

Talking about white fluffy things, where's the fresh snow then? Well, it was snowing as I was posting the report yesterday of course. That snow didn't really last long where I make my measurements - but it was there, so it's valid.

The forecast is looking pretty good from now - apart from perhaps the rather wet looking snow that is due overnight tonight. Let's hope it still falls as something we can classify as 'snow', even if it isn't light and fluffy.

Fresh snowfall is due on most days in the weekly forecast though which sounds good to me.

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Niseko Tour Giveaway 2017

A new Niseko-tastic Giveaway has been announced on SnowJapan and it is something that I am sure will be of great interest to many of the people reading this. The lucky winner - along with up to three friends - will be able to enjoy a half day private tour in Niseko courtesy of the good people at Hanazono Powder Guides.

A personal note - if you enter, please do take the opportunity to give us some feedback about the new features on SnowJapan, including what we have done with the reports or just anything related to the website. And feel free to send us comments at any time of course. Feedback is always welcome.

Visit the SnowJapan Facebook page for more details on how to enter

Good luck and many thanks to Hanazono Powder Guides for providing the prize.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:


Niseko base 6am: -3℃, no snowfall. Kamui cape (sea of Japan): E6m/s, 1024hPa, 0.9m waves. Moiwa 850m: -2℃, mild easterly wind, no snowfall. Annupuri 1150m: -4℃, NW5m/s, no snowfall.

Barometric pressure gradient is flat this morning, however the next storm is approaching and the wind is forecasted to pick up before noon. Yesterday morning’s snowfall is covering the surface and will potentially turn into a weak layer in the future snowpack. It is the weak bonding in the snowpack that triggers avalanches but those weaknesses are not only the layers deep inside. The highly wind-affected snowdrifts are extremely unstable in their developing stages (during and just after strong winds) and take some time until they stabilize. Leeward slopes with heavy snowdrift deposit during and just after snowstorms are most hazardous. The conditions are forecasted to deteriorate later today through tomorrow. Pay close attention to the coming weather.

The access gates are yet to open due to lack of snow. Follow the patrol’s instructions and respect the Niseko Rules. Please refrain from ducking ropes. The freedom to ski out of bounds in Niseko can only be protected if people play by the Rules.

Hard pack condition continues, carefully remain in control. Wearing helmets is recommended.

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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 Thursday 22nd December 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 200cm
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 8:30am on Thursday 22nd December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Details as above

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(updated daily during winter)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 22nd December 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 22nd December 2016
(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 Thursday 22nd December 2016
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)
  2016/2017
*as of Thursday 22nd December 2016
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
22nd December 1cm 0cm 20cm
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
Previous 7 days total 63cm 47cm 78cm
Previous 14 days total 111cm 47cm 229cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 138cm 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 250cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 22nd 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]
138cm
[250cm]
-
[250cm]
-
[250cm]
-
[250cm]
-
[250cm]
-
[250cm]
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]
  October November December January February March April May
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