Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 3rd February 2013

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:10am on Sunday 3rd February 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-14°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
Strong winds
Generally poor
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This report
Sunday 3rd February 2013, 9:10am
7cm
Saturday 2nd February 2013, 8:43am 0cm
Friday 1st February 2013, 12:54pm 0cm
Thursday 31st January 2013, 8:47am 0cm
Wednesday 30th January 2013, 9:05am 10cm
Tuesday 29th January 2013, 9:38am 0cm
Monday 28th January 2013, 8:40am 3cm
Last 7 reports (total): 20cm
Last 14 reports (total): 83cm
Current month (February 2013) total: 7cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 986cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:10am on Sunday 3rd February 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

I'm glad to report that we are back to much more Niseko-like colder temperatures this morning.

It's a nice and cold -7C early on. Annupuri is recording a temperature of -16C up at the top of the resort. That's more like it!

The rain continued in the morning yesterday but turned into snow early afternoon - somewhat earlier than we were expecting, but a good thing. This morning there is between 5cm and 10cm of fresh snow in the village area, so hopefully a bit more than that on the mountain. With the winds blowing it about, it's going to be less and more than that in places. It's not a thick layer of new snow and considering it is on top of the conditions we had up until the new snow fell, real care needed today. Looks might deceive! Under that thin layer of fresh are some icy conditions so keep it in mind.

I didn't mention the wind yet. Well, yes it is windy out there and it's affecting what is open this morning.

It looks like all of the Niseko Annupuri resort area is closed this morning as they report winds between 19m/s and 20m/s.

At Niseko Village, the lower The Banzai Chair, Morino Chair and Community Chair lifts are operating.

At Niseko Grand Hirafu it is the lower half of the mountain open with the Ace Family, Ace Number 1, Ace Number 2 Center four, Holiday Number 1 Pair and Swinging Monkey lifts operating now as normal. The King Number 2 lift and Hirafu Gondola are operating at reduced speed. The King Number 2 should be opening at 10am.

Someone asked us about the half pipe being closed at Niseko Grand Hirafu. It seems that the maintenance machine has a problem and so that is the reason for this. Hopefully they can get that sorted quick.

Temperatures should remain about where they should be over the coming week with snow clouds never far away. In particular, the forecast is looking really good for a great delivery of snow around the end of the week. So hopefully we are in for a good week.

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Anyone feel the earthquake late last night? A magnitude 6.4 quake rattled lots of Hokkaido and large parts of northern Japan around 11:15pm last night. It registered a 'shindo 2' on the Japanese seismic intensity scale here in Niseko and Kutchan. The epicenter was to the east of Sapporo near the coast by Tokachi, so quite a way from Niseko but still there was a bit of a shudder here. A reminder.

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Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 400cm
Bottom - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 330cm
Bottom - 220cm

Niseko Village
Top - 360cm
Bottom - 200cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -9C, 5cm of broken particle snow. Moiwa 800m: W15m/s, stormy and bad visibility, -15C and notable snowdrift development. Annupuri peak: NW30.8m/s, -18C. Coastal data: WNW21m/s, 3.1m waves and 1013hPa.

Furious snowstorm due to strong winter weather pattern is generating drastic development of snowdrifts in leeward slopes above 800m. According to the snowfall transition, weather data and observations, the newly formed snowdrifts are extremely unstable and can collapse/slide with the slightest stimulation. The developments of slabs aren't uniform and their consistency are also dependent on altitude and slope orientation. 50cm surface slab avalanches are likely to occur in slopes with heavy snowdrifts around 700-900m, with crust surface (Feb 2nd layer) underneath, namely Osawa (Annupuri bowl) and backside Higashione (Jackson).

All gates will be closed. Even if the lift is operating, out of bounds area should not be entered. A closed gate is a message telling all area beyond the resort boundary should not be touched. Ignoring this message and accessing those areas, whether crossing the boundary ropes or not, will result in many people following those tracks and unnecessarily increase the chances of accidents to happen. We strongly demand every resort user to respect the Niseko Rules. The snow will turn better soon. Better take it easy today.

Archive report: Posted at 9:10am on Sunday 3rd February 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas now open. Further details in report.

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December observed snowfall total 418cm - -
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