Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 5th January 2014

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:10am on Sunday 5th January 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snowing
wind condition
0-8m/s (Hirafu)
Poor
This report
Sunday 5th January 2014, 9:10am
22cm
Saturday 4th January 2014, 8:45am 15cm
Friday 3rd January 2014, 8:50am 15cm
Thursday 2nd January 2014, 8:55am 15cm
Wednesday 1st January 2014, 8:50am 10cm
Tuesday 31st December 2013, 8:40am 5cm
Monday 30th December 2013, 8:05am 10cm
Last 7 reports (total): 92cm
Last 14 reports (total): 189cm
Current month (January 2014) total: 77cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 475cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:10am on Sunday 5th January 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Brrrrr, it's an extremely cold morning here in Hirafu. Niseko Village reporting a temperature of -14C a bit earlier this morning on upper slopes. It's about -7 degrees at the moment even here in the village. Be sure to go out wrapped up well today!

Good news. More than 20cm since yesterdays report. It was snowing heavily in the afternoon, in real style, thankfully quickly filling in tracks. It's snowing in style right at this moment on the mountain as well, though over the village there's also a bit of sunlight so mixed weather conditions early on. Which was will it go?

More good news. All lifts are go this morning, so there's no 'w' affecting things.

Monday to Wednesday we might see the snowfall easing off - though as almost always, never too far away - with the next decent snowfall after today forecast for later in the week.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -7C, 20cm of fresh crystal snow. Moiwa 800m: NW10m/s, -12C, 30cm of fresh, slow development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m:NW15m/s, -13C, 40cm of fresh, development of snowdrifts. Hirafu 1000m: 40cm of fresh, moderate storm until late night, development of snowdrifts. Annupuri peak 1308m: NW14m/s, -15℃. 12pm forecast: NW15m/s. Coastal data: Benkei cape NNW10m/s, Kamui cape WNW9m/s, 1.1m waves, 1012hPa.

Snowdrifts and cornices are developing in leeward SE facing slopes above 800m. According to snowfall transition, they are forming slightly heavy soft-slabs. Although the avalanche risk is considerable in slopes above 1000m with highly wind-affected snowdrifts development; namely Backbowl sidewalls and Higashi-One cornice slopes, the general avalanche risk is moderate to low. The snow in the tree is deep.

There has been 2 search & rescue cases in upper North face and strictly off-limits Haru no taki area yesterday. Critical accidents are being prevented in Niseko by explaining the dangers of out of bounds skiing and calling for people’s awareness. Please be aware that out of bounds skiing involves high risks. Always be prudent. Strictly of limits areas are not to be entered at any time and any reasons. One selfish thinking will increase the number of people ducking ropes and eventually end up in an accident. We strongly demand everyone to respect the Rules. Peak gates are scheduled to open, please pay attention to the ski patrol’s advice before stepping out of bounds. Beware of sudden change of weather.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 295cm
Base - 155cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 210cm
Base - 140cm

Annupuri:
Top - 170cm
Base - 150cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:10am on Sunday 5th January 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open

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  2013/2014
*as of Sunday 5th January 2014
2012/2013
Season
2011/2012
Season
5th January 22cm 20cm -
4th January 15cm 20cm -
3rd January 15cm 15cm -
2nd January 15cm 10cm -
1st January 10cm 20cm -
31st December 5cm 3cm -
30th December 10cm 0cm -
Previous 7 days total 92cm 88cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 189cm 175cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 123cm 118cm -
December observed snowfall total 275cm 418cm -
January observed snowfall total 77cm 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 475cm 1493cm 0cm
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[123cm]
275cm
[398cm]
77cm
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2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
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