Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 15th February 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:24am on Monday 15th February 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Mostly clouds
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
It was snowing, but isn't at the time I post this
wind condition
W 2m/s - NW 12m/s (Hirafu)
Pretty good
This report
Monday 15th February 2016, 8:24am
4cm
Sunday 14th February 2016, 8:22am 0cm
Saturday 13th February 2016, 7:58am 0cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 17cm
Last 14 reports (total): 109cm
Current month (February 2016) total: 121cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 732cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:24am on Monday 15th February 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

It is a better morning here in Niseko - a hearty welcome back to colder conditions and snow.

I'm certainly glad that nasty weekend is over, I can tell you. Hopefully all thoughts of those silly warm conditions and even sillier rain are out of the system for the moment and we can all get back to some winter.

Strong winds are still with us though and almost certainly going to be playing naughty with the lifts this morning - details as they are at 8:30am added below. Probably best to keep an eye on that information if you are planning on venturing out.

It's definitely colder this morning and there is some fresh snow on the ground - slightly over 4cm here at my base - but that of course won't be enough to cover the damage done from the weather over the weekend... we need a decent amount of fresh snow for that.

It was snowing just before but as I prepare this report there's actually a bit of sun peeking through the clouds and some blue sky to be seen in places as well. Hopefully that's just a temporary thing as we are actually forecast snow for the day.

This week is looking promising and we will very probably get back to the regular daily snowfall that we all like to see so conditions should be gradually improving once again.

Wind is also probably going to be something that I have to mention every day as well, but maybe we'll just have to put up with that if we want to get that fresh snow.

Conditions are not ideal - as always, be careful out there and remember the dangers as well as the fun.

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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, King Number 4, Ace Number 3 and King Number 3 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 Niseko Gondola and top Wonderland Chair lift are on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds.

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

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -6°C, 10cm crushed crystal snow. Moiwa 800m: -10°C, SW15m/s, snowdrift development. Mikaeri 740m: -10.6°C, S6.8m/s, 50cm snowdrift development. Hirafu Peak Ridgeline: -10°C, W10m/s, trace new snow. Annupuri 1000m: snowpack depth 250cm. Annupuri 1150m: -14°C, NNW29m/s, Coastal data: Benkei Cape: WNW21m/s. Kamui Cape W15m/s, 998hPa, wave 3.3m.

After the passing of low pressure system and the steepening atmospheric pressure gradient, the mountains and seas are experiencing severe weather.

Although only a small amount of new snow has fallen, leeward snowdrifts formed over yesterday's refrozen, rain effected snow will collapse easily. Wind and snowdrift development is expected to continue, increasing avalanche risk to high today. All peak gates will be closed. Although lower elevation lifts will be running today, avoid cornice slopes looking for fresh snow. From observation and data, there is a high possibility of very deep surface slab avalanches on steep slopes where deep snowdrifts have formed.

Most accidents happen during storms on leeward slopes, Take care, even riding in the trees the snow is rough and tricky. Conditions should improve tomorrow. The weather is bad, make cautious decisions today.

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Official resort snow depths as of Monday 15th February 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 300cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Village
Top - 310cm
Base - 170cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 320cm
Base - 160cm

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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 8:24am on Monday 15th February 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Top lifts are going to be affected by wind from the start of the day. More details in report.

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418cm
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164cm
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