Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 23rd January 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:45am on Thursday 23rd January 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Mostly clear and sunny
Base temp:
-12°C

Top temp:
-15°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Not snowing
wind condition
2-7m/s (Hirafu)
Great
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This report
Thursday 23rd January 2014, 8:45am
20cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 55cm
Last 14 reports (total): 240cm
Current month (January 2014) total: 382cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 780cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:45am on Thursday 23rd January 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Morning from Hirafu and today we have, 20-25cm of new snowfall down here in the village. As you can see from the Avalance Report below, up to 40cm being reported at higher elevations.

It should be a very fine morning and there's already a lot of people out getting on those first lifts of the day.

One thing for sure is that it's a very cold one. Minus double digits as the lifts prepare to open. A moderate wind this morning but that does not seem to be affecting lift operations around the resorts from the get go, but might need to keep an eye on that later on as it's forecast to get stronger.

The other thing for sure is that it's a beautiful morning. Nice blue skies over the mountains, with just a few clouds remaining. In the other direction Mt Yotei is looking splendid wearing a cloud 'hat' with no other clouds around.

In recent years Niseko has become very popular during the Chinese New Year period with more and more visitors from overseas coming to enjoy that holiday here. This year will be no different and while the actual Chinese New Year is on 31st January, some of those visitors have started to arrive. We are truly entering peak season now.

Let's hope the regular snowfall continues so everyone can get to enjoy refreshed conditions.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -10C, 25cm broken crystal snow in the last 12hrs. Moiwa 800m: -13C, wind W10m/s , 30cm new snow, major snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -16C, wind N13m/s, 30cm new snow, major snowdrift development. Annupuri peak 1308m: -17.4C, wind NNW12.5m/s, wind predicted to be W15m/s at noon. Hirafu 1000m: -15C, 40cm new snow, snowdrift development. Cape Benkei: N10m/s, Cape Kamui: NE4m/s, wave 1.7m, pressure 1018hPa.

Wind and snow continue to flow in from the north. Above 800m, major cornice and snowdrift development. Even if the sun comes out this morning the avalanche risk remains high today. Gates 2 and 3 will be closed, others yet to be decided. Please follows the Patrols advice. Lately there have been a lot of accidents in out of bounds areas. Dont over estimate your abilities because you have fat skis, take care of falling into cracks. Yesterday both Hirafu and Annupuri patrols rescued people in out of bounds areas, Osawa and Fujuwara no Sawa. The snow in the trees is good, however there is wind slab around. Today its best to look for fresh lines within the resort boundaries. Yesterdays Report noted Chinpoko rock at F7, however the area discussed to be avoided was at E7. Have a safe day.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 405cm
Base - 200cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 330cm
Base - 220cm

Annupuri:
Top - 280cm
Base - 210cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:45am on Thursday 23rd January 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open

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*as of Thursday 23rd January 2014
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22nd January 15cm 0cm -
21st January 5cm 3cm -
20th January 3cm 10cm -
19th January 2cm 35cm -
18th January 0cm 32cm -
17th January 10cm 20cm -
Previous 7 days total 55cm 100cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 240cm 235cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 123cm 118cm -
December observed snowfall total 275cm 418cm -
January observed snowfall total 382cm 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 780cm 1493cm 0cm
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118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
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