Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 17th February 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Wednesday 17th February 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snowing
wind condition
SW 2m/s - W 5m/s (Hirafu)
Fair to limited
This report
Wednesday 17th February 2016, 8:31am
38cm
Tuesday 16th February 2016, 8:31am 15cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 57cm
Last 14 reports (total): 131cm
Current month (February 2016) total: 174cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 785cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Wednesday 17th February 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

NOTE: Due to some necessary server maintenance work, some of the Now reports on Thursday may appear much later than usual. Apologies in advance!

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A very good morning to you from Niseko.

And how about this... the most snow in one day so far this season!

I can't say that I was expecting quite this much, but more than happy to see it out there on the ground - all 38cm of it! We enjoyed lots of heavy snowfall yesterday and through the night so that we are able to wake up to all this lovely fluffy snow outside this morning.

Check out this bit of the Avalanche Report: "Hirafu Peak Ridgeline: couldn't access by grooming machine, -10°C, over 60cm new snow"!

I think this is probably enough for more than a complete refresh (you reckon?) and we should be set for some very exciting fun this morning... if the winds don't cramp our style of course. And it looks like we might be ok on that front this morning. Rather than wind, it's probably 'moving snow' that might delay some lifts for a short time.

There's more regular snowfall due through until Friday, maybe a short break for a bit as we enter the weekend but back to snow from Sunday.

Things are looking very good and re-assuring to see that the weekend was just a short blip on the big picture.

Lots of snow is a whole lot of fun, but there's inherent dangers of course - keep calm and take care.

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All resorts appear to be opening as normal at the start of the day. Some may be slightly delayed as lift operators dig down into the snow to find them!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -6°C, 30cm new crystal snow, no snowdrift development. Moiwa 800m: -10°C, NW10m/s, 40cm new snow, snowdrift development. Mikaeri 740m: -9.5°C, WNW1.4m/s. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NW14m/s. Kamui Cape W10m/s, 1005hPa, wave 1.4m. Hirafu Peak Ridgeline: couldn't access by grooming machine, -10°C, over 60cm new snow. Annupuri 1000m: -10°C, WNW15m/s, too much snow to run grooming machines on.

Biggest snow event this winter and the grooming machines are having difficulty getting up and down the slopes. Atmospheric pressure gradient is a little steep and snow drifts are growing moderately above 800m. From observation and data, above 900m SE through SW cornice, knoll and other steep slopes, the avalanche risk is high. Upper Haru no Taki, Yu no Sawa Annupuri side there is possibility of huge avalanche, fracturing deep on Feb 14 layer.

This avalanche report is produced using both historical and current observations and data, and past accident history. It has proved to be reasonably accurate since started and we ask that you don't disregard the information.

Gates 1, 2, 3, 4 will be closed. Other gates yet to be determined. Please respect the patrols decisions. Don't venture out of bounds late in the afternoon. If you get lost you will be in big trouble. Snow is good but deep. Be prepared with snowshoes and skins. Don't go on any long expeditions today. Don't duck ropes and try to enter closed gate areas. Have a good day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Wednesday 17th February 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 370cm
Base - 170cm

Niseko Village
Top - 330cm
Base - 170cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 350cm
Base - 170cm

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Lifts planned to be open for night skiing:

Nighta will be open every day until Monday 21st March 2016

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 8:31am on Wednesday 17th February 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Please see main report

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 17th February 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Wednesday 17th February 2016
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 17th February 2016
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2015/2016
*as of Wednesday 17th February 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
17th February 38cm 0cm 5cm
16th February 15cm 5cm 10cm
15th February 4cm 15cm 3cm
14th February 0cm 15cm 10cm
13th February 0cm 2cm 0cm
12th February 0cm 3cm 5cm
11th February 0cm 45cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 57cm 85cm 33cm
Previous 14 days total 131cm 111cm 90cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 244cm 519cm 275cm
January observed snowfall total 303cm 257cm 461cm
February observed snowfall total 174cm 196cm 178cm
March observed snowfall total - 139cm 113cm
April observed snowfall total - 3cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 785cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 17th February 2016
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 - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
303cm
[611cm]
174cm
[785cm]
-
[785cm]
-
[785cm]
-
[785cm]
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]
  October November December January February March April May
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