Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 13th February 2017

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:18am on Monday 13th February 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Clouds
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow at times but nothing close to major
wind condition
N 2m/s - NW 6m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
OK
This report
Monday 13th February 2017, 8:18am
1cm
Sunday 12th February 2017, 8:30am 0cm
Saturday 11th February 2017, 8:24am 0cm
Friday 10th February 2017, 8:49am 0cm
Thursday 9th February 2017, 8:30am 0cm
Wednesday 8th February 2017, 9:45am 4cm
Tuesday 7th February 2017, 8:30am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 5cm
Last 14 reports (total): 70cm
Current month (February 2017) total: 56cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 501cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:18am on Monday 13th February 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

[Please note: This report is actually appearing later on in the day due to technical issues in the morning, but it was originally written at the time shown on the time stamp]

Good morning from here near Hirafu base, and this morning it is much the same as yesterday really.

I have another dusting of snow to report to you - perhaps just about enough for me to be able to justify awarding 1cm to this report, especially when you consider the mm's yesterday.

(Blimey, am I having to report millimetres?!) :(

It is perhaps slightly milder than yesterday at the start of the day, but other than that just another overcast kind of morning with light snow falling at times.

I feel something of a frustrated vibe from some quarters at the moment. We all of course want more fresh snow but there ain't much we can do about it. So heads and chins up and let's try to enjoy what we got - though what we got right now isn't Niseko powder. When will it come back? Unfortunately there doesn't look like much is lined up over the next few days and it might be towards the end of the week before we can get a nice new fresh layer.

Komaru, ne!

It looks like the top King Number 4 and Ace Number 4 lifts at Niseko Grand Hirafu are going to be delayed opening but should be by too much.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base : -2°, 3cm new snow. Moiwa 800m: -4°, NE8m/s, 5cm new snow, snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m, -5°, N8m/s, 5cm new snow. 1000M Elevation: snowpack:170cm. Hirafu 1250m, -7°, N10m/s, trace new snow, snowdrift development. Coastal data: Kamui Cape:E3m/s, 1008hPa, wave 1.7m.

5cm of new snow is covering the mountain with 10-15cm snowdrifts on the south side of the mountain. From observation, snow below 11 Feb layer is compact and stabilised. Wind effected slopes above 1000m in the 35-40 degree range expect slabs or shallow surface avalanches, however general avalanche risk is low. Take care of hitting old tracks or obstacles hidden under the new snow. All gates are expected to be open if top lifts are running. Please listen to patrols advice before going out of bounds. Don't duck any ropes or netting.

This Avalanche Report is produced using data from 5am Moiwa Mikaeri observation, data from the Japan Meteorological Agency, the Japan Coast Guard and Snow and Ice Disaster Prevention Research. Out of bounds areas are mountainous terrain with lots of hidden dangers. Always error on the side of safety, Be aware of sudden weather changes and always be aware of your location. Have a nice day.

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All four resorts appear to be opening as planned this morning.

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Official resort snow depths as of Monday 13th February 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 280cm
Base - 120cm

Niseko Village
Top - 280cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 315cm
Base - 140cm

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Night skiing is planned until Monday 20th March 2017 at the Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village resort areas. There is no nighta in the Hanazono area.

Archive report: Posted at 8:18am on Monday 13th February 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas will probably be open as planned this morning

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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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  2016/2017
*as of Monday 13th February 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
13th February 1cm 0cm 2cm
12th February 0cm 0cm 3cm
11th February 0cm 0cm 45cm
10th February 0cm 13cm 10cm
9th February 0cm 0cm 10cm
8th February 4cm 12cm 0cm
7th February 0cm 15cm 3cm
Previous 7 days total 5cm 40cm 73cm
Previous 14 days total 70cm 125cm 116cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 181cm 244cm 519cm
January observed snowfall total 152cm 303cm 257cm
February observed snowfall total 56cm 266cm 196cm
March observed snowfall total - 109cm 139cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 3cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 501cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 13th February 2017
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 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
152cm
[445cm]
56cm
[501cm]
-
[501cm]
-
[501cm]
-
[501cm]
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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