Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 6th December 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:10am on Thursday 6th December 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Lots of cloud
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow at times (not as a write this)
wind condition
Light westerly
visibility condition
Fair to limited higher
This report
Thursday 6th December 2018, 8:10am
4cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 55cm
Last 14 reports (total): 118cm
Current month (December 2018) total: 40cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 124cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:10am on Thursday 6th December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

I am happy to report that things are starting to feel somewhat better this morning with some exciting stuff just ahead of us - the forecast for the coming week is looking good, starting from tomorrow.

For now, I have another 4cm of snow to report on the ground along with colder conditions with snow on and off possible for the day today. The rather hard base should now make a good foundation for all that fluffiness that should be falling in the coming days.

Unfortunately, as we wait for the fresh snow, the Rinkan Course and Silver Dream Course at Hirafu/HANAZONO were closed from yesterday morning. (That news coming in after I posted my report - one good reason why I usually aim for my report to go live around 8:30am during most of the season).

I was reading some of the other Now reports here on SnowJapan yesterday - it seems that most of Japan is still waiting for snow with other major resort areas still bare. Up here in Hokkaido we have been doing relatively well. I recommend checking out the other reports, once the season gets going anyway.

Things should be quickly changing for the better soon though. Let's hope that this coming weekend doesn't disappoint and that the Japanese mountains will be covered in a nice big fluffy blanket of snow. Those of you who have been reading my reports over the years will know that while I love Niseko (of course), I do not spend any time bad-mouthing other ski regions of Japan. They're not 'rivals' - well, not for me anyway! - and I hope for a fine winter season throughout Japan. One day I'd love to take a season-long trip around other Japanese ski resorts.

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Just a quick thank you to the people who sent in comments for me - it is always nice to hear from you. And it sounds like there's some toast fans out there too. ;)

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Ski resort operation information: Thursday 6th 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: 85cm
- 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: 40cm
- Base: 15cm
- Not updated yet today at time of writing

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

Hirafu & Hanazono Courses open:
- Shirakaba Course
- Center Course
- Beginners Access
- Jumbo Course
- Yotei Sunset
- Parallel Course

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Niseko Annupuri
Part open

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 40cm
- Base: 20cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Annupuri Gondola
- Jumbo Number 3 pair
- Dream Number 1 quad

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Niseko Village
Part open

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 50cm
- Base: 25cm

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 8:10am on Thursday 6th December 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas are currently part open, but it is very limited.

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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 Thursday 6th December 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 6th December 2018
(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 Thursday 6th 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 Thursday 6th December 2018
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
6th December 4cm 17cm 6cm
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
Previous 7 days total 55cm 78cm 23cm
Previous 14 days total 118cm 159cm 72cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 40cm 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 124cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 6th 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]
40cm
[124cm]
-
[124cm]
-
[124cm]
-
[124cm]
-
[124cm]
-
[124cm]
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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