Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 11th February 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Sunday 11th February 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None right at the moment but expected
wind condition
SW 2m/s - NW 6m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Limited-poor
This report
Sunday 11th February 2018, 8:31am
3cm
Saturday 10th February 2018, 8:31am 3cm
Friday 9th February 2018, 8:30am 11cm
Thursday 8th February 2018, 8:30am 7cm
Wednesday 7th February 2018, 8:12am 1cm
Tuesday 6th February 2018, 8:08am 0cm
Monday 5th February 2018, 8:30am 3cm
Last 7 reports (total): 28cm
Last 14 reports (total): 127cm
Current month (February 2018) total: 41cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 940cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Sunday 11th February 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

It's Sunday and the middle of this three day long weekend sandwich (or in my case, toastie).

Just a bit of snow to report to you - 3cm - and it is cloudy as I write this report. Light snow was falling earlier, but that has eased off now. A little disappointing perhaps, but hopefully things are going to start getting more exciting later on today. The forecast is still looking promising for snow - though strong winds might well be an issue.

Anyway, let's see what develops.

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It's busy-busy-busy here at the moment. I went out to meet a some friends for a few drinks last night and was reminded at just how busy Hirafu can get, particularly in this peak part of the season. I usually don't venture out in the evening during this period - one less person at the bar is probably better for everyone! There's certainly a party atmosphere though, and everyone where I was seemed to be having a blast.

And with the Chinese New Year holidays from this week, things are being ramped up that bit more.

This year Chinese New Year is on 16th February - please correct me if I am wrong, but I believe that the festival period lasts for 15 days from Chinese New Year Eve to Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the Lunar New Year with holidays from 15th-21st February.

The slopes, the bars, the restaurants... are going to be busy! Planning for all these things is recommended.

Here's to large doses of fun (and fresh snow) for everyone.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -5°, 3cm new snow. Moiwa 800m: -6.8°, NNW1.1m/s, 5cm new snow, no snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -8.5°, light winds, 5cm new snow, no snowdrift development, foggy around 700m. Snowpack 1000m: 330cm. Hirafu 1250m: -9°, gusty light winds, trace new snow, bad visibility at peak. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NNE8m/s. Kamui Cape: NNW7m/s, 1003hPa, wave 0.7m.

We are in the middle of a low pressure system, the pressure gradient is shallow and mountains and seas are both calm. There is dense fog on the mountain between 700m and 900m and only a little new snow with no snowdrift development. From observation general avalanche risk is low. All peak gates are expected to be open. Prepare before going out of bounds. Yesterday all peak gates were closed and slopes are covered with low pressure snowfall.

If the low pressure snowfall continues, flow type avalanches could occur on steep slopes over 30deg, including forested slopes. Also be careful around 1000m in Kozan no Sawa. These slopes will be even more dangerous if wind slabs start to form. Be aware, even in the forest.

Do not ignore Niseko Rules and enter strictly off limits area Haru no Taki. There is no avalanche control work done in Haru no Taki and there is always the danger of an avalanche. With this winters large snowpack, there is risk of a large scale full depth avalanche at anytime, regardless of temperature or time. Do not disregard the danger. You also need to careful entering Kozan no Sawa, Osawa, Mikaeri Sawa and Higashi One for same reason. To avoid accidents keep away from cracked slopes and the valley bottoms. Have a good day.

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Sunday 11th 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: 425cm
- Base: 210cm

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: 230cm

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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 8:31am on Sunday 11th February 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas appear to be opening as planned

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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 Sunday 11th February 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
11th February 3cm 0cm 0cm
10th February 3cm 0cm 13cm
9th February 11cm 0cm 0cm
8th February 7cm 4cm 12cm
7th February 1cm 0cm 15cm
6th February 0cm 0cm 15cm
5th February 3cm 0cm 10cm
Previous 7 days total 28cm 4cm 65cm
Previous 14 days total 127cm 69cm 132cm
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 41cm 160cm 266cm
March observed snowfall total - 83cm 109cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 940cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 11th 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]
41cm
[940cm]
- - -
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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