Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 30th December 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Wednesday 30th December 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Blue skies and sunny, just a bit of cloud remaining
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None for now
wind condition
0-3m/s (Hirafu)
Very good
This report
Wednesday 30th December 2015, 8:32am
23cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 119cm
Last 14 reports (total): 166cm
Current month (December 2015) total: 239cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 303cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Wednesday 30th December 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

It is one of those mornings when I would prefer to not have to turn on my computer and write a report before heading out to the slopes. You understand, right? But here I am, and actually I must say that I do enjoy telling everyone about what is happening here in Niseko. Especially on a day like today.

It is a lovely morning here.

Not only do we have another 'incredible' 23cm of fresh snowfall here at base, but right now there are lovely blue skies above us. It didn't start off like this with most clouds when I first looked out of the window, but they have cleared up pretty quick leaving us with what we have now.

It really doesn't get that much better than this - a good delivery of fresh snow followed by clear skies and sun early morning. Lovely.

"If only there were less people", I heard yesterday. Yes, there's a lot of people around. That's Niseko!

The forecast didn't actually tell us to expect these clearer skies really, so there's a chance that the clouds may come back just as quickly as they have cleared (though currently it seems unlikely).

Snow is expected through tomorrow and into New Year. And basically it's expected to be falling through into next week as well, so it would seem the New Year is going to start in style.

After the somewhat dodgy start to the season, things are now getting into top gear.

Niseko is bustling as well now. It's a good job that almost all of the mountain is now open.

There might well be a few people out enjoying some drinks over the next few nights as well. Just a word of caution on that - there have in the past been some very sad stories of people having accidents and worse after a night out. Remember, it is very cold and slippy out there. Make sure you have a plan to get back to your accommodation and best to stick with friends. A bit like what you'd recommend for going out on the mountain as well.

Have a great day and I'll see you on New Years Eve!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -8℃, 20cm of crystal snow, calm and no snowdrift development. Moiwa 800m: -10℃, mild wind, 20cm of new snow, snowdrifts developing slowly. Annupuri 1000m: WSW8m/s, 20cm of new snow. 1150m: -15℃. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW8m/s, Kamui cape NNW5m/s, 1022hPa, 1.5m waves.

The isobars are spacing out and the weather is calming down in the mountains and the ocean. The snowdrifts have stabilized. The snowpack is growing, bushes filling in in higher areas, but still thick in lower elevation. Looking at the latest snowfall transition and observations, the general avalanche risk is relatively low except in south facing steep slopes. The out of bounds skiing in Niseko is still a tacit allowance by the government, yet to be officially approved, and anybody that is stepping out of bounds have to acknowledge that they are going out at their own risk.

The ski resorts are concerned about all users’ safety and deploying various efforts in order to improve the situation. The freedom to ride out of bounds is only protected by the Niseko Rules; disregarding them will only end up in restraining this freedom. We strongly demand everybody to respect the Rules.
Gates will open as they’re ready to. Gate 6 is scheduled to open at 10am. Please follow the patrol’s instructions.
The snow is good but easy to get stuck. Enjoy the pow and have a nice day.

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Planned resort operations (subject to change due to weather conditions during the day)

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:
- All open apart from Onsenzawa, Large, Miharashi and 'Path to King'

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Lifts planned to be running:
- All lifts
- No night skiing in the Hanazono area
Courses planned to be open:
- All courses

Niseko Village
Lifts planned to be operating:
- All lifts planned to be operating (apart from Country Road Chair)
- Night lifts: Community Chair, Banzai Chair
Courses planned to be open:
- All courses

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 Wednesday 30th December 2015:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 270cm
Base - 120cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 185cm
Base - 100cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 120cm
Base - 100cm

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Wednesday 30th December 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Most of the mountain lifts and courses now open. Yey.

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 30th December 2015
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Wednesday 30th December 2015
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 30th December 2015
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)
  2015/2016
*as of Wednesday 30th December 2015
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
30th December 23cm 0cm 10cm
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
Previous 7 days total 119cm 115cm 92cm
Previous 14 days total 166cm 223cm 112cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 239cm 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 303cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 30th 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]
239cm
[303cm]
-
[303cm]
-
[303cm]
-
[303cm]
-
[303cm]
-
[303cm]
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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