Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 22nd November 2013

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 4:21pm on Friday 22nd November 2013
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Thursday 21st November 2013, 8:26am 10cm
Wednesday 20th November 2013, 13:23pm 0cm
Sunday 17th November 2013, 15:08pm 0cm
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Wednesday 13th November 2013, 10:12am 10cm
Tuesday 12th November 2013, 11:21am 30cm
Last 7 reports (total): 50cm
Last 14 reports (total): 70cm
Current month (November 2013) total: 70cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 70cm

Archive report: Posted at 4:21pm on Friday 22nd November 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

4PM UPDATE:

Unfortunately with the snow as it is, Grand Hirafu won't be opening tomorrow either. In fact, they have even announced that they are now hoping to be open by 30th November a full week away... no doubt not encouraged by the lack of decent snowfall on the forecast in the coming few days. They are reporting 50cm on the upper areas and 20cm down below, but that's not enough for the decision to open.

So the milder conditions and sometimes rain have conspired against an opening. Taking a look at the forecast, by mid week next week we might see snow clouds back over the region and bringing us some decent snowfall, so hopefully things will look different by next weekend.

We'll keep you updated.

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MORNING UPDATE:

Well, here we are on the 22nd November with tomorrow as the target opening date for the 2013/2014 season for a number of the resorts here - specifically Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Annupuri.

This morning I have some news from Annupuri - who say they will unfortunately not be able to open tomorrow. Due to the snow over there and lack of it on the forecast for the moment they will not be opening tomorrow and will just be in standby mode to open up as soon as they can. No news currently from Grand Hirafu but if I get any information today I will update this report later on.

OK on to the weather. Right now it is about +2 degrees, it's cloudy with some sleet or rain likely during the day. Clearer skies, some sun and milder temperatures are forecast for the weekend as well. As the forecast stands now it is looking like the next snowfall we can expect is perhaps going to be with us around Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

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Planned resort opening dates:

Niseko Grand Hirafu - 23rd November
Niseko Annupuri - open as soon as snow allows
Niseko Village - 1st December
Hanazono - 7th December

(Apologies for the previous posted mistake regarding the opening date of Hanazono - they plan to open on the 7th December, not the 23rd November).

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Niseko Grand Hirafu has posted some information about night skiing for the new season. Night skiing is a highlight for many in Hirafu and definitely some of the best on offer in Japan. This coming season nighta will be operating from December 14th until March 22nd, from 4:30pm until 8:30pm. So there's enough time to hit the bars after a ride... highly recommended especially when the snow is in top condition. Anyway, here's what they plan to have open for nighta:

Ace Family Pair Lift 
Ace Quad Lift #2 (Center 4) 
Hirafu Gondola 
Holiday Pair Lift #1

The following courses should be normally open for nighta:

Family
Sennoki
Green
Alpen
Furiko
Super
Kogen
Boyo
King area connection
Kokutai

As with all of these things - subject to change depending on the weather and snow conditions at the time.

Archive report: Posted at 4:21pm on Friday 22nd November 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Please see report.

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December observed snowfall total - 418cm -
January observed snowfall total - 443cm -
February observed snowfall total - 316cm -
March observed snowfall total - 164cm -
April observed snowfall total - 32cm -
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