Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 4th January 2013

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:40am on Friday 4th January 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud, light snow
Base temp:
-10°C

Top temp:
-16°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
-
wind condition
Base 1m/s; Top 4m/s (Hirafu)
Fair
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Friday 4th January 2013, 9:40am
20cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 73cm
Last 14 reports (total): 165cm
Current month (January 2013) total: 65cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 601cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:40am on Friday 4th January 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

It's a cold start to the day this morning, around -11C earlier on and outside it says -10C now. Expect temperatures down to -16C or even -18C as Annupuri are reporting this morning on upper areas of the mountain.

Yesterday the winds messed around with lift operations on the mountain. Some lifts were open and closed a few times during the day. For example the King 4 and Ace 4 lifts at Niseko Grand Hirafu opened mid-morning but then closed again before noon due to the persistent winds. The Hirafu Gondola closed around 12:30pm only to open again an hour or so later - apparently 'mechanical adjustment' being the reason, not the need for a lunch break!

This morning is much calmer in Niseko. The winds have eased off and just light snow is falling now allowing most lifts on the mountain to be moving as normal. Top lifts all operating this morning. There's still a moderate wind at times over on the Annupuri and Niseko Village areas, less so on the Grand Hirafu and Hanazono side.

Visibility fair, poor in places as the mountain is covered in cloud, but much better out there without the wind. Should be some fine dry powder to find as well, though I doubt you'll need to go searching...

The forecast is for maybe not so cold conditions tomorrow and an easing off of the snow clouds for a bit before returning in time for Sunday. It looks like in the coming week the snow is never going to be far away. Just how we like it, with perhaps a bit of sun every now and again for some bluebird photo opps.

I forgot to mention in yesterdays report what the JMA snowfall 'target' for January 2013 is. Last season (January 2012) there was 290cm of snowfall in Kutchan town, and 420cm in January 2011. The 2011 number sounds like a good one to try and hope for, don't you think?!

Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 325cm
Bottom - 150cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 260cm
Bottom - 190cm

Niseko Village
Top - 295cm
Bottom - 185cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -13C, 25cm of light crystal snow. Coastal data: NW13m/s, 1.8m waves, 1013hPa. Moiwa 800m: NW15m/s, -15C and moderate snowdrift development of light snow. Annupuri 1000m: NW15m/s and 250cm snowpack.

Winter pressure pattern continues, but the wind is moderate as the pressure gradient is not too steep. Although the snowdrifts are still slowly developing, the stabilization is catching up, and the general avalanche risk is low. The snow in the trees has been reset and is in excellent condition.

The general avalanche risk may be low, but the hazard levels differ from location and altitude. Leeward steep slopes above tree-line where snowdrifts and cornice development are continuous are typical avalanche terrain and the risk should be considered high all the time. Steep open slopes with great vertical drop, such as the Backbowl's sidewalls should be avoided during this time of the season. You may have been just lucky not to be caught in an avalanche. Always keep in mind that an avalanche may strike you while you ski/ride in the out of bounds areas. Avalanches run along the valley, better not unnecessarily remain at the valley bottoms. Beware of frostbites and hitting trees. Opening of gate 2 & 3 is undecided; please respect the ski patrol’s instructions. Have a safe day.

Archive report: Posted at 9:40am on Friday 4th 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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