Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 17th January 2013

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:18am on Thursday 17th January 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Clear and sunny
Base temp:
-10°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
-
wind condition
Light wind
Very good
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Thursday 17th January 2013, 9:18am
20cm
Wednesday 16th January 2013, 9:06am 20cm
Tuesday 15th January 2013, 9:39am 3cm
Monday 14th January 2013, 10:02am 15cm
Sunday 13th January 2013, 9:34am 12cm
Saturday 12th January 2013, 13:21pm 25cm
Friday 11th January 2013, 9:07am 35cm
Last 7 reports (total): 130cm
Last 14 reports (total): 245cm
Current month (January 2013) total: 290cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 826cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:18am on Thursday 17th January 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

How about another 20cm or so of new snow this morning? Sounds good? It just keeps on coming. It's cold, cold morning in Hirafu here with temperatures down to minus double digits.

Not much of a wind and all lifts on the mountain resorts opened as planned. The sun is out and we have some nice clear blue skies above us. The forecast has clouds and possible snow later on today so it may well not last. For now at least it is a very good day to be out playing in the snow.

All is good.

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Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 390cm
Bottom - 210cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 345cm
Bottom - 200cm

Niseko Village
Top - 315cm
Bottom - 190cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -11C, 20cm of crystal snow and calm morning. Moiwa 800m: N8m/s, heavy snowfall and moderate development of snowdrifts. Annupuri peak 1308m: NW11m/s, -16C. Coastal data: NNW10m/s, 1.3m waves and 1014hPa.

A moderate winter pressure pattern is generating intermittent snowfall. Snowfall is especially heavy around 800m altitude, making snowdrifts develop slowly. According to all data evaluation, observation and snowfall transition, the avalanche risk in general is relatively low and the snow in the trees is in good condition. Cracks are forming in steep slopes and are difficult to notice from above. Falling into these crevasses, reaching up to 4m depths, can cause serious injuries.

Although critical accidents are not happening, many minor cases such as fractured bones and people getting lost are being reported daily. Be extra prudent in the out of bounds areas. Gates 2 & 3 are scheduled to open at 10am. DO NOT traverse steep slopes of the Backbowl, Osawa and Higashione. Traversing obvious avalanche terrain is extremely risky and repeating it on a routine basis would eventually end up in a tragedy. Imagine the consequences of a large avalanche in Osawa (Annupuri bowl) on a busy day. How many people would get buried? How many people are really ready and equipped for rescuing? Ski/ride the fall-line to minimize stress. Beware of sudden weather changes and have good day.

Archive report: Posted at 9:18am on Thursday 17th January 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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