Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 4th December 2008

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:55am on Thursday 4th December 2008
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Archive report: Posted at 9:55am on Thursday 4th December 2008
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Mostly clear all yesterday and overnight with temperatures dropping close to -9 this morning. Today will see the winds pick up from the south and cloud move in later in the day. The temperatures will rise throughout the day and stay mild overnight with some rain moving through in the early hours of the morning. Later tomorrow a cold front will move through and the freezing level will gradually lower to sea level bringing snow to all levels. Things are looking promising for some good snowfall accumulations out of this system. The snowfalls should now last well into Monday.

Just like to make a couple of comments on how I'll be reporting snowfalls for this season.

Generally I will report the snow depth info from the official figures supplied by the resorts. If snow depths vary across the resorts I will normally take an average between them. Be aware that these snow depths are representative of the amount of snow on piste and that much greater depths will often be found off-piste, especially in some of the bowls where drifting occurs.

For the New Snowfall amount I will report on the amount of snow that has fallen since my last report. This will be done from personal observations and I don't claim will be 100% accurate but will give a good indication of how much new snow has fallen. The amount is not just an overnight figure but for the entire time since the last report. Please note that the amount that falls doesn't directly translate into the same amount of extra snow depth. The snow that falls in Niseko is often extremely light and fluffy and can compact significantly if there is a little warming or strong winds. So although I may report snowfalls of say 30cm this may only translate to an increase in depth of 10cm or so. If new snowfall always ended up in the same amount of increase in the snow depth we'd end up having snow depths of 13m's or more which of course we don't.

Archive report: Posted at 9:55am on Thursday 4th December 2008
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Ace Family, #2, #3 and King #3 will be operating today in Hirafu. Niseko Village has the Mori-no Chair and Niseko Gondola running. Annupuri Gondola and Jumbo #2 & #3 chairs are running.

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