Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 10th February 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:44am on Wednesday 10th February 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snowing
wind condition
N 7-10m/s (Hirafu)
Fair
This report
Wednesday 10th February 2016, 8:44am
13cm
Tuesday 9th February 2016, 8:30am 0cm
Monday 8th February 2016, 7:49am 12cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 74cm
Last 14 reports (total): 133cm
Current month (February 2016) total: 117cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 728cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:44am on Wednesday 10th February 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

Wind affected things yesterday and were noisy overnight too (glad to see I still have a roof on the top of my house, I thought it was going to come off at times) and unfortunately they're also preventing top lifts from starting the day today as well.

The good news is that we have 12cm of fresh snow on the ground here near base. Watch out for the wind blowing it all around though, making for a less-and-more situation depending on where you are - that's apparent where I take my measurements each morning, but I think 12cm is a good reflection of the morning deposit.

Keep that in mind and take care with your tracks and also please be aware of the avalanche risk as laid out below in the Avalanche Report. Care and calm heads needed in these conditions.

The snow should be easing off later on in the day today and there's a chance of some sunshine tomorrow.

I would try to avoid looking at the forecast for Saturday if you can, because rain and warmth is looking likely - it might well be a good day to plan some other kind of sightseeing.

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
The top Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts are on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
The top Hanazono Number 3 lift is on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds.

Niseko Village
The top Wonderland lift is on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds.

Niseko Annupuri
The Gondola, Jumbo Number 3 and Jumbo Number 4 lifts are on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 5am: -5℃, 20cm broken crystal snowfall with development of snowdrifts. Moiwa 800m: -8℃, 20cm snowfall, snowdrift development and collapsing cornices. Mikaeri 740m: -6.8℃, W8.2m/s. Hirafu Peak: -9℃, strong wind and large development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1000m: -8℃, intermittent snowfall with 20m/s gusts, large development of snowdrifts. Benkei cape: NNE14m/s, Kamui cape: N15m/s, 1009hPa, 3.8m wave height.

A northerly wind picked up as the Low passed. Drastic development of snowdrift on top of yesterday’s graupel and broken crystal snow layer. These newly formed slabs easily transmit stimulation and collapsing lego-blocks like chunks of 50cm thickness has been observed this morning.

Avalanche risk today is extreme. Gates 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 will be closed.

The wind would calm down and the lifts would start operating, but the hazard level will remain high a while after. Annupuri Osawa bowl, Mikaeri bowl, Higashi-One cornice slopes, Back bowl sidewalls are all time danger zone today. 50cm or bigger slab slides are to be expected. Do not duck ropes to head to those areas.

Most accidents occur during and just after storms. Better stay inbounds today. A little heavy, wind-affected snow has blanketed the tree runs; overall good conditions. Beware of small but heavy enough slides occurring under steep lift lines. The snow conditions is ever-changing. Have a nice day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Wednesday 10th February 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 340cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Village
Top - 310cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 330cm
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 8:44am on Wednesday 10th February 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Top lifts affected by wind at the start of the day

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  2015/2016
*as of Wednesday 10th February 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
10th February 13cm 10cm 0cm
9th February 0cm 10cm 0cm
8th February 12cm 0cm 5cm
7th February 15cm 3cm 15cm
6th February 15cm 0cm 25cm
5th February 10cm 0cm 2cm
4th February 9cm 3cm 10cm
Previous 7 days total 74cm 26cm 57cm
Previous 14 days total 133cm 82cm 144cm
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 117cm 196cm 178cm
March observed snowfall total - 139cm 113cm
April observed snowfall total - 3cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 728cm 1144cm 1163cm
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The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 10th February 2016
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  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]
117cm
[728cm]
-
[728cm]
-
[728cm]
-
[728cm]
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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