Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 28th December 2013

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:45am on Saturday 28th December 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow at times
wind condition
5-15m/s (Hirafu)
Decent
This report
Saturday 28th December 2013, 8:45am
15cm
Friday 27th December 2013, 8:59am 5cm
Thursday 26th December 2013, 8:30am 2cm
Wednesday 25th December 2013, 8:35am 5cm
Tuesday 24th December 2013, 8:10am 35cm
Monday 23rd December 2013, 8:40am 15cm
Sunday 22nd December 2013, 9:24am 5cm
Last 7 reports (total): 82cm
Last 14 reports (total): 132cm
Current month (December 2013) total: 240cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 363cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:45am on Saturday 28th December 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

This morning I have 15-20cm of snow to report. Hard to put a number on it due to the strong winds that were blowing it around, though wind down at base has calmed down at the moment. Still winds are affecting some lifts at the resorts, as noted below.

As I said the winds that we got yesterday and last night have blown snow around meaning that there'll be places where it's deep and places where it's less so. Caution needed, be careful out there. There should be some great conditions to be found though this morning.

At the moment it's cloudy with light snow falling this morning but stopping as I write this. But taking a look at the forecast, hopefully it will be snowing or soon snowing through until 2014. Fingers crossed wind doesn't play too much of a part in proceedings.

So it's a weekend again and then soon after New Year. There's lots of people around now as you would expect, and a fun lively atmosphere. Fun to be had both on and off the slopes. Hope you enjoy it.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -4C, 20cm of crushed particle snow and moderate development of snowdrifts. Moiwa 800m: -5C, north-easterly wind & snow, notable development of snowdrifts and cornices. Annupuri 1150m: NNW17m/s, 70cm of very unstable snowdrifts, -10C. Annupuri peak 1308m: N21.9m/s, -10C. Coastal data: Benkei cape NNE15m/s, Kamui cape NNE14m/s, 5.1m waves, 995hPa.

Developing wintry weather pattern is generating heavy snowfall and high winds. The mountain is under a big storm. Snowdrifts are developing drastically and the avalanche hazard is rising in all altitude. Better stay away from knolls, cornices and steep terrains today. Avalanches are most likely to occur during and just after storms. 50-100cm thick slides triggered by internal weak lines within the newly formed Dec 27th layer are to be expected in leeward slopes with heavy snowdrift deposit above 800m. All peak gates will be closed today. Please respect the ski patrol’s decisions. Nitonupuri, Shiribetsudake, Mt.Yotei and all other surrounding peaks are also in very hazardous conditions. Cautious and meticulous planning is required for all mountain activities during this weekend. Better not venture too far. The snow in the trees is good, but visibility can be very bad. Have a nice day.

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Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 230cm
Base - 80cm
Ace Number 3, King Number 3 and 3; Hanazono Number 3 lifts not operating due to strong wind.

Niseko Village:
Top - 150cm
Base - 110cm
Niseko Gondola and Wonderland Chair lifts not operating at the moment due to wind. Up to 19m/s according to the resort.

Annupuri:
Top - 125cm
Base - 120cm
Gondola and Jumbo Number 1 lifts wind affected.

Archive report: Posted at 8:45am on Saturday 28th December 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

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  2013/2014
*as of Saturday 28th December 2013
2012/2013
Season
2011/2012
Season
28th December 15cm 15cm -
27th December 5cm 20cm -
26th December 2cm 30cm -
25th December 5cm 0cm -
24th December 35cm 5cm -
23rd December 15cm 12cm -
22nd December 5cm 10cm -
Previous 7 days total 82cm 92cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 132cm 216cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 123cm 118cm -
December observed snowfall total 240cm 418cm -
January observed snowfall total - 443cm -
February observed snowfall total - 316cm -
March observed snowfall total - 164cm -
April observed snowfall total - 32cm -
May observed snowfall total - 2cm -
Season observed snowfall total 363cm 1493cm 0cm
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2013/2014 season 0cm
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123cm
[123cm]
240cm
[363cm]
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[363cm]
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[363cm]
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[363cm]
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[363cm]
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[363cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
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