Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 21st February 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Sunday 21st February 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
1°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow on and off
wind condition
N 7m/s - NW 10m/s (Hirafu)
Fair
This report
Sunday 21st February 2016, 8:32am
10cm
Saturday 20th February 2016, 8:30am 4cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 80cm
Last 14 reports (total): 105cm
Current month (February 2016) total: 197cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 808cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Sunday 21st February 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

This morning I have another 10cm of fresh snow to report to you. That's less than I think most of us were expecting given the forecasts yesterday, so we seem to have been missed out on that 'heavy snow' that we were being tempted with. Still, 10cm is certainly better than 0cm and there'll be more to play in up on the mountain.

That new 10cm of snowfall though takes the total amount of observed snowfall this month (by myself) to be more than the amount I observed for the whole of the month of February last year. It also takes the total observed snowfall since the beginning of this season to over the 8m mark. With over a full week of February 2016 left to go and encouraging forecasts showing regular daily snowfall over the coming week, we could be on for a very good number this month (and eat away nicely at that now-just-less-than-2-metres gap on the numbers from last season at the end of February).

Anyway back to today...

It has been fairly mild and cloudy/overcast here at base so far this morning, with the temperature just above zero outside my place. It looks like snow is falling higher up - and snow is on the forecast on and off for the day today.

Doesn't feel too windy down here early on but I see that Niseko Village are reporting northerly winds up to 16m/s and wind conditions are preventing some of the top lifts from opening this morning.

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It is extremely sad of course to hear about the skier passing away after hitting a tree yesterday.

Do take care out there, and be sure to read the Avalanche Report below.

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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 and King Number 4 lifts are on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Appears to be planning on being open as normal at the start of the day.

Niseko Village
The Niseko Gondola and Wonderland Chair lifts are on hold at the start of the day.

Niseko Annupuri
Appears to be planning on being open as normal at the start of the day.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -2℃, 10cm snowfall, 40cm snowdrift. Moiwa 848m: -4.8℃, WSW14.2m/s, 20cm snowfall with large development of snowdrift. Benkei cape: NW7m/s, Kamui cape: SE3m/s, 1006hPa, wave height unknown. Hirafu peak ridge: -8℃, strong easterly gusts and developing snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: -7℃, NE15m/s, 50cm and larger snowdrifts in various areas.

A Low is rapidly passing along the pacific coast. Heavy stormy conditions in the mountains, generating drastic development of snowdrifts in leeward slopes above 800m elevation. The avalanche risk is very high. Prominent trigger layer is Feb 20th pre-low-pressure snowfall. Snowdrifts have reach 100+cm thickness in some areas, 50cm or thicker surface slide avalanches are to be highly considered in Annupuri O-sawa cornice area, Backbowl sidewalls 1000m area, west ridge area, Mikaeri bowl upper area. Peak gates will be closed, please do not cross boundary ropes. Many of the avalanche accidents occur when snowdrifts are developing exponentially. Better let the snow stabilize for a while after the wind calms down and lifts start running. Uneven snowdrifts are also present in the treeruns, trick conditions, be careful.

A skier passed away hitting a tree in Higashi-One yesterday. It is very unfortunate and we would like express our deepest sympathy to the family. This information is issued not only to prevent avalanche accidents, but all incidents in the out of bounds area.

Road conditions are also treacherous today, drive in controllable speed.

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Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 21st February 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 350cm
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 8:32am on Sunday 21st February 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Some top lifts affected by strong winds first thing this morning

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 21st February 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 21st February 2016
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 21st February 2016
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2015/2016
*as of Sunday 21st February 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
21st February 10cm 0cm 25cm
20th February 4cm 0cm 3cm
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
Previous 7 days total 80cm 20cm 64cm
Previous 14 days total 105cm 105cm 84cm
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 197cm 196cm 178cm
March observed snowfall total - 139cm 113cm
April observed snowfall total - 3cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 808cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 21st February 2016
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 - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
303cm
[611cm]
197cm
[808cm]
-
[808cm]
-
[808cm]
-
[808cm]
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]
  October November December January February March April May
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