Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 22nd January 2014

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:01am on Wednesday 22nd January 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
3-8m/s (Hirafu)
Decent
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This report
Wednesday 22nd January 2014, 8:01am
15cm
Tuesday 21st January 2014, 8:40am 5cm
Monday 20th January 2014, 8:01am 3cm
Sunday 19th January 2014, 9:25am 2cm
Saturday 18th January 2014, 8:55am 0cm
Friday 17th January 2014, 9:55am 10cm
Thursday 16th January 2014, 8:55am 25cm
Last 7 reports (total): 60cm
Last 14 reports (total): 230cm
Current month (January 2014) total: 362cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 760cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:01am on Wednesday 22nd January 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Another day, another new 15cm of fresh snow to report.

Snow still falling and the mountain is covered in cloud cover this morning but visibility looks decent. A bit of blue sky over to the south of Mt Yotei at the moment but we're more likely to see cloud/snow today than a clear up. We might get to see the sun tomorrow and Friday though and Friday in particularly will be mild - might even get to see the mercury rise above zero. Shouldn't last for long though, don't worry.

That's about it really. -7 degrees here at base, Hirafu reporting wind speed of 3-7m/s.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -8C, 15cm broken crystal snow in the last 12hrs. Moiwa 800m: -11C, wind , 20cm new snow, wind and some snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -14C, 20cm new snow, moderate snowdrift development. Annupuri peak 1308m: -15.4C, wind NW18.7m/s, wind predicted to be NW20m/s at noon. Hirafu 1000m: no data. Cape Benkei: NW16m/s, Cape Kamui: NW10m/s, wave 1.7m, pressure 1014hPa.

Above 1000m wind and moderate snowdrift development on leeward slopes. There is the possibility of up to 40cm fracture from Jan 20th-21st layer, depending on location. From snowfall transition, a slab fracture will be instantaneous, wide reaching and resulting in an avalanche running at high speed(>100km/h). Do not enter steep slopes and cornice slopes like Kozan no Sawa(back bowl). Gates 2&3 will be closed today.. Please listen to the Patrols advice and even if the weather clears avalanche risk remains high. Do not duck ropes.

The upper sections of Annupuri West Ridge are often glare ice, ice crust and generally very difficult snow conditions. Yesterday Hirafu Patrol rescued a guided tour customer on West Ridge. This is no place for guides to be taking customers. If you want to ride the west face and sidewalls please take the North face and come around to Chinpoku Rock. Always take care on the West face(coordinate F7), sometimes avalanches are triggered deep within the snowpack and can travel down and across Route 58. Traversing knoll and gully terrain always keep your group spaced apart. The snow is beginning to reset in the trees, have a safe day.

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Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 390cm
Base - 190cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 320cm
Base - 220cm

Annupuri:
Top - 270cm
Base - 210cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:01am on Wednesday 22nd January 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas are open

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Wednesday 22nd January 2014
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  2013/2014
*as of Wednesday 22nd January 2014
2012/2013
Season
2011/2012
Season
22nd January 15cm 0cm -
21st January 5cm 3cm -
20th January 3cm 10cm -
19th January 2cm 35cm -
18th January 0cm 32cm -
17th January 10cm 20cm -
16th January 25cm 20cm -
Previous 7 days total 60cm 120cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 230cm 240cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 123cm 118cm -
December observed snowfall total 275cm 418cm -
January observed snowfall total 362cm 443cm -
February observed snowfall total - 316cm -
March observed snowfall total - 164cm -
April observed snowfall total - 32cm -
May observed snowfall total - 2cm -
Season observed snowfall total 760cm 1493cm 0cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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123cm
[123cm]
275cm
[398cm]
362cm
[760cm]
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[760cm]
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[760cm]
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[760cm]
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[760cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
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