Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 5th January 2013

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:03am on Saturday 5th January 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, light snow
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
-
wind condition
Base 2m/s; Top 5m/s (Hirafu)
Fair
This report
Saturday 5th January 2013, 9:03am
20cm
Friday 4th January 2013, 9:40am 20cm
Thursday 3rd January 2013, 9:22am 15cm
Wednesday 2nd January 2013, 9:50am 10cm
Tuesday 1st January 2013, 10:11am 20cm
Monday 31st December 2012, 10:13am 3cm
Sunday 30th December 2012, 9:14am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 88cm
Last 14 reports (total): 175cm
Current month (January 2013) total: 85cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 621cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:03am on Saturday 5th January 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

It's another cold start to the day, but not quite as cold as yesterday morning. When it's down into near minus double digits though, sometimes it's hard to notice the difference - it's all just... cold! When you are in a place like Niseko though with the snow to compensate, it's all good.

20cm of new snowfall since yesterday, a good chunk of that falling mid-afternoon yesterday. It's a calm morning with some light snow lazily falling from the skies. The sun was out just a short while ago over in Hanazono, but it seems to have disappeared once again behind the clouds.

The forecast for the day is mostly just cloudy, snow likely overnight into tomorrow.

All resorts and lifts around the mountain look set to be operating as normal.

Should be great conditions out on the slopes this morning. Have a great weekend.

Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 330cm
Bottom - 165cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 300cm
Bottom - 185cm

Niseko Village
Top - 265cm
Bottom - 190cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -10C, 20cm of crystal snowflakes and calm morning. Moiwa 800m: intermittent westerly gusts, but no notable development of snowdrifts, -17C. Coastal data: WNW12m/s, 1.2m waves and 1018hPa. The pressure gradient is shelving and the wind/snow is calm. New development of snowdrift is small around 800m and the general avalanche risk is low in this altitude level. However, steep slopes around 1200m, such as the Backbowl’s high slopes, are yet to stabilize; the avalanche hazard remains high in this altitude level. Better not carelessly drop into suspicious slopes or traverse across knolls and slopes underneath cornices and/or spend unnecessary time at the bottom of the valleys.

Depth hoar layer (potential sliding layer) is forming in the snowpack of Harunotaki strictly off-limits slopes; DO NOT enter this area as the avalanches hazard is rising.

Gate 2 & 3 are scheduled to open at 10am. Gate 4 at 11am. Other gates will open in coordination with the chairlifts operations. Ask for advice from the ski patrol before stepping out the gates and be well prepared with proper equipments if you do. The snow has been pretty much reset and is in excellent condition. Beware of frostbites. Have a nice weekend.

Archive report: Posted at 9:03am on Saturday 5th 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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