Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 4th February 2013

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:02am on Monday 4th February 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-14°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
Base 2m/s; Top 10m/s (Hirafu)
Fair to poor
This report
Monday 4th February 2013, 9:02am
5cm
Sunday 3rd February 2013, 9:10am 7cm
Saturday 2nd February 2013, 8:43am 0cm
Friday 1st February 2013, 12:54pm 0cm
Thursday 31st January 2013, 8:47am 0cm
Wednesday 30th January 2013, 9:05am 10cm
Tuesday 29th January 2013, 9:38am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 22cm
Last 14 reports (total): 85cm
Current month (February 2013) total: 12cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 991cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:02am on Monday 4th February 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

5cm of fresh snow to report from Niseko this morning.

The strong winds that we experienced yesterday and prevented the top parts of the mountain opening are thankfully not blowing us around this morning and it is much calmer. (If there's one thing about Niseko I'd change, it would be the wind!). This morning we're all back to normal and all lift should be moving as planned.

It's about -4C out there with Hirafu reporting a temp of -14C on the top area of the resort.

Snow is currently falling and fingers crossed we'll have snow coming down all day. Visibility seems decent on the mountain considering. Perhaps a break in the snow tomorrow, but back to consistent snowfall from mid week through into the weekend.

I promised to bring you those Kutchan town Japan Meteorological Agency snowfall numbers for January 2013. And here they are. 268cm, say the JMA. That's compared with 290cm in January 2012 and 420cm in January 2011. In fact, the number was lower than any year since 2008. Which is kind of surprising. The longer-than-usual dry spell in the latter part of January meant that the numbers didn't do much increasing towards the end. Remember of course, these are numbers for Kutchan town and not for the ski resorts themselves. You can probably add at least another 50% onto that for an idea of mountain snowfall, and you can see the numbers we report every day in these reports as well to get an idea of how much is falling at the base of the resort area. Just mentioning these purely as a point of interest! And just for the record, the number for February last season was 216cm.

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Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 400cm
Bottom - 170cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 340cm
Bottom - 220cm

Niseko Village
Top - 360cm
Bottom - 200cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -6C, 5cm of broken particle snow and calm morning. Moiwa 800m: NW10m/s, light snowfall since early morning and the snowdrifts of wind-blown snow are unstable. Annupuri peak: WNW15.6m/s, -14.5C. Coastal data: NW12m/s, 2.7m waves and 1014hPa.

The isobars are spaced out due to a formation of a new low-pressure system and the wind has calmed down. The snowfall amount in the last 24hours is small, however development of snowdrifts is drastic and very unstable depending on locations. The avalanche risk is high. Avalanches occur when the conditions allow regardless of the snowfall amount, and will become an accident only when a person is involved in it.

Peak gates and gates 5, 6 & 8 opening will be postponed. Please respect the ski-patrol's instructions.

The stabilization of Osawa 900m cornice slope, backside Higashione 1000m, Backbowl sidewalls and Mikaeri bowl will take some more time. Better not ski those areas yet. Cracks are also present in various places and some are covered with a layer of wind-drifted snow. Possibility of large surface slab slide is also to be highly considered throughout the day in open steep slopes with wind-packed slabs. Beware of your touring route. Have a safe day.

Archive report: Posted at 9:02am on Monday 4th February 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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