Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 17th February 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:10am on Monday 17th February 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
N 8-15m/s (Hirafu)
Variable
This report
Monday 17th February 2014, 8:10am
5cm
Sunday 16th February 2014, 8:32am 10cm
Saturday 15th February 2014, 8:27am 3cm
Friday 14th February 2014, 8:12am 10cm
Thursday 13th February 2014, 8:15am 0cm
Wednesday 12th February 2014, 7:57am 5cm
Tuesday 11th February 2014, 8:26am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 33cm
Last 14 reports (total): 90cm
Current month (February 2014) total: 117cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 976cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:10am on Monday 17th February 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Lots of wind about at the moment - following on from yesterday, it's agoing to be another windy day here today.

Early on before the lifts get moving here's the lifts that we are hearing will not be operating - as always subject to change with conditions of course:

Hirafu: Ace 3 and 4, King 3 and 4; Hanazono 2 and 3
Annupuri: Gondola, Jumbo 3 and 4
Niseko Village: Gondola and Wonderland

About 5cm of fresh snowfall to report this morning. The wind means that it's more and less in places, lots of windblown snow around this morning. The Avalanche Report says up to 20cm. The snow clouds are going to be staying over the region for the next few days, so fingers crossed we should be getting good topups.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -5C, 20cm crushed snow crystals in the last 12hrs, snowdrift development. Moiwa 800m: -8C, wind N15m/s, major development of hard snowdrift, easily fractured. Annupuri 1150m: wind N20m/s, snowdrift development. Hirafu 1000m: -8C, blizzard conditions, snowdrift development. Annupuri peak 1308m: -11.6C, wind N17.4m/s. Cape Benkei: N14m/s, Cape Kamui: NNE13m/s, wave 3.6m, pressure 1015hPa.

Currently we are experiencing winter weather pattern bringing intermittent wind and snow from the north. There has been major snowdrift development above 800m. From observation and data the avalanche risk is HIGH. The wind has formed hard slabs that are not bonded well to the Feb 13-15th layer. Expect these to easily fracture to a depth up to 120cm. Slab growth between 3am and morning was 25cm, a small scale surface avalanche will easily occur. Take note, at around 1000m leeward slopes, a small avalanche is likely to trigger a large scale avalanche. The storm has hidden cracks and because of that they are even more dangerous today.

Peak gates will be closed today, please follow the patrols directions. Do not duck ropes to get fresh snow. Do not enter restricted areas. The snow in the trees is good . Take care falling into cracks, hitting trees. The snow changes everyday. Be safe.

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Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 370cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 350cm
Base - 210cm

Annupuri:
Top - 315cm
Base - 210cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:10am on Monday 17th February 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open but wind affecting things this morning

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