Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 14th January 2010

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:43am on Thursday 14th January 2010
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Archive report: Posted at 9:43am on Thursday 14th January 2010
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Yesterday remained mostly fine through the day but in the evening snow started moving in which rapidly turned into a raging blizzard. There was plenty of falling and blowing snow into the early hours of the morning but then it all moved through almost as quickly as it had appeared. First thing this morning there is cloud and snow around the mountain but it is fairly clear just away from it in the valleys. Winds are still strong up high but most lifts are currently open and the snow is deep and light.
Heavier snowfalls and probably stronger winds can be expected later today so get up there early to enjoy all the fresh powder.
Wind chill factors up high will be below -25 so beware frostbite and make sure you have something to cover your face.
Plenty more snow over the coming days so the excellent conditions should continue and get even better when the wind abates.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 230
Bottom - 130

Niseko Village:
Top - 250
Bottom - 150

Annupuri:
Top - 240cm
Bottom - 160

Avalanche Information:

Niseko Avalanche Info No.30

Moiwa base 6am: -9℃, 40cm of overnight snowfall.
Coastal data: 12m/s W at Benkei cape, 12m/s WSW, 2.4m waves and 1004hp at Kamui cape.
Hirafu ski patrol reported a southerly 10m/s wind, -18℃ at the peak. The snow in Higashi-one is deep.
Niseko Village patrol reported 10m/s westerly wind and 60cm of snow deposit at Mizuno no sawa’s knoll area with many avalanches occurring.
The wind at the peak is picking up suddenly from 7:00am.
Yesterday’s pre-low pressure system snowfall (10cm at the base) is highly probable to become the sliding layer today. All data analysis shows high avalanche hazard (60cm thick) in leeward steep slopes, cornice/knoll areas above 800m, such as in the Backbowl, Osawa, Mikaeri, Mizuno no sawa, Yu no sawa and Haru no taki.
All gates are schedule to open at 9:30am, however would close depending on lift operations and weather condition.
DO NOT stimulate cornices or knolls today, avalanche will happen.
Carefully choose your route and ride one by one.
Stay away from the gulley bottom.
The snow in the trees is good and deep.
Listen to the ski patrol’s instructions.

Archive report: Posted at 9:43am on Thursday 14th January 2010
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Most lifts currently running but any increase in the wind could see closures.

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