Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 18th February 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Saturday 18th February 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds above us
Base temp:
-9°C

Top temp:
-15°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow is falling
wind condition
W 5m/s - NW 10m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Fair > limited
This report
Saturday 18th February 2017, 8:32am
8cm
Friday 17th February 2017, 8:31am 0cm
Thursday 16th February 2017, 8:18am 4cm
Wednesday 15th February 2017, 8:17am 2cm
Tuesday 14th February 2017, 8:33am 1cm
Monday 13th February 2017, 8:18am 1cm
Sunday 12th February 2017, 8:30am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 16cm
Last 14 reports (total): 20cm
Current month (February 2017) total: 71cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 516cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Saturday 18th February 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

Things are much improved this morning.

There's not as much fresh snowfall as we would like, but still a good 8+cm of on the ground here at base (more up top of course) and it is much, much colder. In fact it really is cold this morning, not just 'colder'. Resorts are reporting temperatures as cold as -18C at the top! Those extra layers will be needed today.

So conditions should be improved this morning, and with snow on the forecast for today and indeed over the next few days so they should be continuing to improve. There's a lot of people here out enjoy that snow though, so we need decent snowfall under normal circumstances to top-up things. So we're still looking to that big snow to come for a good old proper reset.

Top lifts affected by wind at the start of the day - see below for more on 8:30am status.

Yesterday I got caught up with a few things and wasn't able to prepare my answers. I'll try to get them done over the weekend and post them in the report on Monday.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base: -11°, 10cm new snow, snowdrift development. Moiwa 800m: -9°, NW18m/s, 20cm new snow, snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m, -19°, W20m/s, snowdrift development. Hirafu 1250m, -18°, 20cm new snow, snowdrift development. Coastal data: Kamui Cape:W14m/s, 1010hPa, wave 3.3m, Benkei Cape: NW20m/s.

Cold air is flowing into the area, isobars are close together and snow drifts are developing rapidly with the strong NW wind. Above 800m upper Mikaeri Bowl, 1000m Osawa cornice slope, most places in Backbowl and East ridge cornice slope, the avalanche risk is high. Gates 1, 2, 3, 4 will be closed. Gates 5, 6, 8 are yet to be decided. Please respect the patrols decisions and follow their advice.

There is frost layer from the 17th Feb under the new snowdrifts. Yesterday this layer was just wet snow but it is expected to be the fracture layer on surface slabs today. Snow conditions are different to from yesterday, SE steep slopes will fracture easily and some slopes are very dangerous. Most accidents occur right after storms. If conditions are right avalanches will always occur no matter how much snow there is. Don't be overconfident and make cautious decisions without overestimating the safety of conditions at the moment. The snow in the forest is good.

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
The top Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts are on hold at the start of the day.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
All three lifts appear to be planning to operate as normal.

Niseko Village
The top Wonderland Chair lift is on hold at the start of the day.

Niseko Annupuri
The Annupuri Gondola, Jumbo Number 3 and Jumbo Number 4 lifts are on hold at the start of the day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 18th February 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 310cm
Base - 120cm

Niseko Village
Top - 280cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 315cm
Base - 140cm

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Night skiing is planned until Monday 20th March 2017 at the Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village resort areas. There is no nighta in the Hanazono area.

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Saturday 18th February 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Top lifts affected by wind - see above

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 18th February 2017
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2016/2017
*as of Saturday 18th February 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
18th February 8cm 8cm 0cm
17th February 0cm 38cm 0cm
16th February 4cm 15cm 5cm
15th February 2cm 4cm 15cm
14th February 1cm 0cm 15cm
13th February 1cm 0cm 2cm
12th February 0cm 0cm 3cm
Previous 7 days total 16cm 65cm 40cm
Previous 14 days total 20cm 130cm 108cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 181cm 244cm 519cm
January observed snowfall total 152cm 303cm 257cm
February observed snowfall total 71cm 266cm 196cm
March observed snowfall total - 109cm 139cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 3cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 516cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 18th February 2017
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 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
152cm
[445cm]
71cm
[516cm]
-
[516cm]
-
[516cm]
-
[516cm]
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
303cm
[611cm]
266cm
[877cm]
109cm
[986cm]
6cm
[992cm]
0cm
[992cm]
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]
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