Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 31st December 2013

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:40am on Tuesday 31st December 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
2-5m/s (Hirafu)
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Tuesday 31st December 2013, 8:40am
5cm
Monday 30th December 2013, 8:05am 10cm
Sunday 29th December 2013, 8:40am 20cm
Saturday 28th December 2013, 8:45am 15cm
Friday 27th December 2013, 8:59am 5cm
Thursday 26th December 2013, 8:30am 2cm
Wednesday 25th December 2013, 8:35am 5cm
Last 7 reports (total): 62cm
Last 14 reports (total): 117cm
Current month (December 2013) total: 275cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 398cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:40am on Tuesday 31st December 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Up to 5cm of new snow this morning to report from Hirafu, but the snow is coming down early on this morning and we should be seeing new cm today.

Better news than that though is that this morning doesn't seem to be as windy and there is - at the start of the day anyway - less lift disruption. In fact, by the looks of things the lifts on the mountain should be pretty much operating as normal this morning.

Snow still forecast through into next week. Stronger winds may be back tomorrow, so check the forecasts tonight and then decide if a sleep in might be a good idea! There will after all be a lot of partying tonight here, as you might expect.

Wherever you are though, have a fun and safe New Years Eve and see you in 2014.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -5C, 3cm of fresh snow. Moiwa peak: WNW10m/s, -5C, 10cm of fresh. Considerable development of snowdrifts in Mikaeri area. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW11m/s, Kamui cape N10m/s, 2.2m waves, 1005hPa. Wind forecast at noon: WSW15m/s.

The isobars are spacing out and the wind is calming down since early this morning. The snowdrifts are slowly stabilizing. The avalanche hazard is still high, though should settle down in the afternoon. Gates opening still undecided. Some ridgelines are wind-blown crusty and hard to ski. The avalanche risk will remain considerable all day in obvious avalanche terrains such as leeward steep slopes under cornices of Osawa, Backbowl and HigashiOne. It is strongly recommended not to go in those places even after the gate opening. Avalanche accidents often occur just after storms. Dropping into steep slopes right after a strong storm is very dangerous. Today, the snow-slab above Dec 27th (up to 80cm thick) could let go and trigger a large surface slab avalanche. Ask the ski patrol for advice and be careful. Have you switched your beacon on? Avalanche gear isn't a fashion accessory, just wearing them won’t save your life. Be aware of the risk you’re taking. Surrounding peaks around Niseko area are all in same hazardous conditions today. Carefully choose your touring route.

Have an excellent new year.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 270cm
Base - 100cm
All lifts apart from Ace Number 4 operating.

Niseko Village:
Top - 170cm
Base - 120cm
Looks like Niseko Village should be open as normal, checking top lift as I write this.

Annupuri:
Top - 140cm
Base - 130cm
All planned lifts open as normal.

Archive report: Posted at 8:40am on Tuesday 31st December 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Tuesday 31st December 2013
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
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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 31st December 2013
2012/2013
Season
2011/2012
Season
31st December 5cm 3cm -
30th December 10cm 0cm -
29th December 20cm 5cm -
28th December 15cm 15cm -
27th December 5cm 20cm -
26th December 2cm 30cm -
25th December 5cm 0cm -
Previous 7 days total 62cm 73cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 117cm 202cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 123cm 118cm -
December observed snowfall total 275cm 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 398cm 1493cm 0cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 31st 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
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2013/2014 season 0cm
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123cm
[123cm]
275cm
[398cm]
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[398cm]
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[398cm]
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[398cm]
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[398cm]
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[398cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
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