Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 5th December 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:01am on Friday 5th December 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
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Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
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This report
Friday 5th December 2014, 8:01am
10cm
Thursday 4th December 2014, 8:40am 15cm
Wednesday 3rd December 2014, 8:49am 5cm
Tuesday 2nd December 2014, 9:11am 1cm
Monday 1st December 2014, 8:01am 0cm
Sunday 30th November 2014, 9:21am 0cm
Saturday 29th November 2014, 14:42pm 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 31cm
Last 14 reports (total): 31cm
Current month (December 2014) total: 31cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 61cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:01am on Friday 5th December 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

It's snowing this morning still - nice snow for sure, but still not quite as much as we would all like.

But... movement has been detected!

Today will see the first ski lift of the season in action... just the one, over at Niseko Village. Yes, the Community Chair will be opening at 8:30am for the first official turns of the season with Final Fling, Shaky Knees and Next Stage (part) courses open. They are mentioning about the fact that there's still not much snow out there so lots of bushes and sasa sticking up. Caution needed. The lift will be open until 4pm today with a special 8 hour lift ticket which costs 2600 yen for adults and 2200 yen for children.

It seems that Niseko Village is the only one of the resorts that will be opening anything today, so if you want to hit first runs that's where you need to be!

This morning Niseko Grand Hirafu are reporting 30cm at base and 60cm at peak with temperatures ranging from -5 to -8 and winds from 1m/s-5m/s. Yesterday evening they were saying that there still was not enough snow to open and that an opening today was unlikely.

As for tomorrow? Well, we'll have to see about that. Tomorrow is the date when the Hanazono area also planned to join the party, so all of the resorts should be open. It's going to be 2 weeks since the original planned opening dates for two of the resorts, so they will be aching to get open - as we all are to get out there!

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UPDATE AT 1:30PM

OK some good news! Niseko Grand Hirafu will be starting up the lifts tomorrow morning, Saturday 6th.

Lifts that will be moving:
-Ace Number 3 Pair lift
-Ace Family Pair
-Ace Number 2 Center Four (connecting)
-Hanazono Number 1 Quad
-Hanazono Number 2 Quad
-Hanazono Number 3 Quad

Courses that will be open:
-Center Course
-Family Course
-Yotei Sunset (Hanazono area)
-Silver Dream (Hanazono area)

Hirafu and Hanazono won't be linked up yet, not skiable anyway - connection between the two will be by shuttle bus if you so wish.

Nuseko Annupuri have said that they don't have enough snow to be able to open tomorrow.

That's the news for now. I'll do another check and update tomorrow morning.

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Open resorts:

Niseko Village:
The Community Chair lift is operating from 8:30am on Friday 5th December

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Planned opening dates for the different resort areas on the mountain:

Niseko Grand Hirafu - will be part open from tomorrow
Niseko Annupuri Kokusai - will open as soon as there's enough snow
Niseko Village - Community Chair
Niseko Hanazono - Saturday 6th December


Archive report: Posted at 8:01am on Friday 5th December 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Niseko Village part opening this morning

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4th December 15cm 0cm 0cm
3rd December 5cm 1cm 2cm
2nd December 1cm 5cm 25cm
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461cm
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418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
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