Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 2nd December 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Saturday 2nd December 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
S 2m/s - N 5m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Pretty decent
This report
Saturday 2nd December 2017, 8:30am
12cm
Friday 1st December 2017, 8:34am 16cm
Thursday 30th November 2017, 8:29am 5cm
Wednesday 29th November 2017, 8:26am 0cm
Tuesday 28th November 2017, 8:15am 0cm
Monday 27th November 2017, 8:30am 21cm
Sunday 26th November 2017, 8:31am 27cm
Last 7 reports (total): 81cm
Last 14 reports (total): 181cm
Current month (December 2017) total: 28cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 216cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Saturday 2nd December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning everyone.

And since my report yesterday, nature has been very kind and served us another 12cm of lovely fresh snowfall at base. I am keen to find out how much more there has been on the mountain.

Light snow is falling at the moment. It's cold too.

With all this snow early in the season, we're seeing more terrain open up from today. From today, all four of the main resort areas of Niseko United at are (at least part) - largely? - open, and hopefully we'll be able to ski from one to the other. There's a bunch more lifts doing their thing from this morning and more terrain opening up. It's not entirely clear right now just how much but I'm going out myself and hopefully I'll be able to make the situation clearer tomorrow. Definitely enough to have a fantastic day if you are lucky enough to be here at the moment! See below for an updated list of the planned lift operations.

I believe nearby Niseko Moiwa is also open from today.

Night skiing 'nighta' is scheduled to start for the season from next Saturday at Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri. (Note that there is no nighta at the Hanazono area).

I will post my 'November recap' in my report on Monday. Now that all of the resort areas are open, I'll also do a bit of re-organising with the report.

Oh yes... Forecast: regular snowfall over the coming days. :)

Happy days! I hope that you have a very good Saturday, wherever you are.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am -8℃, 15cm snowfall, Moiwa800m WNW10m/s, -12℃, 30cm snowfall, gradual development of snowdrifts and cornices, light storm, poor visibility. Annupuri1000m W15m/s, 40cm snowfall, developing snowdrifts and cornices. Coastal data Benkei cape NW15m/s, Kamui cape WSW11m/s, 1020hPa, 2.0m waves.

The isobars are spread out and the weather is relatively calm, however snowfall and wind persists above 800m. Snowdrifts and cornices are still slowly developing. No notable fractures in the snowpack were observed during the pressure test in the morning. The snow is generally stable. Many of the avalanche accidents occur during and just after storms. Leeward steep slopes and knoll terrain have slabs of wind-affected unstable snow. These types of slopes are dangerous at all time and can slide with the slightest stimulation.

The snow in the trees is in good shape, however bushes are still thick and out of bounds access from the resort is still restricted. Please be patient and refrain from ducking ropes. The light is weak and bumps are hard to notice, always be cautious, make conservative judgment and come back safe.

A mistake was found in yesterday’s information. Sincere apologies to Doctor Oshiro for misspelling her name.

Have a nice day.

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Saturday 2nd December 2017

What's planned to be open today in Niseko (subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Lifts operating:
- Ace Number 3 Pair lift (8:40am until 3:30pm)
- Ace Number 2 Center Four quad lift (8:30am until 3:10pm)
- Ace Family quad lift (8:30am until 3:30pm)
- King Number 3 quad lift (8:40am until 3:30pm)
- Hirafu Gondola (8:30am until 3:10pm)
- Holiday Number 1 pair lift (8:30am until 3:30pm)
- Swinging Monkey (8:40am until 3:00pm)

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts operating:
- Hanazono Number 1 quad lift (8:30am until 3:30pm)
- Hanazono Number 2 quad lift (8:40am until 3:30pm)
- Hanazono Number 3 quad lift (8:50am until 3:00pm)

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts operating:
- Annupuri Gondola (8:30am until 3:15pm)
- Jumbo Number 1 quad lift (8:30am until 4:00pm)
- Jumbo Number 2 pair lift (9:00am until 3:15pm)
- Dream Number 1 quad lift (9:00am until 4:00pm)

Courses open:
- Utopia
- Shirakaba
- Silver
- Paradise
- Family
- Junior

Niseko Village

Lifts operating:
- Niseko Gondola (8:30am until 3:00pm)
- Banzai Chair (8:30am until 4:00pm)
- Community Chair (8:30am until 4:00pm)

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Official resort snow depths on Saturday 2nd December 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 190cm
Base - 70cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai
Top - 130cm
Base - 60cm

Niseko Village
Top - 135cm
Base - 60cm

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Floodlit 'nighta' skiing schedule:
Saturday 9th December 2017 until Sunday 18th March 2018

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Saturday 2nd December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All four of the resort areas are now open. Yey!

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(updated daily during winter)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 2nd December 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 2nd December 2017
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 2nd December 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2017/2018
*as of Saturday 2nd December 2017
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
2nd December 12cm 4cm 0cm
1st December 16cm 0cm 14cm
30th November 5cm 10cm 20cm
29th November 0cm 9cm 15cm
28th November 0cm 0cm 0cm
27th November 21cm 0cm 0cm
26th November 27cm 3cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 81cm 26cm 49cm
Previous 14 days total 181cm 70cm 75cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 28cm 181cm 244cm
January observed snowfall total - 152cm 303cm
February observed snowfall total - 160cm 266cm
March observed snowfall total - 83cm 109cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 216cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 2nd December 2017
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 - 188cm
[188cm]
28cm
[216cm]
- - - - -
2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
152cm
[445cm]
160cm
[605cm]
83cm
[688cm]
0cm
[688cm]
0cm
[688cm]
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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