Niseko Snow Report, 5 December 2012

*9cm of fresh snow as fallen in the last 24hrs in Hirafu Village mainly overnight. At 07:30 today the temperature was -3°c with strong winds and heavy snow fall.

Snow fall depth in Hirafu village, 5 December 2012

Snow fall depth in Hirafu village, 5 December 2012

Yesterdays heavy rain melted a lot of the snow bulk around Hirafu Village and the mountain and the snow level has dropped 30cm and the base and peak of the mountain.

Upper Hirafu village in the rain, 4 December 2012

Upper Hirafu village in the rain, 4 December 2012

The good news is that the thaw freeze cycle will consolidate the snow pack on the mountain setting up a great base for the season. Substantial snow fall is predicted throughout the week with temperatures dropping slowly.

Be prepared for “dust on crust”

Always good to be careful on day like today with a nice light fluffy layer of snow sitting on solid ice.

Slippery roads in Hirafu Village, 5 December 2012

Slippery roads in Hirafu Village, 5 December 2012

White out conditions in Hirafu, 5 December 2012

White out conditions in Hirafu, 5 December 2012

Conditions should be fun on the groomed runs today!

A happy snowboarder heading up Hirafu-zaka for first lifts, 5 December 2012

A happy snowboarder heading up Hirafu-zaka for first lifts, 5 December 2012

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