Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 9th December 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:35am on Saturday 9th December 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-9°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snowing
wind condition
0 - 2m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Varied
This report
Saturday 9th December 2017, 8:35am
7cm
Friday 8th December 2017, 8:32am 2cm
Thursday 7th December 2017, 8:12am 5cm
Wednesday 6th December 2017, 8:31am 17cm
Tuesday 5th December 2017, 8:35am 7cm
Monday 4th December 2017, 8:32am 5cm
Sunday 3rd December 2017, 8:31am 16cm
Last 7 reports (total): 59cm
Last 14 reports (total): 140cm
Current month (December 2017) total: 87cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 275cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:35am on Saturday 9th December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Hirafu base.

It's really very cold this morning. This is a good thing of course, just need to be sure to be layered up enough and prepared.

The 7cm of fresh snow to report at base (and more on the slopes) should be a nice top-up this morning too. The snow has been a bit on and off since I have been up this morning. Pre-toast, it was snowing pretty good out there for a bit, then it eased off. There has even been a little bit of sun peeking through the mostly cloudy skies. And as I prepare to post this report, it's snowing again.

More folk are starting to turn up but things are still relatively quiet and so the snow isn't getting tracked out. It should be a good day for everyone lucky enough to be here.

I'm liking the look of the forecast as well with lots of snow on there. We may get some milder conditions tomorrow but it'll be back to cold quickly enough as we enter the new week and back to regular snow.

Night skiing 'nighta' starts up for the season from tonight. Remember, there's nighta at Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas, but not at the Hanazono area. At Hirafu they plan to have the Ace Family quad lift and the Ace Number 2 Center four lift operating from tonight; and then add the Holiday Number 1 pair lift and Gondola into the mix from next Saturday. I have made a note of which lifts are scheduled to operate for nighta on the lists below.

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So here we are on 9th December with most of the pieces of the puzzle in place and up and running. We're now anxiously waiting for the top lifts and gates to also open.

And for Niseko to start getting (very) busy!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base -10℃, 10cm snowfall, calm. Moiwa800m: -12℃, 5cm snow, minimal snowdrift development and calm. Annupuri1000m: -14℃, light breeze, 5cm snowfall. Hirafu1000m: -12℃, light snowfall. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW10m/s, Kamui cape NW6m/s, 1010hPa, 0.9m waves.

The isobars are spread out and the weather is calm. No notable snowdrift development can be observed. 40-50cm of fresh snow is sitting on top of Dec 3rd layer. The snowpack reached 150cm in deepest area. A few layers can be observed, however snowpack is mostly stable and the avalanche hazard is relatively low.

The snow is good and fast. Moiwa gate 6 opens today. The snowpack is still shallow in places and terrain features are still distinguished, but fun to ride. Watch out for hidden branches and unburied streams. Water is ice cold.

Have you turned your beacon on? Although carrying one is not mandatory, it is strongly recommended to do so. It may save your and other’s lives, if you’re familiar how to use it.

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Saturday 9th December 2017

What's planned to be open today in Niseko (subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Lifts operating:
- Ace Number 3 Pair lift
- Ace Number 2 Center Four quad lift (nighta)
- Ace Family quad lift (nighta)
- King Number 3 quad lift
- Hirafu Gondola
- Holiday Number 1 pair lift
- Swinging Monkey

* All courses are open apart from Large and Dynamic. Konayuki and Miharashi now open.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts operating:
- Hanazono Number 1 quad lift
- Hanazono Number 2 quad lift
- Hanazono Number 3 quad lift

* All lifts are operating

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts operating:
- Annupuri Gondola
- Jumbo Number 1 quad lift (nighta)
- Jumbo Number 2 quad lift
- Dream Number 1 quad lift

* Utopia, Shirakaba, Silver, Paradise, Family, Dynamic and Junior courses are open.

Niseko Village

Lifts operating:
- Niseko Gondola
- Banzai Chair
- Community Chair (nighta)
- Upper Village Gondola (nighta)
- Village Express (nighta)

* Top of Gondola to base is skiable.

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Official resort snow depths on Saturday 9th December 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 210cm
Base - 80cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai
Top - 135cm
Base - 80cm

Niseko Village
Top - 145cm
Base - 80cm

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Floodlit 'nighta' skiing schedule:
From today!

Archive report: Posted at 8:35am on Saturday 9th December 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas are open. Top lifts and gates not open yet. Night skiing operations start today.

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 9th December 2017
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 9th December 2017
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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  2017/2018
*as of Saturday 9th December 2017
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
9th December 7cm 10cm 0cm
8th December 2cm 10cm 7cm
7th December 5cm 4cm 15cm
6th December 17cm 6cm 18cm
5th December 7cm 0cm 14cm
4th December 5cm 0cm 5cm
3rd December 16cm 3cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 59cm 33cm 59cm
Previous 14 days total 140cm 59cm 108cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 87cm 181cm 244cm
January observed snowfall total - 152cm 303cm
February observed snowfall total - 160cm 266cm
March observed snowfall total - 83cm 109cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 275cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 9th December 2017
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 - 188cm
[188cm]
87cm
[275cm]
- - - - -
2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
152cm
[445cm]
160cm
[605cm]
83cm
[688cm]
0cm
[688cm]
0cm
[688cm]
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]
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