Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 31st December 2010

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 3:20pm on Friday 31st December 2010
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Archive report: Posted at 3:20pm on Friday 31st December 2010
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Well nothing much to report from Niseko as it's remained mostly fine and clear. Overnight is got down to about -13 at village level and it got up close to freezing this afternoon. The outlook isn't really looking good for any decent snowfalls now until mid next week. Temps will remain cool but it's going to get very hard packed on the mountain. Still as the avi report below states gate 6 at Moiwa has opened today so might be worth a trip out there for some fresh tracks (they won't last long!).
The village is gearing up for New Years celebrations tonight and there's parties going on everywhere. It's going to well below freezing again tonight and quite windy so everyone have a great night but make sure you know your way back to your accommodation!

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 200
Bottom - 75

Niseko Village:
Top - 125
Bottom - 85

Top - 140
Bottom - 90

Avalanche Information:

Mountain base 6am: -3℃, clear and no new snowfall in the past 12 hours. Coastal data: E 8m/s at Benkei cape, E 6m/s, 1002hPa and 0.7m waves at Kamui cape. Easterly wind is forecasted to pick up before noon, which will lead some unstable snowdrifts due to windblown snow to develop in areas above 1000m. According to various data, snowfall transition and snow evaluations, today’s snowpack is stable and the avalanche risk is low this morning. The bushes in Mikaeri area and around Goshiki area seem to be mostly covered, however snow-depth is still generally shallow in most areas below 700m, not suitable for skiing. Having said that, the gate No.6 (Moiwa) is scheduled to open this morning. Please remember that out of bounds riding from the ski resort is only tolerated if the Niseko Rules is respected. When you step out of the gates, you’re stepping out of the ski resort boundary line. Be 100% conscious of the risks you’re taking and that you’re stepping out at your own risk. Seek for the ski patrol’s advice at the gates. Be aware of the many lurking hazards in the backcountry areas. The snow is pretty good but beware of falling in unfilled creeks. Being soaked and then frozen is the last thing you’d want to happen. Ride carefully and have a nice new year’s eve.

Archive report: Posted at 3:20pm on Friday 31st December 2010
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