Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 6th January 2013

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:46am on Sunday 6th January 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud, light snow
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
-
wind condition
Base 2m/s; Top 7m/s (Hirafu)
Fair
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Sunday 6th January 2013, 9:46am
20cm
Saturday 5th January 2013, 9:03am 20cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 108cm
Last 14 reports (total): 183cm
Current month (January 2013) total: 105cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 641cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:46am on Sunday 6th January 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko. The clouds cleared yesterday but returned again overnight and I have another 20cm of snow to report this morning. Always good to be able to share such news in a morning and don't you just love how consistent it is?

Seems like very nice dry snow quality too so I think people will be in for another great day out on the slopes today.

Wind is affecting some of the top lifts on the mountain this morning. At the time of writing, the Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts are Grand Hirafu; the Wonderland Chair at Niseko Village; and the Jumbo Number 4 top lifts are not operating due to the wind. The three lifts at Hanazono seem to be moving, though the top two at reduced speed.

Wind aside it's a familiar story with cloud and light snow falling at the moment and snow forecast for the day. Temperatures are unlikely to rise much during the day from the current -7C my thermometer is at now. Less wind and mostly just cloudy conditions likely tomorrow.

Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 350cm
Bottom - 170cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 310cm
Bottom - 190cm

Niseko Village
Top - 270cm
Bottom - 190cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -7C, 20cm of new snow; broken crystal snow due to passing cold front. Moiwa 800m: WNW16m/s, -12C. Annupuri peak 1308m: WNW16m/s, -16C.

The current snowfall, generated by the passing low-pressure system, is forming a thick slab of unstable snow in leeward slopes above 800m altitude. The avalanche risk is rising. A slope that was good & safe yesterday is unstable and dangerous today. Avalanches often occur in slopes with heavy wind-drifted snow deposit that forms slabs. This type of snow is dense and won’t let much spray blowing off. It may be fun condition to ski/ride, but could easily collapse & slide with skiing stimulation. Watch behind you and ski/ride carefully.

Osawa cornice slopes, Backbowl's high-walls and Higashione cornice slopes should be avoided today. Most avalanche accidents occur during stormy weather. Avalanches are also to be expected in steep treeruns of any orientation, especially in inland mountains such as Mt. Shiribetsudake.

Gates 2 & 3 will be closed. Gate 1, 2 & 6 opening to be determined. Respect the ski patrol's instructions.

Archive report: Posted at 9:46am on Sunday 6th 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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