Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 26th January 2013

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:10am on Saturday 26th January 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-11°C

Top temp:
-14°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
-
wind condition
Light wind
Fair
This report
Saturday 26th January 2013, 9:10am
5cm
Friday 25th January 2013, 9:38am 10cm
Thursday 24th January 2013, 8:56am 0cm
Wednesday 23rd January 2013, 9:27am 0cm
Tuesday 22nd January 2013, 8:55am 0cm
Monday 21st January 2013, 11:53am 3cm
Sunday 20th January 2013, 10:13am 10cm
Last 7 reports (total): 28cm
Last 14 reports (total): 165cm
Current month (January 2013) total: 385cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 921cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:10am on Saturday 26th January 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Well not much snow to report this morning, just 5cm or so around the Hirafu village since my last report.

It's a very, very cold morning here which is a real contrast with yesterday. How does -15C grab you? That's what my trusted thermometer told me earlier, with Grand Hirafu reporting -11C at base and -15C up top.

Less wind today as well and it seems that lifts on the mountain are mostly operating as normal. The top Hanazono quad is running at a reduced speed but other than that, all open for the weekend. Strong winds are forecast for the region a bit later on this morning though, along with snowfall, so changes are possible and probable. For now though fairly calm and just generally cloudy conditions.

As noted below it seems most of the Gates will be closed today with the snow pack as it is now.

Let's see how the day turns out. Have a good one.

Oh yes, today is Australia Day. There might just be one or two Australians in Niseko at the moment, so I'm sure they will be out having a good time tonight! Should be a lively one.

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Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 405cm
Bottom - 190cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 330cm
Bottom - 200cm

Niseko Village
Top - 365cm
Bottom - 210cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -15C, no snowfall, calm. Moiwa 800m: No snowfall, light development of snowdrifts and -16C. Annupuri peak: WSW7.0m/s, 18.8C. Coastal data: SW3m/s, 1.3m waves and 994hPa.

The weather is calm in between 2 low-pressure systems. No snow clouds are present and according to data evaluation and observations, yesterday’s slabs are stable. A northerly wind with snowfall is forecasted to start around 10am as the pressure systems configuration shifts. Although the general avalanche risk is low this morning, the Jan 25th slabs are still likely to slide in leeward cornice/knoll terrain around 900m (around treeline). The avalanche risk will rise suddenly as the storm picks up. Crossing boundary ropes is severely prohibited and should not be taken too easily. Gates 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 8 will be closed. Gate 6 still to be determined. Please respect the ski patrol's decisions.

Cracks are forming in steep slopes and are difficult to see from above.

Niseko's freedom and safety of out of bounds riding can only be protected by having everyone respecting the Niseko Rules. The conditions will be sketchy this weekend, please be prudent.

Archive report: Posted at 9:10am on Saturday 26th 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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