Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 24th December 2015

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:33am on Thursday 24th December 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Fine, blue skies, sun
Base temp:
1°C

Top temp:
-3°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
0m/s < take a photo of this!
Very good
This report
Thursday 24th December 2015, 8:33am
0cm
Wednesday 23rd December 2015, 8:34am 0cm
Tuesday 22nd December 2015, 8:32am 0cm
Monday 21st December 2015, 8:27am 1cm
Sunday 20th December 2015, 8:34am 0cm
Saturday 19th December 2015, 8:56am 10cm
Friday 18th December 2015, 8:56am 18cm
Last 7 reports (total): 29cm
Last 14 reports (total): 47cm
Current month (December 2015) total: 120cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 184cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:33am on Thursday 24th December 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Hello and it is a calm Christmas Eve morning here in Niseko.

I'm not sure that later on tonight things might be called 'calm'; well considering the festivities that will be happening. Be good everyone!

Anyway, back to the weather. There has been no new cm of snow overnight. There was a tiny bit of snow yesterday later on in the day apparently - I missed it! - but nothing came of it in the end.

Generally a fine day yesterday and it's a fine start to this morning as well. It felt pretty cold overnight I thought but it's going to be another mild day today during the daytime with a high of about 5C expected.

Santa and his trusted reindeer, snow monkeys and kamoshika may well be on the slopes today but by tonight the good man should be packing the snow and starting to unleash it over the region. Let's hope he got our order specifications right and they weren't too vague ('ridiculous amount of snow please').

The little snowmen on the forecast for the coming week are all lined up - check.

It's going to get very cold especially as we enter the weekend - check.

Might get windy? Yes, but we don't care - we just need the snow.

See you tomorrow morning with the latest.

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'Anti-Drone Area'?

Here's what Niseko Grand Hirafu have said on the subject:

"Wireless drones (including some wired drones) have become increasingly popular recently. The use of drones in Niseko Grand HIRAFU is prohibited, excluding cases where permission has been granted explicitly. This includes ski areas, lifts, and other facilities, as well as the airspace and surrounding areas, as well as areas in which drone operation may have undesired consequences.

Many skiers and people in general use the ski areas and facilities, and since the drones are relatively heavy and have a moving rotor, there is a risk of collision and significant injury. In order to avoid collisions between drones and people due to, for example, sudden winds, transmission problems, malfunctions and operator error, and other reasons, drone flights are prohibited."

No unauthorised flying!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -1°C, no new snowfall, calm. Elevation 1000m: -3ºC, SW3m/s, trace new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: S2m/s. Kamui Cape SW7m/s, 1017hPa, wave 0.7m.

No significant snowfall and the seas are calm. A small low pressure system over the Japan Sea is blocking the high pressure from the west. The current repetitive conditions of warm days and cool nights has made the ski runs below 600m hard, but above 600m the runs are in better condition. Off piste, bamboo and small trees are still completely exposed. Take care, we have had these conditions in the past and accidents still happen.

Note: Be careful off runaway skiis, there are also many other dangers waiting in the mountains. Dont drink too much. Due to the lack of snow, we still cant open gates to out off bounds riding.

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Planned resort operations (subject to change due to weather conditions 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*
- King Number 3 triple
- Holiday Number 1 pair*
- Swinging Monkey
Courses planned to be open:
- Family
- Beginners access
- Center
- Shirakaba
- Green
- Kokutai
- Ni-kabe
- Alpen
- Sennoki
- Kogen
- Boyo
- Rinkan
- Jumbo

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:
- Connecting
- 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*
- Morino 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
- Dynamic
- Silver

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Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 24th December 2015:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 180cm
Base - 60cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 80cm
Base - 50cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 75cm
Base - 50cm

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Archive report: Posted at 8:33am on Thursday 24th December 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Please see main report for details

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 24th December 2015
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 24th December 2015
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 24th December 2015
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)
  2015/2016
*as of Thursday 24th December 2015
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
24th December 0cm 25cm 35cm
23rd December 0cm 30cm 15cm
22nd December 0cm 20cm 5cm
21st December 1cm 2cm 0cm
20th December 0cm 1cm 0cm
19th December 10cm 30cm 0cm
18th December 18cm 25cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 29cm 133cm 55cm
Previous 14 days total 47cm 250cm 165cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 120cm 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 184cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 24th 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]
120cm
[184cm]
-
[184cm]
-
[184cm]
-
[184cm]
-
[184cm]
-
[184cm]
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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