Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 29th January 2012

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:50am on Sunday 29th January 2012
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Archive report: Posted at 7:50am on Sunday 29th January 2012
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No new snowfall to report today. There was a slight dusting (maybe 1 cm), but other than that it was relatively calm last night. The backbowls of Niseko did open yesterday, despite it being very windy at the peak. The backcountry skiing should be awesome today, but with slightly poor visibility. It has been windy, so developments and snowdrifts have occured over the last few days. The real danger lies from a weak layer on the warm temp days of Jan 22. There's up to 70cm on top of it and it's hard to tell what will happen to it without digging a pit and seeing for yourself.

Yesterday there were quite a few people who got out in the early morning visibility. I witnessed one guy ski Iwanupuri and I don't think he could see at any point during his skiing. The snow was well over his head.

It's looking like the weekend will bring us clouds, cold temps, and intermittent snow. The sun isn't expected to shine through today, but you never know! I would definitely layer up as you go out. We saw a warm start to the morning yesterday and quickly plummeting temps in the afternoon as the front moved in off the ocean.

You'll definitely have to work and earn the turns today; either by searching hard at the resorts, or hiking. Get out and explore what Hokkaido has to offer. There are plenty of small resorts that are easily accessible with a quick search of the Resorts section on SnowJapan. Some of the hidden gems out there will have fresh patches for the whole day and maybe then some!

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 380cm
Bottom - 210cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 380cm
Bottom - 230cm

Annupuri:
Top - 380cm
Bottom - 220cm

Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 5am: -10℃, a light dusting of snow in the last 12 hours,
Coastal data: WNW9m/s at Benkei cape, 1.2m waves 1015hPa at Kamui cape. Annapuri Peak NW10.3m/s temp -15.8℃
Snow Transition: There has been 5cm of snow crystals following the passing of the low pressure system in the last 12 hours. At elevations above 800m there has been some snowdrift development.
Snow Pit Data: The prominent layer in the snowpack at the moment is is the Jan 22 layer at 100-150cm which is easily observed. The snow below 28 Jan is rounding and stabilsing, a significant layer is expected to form in the future snowpack from 29 Jan layer.
Risk Assessment: With the current snowfall trends the general avalanche risk is reducing.
Caution: There is always risks travelling in the mountains, the risk of avalanches, ski and snowboard falls, falling into cracks and crashing into trees. Please remember these dangers. Do not look for fresh lines in Haru no Taki J4 and Yu no Sawa G3. Riding in these restricted areas is strictly prohibited by the Niseko Rules. Do not duck ropes, your pass will be taken.
Gates: All gates are expected to open at 9.30. Please re-check the avalanche report before leaving the gates. Beware of frostbite and a sudden change in the weather.

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Afternoon update:

There is some awesome snow out there at the moment. The resort has been hit pretty hard by a lot of people. It's time to bust out the skins and avalanche gear. The conditions are pretty stable and north facing aspects around Niseko are great...especially those higher in elevation. If you want to know where to go buy a local a beer and ask for some advice. I saw plenty of people getting face shots of deep powder today. The only thing stopping you from doing it is a short amount of hiking!

Archive report: Posted at 7:50am on Sunday 29th January 2012
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