Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 18th January 2013

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:26am on Friday 18th January 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-9°C

Top temp:
-14°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
Moderate wind
Generally poor
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This report
Friday 18th January 2013, 9:26am
32cm
Thursday 17th January 2013, 9:18am 20cm
Wednesday 16th January 2013, 9:06am 20cm
Tuesday 15th January 2013, 9:39am 3cm
Monday 14th January 2013, 10:02am 15cm
Sunday 13th January 2013, 9:34am 12cm
Saturday 12th January 2013, 13:21pm 25cm
Last 7 reports (total): 127cm
Last 14 reports (total): 257cm
Current month (January 2013) total: 322cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 858cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:26am on Friday 18th January 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

The clearer skies didn't last. They tend not to here in Niseko.

Not only did the clouds move back in but they brought us another whopping amount of fresh snow overnight.

How does 30-35cm sound? Sounds good to me. And that's here in the village, not on the mountain. Let's imagineing how much more fell up there! Whatever the number there's really only one thing that matters and that yet another lage delivery of light fresh Niseko powder has fallen since those sunny skies yesterday morning. I haven't done the numbers but we must surely be close to 9m of snowfall here now. Any guesses as to how much up top?

In Monday's report, I mentioned that the JMA snow fall in Kutchan number for January so far was 159cm. This morning it stands at 194cm... and I'm not even sure if that takes into account this morning's new snow.

Anyway, enough of numbers. What's with the weather? Well, it's snowing. For a change! -9C, so temperatures have been fairly consistent of late. Generally poor visibility out on the mountain this morning.

And happily while there is a wind, it doesn't seem to be hindering people's enjoyment this morning as all resort lifts seem to be operating as planned. The only exception at the moment is a late start by the Swinging Monkey lift at Niseko Grand Hirafu. They might be digging it out from the snow. (Actually, officially it is late due to maintenance).

More of the same on the forecast for tomorrow with snowfall perhaps easing off later in the day and Sunday.

Simply fantastic conditions here at moment. Can you tell I'm excited? Time to get out on the snow I think...

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Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 420cm
Bottom - 230cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 360cm
Bottom - 210cm

Niseko Village
Top - 325cm
Bottom - 230cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -10C, 25cm of broken particles snow. Annupuri peak: NNW10m/s. -17.9C. Moiwa peak: bad visibility, stormy, NW10m/s and -15C. Coastal data: NW19m/s, 1.5m waves and 1010hPa.

The storm is picking up and snowdrifts are developing drastically. The newly formed slabs are very unstable and the avalanche risk is HIGH. The snow in the trees is heavy and deep. All gates except no.7 will be kept closed. Do not duck ropes to seek fresh tracks. According to snowfall transition, observations and data evaluation, there is a high chance of a 60cm thick surface slab avalanche to happen in leeward steep slopes above 800m (treeline) altitude.

Avalanches are most likely to occur during storms. Wind-affected snowfall forms dense, heavy and very unstable slabs. Weak bonding within the slab fractures with the slightest stimulation and triggers a surface slab avalanche. Better stay away from knolls and open steep slopes. It is highly recommended to stay within the resort today. Beware of frostbites. Respect the Niseko Rules and have a nice day.

Archive report: Posted at 9:26am on Friday 18th 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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