Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 17th January 2010

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:58am on Sunday 17th January 2010
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Archive report: Posted at 9:58am on Sunday 17th January 2010
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Late yesterday the skies cleared over the region and the temperature plummeted getting down to -18 by about 11:00pm. Then through the early hours of the morning a band of heavy snow moved through adding at least another 20cm of extremely light blower powder to the slopes. It cleared up again after this first thing this morning in Kutchan it was -20 degrees.
Currently there is a bit of cloud around the resort with light snow falling and it is still very cold. The wind has abated and the snowpack is becoming more stable. All gates, including the peak gates are expected to open but take care as avalanche danger is still reasonably high.
Light snow will continue on and off through the day but some sunny breaks can be expected as well. Should be an awesome day up there with plenty of fresh tracks to be had in about as light powder as you ever get here.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 280
Bottom - 185

Niseko Village:
Top - 300
Bottom - 180

Annupuri:
Top - 270
Bottom - 190

Avalanche Information:

Niseko Avalanche Info No.32

Moiwa base 6am: -9℃, 30cm of overnight snowfall consisting of mixed particles.
Coastal data: 8m/s NW at Benkei cape, 8m/s NNW, 2.5m waves and 1024hp at Kamui cape.
Annupuri peak wind: 34.8m/s NW at 1:30am, 26.2m/s at 6am and forecasted to calm down to 15m/s westerly at noon.
Upper Mizuno no sawa data: 9.3m/s NW and -11℃.
Winter weather pattern continues with on and off storms making cornices and snowdrifts to develop.
The SE facing slopes at 1000m will remain unstable until noon, as a high density slab (80cm) sits on a relatively lower density layer (Jan 15th).
Avalanche risk is HIGH.
Peak gates are scheduled to open at 10:30.
Stay away from knolls and wide open slopes, better stick in the trees.
Riding the Backbowl or Annupuri Osawa SE slopes is extremely dangerous today, a 80cm thick surface slab avalanche is possible to occur.
Good snow can be found without going too far, it is strongly recommended to stay within the resorts.
Do not duck ropes. The gully bottoms are deep.
A skier passed away caught in an avalanche accident in Shiribetsu-dake yesterday. Don’t take this incident as somebody else’s problem, it could have happened to anyone in Niseko too.



Archive report: Posted at 9:58am on Sunday 17th January 2010
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All lifts currently running.

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