Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 18th February 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Thursday 18th February 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None just now but expected
wind condition
W 1-6m/s (Hirafu)
OK
This report
Thursday 18th February 2016, 8:32am
8cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 65cm
Last 14 reports (total): 130cm
Current month (February 2016) total: 182cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 793cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Thursday 18th February 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

The report this morning is appearing late (sorry) but we have time stamped it as the time it was originally submitted this morning.

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An excellent day for enjoying the snow conditions yesterday even though there were a few lift disruptions due to wind by mid-day.

There's another 8cm of snow to report to you this morning from here at Hirafu base.

Happily things seem somewhat calmer this morning as well. There's less wind and it's not quite as cold.

Regular but generally light snow is forecast over the next few days - looks like it's going to get slightly warm tomorrow and there's a chance that we might have to endure a bit of rain; but hopefully even if that happens it will be short-lived.

More snowfall - and perhaps heavier snowfall - is expected around Saturday. And more snow into next week, so it looks like we should be able to enjoy regular fresh each morning.

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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.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -5°C, 5cm, calm. Moiwa 800m: -6°C, W8m/s, 15cm new snow. Mikaeri 740m: light wind. -6.9°C. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NW14m/s. Kamui Cape WSW11m/s, 1005hPa, wave 2.6m. Hirafu Peak ridge line: light wind, -7°C. Annupuri 1150m: -9°C, W12m/s, snow conditions heavy with huge cornice development, snowpack 260cm.

The winds dropped around midnight and the rapid snowdrift development from yesterday has slowed. From observation and data avalanche risk around 800m is dropping, however at 1000m leeward cornice, knoll, open 30deg slopes high avalanche risk continues. Avalanche risk from rider stimulation or careless traverses is still high. The scale of predicted avalanches is over 60cm. Please take special care today.

All peak gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrol and make proper preparations before entering out of bounds areas. These areas are not managed and can deliver a serious lesson very quickly. There is many people riding out of bounds, carelessly triggering an avalanche could take out many people below. Dont stop and wait in the gullies, this is the avalanche path. Snow is a little slow but good. The temperature is rising and snow will become heavy by lunchtime. Take care to not hit obstacles.

Early yesterday a full depth avalanche occurred at 800m in Mizo no Sawa. Air temperature is not the only cause of these deep avalanches. Cracks give an indication of the instabilities, however in this instance the crack and collapse happened at the same time. This is not uncommon in Niseko area. Take care. Have a good day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 18th February 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 360cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Village
Top - 340cm
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 8:32am on Thursday 18th February 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts appear to be opening as normal this morning

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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
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[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
303cm
[611cm]
182cm
[793cm]
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[793cm]
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[793cm]
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2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
257cm
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196cm
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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
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