Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 17th February 2013

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:54am on Sunday 17th February 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-8°C

Top temp:
-14°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
2-9m/s (Hirafu)
Fairly poor for the most part at time of writing
This report
Sunday 17th February 2013, 8:54am
20cm
Saturday 16th February 2013, 9:02am 10cm
Friday 15th February 2013, 9:10am 25cm
Thursday 14th February 2013, 8:23am 20cm
Wednesday 13th February 2013, 9:20am 0cm
Tuesday 12th February 2013, 8:44am 10cm
Monday 11th February 2013, 9:01am 10cm
Last 7 reports (total): 95cm
Last 14 reports (total): 185cm
Current month (February 2013) total: 192cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 1171cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:54am on Sunday 17th February 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Yesterday was a bit of a wild day, and while the wind hasn't exactly gone and it is still snowing, it is a somewhat calmer start to the day. If the local forecast is correct conditions may well clear up as the day progresses.

It's a colder start to the day than yesterday and right now around -7 degrees. We have perhaps 20-25cm of new snow to report from the village area and likely more on the mountain, but again with the conditions yesterday blowing it all around it's difficult to put a number on it. A good new layer though.

With these new layers though come increased risk of avalanche, so do take note of the report below and take care out there on the mountain.

Winds of up to 16m/s recorded on Annupuri and Niseko Village areas earlier on, but as of 8:45am it looks like the lifts around the mountain will be operating as normal today.

Conditions may well clear up today but generally snowy conditions are likely to continue through the coming week in Niseko.

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Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 485cm
Bottom - 220cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 370cm
Bottom - 240cm

Niseko Village
Top - 410cm
Bottom - 240cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -8C, 30cm of broken particle snow. Moiwa 800m: 30cm of new snow with development of snowdrifts, -12C. Annupuri peak: NW13.1m, -16.5C. Coastal data: NW12m/s, 2.2m waves and 1019hPa.

The winter pressure pattern is persisting and a northwesterly snowstorm continues above 800m. Heavy snowfall. The stabilization is progressing from the base of the new snowdrifts, however the snowpack is still unstable, easily collapsible. Potential sliding thickness up to 80cm in 800m leeward knolls and 120cm in 1100m. According to the snowfall transition and other data evaluation, the avalanche hazard is high in leeward slopes and knolls above treeline. High risk of large surface slab avalanche in Osawa cornice slope, Kozannosawa (Backbowl), Mikaeri bowl and Higashione until the afternoon today.

Gates 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 will be closed. Do not duck ropes. One track left under the rope will lead many others to do the same and increase the chances of accidents. The weather is forecasted to calm down in the afternoon but the risk will remain high for a while. Stick within the resort today. The snow is typical storm snow, little heavy but good. Beware of cracks and trees. Do not overestimate your gear's performance and your own experience. Be safe, have fun and have a nice day.

Archive report: Posted at 8:54am on Sunday 17th February 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas now open for the season. Further details in report.

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16th February 10cm - -
15th February 25cm - -
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13th February 0cm - -
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Previous 7 days total 95cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 185cm 0cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 118cm - -
December observed snowfall total 418cm - -
January observed snowfall total 443cm - -
February observed snowfall total 192cm - -
March observed snowfall total - - -
April observed snowfall total - - -
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Season observed snowfall total 1171cm 0cm 0cm
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418cm
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