Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 16th December 2015

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Wednesday 16th December 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, fog, some blue sky in places
Base temp:
5°C

Top temp:
1°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Earlier light rain eased off
wind condition
Slight southerly
Looks variable but right here at base not so good right now
This report
Wednesday 16th December 2015, 8:30am
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Monday 14th December 2015, 8:32am 0cm
Sunday 13th December 2015, 8:40am 0cm
Saturday 12th December 2015, 8:38am 0cm
Friday 11th December 2015, 8:34am 0cm
Thursday 10th December 2015, 8:42am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 0cm
Last 14 reports (total): 59cm
Current month (December 2015) total: 73cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 137cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Wednesday 16th December 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

It has been raining again folks.

Rain held off yesterday morning but it started falling in the afternoon and through the night as well.

It was raining still earlier on but for the moment has eased off and it's just a mix of cloud and fog in places, though clearer in some areas.

Sadly, the situation is pretty bad at the moment. Sorry to have to report that kind of thing, but got to report what is happening...

BUT!

Snow is on the way...honest!

And fingers crossed, it'll be snowing by this afternoon and overnight tonight we'll get a decent dump. So hopefully I will be able to post a much happier report tomorrow morning. We're looking at continued snow through until perhaps Saturday as well, so this could potentially get us going once again. We shall see.

Other than the Niseko Gondola this morning set to open a bit later at 9am due to some course maintenance, the limited resort operations seem unchanged this morning. Sort of like yesterday, just less snow! :(

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Remember that at the moment the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri resort upper mountain connections are not open and so if you want to get between them you'll need to get to base and take the road bus.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: +1℃, light rain, 40cm snow depth. Misty and light snow at 600m altitude, 60cm snow depth. Coastal data: Benkei capeNNW5m/s, Kamui cape NW4m/s, 1007hPa, 0.5m waves.

A low pressure system is passing, snow clouds are reaching in southern and northern Hokkaido, but none around Niseko area. Thaw is continuing and is becoming really shallow, not suitable for riding. Access gates won’t be able to be set for another while.

Some snow is forecasted as the winter pressure pattern gets stronger. Beware of full depth slides in south facing steep slopes. Do not enter Harunotaki and Yunosawa off-limits areas.

The light is flat and the surface is hard to read. Be careful of bamboo grass, dirt patches and rocks.

This information is released for the safety of all resort users.

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Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day

The lifts market with an asterix (*) below are planned to be open for night skiing

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Lifts planned to be running:
- Ace Family pair*
- Ace Number 2 Quad Center Four (for transport)
- Ace Number 3 pair
- Hirafu Gondola (for transport)
- King Number 3 triple (on hold due to strong winds and fog)
- Holiday Number 1 pair
- Swinging Monkey
Courses planned to be open:
- Family
- Beginners access
- Center
- Shirakaba
- Kogen
- Boyo
- Holiday
- Rinkan (lower part)
- Jumbo
- Connecting Course

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Lifts planned to be running:
- Hanazono Number 1 quad
- Hanazono Number 2 quad
- Hanazono Number 3 quad (on hold due to strong winds and fog)
Courses planned to be open:
- Parallel
- Silver Dream
- Stairway to Heaven
- Setsuzoku course
- Crystal Garden
- Yotei Sunset (ungroomed)

Niseko Village
Lifts planned to be operating:
- Niseko Gondola
- Community Chair*
- Banzai Chair*

Niseko Annupuri
Lifts planned to be operating:
- Annupuri Gondola
- Jumbo Number 1 quad*
- Jumbo Number 2 pair
- Jumbo Number 3 pair
Courses planned to be open:
- Utopia
- Shirakaba
- Paradise
- Junior
- Family
- Silver
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Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 135cm
Base - 30cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 50cm
Base - 20cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 50cm
Base - 30cm

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Wednesday 16th December 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Limited operations as we wait for more snow to arrive

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  2015/2016
*as of Wednesday 16th December 2015
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
16th December 0cm 0cm 15cm
15th December 0cm 45cm 35cm
14th December 0cm 30cm 35cm
13th December 0cm 25cm 20cm
12th December 0cm 15cm 4cm
11th December 0cm 2cm 1cm
10th December 0cm 20cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 0cm 137cm 110cm
Previous 14 days total 59cm 255cm 148cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 73cm 519cm 275cm
January observed snowfall total - 257cm 461cm
February observed snowfall total - 196cm 178cm
March observed snowfall total - 139cm 113cm
April observed snowfall total - 3cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 137cm 1144cm 1163cm
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61cm
[64cm]
73cm
[137cm]
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[137cm]
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[137cm]
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[137cm]
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[137cm]
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[137cm]
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
257cm
[806cm]
196cm
[1002cm]
139cm
[1141cm]
3cm
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2013/2014 season 0cm
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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
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2cm
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