Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 29th December 2013

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:40am on Sunday 29th December 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
Moderate on mountain
Generally not so good
This report
Sunday 29th December 2013, 8:40am
20cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 97cm
Last 14 reports (total): 117cm
Current month (December 2013) total: 260cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 383cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:40am on Sunday 29th December 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

20cm or so of fresh snowfall here in the Hirafu village area since my last report. Should be excellent snow conditions this morning, though visibility is limited at the moment due to the snow still coming down.

It continues to get busier, though most everyone here now for New Year will now be here and putting the boots on to get out today. Expect generally busy-ness! And we can also expect snow to be falling for most of the New Year period.

Doesn't feel particularly windy here, but it's another wind affected morning on mountain with resorts noting wind speeds of up to 18m/s (Annupuri), 17m/s (Niseko Village) and 15m/s (Hirafu) before 9am. A number of lifts are not running at the moment due to the wind conditions - check the listings below for the situation as I post this report.

Niseko Grand Hirafu is now up to 2.5m with their official peak snow depth this morning after this latest snow. In the report tomorrow, I'll take a look at the snow fall we have had for the season so far and compare with last year, as well as taking a look at the Kutchan numbers. Let's see how they compare.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -6C, 20cm of crushed and crystal snow, moderate development of snowdrifts. Moiwa 800m: -10C, NW15m/s, notable development of snowdrifts in Mikaeri area. Annupuri 1150m: NW13-15m/s, -11C, developing snowdrifts. Annupuri peak 1308m: NW15.1m/s, -14.1C. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW18m/s, Kamui cape: WNW13m/s, 2.7m waves, 1002hPa.

Wintry pressure pattern is calming down, however relatively strong snow & westerly wind above 15m/s is persisting above 800m. Snowdrifts are heavily developing in leeward cornice & knoll terrains of O-sawa, Backbowl, Higashi-One and Mikaeri bowl. The snowpack is yet to stabilize and the alavanche risk is high.
Peak gates and gate 1, 4 & 5 will be closed. Many of the avalanche accidents occur during and just after storms. Do not duck ropes to step out of bounds. The snowfall amount is not necessarily related to the occurrence of avalanches, a slope will slide if the conditions allows and becomes an accident if a person is involved in it.

The newly formed slabs will stabilize and become appropriate to ski once some time passes after the wind calms down below 10m/s. However, everyone should keep in mind that there is no 100% safety in winter mountains. The Niseko Rules have been implemented based on past tragedies. We strongly ask everyone to respect the Rules. Please follow the ski patrol’s instruction. The snow condition in the trees and pistes is wonderful.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 250cm
Base - 90cm
Ace Number 4, King Number 3 and 4, Swinging Monkey, Hanazono Number 2 and 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 17m/s according to the resort.

Annupuri:
Top - 125cm
Base - 130cm
Gondola and Jumbo Number 4 lifts wind affected.

Archive report: Posted at 8:40am on Sunday 29th December 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts are open

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 29th December 2013
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 29th December 2013
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2013/2014
*as of Sunday 29th December 2013
2012/2013
Season
2011/2012
Season
29th December 20cm 5cm -
28th December 15cm 15cm -
27th December 5cm 20cm -
26th December 2cm 30cm -
25th December 5cm 0cm -
24th December 35cm 5cm -
23rd December 15cm 12cm -
Previous 7 days total 97cm 87cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 117cm 216cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 123cm 118cm -
December observed snowfall total 260cm 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 383cm 1493cm 0cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 29th December 2013
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season - - - - - - - -
2013/2014 season 0cm
[0cm]
123cm
[123cm]
260cm
[383cm]
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[383cm]
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[383cm]
-
[383cm]
-
[383cm]
-
[383cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
  October November December January February March April May
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