Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 24th January 2010

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:29am on Sunday 24th January 2010
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Archive report: Posted at 10:29am on Sunday 24th January 2010
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Another snowy day throughout yesterday which mostly cleared overnight. Today has seen snowfalls return again this morning but only lightly at this stage. The wind has abated and currently all lifts are running and all gates will be open. Temperatures aren't too cold and it should be a great day for riding the mountain.
Tomorrow we can expect temperatures to rise further as a warm front passes through ahead of an approaching low pressure system. All precipitation should remain as snow but it will likely be a little wet at first at village level. As the low passes through we can expect strong winds to develop again and the temps to drop with plenty more snow.
A much bigger system is expected later in the week and looks like it'll bring cold temperatures and a lot of snow to see out the month and take us into Feb.
A few people were caught in an avalanche whilst heading out through gate 5 a couple of days ago and sustained reasonably serious injuries. This is a timely reminder for those heading out through the gates that you are entering areas that can and do slide and it's wise to have gear, knowledge and experience before doing so.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 270
Bottom - 170

Niseko Village:
Top - 310
Bottom - 170

Top - 285
Bottom - 190

Avalanche Information:

Niseko Avalanche Info No.40

Moiwa base 6am: -6℃, slight overnight snowfall.
Coastal data: WNW12m/s at Benkei cape, WSW10m/s, 2m waves and 1013hp at Kamui cape.
Annupuri peak wind: WSW6.7m/s at 6am.
There are no notable developments of snowdrifts in the past 12hours.
Hirafu patrol peak report: SW10m/s, -12℃.
The Jan 21st layer that triggered avalanches in Yu no sawa and Higashi-One is now stable and the new snow on top of this layer is rounding and stabilizing.
Avalanche hazard is low in areas below 1100m and the snow is in good condition.
Peak gates and gate 5 (Hanazono) will open at 10:30, depending on lift operations.
Refrain from stopping in gully bottoms or in the middle of the slope. Ride one by one. Keep in mind that it’s Sunday and many people are expected to enter the mountain.
Always seek ski patrol’s advice at the gates.
Seeing traverse lines all the way across a lovely slope is just tragic. Follow the fall line and trace beautiful lines. Never duck any ropes!

Archive report: Posted at 10:29am on Sunday 24th January 2010
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Currently all lifts running

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