Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 26th December 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:34am on Saturday 26th December 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snowing
wind condition
SE2m/s - N8m/s (Hirafu)
Limited
This report
Saturday 26th December 2015, 8:34am
24cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 32cm
Last 14 reports (total): 78cm
Current month (December 2015) total: 151cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 215cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:34am on Saturday 26th December 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Thank you Santa!

I have a very respectable 24cm of fresh snowfall at base to report this morning. My friend at the resort is reporting over 35cm up there higher up on the mountain.

It was snowing through the day yesterday and at times in a particularly Niseko-like fashion. That's what we like! It feels like winter has started for proper.

OK, so with this fresh snowfall there's new lift and course action as well.

Top lifts are now open, as are top ski-able (and indeed snowboard-able) connections. But the resorts are advising only for 'advanced skiers' due to trees and things still sticking up from the snow which is still less than what we expect peak season. Hopefully not for long.

Niseko Grand Hirafu have added their King Number 4, King Number 1 pair and Ace Number 1 pair lifts to 'operating' status. Niseko Village plan to have their top Wonderland Chair operating this morning; Niseko Annupuri have their top Jumbo Number 4 lift due to be operating. I see that at the time of writing this the Niseko Gondola is running at a slow speed, probably due to wind conditions. Let's hope they don't affect things too much today.

There's lots more snow lined up today (it's still snowing) and right through until the middle of next week.

This is more like it and long may it continue.

Have a blast out there today and take care.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -7℃, snowing, 20cm of light crushed crystal snow in 12hours. Moiwa Mikaeri 800m: -8℃, W10m/s, notable development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1000m: -13℃, W15-20m/s, large development of snowdrifts. Coastal data: Benkei cape WNW16m/s, Kamui cape WNW14m/s, 1008hPa, 2.5. waves.

Snowdrifts are developing with the persistent 15m/s westerly wind. These snowdrifts have drastically built up to 100cm thickness in some leeward slopes around 1000m. The wind may calm down in the afternoon and the snowdrift development may also slow down, however 60cm class surface slabs slides will be highly likely to occur in 40 grade slopes. Even the smallest avalanches can be powerful enough to burry a person to asphyxiation. Although the snowdrifts may be good snow to ski on, it is wiser to stay away from steep slopes in tight gullies and/or under chairlift lines for now.

Beware also of freshly buried obstacles lurking just beneath the surface.

The snow in the out of bonds area is still insufficient and gates’ opening is still to be confirmed. Please refrain from stepping out until the gates open. NEVER enter strictly off limits areas and NEVER duck any ropes. You are risking your lift ticket and maybe your season. Please respect the Niseko Rules.
Winter has finally come.

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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 1 pair
- Ace Number 2 Quad Center Four* (for transport)
- Ace Number 3 pair
- Hirafu Gondola*
- King Number 1 pair
- King Number 3 triple
- King Number 4
- 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
- Dynamic

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
- Wonderland Chair

Niseko Annupuri
Lifts planned to be operating:
- Annupuri Gondola
- Jumbo Number 1 quad*
- Jumbo Number 2 pair
- Jumbo Number 3 pair
- Jumbo Number 4 pair
Courses planned to be open:
- Utopia
- Shirakaba
- Paradise
- Junior
- Family
- Dynamic
- Silver

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Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 26th December 2015:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 220cm
Base - 80cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 140cm
Base - 80cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 90cm
Base - 70cm

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Archive report: Posted at 8:34am on Saturday 26th December 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

More of the mountain and lifts open from today! We should be fully open fairly soon

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 26th December 2015
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 26th December 2015
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 Saturday 26th December 2015
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
26th December 24cm 45cm 2cm
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
Previous 7 days total 32cm 143cm 62cm
Previous 14 days total 78cm 298cm 167cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 151cm 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 215cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 26th 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]
151cm
[215cm]
-
[215cm]
-
[215cm]
-
[215cm]
-
[215cm]
-
[215cm]
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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