Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 11th February 2015

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:37am on Wednesday 11th February 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud cover
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snowing. Oh yes.
wind condition
SW 1m/s - W 2m/s (Hirafu)
Limited
This report
Wednesday 11th February 2015, 8:37am
45cm
Tuesday 10th February 2015, 8:29am 10cm
Monday 9th February 2015, 8:30am 10cm
Sunday 8th February 2015, 8:31am 0cm
Saturday 7th February 2015, 8:06am 3cm
Friday 6th February 2015, 8:25am 0cm
Thursday 5th February 2015, 8:02am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 68cm
Last 14 reports (total): 124cm
Current month (February 2015) total: 111cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 917cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:37am on Wednesday 11th February 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Now this is the kind of morning that I like to report on!

Conditions yesterday were really great with lots of fresh snow on the mountain, surprising even given the relatively small amount that I had to report from base. I did mention in the report yesterday how much more was being reported from up there - and so it was.

What's more, there's ots and lots of lovely fresh snow this morning to help celebrate the national holiday. There's some uncharacteristically whopping great big increases to the official snow depth numbers at Niseko Grand Hirafu as well this morning, going from 400cm to 460cm up top and the base seeing a similarly large increase.

There's a good 45cm of fresh snow outside my place this morning and snow is continuing to fall and should be for most of the day.

What's more, wind isn't messing with us today and fingers crossed it won't be an issue over the coming days. (Thank you.)

Anyway. What a fine, fine day today should be.

With more snow (at least at times) over the next few days and into the weekend, I'd say we're probably back to what we expect!

:)

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Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Looks set to be open as planned this morning.

Niseko Hanazono:
Looks set to be open as planned this morning.

Niseko Village:
Looks set to be open as planned this morning.

Niseko Annupuri:
Looks set to be open as planned this morning.
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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -6C, 30cm of snowfall in 12 hours. Moiwa 800m:-10C, SW10m/s, 40cm snowfall. Annupuri 1000m :-10C, snowpack 310cm. Annupuri 1150m: SW10m/s, 50cm snowfall. Hirafu 1000m:-12C, W10m/s, 50-60cm snowfall. Coastal data: Benkei cape W7m/s, Kamui cape WSW9m/s, 1007hPa, 2.2m waves.

The current strong cold air mass has generated heavy snowfall. Average 12m/s westerly wind is making snowdrifts develop up to 120cm in leeward slopes. The snowpack is stabilizing, however is still likely to fail in knoll terrains. The cornices have grown massively and are extremely unstable. The weather will turn better and the gates are scheduled to open from the lower altitude. Peak gates 2 & 3 are still undecided. Please respect the ski patrol’s decision. The avalanche risk will remain high in Higashi-One, Osawa & Backbowl cornice slopes. The sun will affect the surface and turn the whole slope into a giant slab in Haru no Taki strictly off-limits areas. Chances of a massive slide, up to 120cm crown, are present in there. The current condition is similar to that of the 1998 accident. A slight stimulation to the upper section of the slope could trigger a large slab to let go.

Better not overestimate your experience and skills, and never make light of the Rules. Winter mountains are hazardous, but accidents can be avoided with precautions. Cracks are hidden under new snow, always be alert and prudent. Have you switched your beacon on? Have a nice day.

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Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 460cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 300cm
Base - 190cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 320cm
Base - 180cm

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Lifts open for night skiing (planned):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift

Niseko Hanazono Resort
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 8:37am on Wednesday 11th February 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open as planned this morning. Loads of snow. Yey.

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 11th February 2015
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Wednesday 11th February 2015
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 11th February 2015
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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  2014/2015
*as of Wednesday 11th February 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
11th February 45cm 0cm 10cm
10th February 10cm 0cm 10cm
9th February 10cm 0cm 35cm
8th February 0cm 5cm 20cm
7th February 3cm 15cm 0cm
6th February 0cm 25cm 5cm
5th February 0cm 2cm 15cm
Previous 7 days total 68cm 47cm 95cm
Previous 14 days total 124cm 124cm 117cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 519cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total 257cm 461cm 443cm
February observed snowfall total 111cm 178cm 316cm
March observed snowfall total - 113cm 164cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 32cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 2cm
Season observed snowfall total 917cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 11th February 2015
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 - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
257cm
[806cm]
111cm
[917cm]
-
[917cm]
-
[917cm]
-
[917cm]
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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