Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 19th December 2010

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 11:59am on Sunday 19th December 2010
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Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snowing lightly
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
0°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
-
wind condition
Light to moderate
Variable
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Archive report: Posted at 11:59am on Sunday 19th December 2010
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Snow continued lightly on and off through yesterday but mostly cleared overnight. This morning there has been light snow again and in total since last report we've probably only had about 5cm of new snow. Temperatures are a little milder today and the snow a little heavier down low but there's still very quality snow on the upper mountain.
All lifts are running in the resort now except for the very top lifts up around the peak.
High pressure has developed to the east of Japan and a low is approaching from the west meaning a mild, southerly airstream will move up over Hokkaido fo the next day or so. A little light rain is expected at lower level around the resort overnight tonight into tomorrow.
As the low passes through temps will drop a little and snow is expected to the base again later on Tuesday but it is likely to be fairly wet snow down low. To be honest a little wetter snow around the resort won't be such a bad thing right now as it could help weigh down and cover the remaining sasa. Sure I7d still prefer dry powder but hey got to look on the bright side!
Similar conditions will persist for much of the week but a much stronger low should move up the eastern side of Hokkaido on Christmas Eve and hopefull set up nicely to dump snow at Christmas.


Avalanche Report

Moiwa base 6am: -3℃ and slight overnight snowfall.
The wind above 1100m has stagnated around 10m/s westerly and no notable developments of snowdrifts can be observed.
Yesterday’s fresh snow is now settling and stabilizing.
The general avalanche risk is lower than yesterday’s. However, the transitions in the snow, especially in steep slopes, should be watched carefully as the temperature is forecasted to rise from today.
The terrain features are difficult to see due to today’s flat light, remain in control and ride carefully.
There is still not enough snow in the out of bounds areas and gates are yet to open for a while.
Ask for ski patrol’s advice.
Have a nice Sunday!



Archive report: Posted at 11:59am on Sunday 19th December 2010
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All lifts operational except the top lifts around the peak.

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