Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 20th February 2013

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:56am on Wednesday 20th February 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-10°C

Top temp:
-14°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
3-11m/s (Hirafu)
Fair-poor
This report
Wednesday 20th February 2013, 8:56am
20cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 112cm
Last 14 reports (total): 197cm
Current month (February 2013) total: 229cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 1208cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:56am on Wednesday 20th February 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

This morning I bring you news of 20cm of fresh snow at Niseko base. It's colder again with a temperature close to minus 10C a little earlier on.

There was some blue sky to see also earlier on but that has been covered up now and snow is falling as I write this report. That didn't last long. Looks like visibility has decreased as well.

It's one of those mornings when I need to mention the wind conditions. Hirafu reporting wind speeds of up to 11m/s but the Annupuri area is reporting strong winds of up to 19m/s this morning. Here's the current situation with lifts:

Niseko Annupuri - the Gondola and top Jumbo Number 4 lift are not operating
Niseko Village - the Niseko Gondola is operating at reduced speed, and the top Wonderland Chair is not moving
Niseko Hirafu - the top Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts are not operating
Niseko Hanazono - the top Hanazono Number 3 quad lift is operating at reduced speed

Depending on how the wind bears out during the day the above may well change of course.

Looking at the forecast, seems we can still expect snow to be falling each day through into next week. The big question is how those winds turn out each day.

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Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 510cm
Bottom - 230cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 415cm
Bottom - 240cm

Niseko Village
Top - 410cm
Bottom - 240cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -11C, 20cm of broken particle snow and stormy. Moiwa 800m: strong westerly wind and development of snowdrifts. Annupuri peak: WSW17.7m/s, -18.1C. Coastal data: NW17m/s, 3.6m waves and 1009hPa.

The typical winter pressure pattern is generating a strong storm. According to observations and data evaluations, the snowdrifts are developing big and leeward steep slopes and knolls are very unstable. The avalanche risk is very high today. Peak gates will be kept closed for the sake of all resort users. Please respect the decisions of ski patrols regarding other gates.

The snow has been reset, however is heavily wind affected and heavy. The visibility is bad and the snow surface is hard to see. Beware of falling into cracks and lost of control. There are many unexpected cracks in the out of bounds areas. And if you fell into those, you would go headfirst. Beware.

Better stick within the resort and enjoy the powder of the side of the pistes today. Do not seek fresh tracks outside the ropes or in the strictly off-limits areas. Beware of frostbites. Be safe, have fun and have a nice day.

Archive report: Posted at 8:56am on Wednesday 20th 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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