Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 17th December 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:25am on Thursday 17th December 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, some blue sky right now!
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Not snowing just now but forecast
wind condition
N 4-7m/s (Hirafu)
Pretty decent
This report
Thursday 17th December 2015, 8:25am
18cm
Wednesday 16th December 2015, 8:30am 0cm
Tuesday 15th December 2015, 8:35am 0cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 18cm
Last 14 reports (total): 77cm
Current month (December 2015) total: 91cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 155cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:25am on Thursday 17th December 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Now this is much better!

This morning I have a nice 18cm of fresh snowfall to report from here around my base in Hirafu and no doubt there will be more of it up there on them there mountains. My friend up there just gave me a call and put it at 25+cm.

Snow is forecast for the day today, but what's this... sun?! Yes, there's a fair bit of blue sky to be seen and the sun shining down on us as I write this report. Hmmm. Hopefully it's a break in the snow clouds rather than a clearing up situation. I believe the forecast! Which tells us to expect snow clouds to be over the region over the next few days.

It doesn't feel windy here now but hear that there's stronger winds at higher altitudes.

There are no significant changes in lift operations this morning as far as I can tell. But it is definitely a big improvement on yesterday in terms of snow.

Still, we need lots and lots more...

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -2℃, light breeze and 20cm of crystal snow. NE8m/s wind, 20cm snowfall at 600m altitude. Coastal data: Benkei cape NNE11m/s, Kamui cape N11m/s, 1003hPa, 3.6m waves. NNW10-15m/s at 1000m elevation.

Cornices and snowdrifts have drastically developed under the strong 20+m/s wind overnight and are unstable in leeward south facing slopes above 800m.

Surface slab slides of 30-40cm thickness from Dec 12th layer are very likely to occur in those slopes.

Snow is still shallow, beware of hidden stumps and bamboo grass when skiing off-piste. Gates are still closed, please respect the Niseko Rules.

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Resort specific news as of 8:20am - 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
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 as of 17th December 2015:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 145cm
Base - 45cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 65cm
Base - 30cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 60cm
Base - 40cm

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Archive report: Posted at 8:25am on Thursday 17th December 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Limited lift operations on the mountain

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 17th December 2015
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2015/2016
*as of Thursday 17th December 2015
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
17th December 18cm 0cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 18cm 117cm 110cm
Previous 14 days total 77cm 250cm 147cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 91cm 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 155cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 17th December 2015
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 - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
91cm
[155cm]
-
[155cm]
-
[155cm]
-
[155cm]
-
[155cm]
-
[155cm]
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]
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