Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 7th February 2018

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Niseko (Hokkaido), Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:12am on Wednesday 7th February 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
...very light snow
wind condition
Up to NW 5m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Varied-limited
This report
Wednesday 7th February 2018, 8:12am
1cm
Tuesday 6th February 2018, 8:08am 0cm
Monday 5th February 2018, 8:30am 3cm
Sunday 4th February 2018, 8:24am 0cm
Saturday 3rd February 2018, 8:31am 0cm
Friday 2nd February 2018, 8:05am 0cm
Thursday 1st February 2018, 8:26am 13cm
Last 7 reports (total): 17cm
Last 14 reports (total): 166cm
Current month (February 2018) total: 17cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 916cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:12am on Wednesday 7th February 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning

The Avalanche report below is reporting 10cm of fresh snowfall, but I can only report 1cm. (Actually I measured 8mm, but adding in that sprinkling from the other day makes me feel good about declaring 1cm).

Very (very) light snow has been falling as I put this report together, but you almost have to look hard to see it. So unless it changes it isn't the kind of snowfall that results in much.

I really don't have much else to say this morning. So, until tomorrow...

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -8℃, 10cm snowfall with snowdrifts. Moiwa800m: -12℃, NNE5m/s, 17m/s at night making snowdrifts grow large. Annupuri1150m: -15℃, NE15m/s, 10cm snowfall with cornice and snowdrifts developing. Hirafu1250m: light dusts, strong wind at night. Coastal data: Benkei cape ESE6m/s, Kamui cape NNE2m/s, 1008hPa, 1.6m waves.

Strong NE wind overnight with scarce snowfall, however made the cornices and snowdrifts grow drastically. The wind is calming down now. Peak gates are scheduled to open, please follow the patrol’s instructions.

Snowdrifts have developed in leeward slopes due to the strong NE wind. This new deposit can easily slide from Feb 6th layer and the avalanche risk is high. Hardpack wind-affected snow slabs in high elevation slopes, such as the Backbowl’s sidewalls, could easily slide with riding stimulation. A falling cornice triggered an avalanche near Annupuri Gate 2 this morning and buried a snow cat. The crown measured 60cm.

Many of the past avalanche accidents in Niseko occurred just after strong winds and been caused by sliding slabs that developed under windy conditions. Leeward slopes with heavy load of dense wind-affected snow are very likely to slide. Do not stimulate cornices and snowdrifts and stay away from valley bottoms. The snow in the trees is in pretty good shape. Beware of falling into cracks and sudden weather changes. Have a nice day.

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Wednesday 7th February 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts (apart from King Number 2) should be operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 410cm
- Base: 190cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 360cm
- Base: 230cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts (apart from the Country Road Chair lift) should be operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 360cm
- Base: 240cm

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Floodlit 'nighta' skiing:

Night skiing is planned for every evening at the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO area. Ski lifts that are scheduled to be operating for nighta are noted below (subject to change):

* Niseko Grand Hirafu - Ace Family quad, Ace Number 2 quad, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 pair
* Niseko Annupuri - Jumbo Number 1 quad lift
* Niseko Village - Village Express, Upper Village Gondola, Community Chair

Archive report: Posted at 8:12am on Wednesday 7th February 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas should be open this morning

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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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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  2017/2018
*as of Wednesday 7th February 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
7th February 1cm 0cm 15cm
6th February 0cm 0cm 15cm
5th February 3cm 0cm 10cm
4th February 0cm 3cm 9cm
3rd February 0cm 14cm 18cm
2nd February 0cm 15cm 13cm
1st February 13cm 19cm 12cm
Previous 7 days total 17cm 51cm 92cm
Previous 14 days total 166cm 96cm 138cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 406cm 181cm 244cm
January observed snowfall total 305cm 152cm 303cm
February observed snowfall total 17cm 160cm 266cm
March observed snowfall total - 83cm 109cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 916cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 7th February 2018
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 - 188cm
[188cm]
406cm
[594cm]
305cm
[899cm]
17cm
[916cm]
- - -
2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
152cm
[445cm]
160cm
[605cm]
83cm
[688cm]
0cm
[688cm]
0cm
[688cm]
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]
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