Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 15th January 2012

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 6:44am on Sunday 15th January 2012
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloudy and snowing lightly
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
0°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
-
wind condition
3-5 m/s
poor
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Archive report: Posted at 6:44am on Sunday 15th January 2012
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Today will be an awesome day pretty much everywhere you go in Niseko. Rusutsu is always an option and will be fresh all day. A lot of people went there yesterday and had a blast. The snow was a bit heavy but one of the best days in everyone's book. If touring, keep in mind the amount of windloading that has gone on for the past few days and ski safer aspects like S, SW, SE.

It's looking like poor visibility today and snowy.

Tomorrow is supposed to clear up a bit but have patches of clouds. Have a great day!

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 335cm
Bottom - 180cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 310cm
Bottom - 210cm

Annupuri:
Top - 320cm
Bottom - 200cm

Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -9℃, 15cm of crystal snow in the past 12 hours.
Coastal data: NW 15m/s at Benkei cape, 2.7m waves and 1008hPa at Kamui cape.
Annupuri peak wind: NW17.4m/s & -17.8℃.
Snowfall transition: A northwesterly wind & snow is continuing. The deeper layers of the newly formed snowdrifts are starting to stabilize, however the developed cornices (up to 3m) are still very unstable and could easily collapse with a slight stimulation. Blown snow deposits are forming slabs in leeward slopes above 1000m and are unstable.
Evaluation: Avalanche hazard in leeward slopes below 800m is lowering and the snow below tree-line is good. 80cm thick surface slab avalanche risk persists in the following areas around 1000m altitude. North of coordinate E6F6 Backbowl’s sidewalls, slopes around cornice area of F5, East of G7 Higashi-One area.
Gates opening: Peak gates G2 & G3 will be closed. Other gates are subject to lift operation.
Do no duck ropes to seek fresh tracks. O-sawa center ridge area (F5) and the Backbowl area (F6) should especially be left untouched today. The gates will open again when the wind calms down. The minimum safety of out-of-bounds skiing and the freedom to step out there can only be kept by having the Rules respected.

Archive report: Posted at 6:44am on Sunday 15th 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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