Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 23rd December 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:45am on Friday 23rd December 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Rain
Base temp:
4°C

Top temp:
0°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Rain
wind condition
S 4m/s - SE 11m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Fair
This report
Friday 23rd December 2016, 8:45am
2cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 29cm
Last 14 reports (total): 103cm
Current month (December 2016) total: 140cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 252cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:45am on Friday 23rd December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Oh dear. It's raining.

Yesterday there was snow falling and I measured 2cm of it, but later in the afternoon it was wiped out fairly quickly as the snow turned into rain. It's just too mild and it seems to be something that all of Japan is enduring at the moment. Here in Niseko we are actually getting off relatively well by the looks of things.

It is due to be getting colder and snowing today so I'd be happy if soon after I post my report it suddenly changed.

If I see Santa on the slopes today, I'm going to jolly well tell him that we want snow and hopefully he'll get on the case in time for dinner tonight. Please do the same.

Let's see what I can get to report to you tomorrow morning...

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: +4℃, rain and thaw. Moiwa 850m: +1℃, wet snowfall and snowpack sinking. Annupuri 1000m: -1℃, E5m/s, light snowfall. Hirafu 1000m: -1℃, 15cm of wet snow. Coastal data: Kamui cape E5m/s, 993hPa, 2.0m waves.

The low-pressure system has pulled warm air from the south and passed. Little snow has fallen in the Westside of the mountain and melting in areas below 800m elevation. The snow in the out of bounds is heavy and not suitable for skiing. Sticky snow on the groomers too. Heavy wet snow slides can occur at on & off piste steep slopes. A wet & heavy slab is forming on top of Dec 21st layer and can easily slide at slopes above 1000m altitude. Those type of avalanches are very dangerous. Stay away from valleys and steep slopes.

Road conditions is also treacherous. The temperature will drop from now and a snowstorm will pick up. Roads will freeze, be careful driving.

This information is issued for the safety of all resort users.

The weather changes in the last few years seem quite unusual. All we can do is adjust to it.

Have a great Christmas weekend.

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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 - a few delays for higher lifts but that should clear soon.

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 Friday 23rd December 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 220cm
Base - 90cm

Niseko Village
Top - 120cm
Base - 100cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 100cm
Base - 80cm

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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 8:45am on Friday 23rd December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

See main report for details

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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 Friday 23rd December 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 23rd 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 Friday 23rd 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 Friday 23rd December 2016
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
23rd December 2cm 0cm 30cm
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
Previous 7 days total 29cm 47cm 108cm
Previous 14 days total 103cm 47cm 245cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 140cm 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 252cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 23rd 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]
140cm
[252cm]
-
[252cm]
-
[252cm]
-
[252cm]
-
[252cm]
-
[252cm]
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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