Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 30th December 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Friday 30th December 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow has been falling this morning
wind condition
Up to W 6m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Limited
This report
Friday 30th December 2016, 8:31am
14cm
Thursday 29th December 2016, 8:31am 3cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 36cm
Last 14 reports (total): 65cm
Current month (December 2016) total: 176cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 288cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Friday 30th December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko on this next to last day of the year.

I have 14cm of fresh snow to report this morning here by my base in Hirafu. Nice and light and dry too, quality stuff. I am being told there's a good 20-25cm up top early on too. This morning should be very nice indeed.

It is a cold morning - currently -6C here at base - so I'm going to be sure to get wrapped up good before heading out. Light snow has been falling this morning but as I am about to post this report the snowfall has eased off and it is just generally cloudy but likely still snowing higher up.

The forecast seems to show that after today, things are going to be somewhat clearer and calm. We can perhaps expect some sunny skies tomorrow and conditions are probably not going to be quite as cold.

Wind isn't an issue this morning and resorts appear to be opening as planned, along with the Moiwa gate 6. The Avalanche Report (below) notes that the snowpack is 1m lower than average years and that the Annupuri and Hirafu gates will follow as soon as they're ready.

I'm off out there on my new skis! But just before that...

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Let's take another quick glance at my observed snowfall numbers for the month and season so far, up until and including today:

December 2016: 176cm (up until 30th December)
December 2015: 244cm (the full month)
December 2014: 519cm (the full month)
December 2013: 275cm (the full month)

Season total up until 30th December 2016: 288cm
Season total up until end of December 2015: 308cm
Season total up until end of December 2014: 549cm
Season total up until end of December 2013: 398cm

I'll let you compare with previous seasons.

For what they are worth, my own quick thoughts are - November was pretty good (and better than the previous two seasons), while December has been lagging a bit (rather a lot when you compare with 2014 and 2012). I'll take another look at some numbers once again once we get into January.

Big numbers are great of course. But the most important thing is surely regular, consistent and quality snowfall. And what's best is to have all of that lot! Here's to a bumper January when hopefully we'll 'catch up' on previous seasons.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -8℃, 5cm snowfall in 12 hours. Moiwa 850m: -10, 20cm snowfall with 50cm snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150: -16℃, W12m/s, snowing with average 20cm snowdrifts. Hirafu 1200m: -13℃, WNW10m/s, light snowfall. Coastal data: Kamui cape WNW7m/s, 1016hPa, 1.8m waves.

50cm thick layers would break but won’t propagate to wider areas during 800m Mikaeri ridge impact test. The slabs are stable and the general avalanche risk is low.

The Moiwa gate 6 will open today, Annupuri and Hirafu gates will follow as soon as they’re ready, however the snowpack is 1m lower than average years. Beware of bamboo grass.

The Niseko Rules admits anyone to the out of bounds area, no matter their experience or skillsets, however it is everybody responsibility to be aware of the hazards involved. Out of bounds area is out of the resort, safety is not guaranteed.

The ski patrols are getting their headlamps ready for night search and rescue operations. Please take the ski patrol’s advices seriously and step out from the designated gates.

Duck ropes and lift passes will be confiscated. Beware of sudden weather changes.

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Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All lifts appear to be operating as planned.

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Official resort snow depths as of Friday 30th December 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 250cm
Base - 100cm

Niseko Village
Top - 130cm
Base - 100cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 130cm
Base - 90cm

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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 8:31am on Friday 30th December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas open as planned this morning. See above report for more details.

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 30th December 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 30th December 2016
(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 Friday 30th December 2016
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)
  2016/2017
*as of Friday 30th December 2016
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
30th December 14cm 23cm 0cm
29th December 3cm 21cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 36cm 119cm 115cm
Previous 14 days total 65cm 166cm 223cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 176cm 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 288cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 30th 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]
176cm
[288cm]
-
[288cm]
-
[288cm]
-
[288cm]
-
[288cm]
-
[288cm]
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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