Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 19th January 2013

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:30am on Saturday 19th January 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
Moderate wind
Fair
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Saturday 19th January 2013, 9:30am
35cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 137cm
Last 14 reports (total): 272cm
Current month (January 2013) total: 357cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 893cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:30am on Saturday 19th January 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Dear oh dear oh dear. What can I say!

We have another 30-35cm or so of snow to report from Hirafu this morning. It's almost getting silly. But silly is good, and it's silly amounts of snow we have once again this morning.

The snow continues to fall this morning. It's not as cold as yesterday and about -5C outside here now, with just a slight wind. There more moderate winds on the mountain though, with Annupuri reporting a north-westerly 17.9m/s blowing on the peak over there. Ski lifts on the mountain seem to be mostly unaffected by the wind though with seemingly only the King Number 3 at Grand Hirafu and the Hanazono Number 3 lift at Hanazono operating at reduced speeds. Top lifts all open and apparently Gates 1, 4 and 6 are scheduled to open in the afternoon.

Cloudy skies and snow falling from the skies at the moment, but visibility seems mostly decent out there.

The forecast is still saying snow to ease off and perhaps leave us with just cloudy conditions today and tomorrow. This being Niseko though and the snow is never that far away of course.

I was just looking back at the snow depth numbers reported by the ski resorts on the mountain last year. On 19th January 2012, Grand Hirafu was saying 345cm up top and 180cm at base. Today, one year on, those numbers are 430cm and 250cm. Interesting.

Please keep an eye on the Avalanche Information (posted below) for more on any dangers to expect out there. Be sure to be prepared and careful as well as enjoying yourself. It's all too easy to get caught up in the excitement of the excellent snow we are enjoying but it's important to keep the potential dangers in mind as well.

Enjoy!

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Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 430cm
Bottom - 250cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 365cm
Bottom - 215cm

Niseko Village
Top - 330cm
Bottom - 230cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -7C, 30cm of broken particles snow. Moiwa 800m: -9C, snowdrifts are developing and are unstable. Annupuri peak: NW17.9m/s, -13.6C. Annupuri 1000m snowpack: 320cm. Coastal data: NW13m/s, 2.2m waves and 1012hPa.

A northwesterly wind with heavy snowfall is continuing, snowdrifts are developing and slabs are forming rapidly. Deeper layers within the slabs are consolidating and stabilizing, however the upper 50cm are still unstable and can easily collapse. Gates 2 & 3 will be closed. Gates 1, 4 and 6 are scheduled to open in the afternoon. The weather is forecasted to turn better before noon, however the avalanche risk will remain high in leeward (facing south-east) knolls and open 35°slopes.

The gates will be kept closed a little while to let the stabilization progress. One track left under the rope will lead many others to do the same and increase the chances of accidents to happen. Do not duck ropes. Better seek inbounds fresh tracks during the morning; the snow in the out of bounds will stabilize sooner or later. The snow in the trees is heavy and deep but in good condition. Have a safe day.

Archive report: Posted at 9:30am on Saturday 19th 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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