Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 10th January 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:45am on Friday 10th January 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-10°C

Top temp:
-15°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
2-10m/s (Hirafu); up to 17m/s reported
Generally poor
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This report
Friday 10th January 2014, 8:45am
25cm
Thursday 9th January 2014, 8:40am 10cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 127cm
Last 14 reports (total): 217cm
Current month (January 2014) total: 167cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 565cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:45am on Friday 10th January 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

More snow once again this morning from Hirafu and this time it's 25cm. It's a very cold morning here. -8 degrees at base now, and resorts reporting temperatures of down to -17 degrees (Annupuri) this morning.

There's a moderate wind this morning which is causing just a few issues at the moment - the King Number 3 at Grand Hirafu is on hold and the Gondola at Niseko Village is operating at a reduced speed as are the quads over at Hanazono. Other than that the lifts seem to be open as normal for now.

Oh yes... it's snowing, and will continue snow and continue to be cold.

From tomorrow (11th January) until 2nd February, at Niseko Grand Hirafu the Ace Number 2 Center Four quad lift will be opening at an earlier time for their 'Early Morning' service. Time is 8am until 8:20am and it costs an additional 500 yen - unfortunately you can't use season tickets or normal lift tickets for this service.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -8C, 15cm of crushed-crystal snow in the past 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: WNW15m/s, -14C, 20cm of crushed-crystal with snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: NW15m/s, -16C, 20cm of fresh with snowdrift development, 200cm snowpack. Annupuri peak 1308m: WNW10m/s, -18℃. Forecasted wind at noon: NW20m/s. Hirafu 1000m: -14C, 30cm of fresh with snowdrifts development. Coastal data: Benkei capeNNW15m/s, Kamui capeW12m/s, 2.2m waves, 1013hPa.

Wintry pressure pattern is generating stormy conditions. Snowdrifts are developing fast, up 150cm in leeward knolls above 800m. According to snowfall transition, observations and data evaluation, the avalanche risk is high from the morning. Peak gates will be closed. Other gates opening will depend on ski patrol’s judgment. Better not stimulate cornices and knolls today, a 30-70cm thick surface slab avalanche is to be highly considered in typical avalanche terrains, such as 800m Osawa cornice slopes and Mikaeri bowl. Storms generate thick and heavy slabs of dense snow due to wind-drift accumulation. Rapidly forming snowdrift slabs are extremely unstable in the wind, could collapse with the slightest stimulation and trigger a large surface slab slide. Better not step out of bounds today. The snow in the trees is heavy and deep, but good fun. Beware of frostbite.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 330cm
Base - 165cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 240cm
Base - 170cm

Annupuri:
Top - 205cm
Base - 180cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:45am on Friday 10th January 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts areas open

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 10th January 2014
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2013/2014
*as of Friday 10th January 2014
2012/2013
Season
2011/2012
Season
10th January 25cm 25cm -
9th January 10cm 5cm -
8th January 10cm 10cm -
7th January 15cm 15cm -
6th January 30cm 20cm -
5th January 22cm 20cm -
4th January 15cm 20cm -
Previous 7 days total 127cm 115cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 217cm 183cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 123cm 118cm -
December observed snowfall total 275cm 418cm -
January observed snowfall total 167cm 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 565cm 1493cm 0cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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2013/2014 season 0cm
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123cm
[123cm]
275cm
[398cm]
167cm
[565cm]
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[565cm]
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2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
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