Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 9th February 2010

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:10am on Tuesday 9th February 2010
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Mostly Cloudy with occasional snow
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
0°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
-
wind condition
Light to moderate with stronger gust up high
Variable
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Archive report: Posted at 10:10am on Tuesday 9th February 2010
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Occasional snow continued through much of yesterday but it was reasonably wet at lower levels on the mountain. Overnight the temperature actually increased getting just above freezing. Slightly cooler air has moved in this morning and it is back below freezing at village level. We also had a breif period of strong winds and snow early on. All up there's been 5-10cm of snow but it's certainly not blower powder.
Currently it is mostly cloudy but a little diffused sunlight is poking through now and then. There's the occasional snow flurry but it doesn't look like we'll be getting all that much today. Winds are still strong enough up high that the top lifts are on wind hold. Temperature though are expected to drop down close to -10 tonight and will remain cool for the rest of the outlook with a bit of snow daily but nothing major.
The best snow will be found up high today and the peak gates are expected to open if they can get the top lifts running.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 300
Bottom - 190

Niseko Village:
Top - 370
Bottom - 230

Annupuri:
Top - 315
Bottom - 210

Avalanche Information:

Niseko Avalanche Info No.56

Moiwa base 6am: -1℃, 6cm of fresh snow.
Coastal data: WNW11m/s at Benkei cape, SW12m/s, 1m waves and 1005hPa at Kamui cape.
Annupuri peak: -6℃, poor visibility with sudden gusts.
Moderate snow mixed with hail is falling in higher altitude due to the passing Low.
A notable Feb 9th layer (including 8th snowfall) will be formed.
Newly formed snowdrifts above Feb 7th layer developed up to 30cm and are easily collapsing in steep slopes above 1000m.
According to all data and patrol’s report, the general avalanche risk is moderate, but will rise if the wind and snow picks up. Beware of the weather transition.
Peak gates are scheduled to open at 10:00 but may close anytime depending on the future conditions.
Please respect the ski patrol’s decision.
Chances of heavy wet snow slides are highly probable in cliff terrain below 800m.
The snow in the trees this morning is pretty good.
The snow condition is ever changing.





Archive report: Posted at 10:10am on Tuesday 9th February 2010
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Very top lifts currently on wind hold. All other lifts operational including all gondolas.

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