Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 29th January 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:35am on Wednesday 29th January 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-9°C

Top temp:
-15°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow eased off
wind condition
5-15m/s (Hirafu)
Variable
This report
Wednesday 29th January 2014, 8:35am
20cm
Tuesday 28th January 2014, 8:01am 20cm
Monday 27th January 2014, 8:52am 15cm
Sunday 26th January 2014, 8:20am 2cm
Saturday 25th January 2014, 8:05am 0cm
Friday 24th January 2014, 14:50pm 2cm
Thursday 23rd January 2014, 8:45am 20cm
Last 7 reports (total): 79cm
Last 14 reports (total): 139cm
Current month (January 2014) total: 441cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 839cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:35am on Wednesday 29th January 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Hirafu and I have another 20cm or so to report. It's a cold morning and my initial impression is that the snow is lighter than what we had yesterday morning.

It has been snowing lightly this morning though right at this moment has eased off. We might even get to see the sun according to the local forecast. Fresh snowfall and new layer of goodness aside, it's more about wind this morning though...

Strong westerly winds on the mountain are affecting morning lift operations from the get go. At Annupuri, the Jumbo Number 3 and 4 as well as the Annupuri Gondilka are on hold. At Niseko Village the Gondola and top Wonderland chair are not moving and here in the Hirafu area the top King 3 and 4 and Ace Number 4 lifts are not moving as well as the top Hanazono lift.

Another mild spell due tomorrow but we should be back to cold come Friday.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -8C, 25cm crush snow crystals in the last 12hrs. Moiwa 800m: -14C, 30cm new snow, snow drift development. Annupuri 1150m: -16C, wind NW25m/s, major snowdrift development. Hirafu 1000m: poor visibility, snowdrift development. Annupuri peak 1308m: -18.5℃, wind NW24m/s. Cape Benkei: NW18m/s, Cape Kamui: NW13m/s, wave 3.1m, pressure 1015hPa.

Due to the current winter weather pattern there has been major development of unstable snowdrifts. The avalanche danger is very high today. Do not ride open steep slopes or cornice slopes today. Gate openings yet to be decided. Please respect the Patrols decisions. Do not traverse from Gate 8 across Osawa to ride under the cornice on the other side of the bowl. In February 1993, under similar conditions, Japan had its first snowboarder avalanche death on that slope at about elev 850m. The weather is expected to clear around noon, however snow stabilty will be delayed due to snowfall transition. The forest is reset but the snow will be a little slow. Beware hitting trees, getting stuck at the bottom. Note also it is hard to see cracks under knolls from above.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 400cm
Base - 190cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 335cm
Base - 225cm

Annupuri:
Top - 280cm
Base - 210cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:35am on Wednesday 29th January 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas open

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  2013/2014
*as of Wednesday 29th January 2014
2012/2013
Season
2011/2012
Season
29th January 20cm 0cm -
28th January 20cm 3cm -
27th January 15cm 45cm -
26th January 2cm 5cm -
25th January 0cm 10cm -
24th January 2cm 0cm -
23rd January 20cm 0cm -
Previous 7 days total 79cm 63cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 139cm 183cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 123cm 118cm -
December observed snowfall total 275cm 418cm -
January observed snowfall total 441cm 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 839cm 1493cm 0cm
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The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 29th January 2014
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123cm
[123cm]
275cm
[398cm]
441cm
[839cm]
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[839cm]
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[839cm]
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[839cm]
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[839cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
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