Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 24th December 2012

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:26am on Monday 24th December 2012
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Clear and sunny
Base temp:
-13°C

Top temp:
-14°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
-
wind condition
Base 2m/s; Top 6m/s
Excellent
This report
Monday 24th December 2012, 9:26am
5cm
Sunday 23rd December 2012, 9:10am 12cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 129cm
Last 14 reports (total): 203cm
Current month (December 2012) total: 345cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 463cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:26am on Monday 24th December 2012
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Just as I said that it doesn't look like we are going to see too much of the sun for a while......

It is a very cold morning here in Niseko. We have another 5cm of fresh snow this morning. All is calm, lots of blue sky and the sun is out. A beautiful morning actually - as long as you are wrapped up and ready for the cold. Did I mention it was cold? Earlier, the thermometer told me -10C outside.

Niseko Annupuri now have the Family Pair operating, meaning that all of their lifts are moving. In fact apart from the Country Road lift at Niseko Village, all of the lifts should be operating now.

So, this is Christmas. In Japan most people do actually think of today as being Christmas, not the 25th. Santa will no doubt be out on the Niseko slopes this morning carving up some tracks. It will no doubt also be a rather lively night in the village.

Look out for fireworks tomorrow night as well after nighta closes. If you're in Niseko, I'm sure you'll see them.

I thought I would just take a quick look at those JMA snow fall statistics for Kutchan on this Christmas Eve... seems that we are on 243cm so far in December 2012. That's more than the whole of December 2012 (201cm) and just 3cm off the total for December 2008 and 2009. Remember, for December 2011 the number was 349cm and so a while to go yet. Can we reach that number?

Today's rather unexpected clearer skies aside, consistent snowfall is still forecast tomorrow through Thursday.

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Lifts Operating (at time of writing)

Niseko Grand Hirafu
All lifts due to be operating

Niseko Annupuri
All lifts due to be operating

Niseko Village
All lifts apart from Country Road due to be operating on mountain

Niseko Hanazono
All lifts due to be operating

Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu
Top - 280cm
Bottom - 145cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 200cm
Bottom - 190cm

Niseko Village
Top - 225cm
Bottom - 155cm

Niseko Hanazono
Top - 280cm
Bottom - 145cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -9C, 5cm of light crystal snow without snowdrift development, calm weather and good visibility. Coastal data: NE8m/s and 1.2m waves. Moiwa 800m: -15C and clear sky. Annupuri 1000m: NNW12m/s, -15C and no notable development of snowdrifts.

Gate 2, 4 & 6 are scheduled to open at 10am. Peak hike from gate 2 is temporarily prohibited until gate 3 opens and the peak rescue provisions are completed. According to snowfall transition, data evaluation and observations, the general avalanche risk is low today. Yesterday's tracks remain but the overall condition is good. Beware of over-speeding and hitting trees. The cornices sometimes collapse in large blocks during this time of the season, and its impact can cause slab/block avalanches. Better not stimulate cornices.

Be equipped & be prepared with proper backcountry gears when stepping out of the gates. The area outside the gates is not the resort anymore. You must take responsibility to your actions.

Archive report: Posted at 9:26am on Monday 24th 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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