Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 15th January 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:00am on Wednesday 15th January 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
3-5m/s (Hirafu)
OK
This report
Wednesday 15th January 2014, 8:00am
15cm
Tuesday 14th January 2014, 9:20am 40cm
Monday 13th January 2014, 9:03am 30cm
Sunday 12th January 2014, 8:50am 25cm
Saturday 11th January 2014, 9:01am 25cm
Friday 10th January 2014, 8:45am 25cm
Thursday 9th January 2014, 8:40am 10cm
Last 7 reports (total): 170cm
Last 14 reports (total): 292cm
Current month (January 2014) total: 302cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 700cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:00am on Wednesday 15th January 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

So after I posted the report yesterday morning the clouds did clear up and the sun did make an appearance. For a short time at least, it was blue skies and sun along with cold conditions. Beautiful. And those superb snow conditions...!

The clear skies didn't last long though, evidence being the 15cm of fresh snowfall to report from Hirafu this morning.

It continues to snow early this morning as well and that's basically what is forecast for the day today. Though there is a chance of the clouds clearing up some during the day as well. Whatever, it looks like the continued heavy snowfall we have had over the last week or so though is easing off. Even so, the snow clouds probably won't ever be too far away and it should be keeping good and cold.

Top gates should be open this morning. More on that below...

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -8C, 15cm of crystal snow in the past 12 hours. Miwa 800m: -11C, W10m/s, 20cm of fresh, good visibility. Annupuri 1150m: -13C, W10m/s, 20cm of fresh, moderate development of snowdrift. Hirafu 1000m: -11C, 20cm of fresh. Peak 1308m: WSW4.5m/s, -16℃, wind forecast at noon: W15m/s. Coastal data: Benkei cape WNW8m/s, Kamui cape W11m/s, 1.6m waves, 1023hPa.

Calm conditions under high-pressure zone. According to observation and data evaluations, no drastic snowdrift development can be observed and the overall avalanche risk is low. Peak gate 2 & 3 are scheduled to open at 10am. Ask for the ski patrol’s advice before stepping out the gates. Avalanche hazard is still high the Backbowl and Higashi-One steeps & knolls around the cornices. Better not take it too easy and drop into these slopes without determination. If it slides, it will be big. Better avoid the valley bottoms.

The number of people ducking ropes is increasing. Niseko area strongly demands all people to respect the Niseko Rules; no matter where you’re from, what ethnic groups, how much experience or knowledge you might have. Ropes must not be crossed for any reasons. One track under the ropes leads many others to do the same and quickly increase the chances of accidents to happen.

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Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 400cm
Base - 210cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 310cm
Base - 220cm

Annupuri:
Top - 245cm
Base - 200cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:00am on Wednesday 15th January 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas open

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