Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 30th January 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:25am on Thursday 30th January 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud/fog
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
6-16m/s (Hirafu)
Not good to poor
This report
Thursday 30th January 2014, 8:25am
10cm
Wednesday 29th January 2014, 8:35am 20cm
Tuesday 28th January 2014, 8:01am 20cm
Monday 27th January 2014, 8:52am 15cm
Sunday 26th January 2014, 8:20am 2cm
Saturday 25th January 2014, 8:05am 0cm
Friday 24th January 2014, 14:50pm 2cm
Last 7 reports (total): 69cm
Last 14 reports (total): 124cm
Current month (January 2014) total: 451cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 849cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:25am on Thursday 30th January 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

There's another 10cm to report this morning at Hirafu base, but that's not the headline this morning.

It's windy and warm. Well, warm for Niseko mid winter - currently just hanging around just under zero but due to warm up beyond that. As you might expect, that will affect snow conditions this morning.

The south westerly winds are preventing the top Jumbo 4 lift at Annupuri, the Niseko Gondola and top Wonderland Chair at Niseko Village and the King 3 and 4, Ace 4, Hanazono 3 lifts at Hirafu and Hanazono from moving early on. Wind is expected to play with the lifts for the day, so that may well change.

Snow showers expected through the day with more snow due overnight. Hopefully tomorrow will be colder and that's what the forecasts promise.

Oh yes, looks like poor visibility today on the mountain with a foggy start to the day.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -4C, 15cm low pressure snowfall in the last 12hrs. Moiwa 800m: -6C, wind , 20cm new snow, snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -7C, wind WSW15m/s, 20cm new snow, snowdrift development. Hirafu 1000m: no data. Annupuri peak 1308m: -6.1C, wind WNW8.6m/s. Cape Benkei: SSE6m/s, Cape Kamui: SSW24m/s, wave 2.1m, pressure 1004hPa.

Temperature and SW wind rose with the passing of low pressure system. From observations this morning, till about 9am, the avalanche risk is low, but as the temperature rises today, the risk becomes HIGH from warm temp surface slabs. Below 1000m, steep slopes, under steep lift lines, narrow gullies should be avoided. Dont remain in the valley bottoms. Snow will be good this morning. Gate openings are yet to be decided. Please respect the Patrols decisions. Yesterday in Mizuno no sawa, there was large avalanche travelling approx 1000m. When conditions are right an avalanche will happen, if people are there it becomes an accident. You always need to make wise decisions in the mountains. This information is to help minimise accidents in uncontrolled areas out of the ski areas.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 380cm
Base - 185cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 335cm
Base - 225cm

Annupuri:
Top - 280cm
Base - 210cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:25am on Thursday 30th January 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open. Some lifts affected by wind this morning.

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  2013/2014
*as of Thursday 30th January 2014
2012/2013
Season
2011/2012
Season
30th January 10cm 10cm -
29th January 20cm 0cm -
28th January 20cm 3cm -
27th January 15cm 45cm -
26th January 2cm 5cm -
25th January 0cm 10cm -
24th January 2cm 0cm -
Previous 7 days total 69cm 73cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 124cm 173cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 123cm 118cm -
December observed snowfall total 275cm 418cm -
January observed snowfall total 451cm 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 849cm 1493cm 0cm
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The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 30th 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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2013/2014 season 0cm
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123cm
[123cm]
275cm
[398cm]
451cm
[849cm]
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[849cm]
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[849cm]
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[849cm]
-
[849cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
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