Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 18th December 2012

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:45am on Tuesday 18th December 2012
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
Base 5m/s; Top 14m/s
Fair
This report
Tuesday 18th December 2012, 9:45am
10cm
Monday 17th December 2012, 9:24am 10cm
Sunday 16th December 2012, 9:20am 7cm
Saturday 15th December 2012, 9:32am 5cm
Friday 14th December 2012, 9:01am 10cm
Thursday 13th December 2012, 9:09am 0cm
Wednesday 12th December 2012, 9:21am 2cm
Last 7 reports (total): 44cm
Last 14 reports (total): 189cm
Current month (December 2012) total: 226cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 344cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:45am on Tuesday 18th December 2012
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Another 10cm of snow to report this morning from the village with the temperature around the same as yesterday as well as those winds affecting some top lifts on the mountain as well. Similar kind of conditions as yesterday really.

The forecast is looking positive for decent snowfall over the next few days along with temperatures that are going to drop further overnight into tomorrow. Tomorrow should see a return to nice cold conditions.

This morning early on the Niseko Gondola at Niseko Village is running at slower speeds. The top King Number 3 and King Number 4 lifts at Niseko Grand Hirafu, as well as the top Hanazono Number 3 quad lift, are not operating due to the wind conditions on the mountain at the time of writing.

Lifts Operating (at time of writing)
Asterix denotes planned 'nighta' operations

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Ace Family Pair*
Ace Number 2 Quad (Center Four)*
Ace Number 3 Pair
Hirafu Gondola*
Holiday Number 1 Pair*
Swinging Monkey

Niseko Annupuri
Annupuri Gondola
Jumbo Number 1 Quad*
Jumbo Number 2 Pair
Jumbo Number 3 Pair
Jumbo Number 4 Pair

Niseko Village
Niseko Gondola
Community Chair*
Banzai Chair*
Wonderland Chair
Morino Chair

Niseko Hanazono
Hanazono Number 1 Quad
Hanazono Number 2 Quad

Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu
Top - 240cm
Bottom - 110cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 150cm
Bottom - 140cm

Niseko Village
Top - 160cm
Bottom - 110cm

Niseko Hanazono
Top - 240cm
Bottom - 110cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base: -3C, 10cm of crystal snow falling from early this morning. No development of snowdrifts can be observed. Coastal wind: N12m/s. 200cm snowpack at Moiwa 800m. Annupuri peak wind: NNE15m/s. The weather is shifting to a typical winter weather pattern as the small low-pressure system moves east. A northerly wind and snow is predicted to pick up above 800m altitude.
According to the snowfall transition, observations and data, surface soft-slab avalanches of 40cm or less are likely to occur in steep slopes, cliffs and slopes with heavy snowdrift loads. Potential sliding layer: Dec 15th or 16th. The snow condition is ever changing and avalanches happen when the conditions are right. A slope that was safe yesterday may not be so today. Make sure to evaluate all risks and consequences before you drop in. The snow condition seems better than yesterdays. Gate 4 & 8 are scheduled to open at 9:30, Gate 6 at 10:00. Annupuri and Hirafu peak gates will take at least a few more days to open. Respect the Rules and follow the ski patrols instructions. Have a safe day.

Archive report: Posted at 9:45am on Tuesday 18th December 2012
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Village and Niseko Hanazono now all mostly open.

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