Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 28th December 2016

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:33am on Wednesday 28th December 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Mostly cloudy, bits of blue sky showing and a bit of sun
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-13°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None just now
wind condition
0 - 7m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Fair
This report
Wednesday 28th December 2016, 8:33am
4cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 22cm
Last 14 reports (total): 84cm
Current month (December 2016) total: 159cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 271cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:33am on Wednesday 28th December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from a very cold Niseko area!

Yikes it was cold when I got woken up for some reason at 6am this morning. When I finally got up it wasn't that much 'less cold' with the thermometer telling me it was -7C. There's also some fresh snow on the ground. Not as much as we would like - slightly over 4cm but with it being so cold the quality of that 4cm looks pretty good. The forecast over the next few days is for continued snowfall and so hopefully this is the start of a decent delivery. As always, expect more at higher elevations so there should be some decent turns on offer especially if you are getting some of the first lifts to top.

Did I say continued snowfall over the next few days? Well, it was snowing earlier on but the sun has actually broken through a few of the clouds as I am about to post this report, and over to the east I can see some bits of blue sky too. So perhaps it's 'continued' as in 'on and off'. Or something.

Whatever, I will of course be reporting the latest to you about this time tomorrow.

Oh yes - from today, the Miharashi course at Niseko Grand Hirafu is planned to be open.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -8C, 5cm new snow. Moiwa peak: -10℃, 15cm new snow, 60cm snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: -16℃, NW15m/s, snowdrifts developing. Hirafu 1200m: -16℃, N15m/s, wind exposed. Many development of snowdrifts around 800m elevation. Coastal data: Kamui cape N13m/s, 1016hPa, 2.0m waves.

The barometric pressure gradient is steep and strong wind is blowing above 1000m altitude. The snowdrifts at 800m has been tested and are unstable. The avalanche risk will remain high in leeward knolls and cornice slopes above 800m elevation. Potential slide layer is Dec 26th, and the new snowdrift above it would collapse.

The snowpack is gradually growing, however access to the out of bounds area from the resort is still restricted. All resorts are doing their best to prepare the gates, however is delayed due to lack of snow.

Please respect to the Niseko Rules. They were born from bitter lessons in the past and are here for the safety of all guests. Realizing the risk you've been taking after an accident is too late. A great variety of people come to ski resorts and the community is mindful of the freedom and safety of ALL of them. The Niseko Rules is not a tool to promote tourism.

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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.

Niseko Grand Hirafu
The top Ace Number 4 lift remains closed.

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

Niseko Village
All lifts appear to be operating as planned.

Niseko Annupuri
All lifts appear to be operating as planned.

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Official resort snow depths as of Wednesday 28th December 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 220cm
Base - 80cm

Niseko Village
Top - 130cm
Base - 100cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 115cm
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 8:33am on Wednesday 28th December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 28th December 2016
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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  2016/2017
*as of Wednesday 28th December 2016
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
28th December 4cm 24cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 22cm 75cm 165cm
Previous 14 days total 84cm 122cm 268cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 159cm 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 271cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 28th 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]
159cm
[271cm]
-
[271cm]
-
[271cm]
-
[271cm]
-
[271cm]
-
[271cm]
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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