Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 7th December 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Wednesday 7th December 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy (few breaks in the clouds)
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-13°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None currently
wind condition
S 2m/s - NW 6m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Decent
This report
Wednesday 7th December 2016, 8:30am
4cm
Tuesday 6th December 2016, 8:32am 6cm
Monday 5th December 2016, 8:28am 0cm
Sunday 4th December 2016, 8:46am 0cm
Saturday 3rd December 2016, 8:27am 3cm
Friday 2nd December 2016, 8:31am 4cm
Thursday 1st December 2016, 8:22am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 17cm
Last 14 reports (total): 70cm
Current month (December 2016) total: 17cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 129cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Wednesday 7th December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

1pm update

Since I posted my report it seems that the Jumbo Number 1 lift and a few more courses are opening at Annupuri - I have adjusted the operation details below. Please note that all other report information remains unchanged from my original report.

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Original morning report

A good morning to you from here in Hirafu.

Yesterday the winds were affecting the lifts at Niseko Annupuri from the start of the day of course, and by noon the top lifts at Niseko Grand Hirafu and Hanazono were also having to stop due to the windy conditions up there. Happily this morning it is less windy and so all of the lifts that are planned to be operating today should get off to a smooth start.

I was thinking I might be able to report more snow than we actually have this morning - it was coming down hard at times, but it was also being blown about by strong winds - and in the end it's just 4cm of fresh here at base. 20cm has been added to the official snow depth for upper areas of Niseko Grand Hirafu though, so it sounds like a trip up there is definitely required for a first-hand check!

As for current weather conditions, it's just mostly cloudy skies as I write my report but the forecast still has snow clouds never far away over the coming days and we can probably expect more snow by tonight. There's a few small breaks in the clouds and a bit of blue sky on show in places as well.

It's nice and cold this morning and probably won't get much 'warmer' than -5C here at base, so wrap up well if you are heading out.

Resort operations appear to be generally unchanged for the moment as we wait for more snow to allow them to open more of the mountain up.

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

All four resort areas appear to be able to open as planned at the start of the day, though it looks like the Ace Number 2 Center Four lift at Niseko Grand Hirafu is going to have a delayed opening - currently unclear how long that delay will be.

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Lifts planned to be operating:

- Ace Family pair
- Ace Number 2 Center Four
- Ace Number 3 pair
- Hirafu Gondola
- King Number 3 quad
- Swinging Monkey

Courses planned to be open:

- Family course
- Beginners access course
- Shirakaba course
- Center course
- Jumbo course
- Parallel course

The lower areas (apart from Family course) are closed - the Ace Number 2 Center Four lift and Gondola can be used to get back to base.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts planned to be operating:

- Hanazono 1 quad
- Hanazono 2 quad
- Hanazono 3 quad

Courses planned to be open:

- Silver Dream (experts only)
- Yotei Sunset

Niseko Village

Lifts planned to be operating:

- Community Chair
- Upper Village Gondola
- Village Express (used as a connection)

Niseko Annupuri

Lifts planned to be operating:

- Jumbo Number 1 pair (from 1pm)
- Jumbo Number 3 pair
- Annupuri Gondola

Courses planned to be operating:

- Utopia
- Shirakaba
- Paradise
- Junior

You can now ski down to base at Niseko Annupuri. You can board too, if you like! :)

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Official resort snow depths as of Wednesday 7th December 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 125cm
Base - 40cm

Niseko Village
Top - 40cm
Base - 20cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 55cm
Base - 30cm

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Night skiing is planned from Saturday 10th December 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 8:30am on Wednesday 7th December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Sections of each of the four main resorts are open. Please see the main report for details.

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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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  2016/2017
*as of Wednesday 7th December 2016
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
7th December 4cm 15cm 40cm
6th December 6cm 18cm 30cm
5th December 0cm 14cm 10cm
4th December 0cm 5cm 15cm
3rd December 3cm 0cm 5cm
2nd December 4cm 0cm 1cm
1st December 0cm 14cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 17cm 66cm 101cm
Previous 14 days total 70cm 127cm 101cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 17cm 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 129cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 7th 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]
17cm
[129cm]
-
[129cm]
-
[129cm]
-
[129cm]
-
[129cm]
-
[129cm]
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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