Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 8th December 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:26am on Thursday 8th December 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snowing
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Moderate snowfall
wind condition
W 0-4m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Limited
This report
Thursday 8th December 2016, 8:26am
10cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 27cm
Last 14 reports (total): 74cm
Current month (December 2016) total: 27cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 139cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:26am on Thursday 8th December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

I have 10cm of fresh snowfall to report to you on this Thursday morning here at Hirafu base. It's good quality snow as well, nice and light. Oh yes.

It is another cold morning, -6C as I write this and expected to remain well under zero through the day, and hopefully snowfall will continue through the day today - at least on and off, hopefully more on than off. Right at this moment as I look out of the window it is snowing very nicely.

It looks like it will probably get a bit warmer tomorrow, but with snowfall forecast over the coming days and through the weekend, we should be seeing more lifts and courses opening up soon. Indeed, some of the courses that were open but then closed have re-opened at Niseko Grand Hirafu. You can see what is planned to be open in the information posted below. It's sometimes a fast-moving situation and hard to keep track of, so please do check with the resorts for their very latest if required.

We will need more open as more highly expectant and excited folk are continuing to arrive in Niseko. As we get closer to Christmas, those numbers are only going to increase. I even saw Santa last night - in a bar in Kutchan! - so he's obviously up for some early season turns too.

Always a good sign that the season has started, the Niseko Avalanche Reports are up and running and once again a very big thank you to the good folk who put them together each day...

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

The atmospheric pressure gradient is lenient and the weather is relatively calm. Mild wind and -7℃ at base level with 15cm of fresh snowfall in the past 12 hours. Kamui cape weather WSW11m/s, 1014hPa, 1.6m waves.

The snowdrifts that developed above 800m have stabilized and the general avalanche risk is low.

This information is issued in order to prevent accidents in the out of bounds areas.

Avalanches occur when the conditions aligns and does not depend on the amount of snow. They are natural occurrences that only become an accident if somebody is caught in it.

Leeward slopes during storms are the most dangerous as they are where unstable snowdrifts mostly develops. Highly wind affected snow is heavy and loose and most likely to slide.

Niseko area respect the freedom to ski out of bounds, however is also deeply concerned about all visitors’ safety. Avalanches are not the only hazard in Winter Mountains. Be aware of the risks you’re taking and it is your responsibility to be well prepared for anything that could happen.

Today’s snow is light and lighter snow is usually stable. Have a nice day.

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Resort specific 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.

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
- Alpen course (experts only)
- Green
- Beginners access course
- Shirakaba course
- Center course
- Boyo (lower part only)
- Kokutai (experts only)
- Holiday
- Jumbo course
- Parallel course

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)
- Stairway to Heaven (experts only)
- Setsuzoku
- Crystal Garden
- Renraku
- Yotei Sunset (experts only)

Niseko Village

Lifts planned to be operating:

- Community Chair
- Upper Village Gondola
- Village Express

Niseko Annupuri

Lifts planned to be operating:

- Jumbo Number 1 pair
- 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.

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Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 8th December 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 135cm
Base - 45cm

Niseko Village
Top - 45cm
Base - 30cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 45cm
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 8:26am on Thursday 8th December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Limited operations at all four of the main resorts - see report for more details

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  2016/2017
*as of Thursday 8th December 2016
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
8th December 10cm 7cm 4cm
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
Previous 7 days total 27cm 59cm 105cm
Previous 14 days total 74cm 126cm 105cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 27cm 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 139cm 992cm 1144cm
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  October November December January February March April May
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
27cm
[139cm]
-
[139cm]
-
[139cm]
-
[139cm]
-
[139cm]
-
[139cm]
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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