Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 28th December 2015

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Niseko (Hokkaido), Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:24am on Monday 28th December 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Low visibility
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
It continues to snow
wind condition
S4 m/s - W11m/s (Hirafu)
Limited
This report
Monday 28th December 2015, 8:24am
24cm
Sunday 27th December 2015, 8:43am 20cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 75cm
Last 14 reports (total): 122cm
Current month (December 2015) total: 195cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 259cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:24am on Monday 28th December 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

My report is going to be a bit on the shorter side this morning as I need to get myself to Sapporo.

I have another 24cm of fresh snowfall to report to you as the plenty refills continue with easily more than 30cm higher up. And it keeps on snowing and is due to for most of the coming week. Brilliant!

There might be wind issues today again up there, it looks like early morning the situation is quite similar to how things were yesterday.

It should be a very excellent day on the slopes and I hope you can enjoy it.

See just how quickly things can change? ;)

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -8℃, 30cm of crushed crystal snow, ne snowdrift development. Moiwa peak: NW15m/s, -10℃, large development of snowdrifts and cornices delaying grooming operations. Annupuri 1000m: NW25m/s, snowdrifts growing and poor visibility. Coastal data: Benkei cape WNW20m/s, Kamui cape W16m/s, 1013hPa, 3.0m waves.

The isobars on the pressure distribution chart are still tight and the storm is persisting above 600m. Some cornices’ overhangs have grown up to 5m in Moiwa 800m area, snowdrifts up to 2m in some knoll terrain. Both extremely unstable and easily collapsing. According to observations and snowfall transition, the avalanche hazard is very high and surface slab slides of up to 1m thickness are likely to occur in 800m leeside knolls, open steep slopes and areas with large cornices development. Avalanches are natural phenomena that only become an accident if human beings are in the way. Know where/what/when needs to be avoided. Slopes conditions are ever-changing, a slope that was good yesterday may be in critical condition today. Always be prudent and humble in the mountains. The snow in the trees is deep and little heavy due to the wind. Gates will start to open once the storm calms down and the snowpack stabilizes. Please respect the Niseko Rules.

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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:
- All lifts planned to be operating
Courses planned to be open:
- Champion
- Utopia
- Shirakaba
- Paradise
- Junior
- Family
- Dynamic
- Silver

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Official resort snow depths as of Monday 28th December 2015:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 245cm
Base - 90cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 180cm
Base - 100cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 105cm
Base - 80cm

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Archive report: Posted at 8:24am on Monday 28th December 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Lifts might be affected by wind this morning

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 28th December 2015
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Monday 28th December 2015
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 28th 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 Monday 28th December 2015
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
28th December 24cm 0cm 15cm
27th December 20cm 25cm 5cm
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
Previous 7 days total 75cm 165cm 82cm
Previous 14 days total 122cm 268cm 132cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 195cm 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 259cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 28th 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]
195cm
[259cm]
-
[259cm]
-
[259cm]
-
[259cm]
-
[259cm]
-
[259cm]
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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