Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 1st January 2014

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:50am on Wednesday 1st January 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow at times
wind condition
5-13m/s (Hirafu); 10-17m/s (Village)
Variable
This report
Wednesday 1st January 2014, 8:50am
10cm
Tuesday 31st December 2013, 8:40am 5cm
Monday 30th December 2013, 8:05am 10cm
Sunday 29th December 2013, 8:40am 20cm
Saturday 28th December 2013, 8:45am 15cm
Friday 27th December 2013, 8:59am 5cm
Thursday 26th December 2013, 8:30am 2cm
Last 7 reports (total): 67cm
Last 14 reports (total): 127cm
Current month (January 2014) total: 10cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 408cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:50am on Wednesday 1st January 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Happy New Year!

Celebrations aplenty in the area last night (some probably still going on) and some fireworks to bring in the New Year. I don't know if I was imagining it, but there seemed to be less people up and out and about around 8am when I was walking through the village. Can't think why!

We have 10-15cm or so of new snow as well since my last report, though it's a fairly mild morning hovering around 0C and not the most light and fluffy variety. Down here anyway, a bit heavy. It was snowing earlier but eased off as I write this report. But snow is forecast for the day, and tomorrow and the day after and... well, basically for the coming week. If the forecasts are right, we won't be seeing a whole lot of the sun. Temperatures should dip as well later on today so we'll be back to the cold and I would imagine some fine quality snow will be delivered.

I can't go without mentioning the wind. From the get go a few lifts aren't moving (see below) and stronger winds likely later on in the day. So there may well be disruption on the mountain and if you are planning on being out there an advance check is highly recommended. It's probably not going to calm down much in that respect tomorrow, though hopefully the snow conditions will make up for that.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -2C, 5cm of new snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -4C, 10cm of new snow, moderate development of snowdrifts, westerly 10m/s wind. Annupuri 1000m: -5C, 5cm of new snow, westerly wind picked up from 5am 15m/s, development of snowdrifts. Coastal data: benkei cape WSW7m/s, Kamui cape S16m/s , 1m waves, 991hPa. Peak wind forecast at noon: westerly 18m/s.

Light pre-low pressure snowfall and wind-drift snow accumulation is small. The snowpack has stabilized except in upper area of 1000m leeward cornice & knoll slopes. The overall avalanche risk is low. A January 1st layer will form in the future snowpack due to temperature change. A westerly wind is forecasted to pick as the low pressure passes. Gates opening is still undecided. Please respect the ski patrol decisions. The snow condition is ever changing. Hazard evaluation in Niseko is based on the snowfall transition and snowpack observations. Avalanches are likely to occur during storms and become an accident if a person happens to be there. This information is published to protect the freedom to ski/ride the backcountry, but at the same time, to also protect the general safety of all resort users. We are hoping that everyone makes good use of it and respect the Niseko Rules. Beware of sudden weather changes today. The snow in the trees is nice. Happy New Year 2014.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 250cm
Base - 100cm
King 3, King 4 and Hanazono 3 lifts affected by wind.

Niseko Village:
Top - 170cm
Base - 120cm
Gondola and Wonderland chair affected by wind.

Annupuri:
Top - 145cm
Base - 130cm
Jumbo Number 4 affected by wind. Gondola was earlier, but seems to be ok now.

Archive report: Posted at 8:50am on Wednesday 1st January 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Wind affecting lifts, please see report

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*as of Wednesday 1st January 2014
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2011/2012
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1st January 10cm 20cm -
31st December 5cm 3cm -
30th December 10cm 0cm -
29th December 20cm 5cm -
28th December 15cm 15cm -
27th December 5cm 20cm -
26th December 2cm 30cm -
Previous 7 days total 67cm 93cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 127cm 212cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 123cm 118cm -
December observed snowfall total 275cm 418cm -
January observed snowfall total 10cm 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 408cm 1493cm 0cm
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275cm
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2012/2013 season 0cm
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118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
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