Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 31st January 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Friday 31st January 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
5-10m/s (Hirafu); up to 21m/s (Annupuri)
OK to poor
This report
Friday 31st January 2014, 8:30am
10cm
Thursday 30th January 2014, 8:25am 10cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 77cm
Last 14 reports (total): 124cm
Current month (January 2014) total: 461cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 859cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Friday 31st January 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Ah good, we are back to something colder this morning.

Another 10cm of fresh snow to report this morning from the Hirafu village area and it's of a better (drier) quality than the snow I reported yesterday. As you can see in the Avalance Report below, up to 20cm is being reported at higher elevations.

Strong winds again spoiling the fun a bit this morning and it's blizzard conditions up on the mountain by the looks. For those braving conditions, make sure you know where you're going - visibility is low out there.

The top lifts at each resort not opening as scheduled this morning due to the wind conditions.... winds of up to 21m/s reported by Annupuri, where the Gondola isn't moving either; the Gondola at Niseko Village is also on hold.

Happy Chinese New Year to those celebrating! It's going to be a busy weekend.

Tomorrow we'll look at the numbers for the season and the month of January and also see how they compare with last year.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -6, 15cm new snow in last 12 hrs, snow drift development. Moiwa 800m: -9C, wind W16m/s , 20cm new snow, snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -11C, wind W20m/s, 20cm new snow, snowdrift development. Hirafu 1000m: -7C, 20cm new snow, snow drift development. Annupuri peak 1308m: -12.8℃, wind NW15.4m/s. Cape Benkei: NW20m/s, Cape Kamui: W14m/s, wave 2.1m, pressure 1001hPa.

Isobars have moved closer together and the mountain is experiencing blizzard conditions. There has been major snow drift development and the avalanche risk is high on steep wind influenced slopes. From current observations it is expected the 28-29 layer will fracture easily generating slabs 80-120cm thick. Dont ride the valleys today. The forest is reset and good. Beware of cracks in the middle of slopes due to bad visibility, they are hard to see from above.
Peak gates will be closed. Do not duck ropes to get fresh lines. Niseko Rules are here to protect all skiers safety and freedom. We strongly demand all riders read and understand the rules. Do not enter Haru no Taki, and Yu no Sawa Strictly Off Limits area, or Mizuno no sawa Special Control Area. Mountain is in good condition. Have a safe day.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 395cm
Base - 190cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 335cm
Base - 225cm

Annupuri:
Top - 280cm
Base - 210cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Friday 31st January 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas open but wind affected this morning

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 31st January 2014
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 31st January 2014
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 31st January 2014
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2013/2014
*as of Friday 31st January 2014
2012/2013
Season
2011/2012
Season
31st January 10cm 0cm -
30th January 10cm 10cm -
29th January 20cm 0cm -
28th January 20cm 3cm -
27th January 15cm 45cm -
26th January 2cm 5cm -
25th January 0cm 10cm -
Previous 7 days total 77cm 73cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 124cm 153cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 123cm 118cm -
December observed snowfall total 275cm 418cm -
January observed snowfall total 461cm 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 859cm 1493cm 0cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 31st January 2014
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season - - - - - - - -
2013/2014 season 0cm
[0cm]
123cm
[123cm]
275cm
[398cm]
461cm
[859cm]
-
[859cm]
-
[859cm]
-
[859cm]
-
[859cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
  October November December January February March April May
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