Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 10th January 2013

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:33am on Thursday 10th January 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud, some clearances
Base temp:
-10°C

Top temp:
-14°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
Light-moderate wind
Variable
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Thursday 10th January 2013, 9:33am
25cm
Wednesday 9th January 2013, 8:42am 5cm
Tuesday 8th January 2013, 9:02am 10cm
Monday 7th January 2013, 9:17am 15cm
Sunday 6th January 2013, 9:46am 20cm
Saturday 5th January 2013, 9:03am 20cm
Friday 4th January 2013, 9:40am 20cm
Last 7 reports (total): 115cm
Last 14 reports (total): 183cm
Current month (January 2013) total: 160cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 696cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:33am on Thursday 10th January 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

I said light snow yesterday but for us here that translates to around 25cm since yesterday. Can't be bad. Sometimes it is difficult to know what to say in a morning, though a problem that is good to have!

Goes without saying, excellent snow conditions to be enjoyed.

Actually we have been having a whole bunch of conditions this morning - snow, easing off and the sun has actually made a (probably) brief appearance just now over in the Hanazono area. With snow forecast for the day, not sure how long that will last and I think it's likely that the cloud and light snow will prevail. Possibly stonger winds later on in the day but hopefully not enough to affect lifts.

JMA has the snowfall in Kutchan for January 2013 at 107cm so far; remember last year January saw 290cm snowfall for the whole month in the town. Counting up the numbers here on our reports I notice that we have now broken through the 7m mark for the season in the village area here.

Official Resort Snow Depths

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

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 320cm
Bottom - 190cm

Niseko Village
Top - 290cm
Bottom - 190cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -11C, 35cm of crystal flakes snowfall overnight. Moiwa 800m: W8m/s, -16C. Annupuri peak: W11m/s, -18C. Coastal data: W12m/s, 1.8m waves and 1012hPa.

Heavy snowfall due to a moderate winter pressure pattern. Snowdrifts are slowly developing above 800m altitude and forming soft-slabs. The snow in the trees is good and deep. Caution is required in leeward open steep slopes and knolls as the newly formed soft-slabs aren't stabilized and could slide anytime. A 60cm thick surface slab avalanche is to be expected in cornice slopes at 900m Osawa, Backbowl and Higashione. Do not stimulate leeward slopes with heavy snowdrift deposit, and better not remain in valley bottoms to avoid being caught in a slide.

Peak gates are scheduled to open, however may be closed depending on the weather transition. Please respect the ski-patrol’s decision. Beware of collapsing cornices in Higashione. The cornices have grown big and are still very unstable; they could trigger a large avalanche if they fall.

Steep lines under the chairlifts and/or steep walls in gullies could also slide anytime and can be thick enough to bury someone to asphyxia; better not take things too easy. A long hike may be waiting at the bottom if you miss your route, snowboarders are recommended to carry snowshoes. Have a safe day.

Archive report: Posted at 9:33am on Thursday 10th 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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