Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 16th December 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Friday 16th December 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
It's snowing
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Moderate to heavy snow
wind condition
SW 0m/s - W 3m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Poor
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This report
Friday 16th December 2016, 8:30am
36cm
Thursday 15th December 2016, 8:25am 0cm
Wednesday 14th December 2016, 8:38am 0cm
Tuesday 13th December 2016, 8:32am 2cm
Monday 12th December 2016, 8:28am 4cm
Sunday 11th December 2016, 8:32am 17cm
Saturday 10th December 2016, 8:33am 15cm
Last 7 reports (total): 74cm
Last 14 reports (total): 107cm
Current month (December 2016) total: 111cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 223cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Friday 16th December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

A very good morning to you from here in the Niseko region, and what a morning it is.

After the disappointment of yesterday, what do we have here? Only an impressive 36cm of fresh snow on the ground! And if you check the Avalanche Report below, they are mentioning up to 60cm of fresh out there on the mountain. Very nice.

I almost didn't think it was going to happen but the snow started coming down in style later in the afternoon. And it really was snowing heavily for a while there - what a sight it was too! Strong winds joined in the mix and were blowing the snow around and so it's a case of more-or-less in different places. I think my 36cm is a representative amount to record in the report though and wherever you are taking readings from this morning, it's a lot.

It is keeping very cold, less wind and the snow is still falling now, so conditions out on the slopes should be fantastic. I tend to avoid using cheesy variations on the words like 'deep' in my reports, but that word will apply this morning. Especially with the limited visibility conditions early on, remember to be careful where you go. Everyone gets excited on a day like today but we need to keep our thinking head on at the same time.

Hopefully soon I'll be able to take down specific lift operation information and just be able to declare 'everywhere open', but it doesn't look like we're quite there just yet. This fresh snow will certainly help.

Snow clouds are forecast to be over us today and tomorrow but after that there's a run of clearer skies lined up along with somewhat milder temperatures.

Anyway time to post the report. I am officially excited and am going to wrap myself up, get the low visibility goggles on and go experience it all myself. I might not make it to the first lifts of the day - there's already people lining up for the first lifts as I write this about 30 minutes before they start moving - but there'll be more than enough for everyone to enjoy this morning.

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Just a quick look at some numbers:

Last season, up until 16th December 2015 I had observed 137cm of snowfall.
This season, up until 16th December 2016 I have observed 223cm of snowfall.

Same me, same place. I like the sound of that. May it be the pattern for the season...

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -8C, 50cm new light crystal snowfall in the last 12 hrs, light winds. Elevation 800m: light winds, 60cm new snow, no snowdrift development. Coastal data: Kamui Cape: W10m/s, 1008hPa, wave 1.1m.

We are currently in the middle of a winter weather pattern and there has been 40cm of new snow fall at mountain base. The wind above 800m is expected to increase from the west, along with increasing development of cornices and snowdrifts above that altitude. The weak frost layer from 14th Dec persists, however above this layer there is no wind pack so general avalanche risk is considered low..

Leaving the ski runs today and riding into the valley bottoms is not recommended today, it will be difficult to impossible to make it back to the resort in this deep snow. The gates are not set up yet and riding out of bounds is not allowed yet.

Don't duck ropes, passes will be confiscated. The snow is deep and good- winter is here!

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Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):

All four resort areas appear to be able to open as planned at the start of the day.

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Lifts planned to be operating:

- Ace Family pair*
- Ace Number 2 Center Four*
- Ace Number 3 pair
- Hirafu Gondola*
- King Number 3 quad
- Holiday Number 1 pair*
- Swinging Monkey

Courses that are not yet open:

- Onsenzawa
- Large
- Miharashi
- Dynamic

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts planned to be operating:

- Hanazono 1 quad
- Hanazono 2 quad
- Hanazono 3 quad

Courses planned to be open:

- All open apart from Hanazono Park

Niseko Village

Lifts planned to be operating:

- Niseko Gondola
- Upper Village Gondola*
- Village Express*
- Community Chair*
- Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri

Lifts planned to be operating:

- Jumbo Number 1 quad* (opening late this morning)
- Jumbo Number 2 pair
- Jumbo Number 3 pair
- Annupuri Gondola

Courses planned to be open:

- Utopia
- Shirakaba
- Silver
- Paradise
- Junior
- Family
- Dynamic

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Official resort snow depths as of Friday 16th December 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 220cm
Base - 100cm

Niseko Village
Top - 100cm
Base - 80cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 100cm
Base - 90cm

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Night skiing is planned until Monday 20th March 2017 at the Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village resort areas. There is no nighta in the Hanazono area.

The lifts marked with a * above are the lifts that are planned to be operating for nighta.

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Friday 16th December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Lots of fresh snow this morning. Lift operations as they are posted above. I expect more opening imminently!

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  2016/2017
*as of Friday 16th December 2016
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
16th December 36cm 0cm 0cm
15th December 0cm 0cm 45cm
14th December 0cm 0cm 30cm
13th December 2cm 0cm 25cm
12th December 4cm 0cm 15cm
11th December 17cm 0cm 2cm
10th December 15cm 0cm 20cm
Previous 7 days total 74cm 0cm 137cm
Previous 14 days total 107cm 59cm 255cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 111cm 244cm 519cm
January observed snowfall total - 303cm 257cm
February observed snowfall total - 266cm 196cm
March observed snowfall total - 109cm 139cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 3cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 223cm 992cm 1144cm
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The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 16th December 2016
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[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
111cm
[223cm]
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[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
303cm
[611cm]
266cm
[877cm]
109cm
[986cm]
6cm
[992cm]
0cm
[992cm]
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[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
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