Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 24th December 2013

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:10am on Tuesday 24th December 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
2-4m/s (Hirafu)
OK to poor
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This report
Tuesday 24th December 2013, 8:10am
35cm
Monday 23rd December 2013, 8:40am 15cm
Sunday 22nd December 2013, 9:24am 5cm
Saturday 21st December 2013, 9:00am 0cm
Friday 20th December 2013, 8:50am 0cm
Thursday 19th December 2013, 8:30am 0cm
Wednesday 18th December 2013, 8:10am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 55cm
Last 14 reports (total): 165cm
Current month (December 2013) total: 213cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 336cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:10am on Tuesday 24th December 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

And a very good Christmas Eve morning to you all from Niseko.

The main reason it's so good is because of the snow that we have been getting since my last report. Light, deep, dry and lots of it.

What more could we want. So much for those forecasts, hey?

Anyway. Yes, we have had over 30cm since my last report, more like 40cm outside my place here in Hirafu and surely up there on the mountain too.

It's relatively calm too this morning and the snow is still falling.

Have a fun day. It should be a really very good one!

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -6C, overnight snowfall 25cm, calm wind. Moiwa 800m: -7C, 30cm of fresh, calm wind. Annupuri 1150m: -10C, 30cm of fresh, moderate development of snowdrifts, wind-ripples. Slightly less snowfall in Hirafu. Coastal data: WNW9m/s, 1.7m waves and 1011hPa. Westerly wind under 10m/s is stagnating in 1000m area.

According to observations and weather transition, the general avalanche hazard is low, however slab slides are to be considered in knolls and cornice slopes just under the ridgeline around 1100m. The snow in the trees is in good shape and gates are scheduled to open as they’re ready to. Gate 6 & 7 were open yesterday, but is subject to snow & weather conditions today. Please respect the ski patrol’s decisions. Accessing the out of bounds areas is restricted when gates are closed.

The snowpack is still insufficient, bushes and stumps are still lying just under the surface. Avalanches are not the only hazards in winter mountains. Do not overestimate knowledge and skills, ski/ride within your limits. The Niseko Rules flyer is available in multi-language. These Rules have been set to protect the freedom to ski out of bounds while keeping the minimum safety. Never enter the strictly off-limits areas and never duck ropes.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 230cm
Base - 105cm
All lifts operating apart from Ace Number 4 pair and King Number 2 quad.


Niseko Village:
Top - 120cm
Base - 80cm
All lifts operating apart from Country Road.

Annupuri:
Top - 115cm
Base - 90cm
All lifts operating apart from Family pair.

Archive report: Posted at 8:10am on Tuesday 24th December 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Pretty much all open!

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Tuesday 24th December 2013
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 24th December 2013
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2013/2014
*as of Tuesday 24th December 2013
2012/2013
Season
2011/2012
Season
24th December 35cm 5cm -
23rd December 15cm 12cm -
22nd December 5cm 10cm -
21st December 0cm 17cm -
20th December 0cm 35cm -
19th December 0cm 40cm -
18th December 0cm 10cm -
Previous 7 days total 55cm 129cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 165cm 203cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 123cm 118cm -
December observed snowfall total 213cm 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 336cm 1493cm 0cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 24th December 2013
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2020/2021 season - - - - - - - -
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season - - - - - - - -
2013/2014 season 0cm
[0cm]
123cm
[123cm]
213cm
[336cm]
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[336cm]
-
[336cm]
-
[336cm]
-
[336cm]
-
[336cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
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