Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 8th January 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Wednesday 8th January 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
1°C

Top temp:
-4°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow eased off
wind condition
0-3m/s (Hirafu)
Fair
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This report
Wednesday 8th January 2014, 8:30am
10cm
Tuesday 7th January 2014, 8:03am 15cm
Monday 6th January 2014, 9:00am 30cm
Sunday 5th January 2014, 9:10am 22cm
Saturday 4th January 2014, 8:45am 15cm
Friday 3rd January 2014, 8:50am 15cm
Thursday 2nd January 2014, 8:55am 15cm
Last 7 reports (total): 122cm
Last 14 reports (total): 189cm
Current month (January 2014) total: 132cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 530cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Wednesday 8th January 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

It's another 10cm or so of snow to report this morning, though it is a relatively warm one - into the positives! - and so rather wet snow conditons to what we are used to.

It should be getting colder though as the day moves on today and from tomorrow too it should be a return to winter cold. So just a blip I think.

Just cloud here now but snow due over the coming days into the weekend so we should be getting regular refils.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: 0C, 5cm of wet crystal snow. Moiwa 800m: -3C, northerly breeze, 15cm of fresh. Annupuri 1150m: NW11m/s, -7C, 15m of snowdrifts. Annupuri peak 1308m: NW8.4m/s, -7C. Coastal data: Benkei cape NNW11m/s, Kamui cape: N10m/s, 1.2m waves, 1013hPa.

Wet snowfall due to a low-pressure system inducing warm air inflow. The wind is calm and development of snowdrift is slim. A notable Jan 7th layer will form in the future snowpack due to change in temperature. Although the surface hasn’t been reset, the snow is generally in good condition. The overall avalanche risk is low, however large avalanche (120cm thick) from Jan 3rd layer triggered by humid surface slab slide is to be considered in south facing Haru no taki area. Do not enter those strictly off-limits areas. Gates are scheduled to open from the morning, please follow the ski patrol's instructions.

Many of the avalanche accidents occur in leeward slopes with heavy snowdrift deposit. Better not stimulate slopes with cornices or knoll terrain during of just after storms. They can let go very easily. Be aware that surface slabs formed due to sun-exposure (sun-crusts/film-crusts) can sometimes induce slides from deeper unstable layers. Prudence and vigilance will avoid accidents.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 310cm
Base - 150cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 230cm
Base - 160cm

Annupuri:
Top - 195cm
Base - 180cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Wednesday 8th January 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts are open

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2011/2012
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8th January 10cm 10cm -
7th January 15cm 15cm -
6th January 30cm 20cm -
5th January 22cm 20cm -
4th January 15cm 20cm -
3rd January 15cm 15cm -
2nd January 15cm 10cm -
Previous 7 days total 122cm 110cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 189cm 203cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 123cm 118cm -
December observed snowfall total 275cm 418cm -
January observed snowfall total 132cm 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 530cm 1493cm 0cm
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2012/2013 season 0cm
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118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
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