Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 12th January 2012

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:15am on Thursday 12th January 2012
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Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloudy and snowing lightly
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Top temp:
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Precipitation Wind Visibility
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15 m/s
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Archive report: Posted at 8:15am on Thursday 12th January 2012
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

There was a solid 15cm snowfall overnight last night. In conjunction with heavy winds, the snow came down from the early part of the night and cleared up a little later on. For once in January, you could see a moonlit Yotei from all around.

Since the wind has been blowing quite a bit, we are expected to see less-than-ideal avalanche conditions. This means cornices, wind deposit slabs, etc are a reality.

We are looking at some strong winds today and tomorrow. It is expected to be heavy snow for the next 24-40 hours and then clear up for a few days on the visibility. Looks like it will be a good day to ski in the trees and find some secret stashes around the Niseko area.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 330cm
Bottom - 180cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 300cm
Bottom - 190cm

Annupuri:
Top - 310cm
Bottom - 200cm

Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -10℃, 15cm of mix broken/crystal particle snow in the past 12 hours. Coastal data: WNW15m/s at Benkei cape, 2.2m waves and 1017hPa at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak wind: 10.8m/s.
A northwesterly wind & snow has picked up since 11th morning and made snowdrifts develop drastically in leeward slopes above 800m altitude. The snowdrifts are yet to stabilize and surface slab avalanche hazard is high in areas with heavy deposit of drifted snow. The storm is forecasted to start calming down and the snowpack will stabilize as it does, however it will remain highly unstable especially during the morning. Evaluating all data, snowfall transition and 800m present conditions, 60cm thick slides (up to 120cm if reaching Jan 7th layer) can be triggered by stimulating weak-lines within the snowdrifts. Gates opening is yet to be decided, please respect the ski patrol’s decisions. Most avalanche related accidents happens during or just after storms. The Mizuno no sawa educational program has started in Niseko Village area.



Archive report: Posted at 8:15am on Thursday 12th January 2012
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Lifts will probably have intermittent wind delays.

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