Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 1st January 2013

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:11am on Tuesday 1st January 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud cover
Base temp:
-8°C

Top temp:
-14°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow on mountain
wind condition
Base 5m/s; Top 12m/s (Hirafu)
Fair
This report
Tuesday 1st January 2013, 10:11am
20cm
Monday 31st December 2012, 10:13am 3cm
Sunday 30th December 2012, 9:14am 0cm
Saturday 29th December 2012, 9:19am 5cm
Friday 28th December 2012, 9:20am 15cm
Thursday 27th December 2012, 8:56am 20cm
Wednesday 26th December 2012, 9:26am 30cm
Last 7 reports (total): 93cm
Last 14 reports (total): 212cm
Current month (January 2013) total: 20cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 556cm

Archive report: Posted at 10:11am on Tuesday 1st January 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

A very happy new year to everyone reading Niseko Now and SnowJapan. Welcome to 2013. In the coming weeks there are going to be some major changes to the main SnowJapan site, including this here report page.

We have about 20cm of new snow to welcome in the new year. A colder morning than yesterday, around -7C now, but less of the wild weather conditions that we were experiencing yesterday. There's still some wind around on the mountain though affecting the lifts again this morning and top lifts once again are not moving as I write the report this morning.

Due to the weather conditions the fireworks planned at Hirafu were cancelled unfortunately, but it didn't seem to bother lots of the party people out last night. I suspect there are more than a few cloudy heads out there this morning.

Talking of cloudy, that's really what the weather is doing at the moment. Light snow falling on the mountain with decent visibility for the most part, and at the same time some sun shining through the clouds in the village and even some patches of blue sky to be seen. Snow is on the forecast for the day, but it does seem to be more chance of heavier snow falling later tomorrow into Thursday. Less wind allowing the mountain to fully open would be very welcome. We'll just have to see.

Have a fun day!

Lifts Operating (at time of writing)

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Ace Family Pair
Ace Number 1
Ace Number 2 Quad (Center Four)
Ace Number 3
Hirafu Gondola
Holiday Number 1 Pair
Swinging Monkey

Niseko Annupuri
Jumbo Number 1 Quad
Jumbo Number 2 Pair
Family

Niseko Village
Community Chair
Banzai Chair
Morino Chair

Niseko Hanazono
Hanazono Number 1 Quad (reduced speed)
Hanazono Number 2 Quad (reduced speed)

Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 300cm
Bottom - 130cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 235cm
Bottom - 190cm

Niseko Village
Top - 280cm
Bottom - 170cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -10C, 25cm of light broken crystal snowfall with notable snowdrift development. Coatal data: WNW21m/s, 3.3m waves, 1006hPa. Moiwa peak: NW18m/s, -16C, bad visibility and considerable snowdrift development. Predicted wind at 1000m at noon: WNW20m/s.

The development of cornice and snowdrift in leeward slopes above 800m is considerable and the avalanche risk is extreme today. The newly formed slabs are very unstable and the weak bonding within and between the slabs could trigger a slide of up to 80-120cm thickness.

Gates 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 will be closed. Gate 3 is not ready yet and hiking to the peak from the ski resort is restricted.

Many of the accidents occur in slopes with heavy snowdrift load and during storms. The snowpack in Niseko, influenced by the climate of the Sea of Japan, starts to stabilize when the wind calms down below 10m/s. However the time to stabilize differ from various factors such as temperature and/or snow types. Avalanche risk remains high for a while after the storm ends.

The snow in the trees is in good shape. Adjust the riding according to the weather; no need to push it too far. Stay out of strictly off-limits areas. Don't duck ropes.

Happy New Year 2013.

Archive report: Posted at 10:11am on Tuesday 1st January 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas now open. Further details in report.

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