Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 13th January 2013

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:34am on Sunday 13th January 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, some sun in places
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
Light wind
Variable, decent
This report
Sunday 13th January 2013, 9:34am
12cm
Saturday 12th January 2013, 13:21pm 25cm
Friday 11th January 2013, 9:07am 35cm
Thursday 10th January 2013, 9:33am 25cm
Wednesday 9th January 2013, 8:42am 5cm
Tuesday 8th January 2013, 9:02am 10cm
Monday 7th January 2013, 9:17am 15cm
Last 7 reports (total): 127cm
Last 14 reports (total): 235cm
Current month (January 2013) total: 232cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 768cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:34am on Sunday 13th January 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

10-15cm of new snowfall this morning.

In further shocking news, I have to report that... it's snowing. Yes, snow is still coming down from the skies as I write this report and it just keeps on piling up. The people assigned to moving snow around both private and public have been pretty much busy none stop this season. I think they are looking forward to the snow clouds to ease off!

Could we get to see the sun tomorrow perhaps? The forecast says so, though snow is likely back from Tuesday once again.

Actaully talking about the sun, as I have been writing this report, the sun has been trying to break through the clouds in places and at the moment over in the Annupuri area the sun is casting shadows down by the base. Will it break through, or will the snow win out in the end?!

All resorts on the mountain appear to be open as normal this morning.

If you want to get out just that bit earlier in a morning to enjoy all the fresh snow, you might appreciate the extra minutes available at Niseko Grand Hirafu and their 'Early Morning' service. For 500 yen (or free if you are a Grand Hirafu club member), you can jump on the Ace Number 2 Center Four lift from 8:00am and ride down the Super, Furiko, Green, Aplen and Sennoki courses before anyone else turns up. Note that a normal lift ticket is not valid during that time. 'Early Morning' at Grand Hirafu runs through until Sunday 3rd Febraury.

Niseko Village is also operating early gondola today and tomorrow for 1000 yen. Over at Niseko Annupuri, the Annupuri Gondola is going to be opening early as well from tomorrow. The Gondola will open at 7:20am and a 1000 yen charge will let you ride the gondola for an hour before the normal day starts. Again, season tickets and multiple day tickets are not valid for this special early start. That is from tomorrow, 14th January.

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Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 380cm
Bottom - 200cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 330cm
Bottom - 195cm

Niseko Village
Top - 305cm
Bottom - 190cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -6C, 15cm of crushed-crystal snowfall due to approaching low-pressure system. Moiwa 800m: W14m/s, -8C. Annupuri peak: NW16.2m/s, 13.2C. Coastal data: NW16m/s, 1.6m waves and 1017hPa.

The snow and wind has picked up late at night above 800m and forming new soft-slabs. This pre-low pressure system snowfall will form a weak layer (Jan 12th) under the future snowpack. If the wind and snow picks up, these slabs will be even more unstable and the avalanche risk will rise considerably.

According to the snowfall transition, south facing steep slopes under treeline such as Harunotaki and south face of Shiribetsudake are also likely to slide. It is highly recommended avoid leeward steep slopes and/or knolls today. Most of the avalanche accidents occur during storms, however the hazards remains high a while after the storm have passed. Better not forget the risks just because the weather turned good; carefully choose your route and avoid suspicious terrains.

Peak gates' opening is still to be determined at the time of writing, please respect the ski patrol decisions. Never duck ropes!

Archive report: Posted at 9:34am on Sunday 13th January 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas now open. Further details in report.

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