Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 17th January 2014

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:55am on Friday 17th January 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Mostly clear and blue
Base temp:
-11°C

Top temp:
-16°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Not snowing
wind condition
2-8m/s (Hirafu)
Excellent
This report
Friday 17th January 2014, 9:55am
10cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 170cm
Last 14 reports (total): 297cm
Current month (January 2014) total: 337cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 735cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:55am on Friday 17th January 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Some days it is of course colder than others, and this morning is one of those. Mightily cold this morning and it's down well into minus double digits, even here at Hirafu base area. Resorts on the mountain are reporting temperatures of -16C on upper areas. An extra layer is called for this morning.

But it will be worth it.

While we 'only' have 10-15cm of fresh snow to report this morning, we are treated to blue skies. Just a few white fluffy clouds here and there. Lovely. It should be a truly excellent day. Cameras recommended.

Forecast is for continued clearer conditions than we have had in the last week or so, less snowfall and perhaps more sun. Temperatures to remain suitably low though through the weekend and into next week.

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As you may have heard, there was an avalanche indident out on the mountain yesterday, apparently in the back bowl near the summit of Annupuri. Three people were buried and for some time it was feared there might not be a good ending. Happily though the day ended without any fatalities. It's worth pointing out this was outside of the resort area and people who venuture out do so entirely at their own risk. And should only be doing so either with guides or others who know the area and are prepared, for their own sake. The temptations and excitement are there, but care and clear thinking is needed. Take care out there.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -14C, 10cm of crystal snow in 12hours. Moiwa800m: -11C, 20cm of fresh with snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -13C waves, 1019hPa.

Calm morning as a high-presure system approaches and the isobars spacing out. Overnight snowfall is small, however late night wind and snow made some snowdrifts develop in some areas. Backbowl sidewalls and Higashi-One areas are still unstable and possibilities of 40cm thick slab avalanche are to be considered. These slides would be larger than the one happened yesterday, stay away from valley bottoms as avalanches run through there. Traversing across under cornices of big slopes is simply stupid and ridiculous. It is like deliberately trying to cause an avalanche. Please think about what would happen to you and the people below you if it slides. General avalanche risk is low except in 1100m cornice slopes. Peak gates will open from the morning. Ski patrols are worn out with yesterday’s rescue, please be prudent and be wise. Excellent snow condition today; have a good one.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 420cm
Base - 210cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 320cm
Base - 220cm

Annupuri:
Top - 270cm
Base - 210cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:55am on Friday 17th January 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 17th January 2014
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2013/2014
*as of Friday 17th January 2014
2012/2013
Season
2011/2012
Season
17th January 10cm 20cm -
16th January 25cm 20cm -
15th January 15cm 3cm -
14th January 40cm 15cm -
13th January 30cm 12cm -
12th January 25cm 25cm -
11th January 25cm 35cm -
Previous 7 days total 170cm 130cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 297cm 245cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 123cm 118cm -
December observed snowfall total 275cm 418cm -
January observed snowfall total 337cm 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 735cm 1493cm 0cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 17th January 2014
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
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2013/2014 season 0cm
[0cm]
123cm
[123cm]
275cm
[398cm]
337cm
[735cm]
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[735cm]
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[735cm]
-
[735cm]
-
[735cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
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