Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 5th December 2017

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:35am on Tuesday 5th December 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy, some blue sky, light snow
Base temp:

Top temp:
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow at times
wind condition
SW 2m/s - NW 6m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Generally decent
This report
Tuesday 5th December 2017, 8:35am
Monday 4th December 2017, 8:32am 5cm
Sunday 3rd December 2017, 8:31am 16cm
Saturday 2nd December 2017, 8:30am 12cm
Friday 1st December 2017, 8:34am 16cm
Thursday 30th November 2017, 8:29am 5cm
Wednesday 29th November 2017, 8:26am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 61cm
Last 14 reports (total): 142cm
Current month (December 2017) total: 56cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 244cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:35am on Tuesday 5th December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

If you are one of the naughty people who didn't get to read my report yesterday, which included a bit of a recap of the season so far, please do check it out here.

7cm more fresh snowfall measured this morning (since my last report of course, as always). More snow is expected through today - when I started writing my report it wasn't snowing and there were some patches of blue sky to be seen, but it has now once again started snowing lightly. So 'light snow at times' is probably the best way to describe this early morning.

The top half of Mt Yotei is covered in thick dark grey cloud.

The forecast remains good and suitably snowy over the coming week.

Good and cold too.

With regular snow on the horizon, night skiing should get off to a good start from this Saturday. I don't actually get out for nighta that often myself, but when it's good... it's really good! Definitely recommended if you are visiting Niseko.


Thanks for the comments some of you sent me yesterday. If you contact SnowJapan here, they will forward your comments to me. Even any moans! SnowJapan do tell me how many 'page views' the reports get, but they're just numbers to me. It is always nice to read comments and feedback - makes it more real to know that people are actually reading the reports.

Someone asked if I could post a bit more personal info. As much as I would like to in some ways, I think that it is definitely best that I remain 'anonymous'... my life would change if everyone here knew who I was. If not just because some folk would treat me differently. As it is, I don't tell anyone and neither does SnowJapan - so anyone claiming to know is just guessing!

Oh, the mystery! :)

If you are lucky though, I may share some more of my morning toast and jam secrets this season.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -4°, 5cm new snow. Moiwa 800m 8m/s, -8°, 10cm new snow, snowdrift development from northerly wind. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 135cm. Hirafu 1000m, -8°, snow drifting from Northerly wind, light snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:N11m/s. Kamui Cape N7m/s, 1007hPa, wave 0.8m.

From around midnight to early morning a northerly wind blew above 600m on the West side of the mountain, producing some snowdrift and cornice growth in a short time. Although not a great deal of growth, they are unstable and break easily. Around 700m snowdrift growth has been uneven along east facing ridge lines due to the strong winds. Groomed runs are in good condition today, take care of snowdrifts off the groomers. Above 800m this morning the avalanche risk on south facing slopes is elevated. It is predicted to fracture on Dec 3-4 layer, when the warm low pressure system passed through the area. Around 800m there is a frost layer evident in snowpack.
All peak gates are still closed. Do not duck ropes looking for fresh tracks.

Tonight is the 21st Niseko Avalanche meeting at 6.30pm, Old Stone Warehouse in front of Niseko Station. Yamaguchi San of National Disaster Mitigation Research Institute will be speaking about the latest avalanche research, the future of avalanche research and accident prevention in Japan. The next avalanche report will be issued when gates are ready to be opened. The snow in the forest is good.


Tuesday 5th December 2017

What's planned to be open today in Niseko (subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Lifts operating:
- Ace Number 3 Pair lift
- Ace Number 2 Center Four quad lift
- Ace Family quad lift
- King Number 3 quad lift
- Hirafu Gondola
- Holiday Number 1 pair lift
- Swinging Monkey

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts operating:
- Hanazono Number 1 quad lift
- Hanazono Number 2 quad lift
- Hanazono Number 3 quad lift

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts operating:
- Annupuri Gondola
- Jumbo Number 1 quad lift
- Dream Number 1 quad lift

Niseko Village

Lifts operating:
- Niseko Gondola
- Banzai Chair
- Community Chair


Official resort snow depths on Tuesday 5th December 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 200cm
Base - 70cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai
Top - 140cm
Base - 70cm

Niseko Village
Top - 135cm
Base - 70cm


Floodlit 'nighta' skiing schedule:
Saturday 9th December 2017 until Sunday 18th March 2018

Archive report: Posted at 8:35am on Tuesday 5th December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Niseko is open and enjoying some rather good early season conditions. See above.

Monday 4th December 2017
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Tuesday 5th December 2017
Wednesday 6th December 2017
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Please note that some of our 'Now' reports may appear a little later than usual over the coming few days. As ski resorts start to open up, more information needs to be gathered and so more time is needed. Thank you for your understanding.
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Japan snowfall data
(updated daily during winter)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 5th December 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Tuesday 5th December 2017
(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 Tuesday 5th December 2017
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)
*as of Tuesday 5th December 2017
5th December 7cm 0cm 14cm
4th December 5cm 0cm 5cm
3rd December 16cm 3cm 0cm
2nd December 12cm 4cm 0cm
1st December 16cm 0cm 14cm
30th November 5cm 10cm 20cm
29th November 0cm 9cm 15cm
Previous 7 days total 61cm 26cm 68cm
Previous 14 days total 142cm 66cm 94cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 56cm 181cm 244cm
January observed snowfall total - 152cm 303cm
February observed snowfall total - 160cm 266cm
March observed snowfall total - 83cm 109cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 244cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 5th December 2017
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
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - 188cm
- - - - -
2016/2017 season 2cm
2015/2016 season 3cm
2014/2015 season 0cm
2013/2014 season 0cm
2012/2013 season 0cm
  October November December January February March April May
Niseko Now reports before Tuesday 5th December 2017
Niseko Now reports from the same period last season
Niseko Now archived reporting
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