Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 18th February 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:01am on Tuesday 18th February 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Not snowing right now here
wind condition
2-15m/s (Hirafu); up to 21m/s (Village)
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This report
Tuesday 18th February 2014, 8:01am
10cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 43cm
Last 14 reports (total): 90cm
Current month (February 2014) total: 127cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 986cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:01am on Tuesday 18th February 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

An early report this morning as I need to get myself to Sapporo today.

It's a similar story of strong winds this morning in Niseko. I don't have the updates in yet but I would expect similarly distupted lift services on the mountain today, with the top lifts probably not moving. And like yesterday, very likely some long queueus forming for the popular lifts and areas that remain open - perhaps another day to try out some of the less busy areas?

About 10-15cm of snow outside my place this morning, with the report below recording 30cm in places. Wind has been blowing it all about.

It's cloudy at the moment and is that even some sunlight trying to bust through the cloud in places (?), but snow is likely to continue on and off for the day says the forecast. It should keep cold, with similar conditions expected tomorrow. Less wind please, if possible.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -7C, 30cm new snow in the last 12hrs, snowdrift development. Moiwa 800m: -9C, wind and snow from West, major snowdrift development. Annupuri 1000m: -9C, wind W15m/s, heavy snow, snowdrift development. Hirafu 1000m: -8C, snowdrift development. Annupuri peak 1308m: -13.3C, wind NW16.8m/s. Cape Benkei: N17m/s, Cape Kamui: NNE8m/s, wave 4.0m, pressure 1014hPa.

We are continuing to be effected by winter weather pattern bringing blizzard conditions here and at the sea with rapid snowdrift development all over the mountain. The avalanche risk is HIGH on steep slopes regardless of elevation or orientation. Beware snowdrifts have hidden cracks and newly formed cornices are unstable. All peak gates will be closed, please follow the patrols advice. The snow in the trees is heavy and deep today due to the high winds. Take care not to get stuck in the bottom of a gully or fall in deep snow and suffocate. Best not to venture too far today.

Do not duck ropes to ride fresh lines. From snowpack analysis there is high possibility that strictly off limits area HarunoTaki will have a large scale avalanche. Snow conditions change everyday. After the storm breaks the snowpack will stabilise over time. Avalanches are a natural phenomenon and are only an accident if people are involved. Dont overestimate your knowledge and equipment. Have a safe day.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 380cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 360cm
Base - 215cm

Annupuri:
Top - 310cm
Base - 210cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:01am on Tuesday 18th February 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open but limited operations due to wind

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16th February 10cm 10cm -
15th February 3cm 25cm -
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13th February 0cm 0cm -
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April observed snowfall total - 32cm -
May observed snowfall total - 2cm -
Season observed snowfall total 986cm 1493cm 0cm
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118cm
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316cm
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