Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 19th February 2013

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:38am on Tuesday 19th February 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Very light snow
wind condition
2-4m/s (Hirafu)
Fair
This report
Tuesday 19th February 2013, 8:38am
10cm
Monday 18th February 2013, 8:28am 7cm
Sunday 17th February 2013, 8:54am 20cm
Saturday 16th February 2013, 9:02am 10cm
Friday 15th February 2013, 9:10am 25cm
Thursday 14th February 2013, 8:23am 20cm
Wednesday 13th February 2013, 9:20am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 92cm
Last 14 reports (total): 182cm
Current month (February 2013) total: 209cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 1188cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:38am on Tuesday 19th February 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

It is a calm morning here, some very light snow falling at the moment and about 10cm accumulated since yesterday. So light snow early on, but it's due to pick up later on as well as stronger winds. Hopefully we might get away with lift operations not being affected today.

But it looks like we could be in for some potentially heavy snowfall along with windy conditions later on tomorrow in the region.

It's not quite as cold this morning and about -5C at the moment at base. Consistent snowfall lined up on the forecast daily through into next week.

I see this morning that Niseko Grand Hirafu are reporting a snow depth of 500cm on the upper areas of the resort. That got me looking at the JMA snow fall numbers for Kutchan again this morning and it seems that we are up to 150cm in February 2013. That is already more than the disappointing February 2011 and 66cm off the 216cm recorded in February last season. With the forecast looking promising over the coming week, I'd say we are well on course to beat last year. What fun we have!

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Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 500cm
Bottom - 230cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 370cm
Bottom - 240cm

Niseko Village
Top - 410cm
Bottom - 240cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -5C, 10cm of new snowfall and calm morning. Moiwa peak: NW5m/s, light development of snowdrifts. -8C. Annupuri peak: NW2.7m/s, -10.5C. Annupuri 1000m snowpack: 370cm. Coastal data: NW5m/s, 0.9m waves and 1005hPa.

A westerly wind is forecasted to pick up in areas above 800m from before noon as a small low-pressure system passes east. This morning's snowfall is typical snow crystals falling on the front-side of a low-pressure system. This morning’s avalanche risk is relatively low, however will rise as the wind & snow picks up. Beware of loose snow avalanche. Gates 2 & 3 will open at 10am, please respect the ski patrol’s instructions.

A strong storm with heavy snowfall and wind over 15m/s makes snowdrifts develop rapidly in leeward slopes. These developing highly wind-affected snowdrifts are extremely unstable, collapse with the slightest stimulation and triggers a slide. Beware of the future snowfall transition. The avalanche hazard should be evaluated by how it snows, not how much it snowed. Many of the avalanche accidents happen during and just after storms.

This morning's off-piste snow condition is good. Beware of cracks and hitting trees. Ride safe, better not overestimate the performance of your gear.

Archive report: Posted at 8:38am on Tuesday 19th February 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas now open for the season. Further details in report.

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