Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 27th December 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Tuesday 27th December 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
It's snowing
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
0m/s - N 6m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Looks like generally limited-poor on mountain
This report
Tuesday 27th December 2016, 8:31am
1cm
Monday 26th December 2016, 8:31am 0cm
Sunday 25th December 2016, 8:31am 3cm
Saturday 24th December 2016, 8:31am 11cm
Friday 23rd December 2016, 8:45am 2cm
Thursday 22nd December 2016, 8:30am 1cm
Wednesday 21st December 2016, 8:27am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 18cm
Last 14 reports (total): 80cm
Current month (December 2016) total: 155cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 267cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Tuesday 27th December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Hello and good morning from my base here in Hirafu.

Yesterday... it did get a bit too mild for snowfall and... it rained.

Oh dear.

It got really foggy too later in the day, or it did where I was anyway. I got caught up in it and quickly decided to head back to my base asap.

The good news is that the rain turned into snow and this morning I have a whopping 1cm to report to you. So you can probably take a decent guess at what conditions are going to be like this morning.

Around 16th/17th December I remember congratulating people who chose to be here at that time due to the lovely snow conditions we were having. Well, unfortunately the last week has been something of a let down after that. That is of course not to say that there is not a lot of fun to be had - of course; no misunderstandings please! - just that we have not been getting the regular refills that we expect and require. It just goes to show how quickly things can change as well; though once we get into the main season we rightly hope it's more 'on' than 'off'.

Taking another look at the updated forecast and it looks like we can expect light snow into tomorrow with perhaps heavier snow due around Thursday and into Friday.

Having said that, as I am writing this report it is snowing quite nicely. Continue please!

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Today was that super special 'premium' early lift thing at Niseko Grand Hirafu, if I recall correctly. Wonder how that's going.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -3℃, no snowfall. Moiwa peak: no data. Annupuri 1150m: -11℃, NNE8m/s, light snowfall. Hirafu 1200m: -11℃, N10m/s, snowfall and small snowdrifts. Coastal data: Kamui cape ESE2m/s, 1009hPa, 1.3m waves.

Although under typical winter barometric pattern, the isobars are spread out and the weather is relatively calm this morning. Snowdrifts and cornices development is small. The general avalanche risk is low.

Too many people are ducking ropes with selfish interpretation. The gate system in Niseko is based on the premise that all users respect the Rules. Neglecting them is not good.

The resort is considering partial opening of gates soon, please be patient.

Moiwa gate 6 is scheduled to open this weekend as the rescue cat track has been groomed. However, the bushes are still thick. Make conservative decisions.

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

The mountain is nearly (but not yet quite) fully open. Doesn't feel windy here at base but apparently a few top lifts are on hold at the start of the day due to windy conditions in upper areas.

Niseko Grand Hirafu
The top Ace Number 4 lift remains closed.
King Number 4 lift is on stand-by at the start of the day, due to wind conditions.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
All lifts plan to be operating as planned.

Niseko Village
Wonderland Chair is on stand-by at the start of the day, due to wind conditions.

Niseko Annupuri
All lifts plan to be operating as planned.

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Official resort snow depths as of Tuesday 27th December 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 220cm
Base - 75cm

Niseko Village
Top - 130cm
Base - 100cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 105cm
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.

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Tuesday 27th December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Resort areas appear to be open as planned this morning

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  2016/2017
*as of Tuesday 27th December 2016
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
27th December 1cm 20cm 25cm
26th December 0cm 24cm 45cm
25th December 3cm 7cm 20cm
24th December 11cm 0cm 25cm
23rd December 2cm 0cm 30cm
22nd December 1cm 0cm 20cm
21st December 0cm 1cm 2cm
Previous 7 days total 18cm 52cm 167cm
Previous 14 days total 80cm 98cm 298cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 155cm 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 267cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 27th 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]
155cm
[267cm]
-
[267cm]
-
[267cm]
-
[267cm]
-
[267cm]
-
[267cm]
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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