Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 11th January 2011

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:01am on Tuesday 11th January 2011
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Archive report: Posted at 9:01am on Tuesday 11th January 2011
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Yesterday actually had a couple of brief periods of sunshine in between heavy bands of snow. Snowfalls continued on and off throughout the night and it's currently snowing moderately. The avi report below is saying up to 35cm has fallen over at Moiwa base but I don't think there's been quite so much down the HIrafu end of the range. I'd put it at closer to 20-25cm since last report.
Gate 7 in Annupuri is expected to open for the first time this season today. This is a great little area and often gets some of the deepest snow around the resort. Well worth heading over to check it out.
Snowfalls are expected to continue through this morning but get light and sporadic later today. A weak low pressure system is expected to move through just to the south of Hokkaido tomorrow which should bring some further heavy snowfalls.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 300
Bottom - 160

Niseko Village:
Top - 220
Bottom - 170

Annupuri:
Top - 200
Bottom - 160

Avalanche Information:

Although the snowfall hasn’t stopped overnight, there is no drastic development of new-formed snowdrifts.
The snow in the trees below 1000m is in good condition, however avalanche hazard is still to be highly considered in wide-open leeward (downwind) slopes such as Osawa and Backbbowl’s exposed faces.
Better not cut/traverse under cornices and knolls or stop in the valley bottoms.
Major scale slide risk due to collapsing soft-slabs will rise in Haru-no-Taki area as the sun reflections may induce the forming of slabs. Anyone must not enter strictly off-limits areas.
Gate 1 (L-ji), 4 (Fujiwara), 6 (Moiwa) and 7 (Ee-sawa) are scheduled to open around 10am. Please follow the ski-patrol’s instructions.
Mountain base 6am:-8℃, 35cm snowfall in the past 12hours and no development of snowdrifts.
Coastal data: NE15m/s at Benkei cape, W8m/s, 1009hPa and 2.5m waves at Kamui cape.
Predicted wind at the peak at noon: NW15m/s.
Ride safe and have a nice day.

Archive report: Posted at 9:01am on Tuesday 11th January 2011
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All lifts expected to operate today.\r\nGates 1, 4, 6 and 7 expected to open at 10am today.

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