Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 3rd January 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:50am on Friday 3rd January 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
0-5m/s (Hirafu)
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This report
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
Sunday 29th December 2013, 8:40am 20cm
Saturday 28th December 2013, 8:45am 15cm
Last 7 reports (total): 90cm
Last 14 reports (total): 157cm
Current month (January 2014) total: 40cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 438cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:50am on Friday 3rd January 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Another 15cm of new snowfall to log into the records this morning at base here in Hirafu and it is still snowing.

Yesterday it was mostly about the wind again. Niseko Village stopped the Gondola just after noon, the Hanazono Number 2 lift joined the Number 3, and the Ace 3 and Swinging Monkey lifts at Hirafu also ground to a halt early afternoon. If there's one thing I could change about Niseko, it would be the wind.

Anyway! The very good news, apart from the continued snowfall, is that this morning it is much less windy it seems that all of the resort areas should be open as normal early on.

There'll be some excellent conditions to score this morning.

Snowfall is forecast to contine continuing into the weekend. Don't count on seeing the sun!

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -5C, 15cm of new snow. Moiwa 800m: -7C, 20cm of new snow, NW10m/s, large development of snowdrifts and cornices. Annupuri 1000m: -8C, 15cm of fresh on piste, large development of snowdrifts and cornices. Hirafu 1000m: -7C, 10cm of fresh on piste, large development of snowdrifts and cornices. Annupuri peak 1308m: W12m/s, -12.2C, the wind is calming down. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW12m/s, Kamui cape W10m/s, 2.5m waves, 1012hPa. Westerly 20m/s wind has been persisting all night on the sea of Japan.

The wind calmed down early morning and the snowdrifts and cornices are just starting to stabilize. The avalanche risk remains high in 1000m altitude out of bounds national & regional forest areas. Cornice slopes and steeps of the Backbowl, Osawa (Annupuri bowl) and Higashi-One are still very unstable. These slopes should be avoided today even if the gates open. The whole snowdrift slab above Jan 1st layer could let go and induce a large-scale surface slab avalanche. Gates opening is still being discussed; please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. Do not duck ropes to step out of bounds. One track left under the rope would lead many others to do the same and increase the probability of accidents. We strongly recommend carrying safety gears when stepping out of bounds. Be ready and vigilant. The snow in the trees is good.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 275cm
Base - 110cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 190cm
Base - 130cm

Annupuri:
Top - 150cm
Base - 130cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:50am on Friday 3rd January 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 3rd January 2014
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2013/2014
*as of Friday 3rd January 2014
2012/2013
Season
2011/2012
Season
3rd January 15cm 15cm -
2nd January 15cm 10cm -
1st January 10cm 20cm -
31st December 5cm 3cm -
30th December 10cm 0cm -
29th December 20cm 5cm -
28th December 15cm 15cm -
Previous 7 days total 90cm 68cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 157cm 162cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 123cm 118cm -
December observed snowfall total 275cm 418cm -
January observed snowfall total 40cm 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 438cm 1493cm 0cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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123cm
[123cm]
275cm
[398cm]
40cm
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[438cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
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