Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 31st December 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:38am on Thursday 31st December 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy and overcast
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None as I write but snow expected
wind condition
0m/s - 5m/s (Hirafu)
Fair
This report
Thursday 31st December 2015, 8:38am
5cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 124cm
Last 14 reports (total): 153cm
Current month (December 2015) total: 244cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 308cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:38am on Thursday 31st December 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

Yesterday was as fine as I thought it would be. I think the people who were here experiencing it will have been satisfied. Beautiful conditions both in terms of weather and snow, with hardly any wind around either. Very nice.

It's a different start to the day this morning. Though it was clearer when I first got up, it's a much cloudier and overcast feel right now with light snow on and off expected this morning.

Oh yes, did I mention the 5cm or so that we have got overnight? Only 5cm! We want 20cm each day, where do I complain! Still, it's a quality 5cm and there is more on the way - the forecast for the next week is still looking good for regular snowfall topups and continued cold conditions. The wind might even behave. So it should be a good week.

Top Ace 4 at Hirafu is open this morning and as you can see in the Avalanche Report below some gates too. I think that from tomorrow I'll be able to start the new year not listing up the lifts that are moving, as we are pretty much there now.

New Years Eve already. I hope that you have fun tonight - remember to take care (see yesterdays report).

And I'll see you in the New Year. Forgive me if my report is slightly later than usual tomorrow morning.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -6℃, 5cm of crystal snow in 12 hours, calm. Moiwa 800m: light breeze, -10℃, 10cm snowfall without snowdrift development. Annupuri 1000m: -10℃, calm. 1150m: W15m/s, moderate wind with snowdrift and light sprinkles. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW12m/s, Kamui cape WSW13m/s, 1012hPa, 1.0m waves.

Gates 4 (Fujiwara), 5 (Hanazono), 6 (Moiwa) and 10 (Ambetsu) are scheduled to open today. The lower sections are still bushy, better not venture too far. Follow the ski patrol’s instructions. There’s been tracks in yet to be open Annupuri Osawa area yesterday. Violators will be refused to further use ski resort facilities.

The Niseko Rules has been established in order to prevent accidents in the out of bounds area, however has also largely contributed in the Niseko snow-tourism’s promotion. We strongly demand all accommodations, guides and all snow related business in Niseko to acknowledge the Niseko Rules properly.
The overall avalanche risk is relatively low today except in south-facing steep slopes, however strictly off-limits areas are closed at anytime, don’t duck ropes.

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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

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:
- 11 out of the 13 courses are now open
- Champion
- Utopia
- Shirakaba
- Paradise
- Junior
- Family
- Dynamic
- Silver
- Merchen
- S-Ji
- Challenge

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Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 31st December 2015:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 260cm
Base - 115cm

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 8:38am on Thursday 31st December 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Please see report for more information

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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 Thursday 31st December 2015
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
31st December 5cm 40cm 5cm
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
Previous 7 days total 124cm 130cm 62cm
Previous 14 days total 153cm 263cm 117cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 244cm 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 308cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 31st 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]
244cm
[308cm]
-
[308cm]
-
[308cm]
-
[308cm]
-
[308cm]
-
[308cm]
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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