Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 25th December 2015

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Friday 25th December 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
SE 0m/s - W 3m/s (Hirafu)
Limited
This report
Friday 25th December 2015, 8:31am
7cm
Thursday 24th December 2015, 8:33am 0cm
Wednesday 23rd December 2015, 8:34am 0cm
Tuesday 22nd December 2015, 8:32am 0cm
Monday 21st December 2015, 8:27am 1cm
Sunday 20th December 2015, 8:34am 0cm
Saturday 19th December 2015, 8:56am 10cm
Last 7 reports (total): 18cm
Last 14 reports (total): 54cm
Current month (December 2015) total: 127cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 191cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Friday 25th December 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko and ho ho ho, Merry Christmas!

Santa started his deliveries of snow last night with 7cm of it outside my place here at base this morning. He has promised much more.

It doesn't feel particularly cold this morning and the snow that has fallen isn't the lightest for sure, but later on today the temperatures are expected to drop further and it should be pretty cold tonight.

Most importantly, snow clouds are due to be over the region right into early next week and hopefully bring us lots of lovely fluffy snow. Cold temperatures into next week too so come prepared for the conditions.

That old friend of Niseko - 'Wind' - may well play a part this weekend as well with blizzard like conditions possible. We're ok for this morning though so a good time to go out and enjoy the modest new layer early on.

Snow conditions should be quickly improving by the day now if the forecast is right...

Have a fun day.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -1℃, flurries of wet crystal snow, 5cm in 12 hours, no development of snowdrifts. -3℃ and 90cm snowpack at Moiwa peak. Light snow and wind is continuing and snowdrifts are moderately developing. Coastal data: Benkei cape wind NNW11m/s, Kamui cape wind WNW6m/s, pressure 1006hPa, waves 0.6m.

A passing small low-pressure system made the wind shift westerly and brought some, relatively wet, but good snow. The groomers conditions is good in the morning, however sunlight is weak and visibility is poor. Beware of hitting obstacles.

The general avalanche risk is low except for steep 40+ grade slopes. Carefully follow the coming snowfall transition as the hazards may rise quickly.

Avalanche occurrence in Niseko is closely related to the rapidly growing snowdrifts that develop during storms.

Do not duck ropes to seek fresh tracks, it is against the Niseko Rules and all resort users are expected to respect them.

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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
- 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 Friday 25th December 2015:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 190cm
Base - 55cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 85cm
Base - 60cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 80cm
Base - 50cm

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Friday 25th December 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Hopefully more of the resort areas will open soon with the snow forecast over the next run of days

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 25th December 2015
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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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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  2015/2016
*as of Friday 25th December 2015
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
25th December 7cm 20cm 5cm
24th December 0cm 25cm 35cm
23rd December 0cm 30cm 15cm
22nd December 0cm 20cm 5cm
21st December 1cm 2cm 0cm
20th December 0cm 1cm 0cm
19th December 10cm 30cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 18cm 128cm 60cm
Previous 14 days total 54cm 268cm 169cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 127cm 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 191cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 25th 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
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
127cm
[191cm]
-
[191cm]
-
[191cm]
-
[191cm]
-
[191cm]
-
[191cm]
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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