Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 12th December 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:20am on Friday 12th December 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
2-5m/s (SW)
Limited
This report
Friday 12th December 2014, 8:20am
15cm
Thursday 11th December 2014, 8:55am 2cm
Wednesday 10th December 2014, 8:30am 20cm
Tuesday 9th December 2014, 8:20am 14cm
Monday 8th December 2014, 9:16am 4cm
Sunday 7th December 2014, 8:50am 40cm
Saturday 6th December 2014, 8:30am 30cm
Last 7 reports (total): 125cm
Last 14 reports (total): 156cm
Current month (December 2014) total: 156cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 186cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:20am on Friday 12th December 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

It feels very cold out there this morning and some very low temperatures being reported by the resorts. Need to go out prepared. For cold as well as fun. Light snow continues to fall as I write this and there's another 15-20cm of fresh snow to report here at base since yesterday.

There's more on the way as well with this low pressure system set to deliver large amount of snow to many areas of Japan this weekend. Hopefully we'll be part of the fun there.

There may be a slight easing after the weekend but it's generally snowmen all lined up on the weather forecasts. Niseko isn't the place to come for a high chance of clear skies and sun, that's for sure.

Some more runs open at Niseko Grand Hirafu now and there's another lift moving at Niseko Annupuri... we're getting there! It surely won't be long now before the resorts are all fully open.

So yes, nighta will be starting up for the season from tomorrow night when part of the mountain will be open and floodlit until 8pm.

Someone has asked about the snow depth numbers shown on the page here below. Namely the one that today shows Niseko Grand Hirafu with 160cm on upper slopes and the adjoining Niseko Village with just 80cm. Personally I would say just don't read too much into it, though Hirafu always seem to bring in the larger numbers. They are simply the official snow depth numbers that the resorts post each day. The most important number to look at I reckon is how much snow is falling each day - we all like that fresh layer don't we. In my experience, different people will give you different numbers -- even if they are actually looking at exactly the same spot. I try to give you an 'accurate' (honest) number each day as I observe around me each morning.

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Exciting news as well this morning of 10 free Niseko All Mountain lift tickets that will be part of the SnowJapan Prize Draw this season on this here website, coming to you courtesy of the kind people at Hanazono Niseko Japan. Details will be online later in the day on SnowJapan, and I'll post a link as well tomorrow in the report so you can enter if you so wish.

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Here's what is planned to be open this morning:

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Courses: Family Course, Sen-no-ki, Alpen, Detour for Beginners, Green, Center, Shirakaba, Kokutai, Kogen, Ni-Kabe, Jumbo, Parallel, Rinkan (lowe), Setsuzoku, Jumbo, Parallel
Lifts: Ace Family Lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Ace Number 3 lift, Hirafu Gondola, King Number 3 Triple lift, Swinging Monkey.

Niseko Hanazono
Courses: Stairway to Heaven, Silver Dream, Legend of Shinya, Yotei Sunset, Crystal Garden
Lifts: All 3 quad lifts operating

Niseko Village
Courses: Final Fling, Shaky Knees, Next Stage, Banzai, Cruiser, Don't Blink, beginners course from Gondola, Junkyard, Namara (part ungroomed), Jagaimo (ungroomed), Misoshiru (ungroomed)
Lifts: Niseko Gondola, Community Chair, Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri
Courses: Paradise, Family, Challenge, Marchen, Dynamic, Junior, Utopia, Shirakaba, Silver (9 out of 13 courses open)
Lifts: Annupuri Gondola, Jumbo Number 1 Quad, Jumbo Number 2 Pair, Jumbo Number 3 Pair

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Nighta is scheduled to open from Saturday 13th December. Just 2 more nights to go!

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Official snow depth numbers at the time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 160cm
Base - 90cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 80cm
Base - 50cm

Annupuri:
Top - 130cm
Base - 90cm

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas on the mountain part open - see report for details

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 12th December 2014
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 12th December 2014
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 12th December 2014
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)
  2014/2015
*as of Friday 12th December 2014
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
12th December 15cm 4cm 2cm
11th December 2cm 1cm 40cm
10th December 20cm 0cm 40cm
9th December 14cm 10cm 20cm
8th December 4cm 12cm 10cm
7th December 40cm 15cm 10cm
6th December 30cm 0cm 15cm
Previous 7 days total 125cm 42cm 137cm
Previous 14 days total 156cm 93cm 200cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 156cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total - 461cm 443cm
February observed snowfall total - 178cm 316cm
March observed snowfall total - 113cm 164cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 32cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 2cm
Season observed snowfall total 186cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 12th December 2014
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
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
156cm
[186cm]
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[186cm]
-
[186cm]
-
[186cm]
-
[186cm]
-
[186cm]
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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