Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 9th December 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:20am on Tuesday 9th December 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
Slight
Limited
This report
Tuesday 9th December 2014, 8:20am
14cm
Monday 8th December 2014, 9:16am 4cm
Sunday 7th December 2014, 8:50am 40cm
Saturday 6th December 2014, 8:30am 30cm
Friday 5th December 2014, 8:01am 10cm
Thursday 4th December 2014, 8:40am 15cm
Wednesday 3rd December 2014, 8:49am 5cm
Last 7 reports (total): 118cm
Last 14 reports (total): 119cm
Current month (December 2014) total: 119cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 149cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:20am on Tuesday 9th December 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Another 10-15cm of fresh snow here at base in Hirafu since my last report as the snow steadily comes down. Just spoken with a patrol guy from Hirafu who said there is at least 20cm of fresh up on the upper slopes there.

Still, while certainly there's plenty to play in for now, all of resort areas are still mentioning that the snow isn't that deep just yet with sasa and other things popping up through in places and in some cases narrow courses. The other thing to be careful of is the fact that the snow that we have pretty much came without snow base. Care needed whilst having fun. Always the case of course but early season considerations need to be taken into account.

There's still not that many people around at the moment, but things will change quite dramatically over the next few weeks. Once we get into Christmas week that's when Niseko will really come to life in a big way. It will be interesting to see how things might have changed once again this season. One thing's for sure - it will be lively! Let's hope the nature does it's bit with the snow in terms of quality and quantity.

Niseko Grand Hirafu and Hanazono are connected and skiable; however the top lifts aren't moving yet and so the connection between Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village and Niseko Village and Annupuri are not open yet... shuttle bus required.

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Here's what's open this morning:

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Courses: Family Course, Alpen, Detour for Beginners, Green, Center, Kokutai, Kogen, Ni-Kabe, Jumbo, Parallel, Rinkan (lowe), Setsuzoku.
Lifts: Ace Family Lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Ace Number 3 lift, Hirafu Gondola, King Number 3 Triple lift, Swinging Monkey.

Niseko Hanazono
Courses: Stairway to Heaven, Silver Dream, Legend of Shinya, Yotei Sunset, Crystal Garden
Lifts: All 3 quad lifts operating

Niseko Village
Courses: Final Fling, Shaky Knees, Next Stage, Banzai, Cruiser, Don't Blink, beginners course from Gondola, Junkyard, Namara (part ungroomed), Jagaimo (ungroomed), Misoshiru (ungroomed)
Lifts: Gondola, Community Chair, Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri
Courses: Paradise Course, Junior Course
Lifts: Jumbo Number 1 Quad

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Nighta is scheduled to open from Saturday 13th December.

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Official snow depth numbers at the time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 145cm
Base - 85cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 80cm
Base - 50cm

Annupuri:
Top - 120cm
Base - 80cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:20am on Tuesday 9th December 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All 4 resort areas open - see report for details

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Tuesday 9th December 2014
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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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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  2014/2015
*as of Tuesday 9th December 2014
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
9th December 14cm 10cm 20cm
8th December 4cm 12cm 10cm
7th December 40cm 15cm 10cm
6th December 30cm 0cm 15cm
5th December 10cm 0cm 10cm
4th December 15cm 0cm 0cm
3rd December 5cm 1cm 2cm
Previous 7 days total 118cm 38cm 67cm
Previous 14 days total 119cm 101cm 144cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 119cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total - 461cm 443cm
February observed snowfall total - 178cm 316cm
March observed snowfall total - 113cm 164cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 32cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 2cm
Season observed snowfall total 149cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 9th December 2014
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
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2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
119cm
[149cm]
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[149cm]
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[149cm]
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[149cm]
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[149cm]
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[149cm]
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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