Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 3rd January 2013

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:22am on Thursday 3rd January 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud cover
Base temp:
-8°C

Top temp:
-14°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snowing
wind condition
Base 5m/s; Top 9m/s (Hirafu)
Fair
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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
Saturday 29th December 2012, 9:19am 5cm
Friday 28th December 2012, 9:20am 15cm
Last 7 reports (total): 68cm
Last 14 reports (total): 162cm
Current month (January 2013) total: 45cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 581cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:22am on Thursday 3rd January 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

We ended up with some fine weather yesterday. We are back to snow and wind this morning - there's another 15-20cm of snow to report in Niseko this morning and once again a similar temperature.

Early on the top lifts at each resort are not operating due to the wind (Jumbo Number 4 at Annupuri; Wonderland Chair at Niseko Village; Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 at Niseko Grand Hirafu; and Hanazono Number 3 at Niseko Hanazono). A few more lifts are running at reduced speed.

Visibility is not too bad out there at the moment even with the snow falling. In fact, just now there was a quick and cheeky appearance of the sun from behind the clouds, but it was only for a short time. If the forecasts are correct, it should be snowing for the day and tomorrow as well. Perhaps get a bit colder too.

Let's take a look at those JMA snowfall numbers for Kutchan in December 2012. The final number for the month was an impressive 306cm. So not quite the 349cm of December 2011 but more than the previous five Decembers. Some excellent conditions out there again and for the most part I don't think there'll be many complaints from the people who chose the early season.

By my calculations we have now probably had over 6m of snow fall here in the Hirafu village area since the first snowfall of the season. Sounds good to me!

Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 320cm
Bottom - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 240cm
Bottom - 190cm

Niseko Village
Top - 290cm
Bottom - 180cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -10C, 15cm of broken crystal snowflakes, moderate storm. Moiwa peak: -15C, westerly wind 15m/s and bad visibility. Coastal data: NW18m/s, 3.1m waves, 1010hPa. Typical winter pressure pattern is generating intermittent snowfall with strong westerly winds. Development of cornices and snowdrifts is drastic, and unstable soft-slabs are forming in leeward slopes. 15+m/s westerly storm is persisting above 800m altitude. Avalanche risk is high today. Weak bonding within the newly formed snowdrifts (Jan 2nd layer) could easily collapse, resulting in a 60cm slab slide.

Cornice slopes and open steep slopes below the ridgeline should not be stimulated today. Good snow can be found in the trees, however the visibility will remain generally poor. Most avalanche accidents occur in leeward steep slopes during storms. Avoid cutting (traversing) across these kind of slopes and/or stopping at the valley bottoms. Ski/ride the fall-line and ski/ride away from suspicious terrain as quickly as possible.

Gates 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be closed. Other gates will depend on lift operations. Follow the ski patrol's instructions. Gate 9 (waterfall) has been opened yesterday. Respect the Rules, always use gates. Have a nice day.

Archive report: Posted at 9:22am on Thursday 3rd 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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