Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 29th December 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:36am on Tuesday 29th December 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-8°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
W2m/s - N8m/s (Hirafu)
Fair to limited in places
This report
Tuesday 29th December 2015, 8:36am
21cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 96cm
Last 14 reports (total): 143cm
Current month (December 2015) total: 216cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 280cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:36am on Tuesday 29th December 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

A very good morning to you from Hirafu.

Back at base here and the snow keeps on coming. The tap has truly been turned on over the last five days. I have another 21cm to report this morning which to my reckoning makes that 96cm. A refresh of about 20cm a day sounds somewhere near perfect to me.

Just quickly let's take a look back at last December. For the whole of December 2014, I observed 519cm of snowfall here at my Hirafu base location. Up until today for this month I have observed a total of 216cm. So we are a fair way behind in that respect. (In December 2013, the same number was 275cm for the whole month).

But it's the here and now that is most important of course; and here and now the conditions are really great. Those of you who know me - and the way SnowJapan generally does things* - will know that I never go on about amazing conditions when they aren't amazing. Substitute the word amazing with any other overly-dramatic adjectives or made up cheesy words! Doing that just takes away from when things really are amazing doesn't it? (Quite apart from the fact that it's misleading).

Those lucky enough to be able to get out there today will be able to tell just how the good conditions are. I think I might have to get out and do some exploring myself once I post this report...

As you can see from the Avalanche Report below, Moiwa Gate 6 is being considered for opening for today.

We must be fairly close now to all of the resort areas being fully open - and not too far away for more talk of gates and backcountry. The forecast for the coming week has a fair amount of snow on it so we should be good for further build up and regular refills. I do like the sound of that!

Hope you can enjoy the day wherever you are.

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* Congratulations to the guys at SnowJapan for busting their previous traffic records over the last few days, and by quite a big margin too from what I hear. My reports are being read by an ever increasing number of people as well. Thank you. I'll do what I can to bring you good and honest info from here in Niseko every day through the season. Gambarimasu!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -8℃, 30cm of crystal snow in 12 hours, calm. Moiwa 800m: -11℃, 50cm of fresh snow, snowdrifts developing in Mikaeri area. Annupuri 1000m: -13℃, WSW10m/s, 70+cm of new snow and snowdrifts developing. Coastal data: Benkei cape NNW19m/s, Kamui cape W9m/s, 1015hPa, 2.1m waves.

The wind is calming down but momentarily gusts are still blowing as the isobars tightens. Snowdrifts in 800m leeside slopes are stabilizing while slowly growing.
The avalanche risk remains high. 80cm surface slab avalanches are likely to occur in 800m south-facing knolls and cornice slopes. Avoid dropping into steep slopes without evaluating the risk. The snow condition in the trees is fantastic. Gates will start to open as they’re getting ready. Moiwa gate 6 opening is being considered today, please follow the patrol’s instructions.

A single track under the rope would lead many others to follow it and increase the chances of accidents to happen.
Have a nice day.

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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:
- All lifts except Ace Number 4 and King Number 2
- Night lifts: Ace Family Pair, Ace Number 2 Quad, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1
Courses planned to be open:
- Family
- Beginners access
- Center
- Shirakaba
- Green
- Kokutai
- Furiko
- Ni-kabe
- Alpen
- Sen-no-ki
- Kogen
- Boyo
- Rinkan
- Jumbo
- Dynamic

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Lifts planned to be running:
- All lifts
- No night skiing in the Hanazono area
Courses planned to be open:
- Connecting
- Parallel
- Silver Dream
- Stairway to Heaven
- Setsuzoku course
- Crystal Garden
- Yotei Sunset (ungroomed)
- Legend of Shinya

Niseko Village
Lifts planned to be operating:
- All lifts planned to be operating (apart from Country Road Chair)
- Night lifts: Community Chair, Banzai Chair
Niseko Annupuri
Lifts planned to be operating:
- All lifts planned to be operating
- Night lift: Jumbo Number 1 quad
Courses planned to be open:
- Champion
- Utopia
- Shirakaba
- Paradise
- Junior
- Family
- Dynamic
- Silver
- Merchen
- Challenge

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Official resort snow depths as of Tuesday 29th December 2015:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 260cm
Base - 100cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 180cm
Base - 100cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 115cm
Base - 100cm

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Archive report: Posted at 8:36am on Tuesday 29th December 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

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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 Tuesday 29th December 2015
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 29th 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 Tuesday 29th December 2015
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
29th December 21cm 0cm 20cm
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
Previous 7 days total 96cm 145cm 97cm
Previous 14 days total 143cm 223cm 117cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 216cm 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 280cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 29th 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]
216cm
[280cm]
-
[280cm]
-
[280cm]
-
[280cm]
-
[280cm]
-
[280cm]
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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