Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 19th February 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:27am on Friday 19th February 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snowing
wind condition
0 m/s (Hirafu)
Fair
This report
Friday 19th February 2016, 8:27am
1cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 66cm
Last 14 reports (total): 121cm
Current month (February 2016) total: 183cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 794cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:27am on Friday 19th February 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

It's warmer this morning and noticeably so - the thermometer is showing just under +2C outside my place here as of 8am.

There has been just a dusting of snowfall since my last report and until I started writing this report it is just snowing very lightly... since then and over the last 30 minutes it has started coming down with a bit more conviction and so I can officially assign 1cm to the report today.

I was up on the mountain later on in the day yesterday and things were looking pretty tracked out, and so groomers aside things won't have changed this early morning. (We're back to that old 'we require regular snowfall' discussion!)

Looks like early on top lifts are on hold but due to poor visibility rather than wind issues.

So, snowfall is expected today but there's also a chance that we might get some rain or sleet during the day as well. Obviously we all hope to completely avoid that and it just be a forecast oddity.

After today, the forecast is looking more exciting with decent and potentially heavy snowfall expected later Saturday through into Monday; it looks like there is a good chance for some more nice numbers to report to you.

And report them I will!

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With 182cm of snow observed by myself here at base during this month, we're now just 14cm off the amount that I observed during the whole of the month of February last year.

It looks like we are easily going to surpass last years number for February, and so at the same time start catching up on the season as a whole (we're still over 2m less than last season at the end of February).

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
The top Ace Number 4, King Number 4, Ace Number 3 and King Number 3 lifts are on hold at the start of the day due to poor visibility.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
The top Hanazono Number 3 lift is on hold at the start of the day due to poor visibility.

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

Niseko Annupuri
The top Jumbo 4 lift is on hold at the start of the day due to poor visibility.


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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base6am: -2℃, no snowfall. Moiwa peak 838m: -4.5℃, ENE2.3m/s, no snowfall. Coastal data Benkei cape: WNW4m/s, Kamui cape SW12m/s, 1016hPa, 0.9m waves. Hirafu ridgeline: -7℃, no snowfall. Annupuri 1150: -6℃, W10m/s, no snowfall.

Isobars are spaced out before the next Low approaches. The ocean and the mountains are in a calm condition. The general avalanche risk is low. Peak gates will open from the morning, but beware of sudden weather changes. According to observations, the snowpack at 800m elevation has 150cm of stable snow on top of Feb 14th layer and today’s layer will turn into a notable layer (Feb 19th) in the future snowpack. Do not play around the big cornices around 1000m elevation. Collapsing cornices can trigger a big surface slab slide. The mountain is mostly tracked out. The snow below 800m elevation has a soft crust layer and is catchy, easy to loose control. Beware of hitting trees and falling into creeks. Cracks are forming everywhere and are hard to notice from above. Be prudent when riding steep slopes. Surveillance of strictly off-limits areas are enforced. Ride carefully and have a nice day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Friday 19th February 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 345cm
Base - 150cm

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 8:27am on Friday 19th February 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Top lifts affected at the start of the day due to poor visibility

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  2015/2016
*as of Friday 19th February 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
19th February 1cm 0cm 8cm
18th February 8cm 0cm 10cm
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
Previous 7 days total 66cm 37cm 46cm
Previous 14 days total 121cm 108cm 96cm
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 183cm 196cm 178cm
March observed snowfall total - 139cm 113cm
April observed snowfall total - 3cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 794cm 1144cm 1163cm
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  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]
183cm
[794cm]
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[794cm]
-
[794cm]
-
[794cm]
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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