Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 22nd December 2012

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:41am on Saturday 22nd December 2012
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, light snow
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
-
wind condition
Base 1m/s; Top 5m/s
Fair
This report
Saturday 22nd December 2012, 9:41am
10cm
Friday 21st December 2012, 9:31am 17cm
Thursday 20th December 2012, 9:52am 35cm
Wednesday 19th December 2012, 9:26am 40cm
Tuesday 18th December 2012, 9:45am 10cm
Monday 17th December 2012, 9:24am 10cm
Sunday 16th December 2012, 9:20am 7cm
Last 7 reports (total): 129cm
Last 14 reports (total): 246cm
Current month (December 2012) total: 328cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 446cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:41am on Saturday 22nd December 2012
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Welcome to the weekend. And I have more snow to report, another 5-10cm or so since yesterday. It is not as cold as yesterday and currently around -1C in the village, cloudy but fairly bright with it and light snow forecast for the day.

It's a fairly calm morning here and all the lifts that should be moving this morning are doing so taking people up to the lovely snow conditions out on the mountain.

Not a whole lot more to report this morning really. From tomorrow we can expect colder conditions once again as the snow continues to fall giving us regular top-ups on the Niseko slopes. It'll be needed from now on with more people. I think today marks the first day of the season when Niseko Grand Hirafu will have all of their lifts operating.

Tis the weekend before Christmas of course, with more people arriving by the day in Kutchan and Niseko. There'll be lots of parties in the coming days!

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Lifts Operating (at time of writing)

Niseko Grand Hirafu
All lifts due to be operating on mountain

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
All lifts operating

Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu
Top - 290cm
Bottom - 150cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 190cm
Bottom - 190cm

Niseko Village
Top - 215cm
Bottom - 150cm

Niseko Hanazono
Top - 285cm
Bottom - 150cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base: -3C, calm morning, 5cm of crystal snow in the past 6hours an no development of snowdrifts. Coastal data: WSW6m/s at Benkei cape, NW12m/s 1012hPa 1.6m waves at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak: NNW15m/s. Moiwa peak: -5C, light windblown snow deposit. No notable weakness was observed in the layers, the snowpack is stable.

According to data evaluation and ski patrol report, the snowpack is stable. Yesterday's tracks are not fully covered but the general condition is good. The avalanche risk is low except in leeward cornice slopes and knolls above 1100m. The snow in lower Higashi-One is deep; beware of falling in treeholes. Avalanches are not the only hazards.

Gate 1, 4 & 6 are scheduled to open at 10:00. Ask the ski patrol's advice before stepping out of the gates. Accidents mostly happen in snowy weather, especially when windy and formations of snowdrifts are drastic in leeward slopes. Beware of sudden weather changes and pay attention to the snowfall transition. A pre-low pressure snowfall is forecasted to start and temperature rise as the next low-pressure system is approaching. Beware of snow falling off the roofs in the village.

Archive report: Posted at 9:41am on Saturday 22nd December 2012
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas now open. Further details in report.

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