Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 27th December 2013

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:59am on Friday 27th December 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Mostly cloudy
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
-4°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Not snowing
wind condition
3-6m/s (Hirafu); up to 17m/s Annupuri
Decent
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This report
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
Saturday 21st December 2013, 9:00am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 67cm
Last 14 reports (total): 152cm
Current month (December 2013) total: 225cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 348cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:59am on Friday 27th December 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

It was milder overnight and this morning we have a new delivery of 5cm or so of snow on the ground. Not the best kind of snow though with the milder temperatures brings a wetter variety.

Mixed conditions this morning with some sun and blue skies visible through the clouds at times. The main thing today will probably be the winds. Just before 9am a few lifts were not moving due to wind and a few running at reduced speed - see below. Stonger winds are forecast for late morning into the afternoon and so there may well be more closed.

Looks like lots of snowfall is on the way though along with colder temperatures. Starting later today. Should be a good weekend.

Out on the mountain it was all gates open yesterday. As the signs say, these are 'Out of management areas' which basically means that you enter at your own risk. Be sure you know what you are doing, ideally go with someone else who knows what they are doing, and be adequately equipped. Be safe. And remember them there Niseko Rules, often mentioned in the Avalance Reports below and outlined here.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: 0C, 6cm of wet snow. Moiwa 800m: calm wind and 10cm of new snow, -2C. Annupuri 1000m: -7C, W13m/s. 1308m: -6.5C, NW3m/s. Coastal data: Benkei cape SSW3m/s, Kamui cape: SSW16m/s, 1.6m waves, 996hPa.

The weather is calm for now. Warm air is flowing into the coming low-pressure and isobars are momentarily spaced out. However, a northerly blizzard is forecasted to start before noon above 800m. Snowdrifts will develop drastically as the storm kicks in and leeward wind-affected slabs avalanche hazard will rise. Conditions will completely change from yesterday. Peak gates will be closed, please follow the ski-patrol’s instructions.

Shallow slab avalanches from Dec 26th layer are also to be expected in steep slopes under lift lines and cliff areas. Although shallow, today’s snow is heavy and consequences can be critical if caught in. Caution. The snow in the trees between 600 and 1000m is good fun. Beware of hitting trees. Avalanche risk will rise for the next couple of days. Many accidents happen during poor weather, better not push it too far.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 220cm
Base - 90cm
King Number 4 not operating; King Number 3 and top Hanazono lift operating at reduced speed due to wind.

Niseko Village:
Top - 140cm
Base - 100cm
Niseko Gondola and Wonderland Chair lifts not operating at the moment due to wind.

Annupuri:
Top - 125cm
Base - 120cm
All lifts operating apart from Family pair and the top Jumbo lift which is wind affected.

Archive report: Posted at 8:59am on Friday 27th 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 Friday 27th December 2013
2012/2013
Season
2011/2012
Season
27th December 5cm 20cm -
26th December 2cm 30cm -
25th December 5cm 0cm -
24th December 35cm 5cm -
23rd December 15cm 12cm -
22nd December 5cm 10cm -
21st December 0cm 17cm -
Previous 7 days total 67cm 94cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 152cm 211cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 123cm 118cm -
December observed snowfall total 225cm 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 348cm 1493cm 0cm
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2013/2014 season 0cm
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2012/2013 season 0cm
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118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
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