Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 20th January 2013

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:13am on Sunday 20th January 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud, some sun
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
-
wind condition
Moderate wind on mountain
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Sunday 20th January 2013, 10:13am
10cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 135cm
Last 14 reports (total): 262cm
Current month (January 2013) total: 367cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 903cm

Archive report: Posted at 10:13am on Sunday 20th January 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Just about 10cm of snow this morning to report from base here. It is a milder morning here in Niseko and only about -3C here at the moment. The closest we have been to positive numbers in a while.

Things are fairly calm and there is just a slight wind, but more moderate winds higher up on the mountain. Not enough to prevent the lifts from opening as planned. As yesterday, it seems only the top Hanazono lift and the King Number 3 lifts at Grand Hirafu are operating at reduce speed.

It was snowing earlier on but has eased off now and as I type this out - from Hanazono this morning - there is a lot of cloud around but the sun is casting shadows down on the lower slopes. I can see a break in the clouds as well and some blue skies. Cloud and light snow actually on the forecast, but perhaps we are on for an early clearing?

It does look like we are due a run of days with little or no snow and the chance of more sunny, clearer skies this coming week, with snow due back later in the week.

I thought it worth reminding you about the early operations that Niseko Grand Hirafu are running every day right through until 3rd Febraury:

If you want to get out just that bit earlier in a morning to enjoy all the fresh snow, you might appreciate the extra minutes available at Niseko Grand Hirafu and their 'Early Morning' service. For 500 yen (or free if you are a Grand Hirafu club member), you can jump on the Ace Number 2 Center Four lift from 8:00am and ride down the Super, Furiko, Green, Aplen and Sennoki courses before anyone else turns up. Note that a normal lift ticket is not valid during that time.

Previously, I mentioned that this was running until 3rd March - the actual correct date is 3rd February. Sorry for that mistake.... I have edited the previous report to reflect this.

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Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 410cm
Bottom - 240cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 365cm
Bottom - 215cm

Niseko Village
Top - 330cm
Bottom - 250cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -5C, 10cm of crystal snow and calm morning. Moiwa 800m: NW12m/s, -8C and moderate development of wind-drifted slabs. Annupuri peak: NW14.1m/s, -11C. Annupuri 1000m snowpack: 330cm. Coastal data: NW10m/s, 1.3m waves and 1020hPa.

Light overnight snowfall, however snowdrifts have developed and the surface has been reset in leeward slopes above 800m due to a moderate wind & snow during the night. According to all data evaluations and observations, the layers under Jan 20th are consolidating and the avalanche risk is low.

Beware of cornices, as they are likely to fall. Falling cornices can trigger a large avalanche from deeper layers. Keep ample distance from the cornice edge. Gate 2 & 3 are scheduled to open at 10am. Listen to the ski patrol’s advice and step out of the gates. Keep in mind that you're stepping out of the resort's management.

Prudence is required at all times in typical avalanche terrain such as 1000m leeward slopes of Osawa, Backbowl, lower west-ridge and Higashione cornice slopes. Do not traverse; follow the fall-line. Avalanches run through the valley line, do not rest in there or below steep faces.

Many cases of injuries are being reported everyday. Better not overestimate your skills, stay humble and modest towards the mountain especially in the afternoons. Do not duck ropes to step out of bounds. Have a nice day.

Archive report: Posted at 10:13am on Sunday 20th 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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