Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 16th January 2014

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:55am on Thursday 16th January 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-13°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
1-8m/s (Hirafu)
Variable
This report
Thursday 16th January 2014, 8:55am
25cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 185cm
Last 14 reports (total): 302cm
Current month (January 2014) total: 327cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 725cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:55am on Thursday 16th January 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

After the somewhat disappointing 'only 15cm' in the report yesterday, we are back to 25cm since yesterday in todays report. I'm only kidding about the disappointing bit of course.

After I posted the report yesterday morning we were treated to clearer and sunny conditions again for a while.

Could the same happen again today? You know what, it actually might and there are signs of some blue sky showing through in places and the sun. It was snowing lightly earlier but has eased off now. There's a moderate wind this morning but apart from a few lifts moving at slower speeds, all is open.

Anyway, obviously it was back to snowfall in time for that new delivery to report this morning. It's a good pattern - one that I would encounrage those in charge of assigning the snow deliveries to stick to more often!

So yes this morning we have yet another decent refresh on the mountain. It's interesting, many other resorts might not need the refresh as much as Niseko due to the popularity of this resort area. Popularity means that places get tracked out quicker. That also means that we perhaps suffer more than other places when conditions are dry. Good job we have that ongoing consistency. (Hope I haven't jinxed anything by saying that).

Looking ahead, the forecast is actually for calm conditions over the next few days and a break in the daily heavy snowfall. I will of course report the latest to you here every day.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -9C, 25cm crystal snowfall in 12 hours, no snowdrift development. Moiwa 800m: -11C, W8m/s, 30cm of fresh, overnight snowdrift development 80cm. Annupuri 1150m: -13C, 40cm of snowfall, notable snowdrift development. Hirafu 1000m: -11C, 20cm of fresh. Peak 1308m: -15C, NW13.1m/s. Wind forecast NW15m/s at noon. Coastal data: Benkei cape NNW15m/s, Kamui cape W11m/s, 1.6m waves, 1018hPa.

Intermittent snowfall continues under typical wintry pressure pattern. The isobars will start narrowing down as the low-pressure system shifts east and the wind will start picking up again. Wind-affected slopes are forming soft-slabs, however the snow under treeline is good. The general avalanche risk is low except in steep slopes of the Backbowl and Higashi-One cornice area. The cornces have grown big and are very unstable. Better stay away from them as they could largely collapse with a slight stimulation. Some cracks are starting to form especially in knoll terrain, these cracks are hard to see from above, please be careful not to fall in there. Gates opening is yet to be decided, please follow the ski patrols instructions. Do not duck ropes, use gates to access the out of bounds areas. The resort is always concerned about all user’s safety, and the Niseko Rules has been set for the sake of all resort users.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 420cm
Base - 220cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 320cm
Base - 220cm

Annupuri:
Top - 260cm
Base - 210cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:55am on Thursday 16th January 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts are open

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*as of Thursday 16th January 2014
2012/2013
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16th January 25cm 20cm -
15th January 15cm 3cm -
14th January 40cm 15cm -
13th January 30cm 12cm -
12th January 25cm 25cm -
11th January 25cm 35cm -
10th January 25cm 25cm -
Previous 7 days total 185cm 135cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 302cm 240cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 123cm 118cm -
December observed snowfall total 275cm 418cm -
January observed snowfall total 327cm 443cm -
February observed snowfall total - 316cm -
March observed snowfall total - 164cm -
April observed snowfall total - 32cm -
May observed snowfall total - 2cm -
Season observed snowfall total 725cm 1493cm 0cm
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275cm
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327cm
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2012/2013 season 0cm
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118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
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