Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 7th February 2016

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:34am on Sunday 7th February 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, a bit of sun right now
Base temp:
-9°C

Top temp:
-13°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow has eased off
wind condition
0 - W 5m/s (Hirafu)
Limited
This report
Sunday 7th February 2016, 8:34am
15cm
Saturday 6th February 2016, 8:33am 15cm
Friday 5th February 2016, 8:35am 10cm
Thursday 4th February 2016, 8:30am 9cm
Wednesday 3rd February 2016, 8:33am 18cm
Tuesday 2nd February 2016, 7:45am 13cm
Monday 1st February 2016, 8:34am 12cm
Last 7 reports (total): 92cm
Last 14 reports (total): 138cm
Current month (February 2016) total: 92cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 703cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:34am on Sunday 7th February 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Hello to you all, and it is another very good morning here in Niseko.

Another 15cm to add to the snowfall, bringing us to 92cm here at base since we entered February - that's almost half the total haul for the full month of February last season. Let's have a record breaking month!

Yesterday seemed to pass without any drama other than the top King Number 4 lift at Grand Hirafu being closed for an hour or so early afternoon due to some kind 'mechanical failure'. Let's hope it's all open and smooth operations today.

There's not much of a wind and so lifts are starting their journey for the day as planned, and the earlier snowfall has eased off. In fact, just as I write this the sun is shining through my window and I can see some patches of blue sky as well.. it may well just be a sneaky short blast because snow is actually still forecast for the day.

Tomorrow lots of sun is still looking very likely to be making a special appearance. Getting to the lifts for early tracks is wholeheartedly recommended (just don't be too upset if you find quite a lot of other people are thinking the same!)

I hope you have a great Sunday. I'm off out there to have some fun.

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All resort areas appear to be opening as planned early morning.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -10℃, 15cm of crushed crystal snow. Moiwa 800m: -11℃, NW10m/s, 20cm snowfall with snowdrifts. Mikaeri 740m: -12.8℃, WSW4.1m/s, 20cm snow with developing snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: -12℃, N10m/s, 15cm snowfall with snowdrifts developments. Hirafu peak ridge 4am: 16℃, light breeze and scarce snowfall. Benkei cape 5am: NNW11m/s, Kamui cape: W6m/s, 1013hPa, 1.3m waves.

A westerly wind is forecasted to pick up later in the day, and will make snowdrifts develop in leeward slopes. According to morning observations, reports from patrols and cat operators, weather data and oceanic data, the avalanche risk in area below 1000m elevation is low this morning. All gates are scheduled to open. Listen to the patrol’s instructions and be prepared before you go out of bounds.

We see some people doing pit-checks around the ski resort. Evaluating avalanche risk by observing layers is difficult in Niseko. Finding weak layers after accidents happened is too late. This information is released in hope to prevent accidents. Beware of falling into cracks, frostbites and sudden weather changes. Better not overestimate gears, skills and knowledge. Keep a scientific attitude and enjoy your day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 7th February 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 365cm
Base - 170cm

Niseko Village
Top - 300cm
Base - 170cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 315cm
Base - 180cm

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Lifts planned to be open for night skiing:

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift
(There is no night skiing at the Hanazono area)

Niseko Village:
Community Chair and Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri:
Jumbo Number 1 Quad

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Archive report: Posted at 8:34am on Sunday 7th February 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts appear to be opening as normal this morning

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 7th February 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 7th February 2016
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 7th February 2016
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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  2015/2016
*as of Sunday 7th February 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
7th February 15cm 3cm 15cm
6th February 15cm 0cm 25cm
5th February 10cm 0cm 2cm
4th February 9cm 3cm 10cm
3rd February 18cm 15cm 5cm
2nd February 13cm 10cm 2cm
1st February 12cm 15cm 20cm
Previous 7 days total 92cm 46cm 79cm
Previous 14 days total 138cm 67cm 156cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 244cm 519cm 275cm
January observed snowfall total 303cm 257cm 461cm
February observed snowfall total 92cm 196cm 178cm
March observed snowfall total - 139cm 113cm
April observed snowfall total - 3cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 703cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 7th February 2016
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 - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
303cm
[611cm]
92cm
[703cm]
-
[703cm]
-
[703cm]
-
[703cm]
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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