Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 5th December 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:14am on Wednesday 5th December 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy (a few bits of blue sky on show)
Base temp:
3°C

Top temp:
-3°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow is forecast
wind condition
Moderate westerly
visibility condition
Fair
This report
Wednesday 5th December 2018, 8:14am
0cm
Tuesday 4th December 2018, 8:29am 0cm
Monday 3rd December 2018, 8:01am 0cm
Sunday 2nd December 2018, 8:25am 16cm
Saturday 1st December 2018, 8:30am 20cm
Friday 30th November 2018, 8:03am 15cm
Thursday 29th November 2018, 7:59am 1cm
Last 7 reports (total): 52cm
Last 14 reports (total): 115cm
Current month (December 2018) total: 36cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 120cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:14am on Wednesday 5th December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Morning from Hirafu.

Fingers and other appendages crossed, we have now passed those warmer conditions of the last few days and we can look forward to feeling a bit cold again and see fluffy stuff falling from the skies.

I haven't been out myself the last few days - current conditions really don't appeal to me. Friends who have been out tell me that the warmth and rain we have had have made conditions 'less than perfect' (they sell stuff for a living!).

There is noticeably less snow around and the lower slopes are looking a little sad right now. Yesterday Niseko Grand Hirafu closed the access route from the top of the King Number 3 lift to the Center Course. Access to the Ace Area from the King Area now... by bus, if you really want to do that. It also looks like the Banzai Chair at Niseko Village is closed and I am guessing it is due to just poor conditions. (As much as I look for it, I cannot find an official reason).

So basically we really need fresh snowfall.

Happily there is lots of it lined up on the forecasts over the coming week; so snowy news is incoming! Look out for some particularly heavy snowfall late Friday into the weekend. Yey!

And don't worry, things can change very quickly. And I think probably will.

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Strong winds on the mountain are affecting some lifts this morning - as of 8:15am, the Annupuri Gondola and Jumbo Number 1 lifts at Annupuri probably won't be opening as planned. They say that those lifts will get going again if and when conditions allow.

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Ski resort operation information: Wednesday 5th December 2018
The below information is manually checked each morning and believed to be correct at time of report

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Part open

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 95cm
- Base: 30cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Ace Number 3 pair
- King Number 3 quad
- Swinging Monkey
- Ace Number 2 Center Four (for transport to open area)
- Hirafu Gondola (for transport to open area)

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Part open

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 75cm
- Base: 25cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Hanazono Number 1 quad
- Hanazono Number 2 quad
- Hanazono Number 3 quad

Hirafu & Hanazono Courses open:
- Shirakaba Course
- Center Course
- Rinkan Course (lower area)
- Beginners Access
- Jumbo Course
- Yotei Sunset
- Parallel Course
- Silver Dream

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Niseko Annupuri
Part open

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 50cm
- Base: 20cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Annupuri Gondola (* on hold at start of the day due to strong winds)
- Jumbo Number 3 pair (* on hold at start of the day due to strong winds)
- Dream Number 1 quad

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Niseko Village
Part open

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 50cm
- Base: 30cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Upper Village Gondola
- Community Chair

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Night time operations are planned to begin at the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri resort areas from Tuesday 11th December.

Archive report: Posted at 8:14am on Wednesday 5th December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Resorts are part open but things are limited - fresh snow should be with us soon

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 5th December 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Wednesday 5th December 2018
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 5th December 2018
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)
  2018/2019
*as of Wednesday 5th December 2018
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
5th December 0cm 7cm 0cm
4th December 0cm 5cm 0cm
3rd December 0cm 16cm 3cm
2nd December 16cm 12cm 4cm
1st December 20cm 16cm 0cm
30th November 15cm 5cm 10cm
29th November 1cm 0cm 9cm
Previous 7 days total 52cm 61cm 26cm
Previous 14 days total 115cm 142cm 66cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 36cm 406cm 181cm
January observed snowfall total - 305cm 152cm
February observed snowfall total - 299cm 160cm
March observed snowfall total - 49cm 83cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 120cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 5th December 2018
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 0cm
[0cm]
84cm
[84cm]
36cm
[120cm]
-
[120cm]
-
[120cm]
-
[120cm]
-
[120cm]
-
[120cm]
2017/2018 season - 188cm
[188cm]
406cm
[594cm]
305cm
[899cm]
299cm
[1198cm]
49cm
[1247cm]
13cm
[1260cm]
0cm
[1260cm]
2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
152cm
[445cm]
160cm
[605cm]
83cm
[688cm]
0cm
[688cm]
0cm
[688cm]
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]
  October November December January February March April May
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