Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 24th January 2014

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 2:50pm on Friday 24th January 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Mostly just cloudy and overcast
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow eased off
wind condition
2-8m/s (Hirafu)
Decent
This report
Friday 24th January 2014, 2:50pm
2cm
Thursday 23rd January 2014, 8:45am 20cm
Wednesday 22nd January 2014, 8:01am 15cm
Tuesday 21st January 2014, 8:40am 5cm
Monday 20th January 2014, 8:01am 3cm
Sunday 19th January 2014, 9:25am 2cm
Saturday 18th January 2014, 8:55am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 47cm
Last 14 reports (total): 217cm
Current month (January 2014) total: 384cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 782cm

Archive report: Posted at 2:50pm on Friday 24th January 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

The following was written earlier this morning, but due to technical issues today we have only been able to post this afternoon. Apologies for the delay.

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Just a few cm to report from Hirafu this morning so a thin layer of fresh. Light snow and overcast this morning but the forecast for the day is just cloudy. Keeping cold - overnight and early on anyway. It is forecast to warm up something this afternoon with a high of around +3 degrees likely in Kutchan town. It will be a relatively mild night as well and milder than usual conditions tomorrow. Just cloudy according to the forecast.

By the beginning of next week though we should see a return to colder conditions. And of course hopefully that consistent large daily delivery of snow!

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -7C, 3cm new snow in the last 12hrs. Moiwa 800m: -8C, light winds. 5cm new crystal snow. Annupuri 1150m: -9C, wind W25m/s, no new snow, groomed runs firm. Hirafu 1000m: -12C. Annupuri peak 1308m: -10.9C, wind S2.7m/s, wind predicted to be W10m/s at noon. Cape Benkei: SSW5m/s, Cape Kamui: SSW16m/s, wave 1.6m, pressure 1016hPa.

Gate opening times yet to be decided. Please listen the Patrols advice. The isobars are moving closer together and strong wind above 1100m, temperature will rise through the day. Snow pack above Jan 21st layer remains unstable and the risk of surface slab avalanches continues. Avoid knolls and cornice slopes. Avalanche risk is rising on open slopes and gladed trees.

Accidents continue to occur off-piste. Avalanches are not the only danger in the mountains. Do not over estimate your skills or rely on technology. Fat skis are going to get you deep into the mountains but they are not going to save your life. The Jan 24 layer will become notable layer in the future snowpack. Snow pit check is not a ceremony, it is just one tool in assessing stability. Do not make decisions based solely on your snowpit assessment. There is not much new snowfall. Beware cracks, hitting trees. Have a safe day.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 405cm
Base - 190cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 330cm
Base - 220cm

Annupuri:
Top - 290cm
Base - 210cm

Archive report: Posted at 2:50pm on Friday 24th 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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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 24th January 2014
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 24th 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 24th January 2014
2012/2013
Season
2011/2012
Season
24th January 2cm 0cm -
23rd January 20cm 0cm -
22nd January 15cm 0cm -
21st January 5cm 3cm -
20th January 3cm 10cm -
19th January 2cm 35cm -
18th January 0cm 32cm -
Previous 7 days total 47cm 80cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 217cm 210cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 123cm 118cm -
December observed snowfall total 275cm 418cm -
January observed snowfall total 384cm 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 782cm 1493cm 0cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 24th 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
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2013/2014 season 0cm
[0cm]
123cm
[123cm]
275cm
[398cm]
384cm
[782cm]
-
[782cm]
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[782cm]
-
[782cm]
-
[782cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
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