Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 12th February 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:33am on Friday 12th February 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, overcast
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
SW 2-6m/s (Hirafu)
Fair lower down apparently less so up top
This report
Friday 12th February 2016, 8:33am
0cm
Thursday 11th February 2016, 8:31am 0cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 55cm
Last 14 reports (total): 126cm
Current month (February 2016) total: 117cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 728cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:33am on Friday 12th February 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko and there's no new snow to report this time.

The clouds are generally overcast and cloudy at the beginning of the day.

It's a fairly chilly start to the day but a warm up is about to begin. I was seeing on the news last night that all of Japan is going to be getting warmer over the next few days - alarmingly so in some places - and it might even be as high as 20 degrees in Tokyo. Yikes. Let's hope that things don't get too silly but we may see temperatures rise to around +5 to +7 degrees in town areas today and tomorrow.

And then... rain.

Yes. It seems that we are not going to be able to avoid it at some time tomorrow. We can just hope there's less of it than more of it, sit it out and wait for it to pass.

The good news is that once the pesky rain is out of the way, it should be quite quickly back to colder conditions and fresh snowfall by the end of Sunday and then through the first part of the week. Yey.

Let's just see how it all develops.

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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 to do strong wind and poor visibility up there.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
All three Hanazono lifts appear to be starting the day as normal.

Niseko Village
The top Wonderland lift is on hold at the start of the day.

Niseko Annupuri
Top Jumbo Number 4 lift is on hold at the start of the day.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -7°C, no new snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -6°C no new snowfall, no snowdrift development. Mikaeri 740m: -5.2°C, N0.1m/s. Annupuri 1150m: -13°C, W5m/s, no new snow. Hirafu Peak Ridgeline: -8°C, calm, no new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:S4m/s. Kamui Cape S14m/s, 1028hPa, wave 1.0m.

Currently we are in high pressure zone, there is no new snow and weather is calm. Before midday a southerly wind is expected to pick up and temperatures increase. From observation the snow has stabilized and general avalanche risk is low. All peak gates are expected to be open. Be prepared before venturing out of bounds. Carrying a beacon is recommended but not compulsory. If you are buried it will increase your chances of a safe rescue and also help you rescue your partners if they are buried.

Yesterdays tracks are still there. Conditions on the mountain change everyday, just because you saw tracks across a cornice slope yesterday doesn't mean it will be safe today. With the large numbers of inexperienced riders going out of bounds, more experienced people should acknowledge their responsibility not to put traverses in dangerous places. People will not only follow these tracks today, but also go back tomorrow, when conditions might not be so stable. Long traverse lines under cornices shows lack of any common sense. They also ruin the precious fresh slope we all are searching for. Ride the fall line. If you cant, you should not be there. Take care of hitting trees, breaking cornices, falling into cracks. Have a good day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Friday 12th February 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 325cm
Base - 150cm

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 8:33am on Friday 12th February 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Some top lifts affected by weather conditions early on

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