Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 28th December 2009

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 3:57pm on Monday 28th December 2009
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Archive report: Posted at 3:57pm on Monday 28th December 2009
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Another low pressure system moved over the region today and although at first it was snowing the passage of a warm front brought very mild air in it's wake. Temperatures increased through the morning up to about 4 degrees at village level and the precipitation progressed from snow and eventually to rain. The rain though hasn't been too heavy or sustained so damage is minimal. The warm front was accompanied by strong winds and most upper lifts were put on hold restricted those brave enough to be on the mountain to the lower slopes.
As the low moves further to the east the winds will turn more northerly overnight and we can expect snow to move back over the region. Another big system is expected to approach us on Wednesday with very strong winds and blizzard conditions on Thursday and Friday.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 160cm
Bottom - 90cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 190cm
Bottom - 120cm

Top - 185cm
Bottom - 130cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko Avalanche Info No.13

Moiwa base 6am: -2℃, no new snow.
Coastal wind: 9m/s SSE with 0.8m waves.
The snow is forecasted to pick up in the afternoon with winds of 18m/s NW at 1000m.
According to yesterday’s snow-pit observations, rounded grains are predominant below 70cm and no notable weak layers have been observed. Avalanche risk is low today.
The slopes above 800m in Hirafu area are crusty due to easterly winds and the slopes in western Osawa area has been affected by the sun. No good powder snow can be found.
Gates 1 (L-ji), 4 (Fujiwara), 5 (Hanazono), 6 (Moiwa) and 7 (Eesawa) are scheduled to open from the morning.
Please seek advice from the ski patrol.
Peak gates 2 & 3 are scheduled to open after the next storm.
Snow is still insufficient and out of bounds conditions are pretty bad. Ride carefully.
The snow will turn better soon.
The groomers condition are fantastic this morning.

Archive report: Posted at 3:57pm on Monday 28th December 2009
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Grand Hirafu - Upper lifts on wind hold including Gondola\r\nNiseko Village - Upper lifts on wind hold including Gondola\r\nAnnupuri - Upper lifts on wind hold including Gondola

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