Sunday 11 December 2016
Well..it hammered down last night here in Niseko. Sometimes the tail end of these systems brings in the best, as the case out there this morning where this last 24hr period has put down a further 26-30cm new of quality dry Hokkaido powder from base to top. Most of it falling in the last 12hrs and brings the 6 day tally to around a meter of new for mid to upper mountain here in Hirafu Niseko. Deep cold smoke up there this morning..Todays the day folks...so far !
Snowing lightly at present with further pulses forecast to keep dropping through today backing off to a calm day tomorrow. Temps are down a bit more than yesterday with an ambient minus 13c at top and 8c below zero at base. Chill fact setting at 26-28c below zero so pack a layer and perhaps the mitts. Cold dry jetstream from the WNW of 5-10k down low and 15-25k higher up.
The further outlook is great with a new band of low pressure cells currently to our Russian west, due to engage our Hokkaido Alps around Tuesday.
An awesome morning program on approach yet best to keep a cool head when seeking fresh lines too far off the main trails until our base deepens further - The wrong choice of line could be a season ender so stay humble and enjoy whats safe. Top to bottom skiing and riding now in Niseko on a packed base of around 200cm upper mountain. Amazing ..December 11 and we are in really good shape.
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Lifts now open are: Hanazono quads 1,2,3. Annupuri has their 6 pack Gondola, Jumbo Quad #1 and Jumbo #3 double chair. Niseko Village have their 2 new Gondola's from the Hilton and Green Leaf open for business along with their community chair. Here in Hirafu we have the New High Speed Hooded Quad..King # 3, The Ace 2 Family double chair out front of Alpine Ridge Condominiums, The 8 pack Gondola, Ace 2 Centre Quad, Ace #3 Double chair and Swinging Monkey double.
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