Consistent snowfall dominated the conditions for the last few days in Niseko (90/180cm), helping grow the snowpack as it approaches 2m on the upper slopes of Grand Hirafu. The last seven days saw 76cm come down, although mild temperatures over the weekend unfortunately led to some rainfall at village level, changing only to damp snow as you move up in altitude. Although the coverage is growing, the upper mountain lifts and off piste access remained restricted on Monday 17th December. Hakuba (10/40cm) is comparatively bereft of snowfall, seeing only 12cm over the weekend. Temperatures were equally mild, and only a limited range of terrain was available to ski. Rusutsu (80/100cm) saw the most favourable conditions, with heavy snowfall and a large range of their terrain and lifts operational, with only a handful of trails yet to be opened.