Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 29th December 2012

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:19am on Saturday 29th December 2012
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Clear and sunny blue skies
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
-
wind condition
Base 5m/s; Top 7m/s (Hirafu)
Excellent
This report
Saturday 29th December 2012, 9:19am
5cm
Friday 28th December 2012, 9:20am 15cm
Thursday 27th December 2012, 8:56am 20cm
Wednesday 26th December 2012, 9:26am 30cm
Tuesday 25th December 2012, 8:13am 0cm
Monday 24th December 2012, 9:26am 5cm
Sunday 23rd December 2012, 9:10am 12cm
Last 7 reports (total): 87cm
Last 14 reports (total): 216cm
Current month (December 2012) total: 415cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 533cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:19am on Saturday 29th December 2012
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

It's not quite as cold this morning and only 5cm or so of snow to report since my last report. The sun is out. Yes, it's one of those days in Niseko. The skies have cleared and we are being treated to beautiful views of the surroundings and a lovely contrast of the blue on the white. Time to get out there and enjoy those things for a change.

All operations on the lift open as normal. It looks like the Country Road lift at Niseko Village will be moving today from 10am (first time this season?) no doubt helping out with more and more people on the mountain.

New Year is just around the corner now and so it's going to be another very lively few days. Hope you got your reservations in the restauraunts sorted out otherwise you will be out of luck. Actually, that applies for lots of days now here in Niseko! Luckily there's a good choice of fine places to dine and so it's usually worth it.

Just going back to the forecast for the next few days. Tomorrow is going to be a mild one. Even a chance of rain (noooo!), but it should soon be snowing again and from Monday temperatures set to drop back to where they should be once again.

Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 290cm
Bottom - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 235cm
Bottom - 190cm

Niseko Village
Top - 270cm
Bottom - 170cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -6C, no snowfall and calm. Coastal data: NE8m/s at Benkei cape and ESE3m/s, 1.4m waves and 1025hPa at Kamui cape. Predicted wind at 1500m: SE15m/s.

No snowclouds are presently generating any snowfall and the development of snowdrifts has ceased. The Dec 26-27th snowfall has made cornices develop up to 300cm in Annupuri west-face around 800m altitude and newly formed snowdrifts reached depth of up to 150cm in leeward 1100m area. According to various data and observations, the slabs are stabilizing and the general avalanche risk is low. Today’s surface will form a notable Dec 28th layer in the future snowpack.

Although yesterday's tracks remain, the snow is good from peak to bottom. The groomers are also in excellent condition this morning. Be careful to remain in controllable speed and not to hit trees.

Although the overall hazard is lowering, avalanche risk is still to be highly considered in south facing steep slopes below 800m, namely Harunotaki and other strictly off-limits areas. Respect the Niseko Rules and stay away from those areas.

Gates 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 are scheduled to open at 9:30. Ask the ski patrols advice and step out of the gates. Do you have your avy-beacon switched on?

Archive report: Posted at 9:19am on Saturday 29th December 2012
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas now open. Further details in report.

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