Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 2nd February 2010

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:50am on Tuesday 2nd February 2010
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Archive report: Posted at 9:50am on Tuesday 2nd February 2010
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The temperature remained very cool throughout yesterday even with the occassional sunny break. Overnight the temperature at village level remained at around -10 and is still sitting on that this morning. Up high near the peak temperatures aren't much above -20. There's been 5-10cm of very light and dry snow since last report and winds overnight and this morning have remained light. Currently it is snowing pretty heavily. Later today though the winds will pick up and plenty more snow is expected. If you're heading up high be aware of rapidly changing weather conditions and the chance of frostbite on exposed skin. Best to get up there early and enjoy the relative calm whilst it lasts.
It's likely to remain very cold and windy for the next day or so and snow is expected to continue right through the weekend.
January ended up being a good month with around 6m of snow falling up on the mountain and only one day where barely a few mm's of rain fell. There were plenty of powder days and with cold and snowy weather continuing it looks like we'll be getting plenty more.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 300
Bottom - 190

Niseko Village:
Top - 340
Bottom - 200

Top - 295
Bottom - 200

Avalanche Information:

Niseko Avalanche Info No.49

Moiwa base 6am: -11℃, 5cm of new snow mostly around 21:00.
Coastal data: 8m/s NNW at Benkei cape, 5m/s W, 1.5m waves and 1012 hp at Kamui cape.
The wind is predicted to pick up this afternoon above 1000m sue to incoming cold air.
Hirafu patrol peak report 7am: NW28m/s and -18℃.
According to data analysis, weather transition and observations, the avalanche risk is relatively low today.
Peak gates are scheduled to open at 9:30, however may close depending on lift operations or weather conditions.
Strong gales are expected above 1200m, beware of frostbites.
The opening/closing of gates are based on the overall evaluation of potential risks. Minimum Rules need to be respected by everyone in order to minimize the risks of accidents, especially in places like Niseko where many people gather.

Archive report: Posted at 9:50am on Tuesday 2nd February 2010
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