Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 3rd February 2017

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Friday 3rd February 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-9°C

Top temp:
-14°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
Up to NW 9m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Limited
This report
Friday 3rd February 2017, 8:32am
14cm
Thursday 2nd February 2017, 8:52am 15cm
Wednesday 1st February 2017, 8:02am 19cm
Tuesday 31st January 2017, 8:11am 14cm
Monday 30th January 2017, 8:47am 0cm
Sunday 29th January 2017, 9:17am 0cm
Saturday 28th January 2017, 8:33am 11cm
Last 7 reports (total): 73cm
Last 14 reports (total): 114cm
Current month (February 2017) total: 48cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 493cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Friday 3rd February 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

There's more fresh snowfall to report this morning. Another 14cm of it, making 48cm over the last three reports -- at base. With more snow at higher elevations and top lifts affected yesterday, we should be on for some lovely snow conditions this morning. And checking the start-of-the-day lines for the lifts, it looks like lots of people have the same idea.

Light snow is still falling now but it may clear up during the day, leaving us with a calm weekend and maybe some sunshine (particularly on Sunday).

It should be a very good day!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -11℃, 20cm snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -8.5℃, strong NE wind, 40cm snowfall and snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -15℃, NNW10m/s, 30cm snowfall with snowdrift development. Hirafu 1250m: -17℃, strong westerly wind, 20cm snowfall and snowdrifts. Kamui cape lighthouse: NW8m/s, 1011hPa, 1.7m waves.

The isobars started to spread out but strong wind is persisting in higher elevation. The snow has fallen mainly in western 800m area and made cornices and snowdrifts develop in large scale. The top 30cm of the new snowdrifts is likely to slide from Feb 1st pre-low pressure snowfall, but the lower half is consolidating and stabilizing. The cornices are hard and dense, but would break at 120cm depth. The avalanche risk remains high in wind-affected leeward open steep and cornice slopes above 1000m. There are no safe conditions in mid-winter mountains. Be conservative until the weather stabilizes.

The snow in the trees is in good shape, however is highly wind affected and a bit heavy and hard to get back up after a fall. Gates’ opening is not decided. Please follow the ski patrol’s decision. One track left under a rope will lead many others to do the same and increase the chances of accidents to happen. Do not duck ropes. Visibility is poor and beware of frostbites. Have a nice day.

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Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All areas appear to be open as planned this morning.

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Official resort snow depths as of Friday 3rd February 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 340cm
Base - 150cm

Niseko Village
Top - 280cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 300cm
Base - 140cm

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Night skiing is planned until Monday 20th March 2017 at the Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village resort areas. There is no nighta in the Hanazono area.

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Friday 3rd February 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All appear to be opening as planned at the start of the day

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 3rd February 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 3rd February 2017
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 3rd February 2017
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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  2016/2017
*as of Friday 3rd February 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
3rd February 14cm 18cm 15cm
2nd February 15cm 13cm 10cm
1st February 19cm 12cm 15cm
31st January 14cm 8cm 0cm
30th January 0cm 1cm 3cm
29th January 0cm 6cm 10cm
28th January 11cm 1cm 3cm
Previous 7 days total 73cm 59cm 56cm
Previous 14 days total 114cm 115cm 88cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 181cm 244cm 519cm
January observed snowfall total 152cm 303cm 257cm
February observed snowfall total 48cm 266cm 196cm
March observed snowfall total - 109cm 139cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 3cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 493cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 3rd February 2017
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
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
152cm
[445cm]
48cm
[493cm]
-
[493cm]
-
[493cm]
-
[493cm]
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
303cm
[611cm]
266cm
[877cm]
109cm
[986cm]
6cm
[992cm]
0cm
[992cm]
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
257cm
[806cm]
196cm
[1002cm]
139cm
[1141cm]
3cm
[1144cm]
0cm
[1144cm]
2013/2014 season 0cm
[0cm]
123cm
[123cm]
275cm
[398cm]
461cm
[859cm]
178cm
[1037cm]
113cm
[1150cm]
13cm
[1163cm]
0cm
[1163cm]
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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