Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 18th December 2010

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:26am on Saturday 18th December 2010
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Archive report: Posted at 9:26am on Saturday 18th December 2010
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Yesterday remained mostly fine with only the occasional flurry of snow. In the afternoon Mt Yotei completely cleared of cloud allowing us the first view of the whole mountain for quite awhile now. As usual it was spectacular. Around 3am this morning snow started again and it got quite heavy this morning laying down another 20-25cm of nice powder.
Snow is expected to continue throughout the day.
The mountain is very close to having all lifts and courses open now. We still need more snow though before most of the off-piste becomes skiable. If you are heading off-piste do beware there are lots of tree stumps and rocks just below the surface.

Avalanche Report

Moiwa base: -5℃, 15cm of new snow. Moderate wind and snow due to passing Low. Snowdrift development is small. Coastal data: ENE 7m/s, 0.7m waves at Kamui cape and ENE 10m/s at Benkei cape. The wind at 1500m is blowing at 12m/s NE, forecasted to pick up to 15m/s NW during the day, which will gradually make the cornices and develop in leeward ridgeline.
The snow base is steadily increasing. Moderate risk of a shallow slide (30cm) from 12/18 layer (surface hoar due to radiation cooling) is to be considered in 40° gully entries around 1000m and cornice slopes. Whether there is a lot of snow or not, avalanches will occur when the conditions are right. Beware of drop-off slopes and lines underneath the lifts. The snow is still shallow; beware of trees, falls and hidden rocks. Do not duck ropes, you can find great snow on the groomers and alongside the courses.

Archive report: Posted at 9:26am on Saturday 18th December 2010
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Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Grand Hirafu - Family lift, Ace #2 & #3, King #1 & #3, Swinging Monkey, Gondola, Hanazono #1, #2 & #3, Holiday. \r\nAnnupuri - Gondola and Jumbo #1, #2 & #3.\r\nNiseko Vilage - Gondola, Bonzai, Community

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