Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 6th January 2010

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 11:24am on Wednesday 6th January 2010
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Cloudy with light snow
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Archive report: Posted at 11:24am on Wednesday 6th January 2010
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The winds picked up in the afternoon yesterday and we did get a little snowfall but things calmed down overnight and it remained mostly fine with the main bands of precipitation moving through eastern Hokkaido.
This morning it is cloudy with some very light snow falling and the winds have picked up again with some of the higher lifts on wind hold. It is fairly mild with temperatures around freezing at the base of the resort.
Eastern and Northern parts of Hokkaido are currently getting dumped on but it doesn't look like we'll be getting much more snow throughout the remainder of this week.
There's still some reasonable snow to be found higher up on the mountain and in the trees out throuh the gates. If you're looking for freshies and struggling you may want to consider heading over to Niseko Moiwa for a day or heading out on a backcountry tour.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 190cm
Bottom - 100cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 220cm
Bottom - 140cm

Annupuri:
Top - 210cm
Bottom - 140cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko Avalanche Info No.22

Moiwa base 6am: -2.5℃, snowing for the past 20hours, hard slabs of collapsed crystal snow are forming due to north-easterly storm.
These slabs thickness have reached 30cm and are easily collapsible, very weak to impacts.
The coastal wind is relatively clam, 5m/s ENE with 2.8m waves.
15m/s N wind is blowing at the top of Mizuno no sawa and the wind speed remains within 20m/s NE at the peak.
This easterly storm has been persisting for the last 20 hours in Niseko area due to the passing Low.
Although snowdrifts accumulation in leeward slopes remains relatively shallow, up to 50cm in Fujiwara no sawa, avalanche risk is high as snowdrifts and cornices are now forming hard-slab that are vulnerable to stimulations.
Predicted trigger layer is 5th Jan layer with 40cm thickness. Riding impact could trigger a shallow but large surface slab slide.
Peak gates will be kept closed today.
Most of the accidents occur during poor weather.
The snow conditions changes everyday, and today is one of the bad days. Better stay away from leeward steep slopes and cornices today.

Archive report: Posted at 11:24am on Wednesday 6th January 2010
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Upper lifts around the resort currently on wind hold including the gondolas at Niseko Village and Hirafu.

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