Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 31st December 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:35am on Saturday 31st December 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Mostly cloudy, some blue sky
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None currently
wind condition
up to 9m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Pretty good
This report
Saturday 31st December 2016, 8:35am
5cm
Friday 30th December 2016, 8:31am 14cm
Thursday 29th December 2016, 8:31am 3cm
Wednesday 28th December 2016, 8:33am 4cm
Tuesday 27th December 2016, 8:31am 1cm
Monday 26th December 2016, 8:31am 0cm
Sunday 25th December 2016, 8:31am 3cm
Last 7 reports (total): 30cm
Last 14 reports (total): 46cm
Current month (December 2016) total: 181cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 293cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:35am on Saturday 31st December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko on this New Years Eve morning.

Yesterday I enjoyed a really good 4 hours out in the snow. I found some very nice conditions though it was getting pretty windy out there in the afternoon and unfortunately the wind stopped some of the lifts. Hopefully today wind will be less of an issue. Yesterday was my last ski of the year as well, as I need to get myself off to Sapporo city this morning once the report is done.

So what is going on this morning? Light snow was falling again early on but that has now eased off and it is currently cloudy with more and more blue sky appearing and the sun starting to break through as well.

We have had about 5cm of fresh snowfall overnight here at base. Again, it's good quality snow by the looks, but we could just do with more on the quantity side of things. A look at the forecast shows there's really not much sign of huge dumpage on the forecast so it feels like we are perhaps going to have to make do with smaller installments. As long as they are regular.

There's a good crowd of folk lining up and waiting for the lifts to get going this morning. New Years Eve and all, there's a lot of people here now and there will no doubt be lots of celebrations going on tonight - including official fireworks, torch lit skiing and the like. Lots of people also means that tracks get filled in quicker so those regular top-ups are important.

Early next week I'll take another look back at the season so far.

All that remains for me this year is to thank everyone for reading these 'Niseko Now' reports, the good folk who run and develop SnowJapan.com - and let's all hope that 2017 proves to be a good one. For snow in Niseko, snow in Japan, and of course just generally. I'll see you then. Forgive me if my report tomorrow is a little later than usual... I can foresee some potential 'technical issues'. ;)

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -5℃, 5cm snowfall in 12hours. Mikaeri ridge 800m: -10℃, W8m/s, 20cm snowfall with snowdrifts development. Annupuri 1150m: -11℃, W10-15m/s, snowdrifts developing. Hirafu 1200m: -12℃, W15m/s, snowdrifts developing on the east side. Coastal data: Kamui cape NW8m/s, 1018hPa, 2.4m waves.

Relatively strong westerly wind persists; cornices and snowdrifts are developing above 800m and are unstable during the morning. The avalanche risk in high elevation cornices slopes and knolls is high this morning. Gates 4 (Hirafu) & 5 (Hanazono) are opening today. Please listen to the ski patrols’ instructions before stepping out of the gates. The snow in the trees is good, but still shallow. Better not stimulate cornices and knolls, accidents mostly happen during and just after storms.

Niseko area has been working on accident prevention in the out of bounds and surrounds backcountry areas. This practice started as a result of necessity, but eventually played a big role on the tourism promotion of Niseko snow season. The Rules respects the freedom to ride, but also values the safety of all resort users. Some of the Niseko mountain area is included in the quasi-national park area. The Japanese Park Law’s fundamental principles bases on the protection of the environment and the adequate use of the land. Niseko Rules obviously respects these principles too.

We would like to point out that, when a private company borrows national/prefectural land to run a business, they should not make selfish interpretations and think they have exclusive rights to using a public land. If they did, they would be standing against the gist of the National Park Law.

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All lifts appear to be operating as planned.

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Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 31st December 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 250cm
Base - 100cm

Niseko Village
Top - 140cm
Base - 100cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 140cm
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.

Archive report: Posted at 8:35am on Saturday 31st December 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Resorts open as planned this morning.

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 31st December 2016
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 31st December 2016
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)
  2016/2017
*as of Saturday 31st December 2016
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
31st December 5cm 5cm 40cm
30th December 14cm 23cm 0cm
29th December 3cm 21cm 0cm
28th December 4cm 24cm 0cm
27th December 1cm 20cm 25cm
26th December 0cm 24cm 45cm
25th December 3cm 7cm 20cm
Previous 7 days total 30cm 124cm 130cm
Previous 14 days total 46cm 153cm 263cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 181cm 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 293cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 31st December 2016
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 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
-
[293cm]
-
[293cm]
-
[293cm]
-
[293cm]
-
[293cm]
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
303cm
[611cm]
266cm
[877cm]
109cm
[986cm]
6cm
[992cm]
0cm
[992cm]
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]
  October November December January February March April May
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