Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 21st February 2017

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:34am on Tuesday 21st February 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy, some blue sky starting to appear
Base temp:
-8°C

Top temp:
-13°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None currently
wind condition
NW 4-10m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Good
This report
Tuesday 21st February 2017, 8:34am
3cm
Monday 20th February 2017, 8:15am 15cm
Sunday 19th February 2017, 8:38am 16cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 48cm
Last 14 reports (total): 54cm
Current month (February 2017) total: 105cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 550cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:34am on Tuesday 21st February 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Hello everyone.

I enjoyed some very fine conditions yesterday. It didn't clear up like we thought it might early on, keeping cloudy but generally visibility was decent and a nice day to be out. For one quad lift ride there was me, a guy from Australia, a lady from Argentina and a teenager from Thailand. How about that for a fun mix? I even saw some Japanese people out on the slopes yesterday. (I think). ;)

There were some very strong and noisy winds starting yesterday evening and some pretty wild conditions overnight. I have 3cm of snow to report but it's very likely going to be more than that in places due to the wind. That also means that it's not going to be an even layer of fresh this morning so do take care.

Earlier it was snowing lightly but for now that has stopped and it is quite bright actually - some blue sky starting to appear as of 8:30am.

It is not as windy this morning but still some top lifts are affected at the start of the day.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base: -8°, 20cm new snow, snowdrift development. Moiwa 800m: -11°, W8m/s, snowdrift development, 11pm last night wind 22.31m/s. Annupuri 1150m, -14°, NW10m/s, snowdrift development. Hirafu 1250m, -162°, N10m/s, snowdrift development. Coastal data: Kamui Cape:NW8m/s, 1010hPa, wave 2.5m.

Wind has dropped now but strong winds overnight have caused major snowdrift development. Around 800m elevation, snowdrifts on knolls have grown by 120cm. General avalanche risk is high. Gates 1,2,3,and 4 will be closed, other gates yet to be decided. Snow is deep and heavy in the trees. Cornices on the ridge lines are getting big. Although the snowdrifts are starting to stabilize it will take more time because of the amount of snow. Today it is best to stay away from steep open slopes on Annupuri and the surrounding mountains.

An avalanche is just a natural occurrence, accidents don't happen if there are no people involved. The mountain will get better soon, have a safe day.

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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 not moving at the start of the day due to wind conditions.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
The top Hanazono Number 3 lift is not moving at the start of the day due to wind conditions.

Niseko Village
The top Wonderland Chair lift is not moving at the start of the day due to wind conditions.

Niseko Annupuri
The Annupuri Gondola and top Jumbo Number 4 lift is not moving at the start of the day due to wind conditions.

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Official resort snow depths as of Tuesday 21st February 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 320cm
Base - 120cm

Niseko Village
Top - 300cm
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 8:34am on Tuesday 21st February 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Top lifts affected by wind at the start of the day. See above.

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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 Tuesday 21st February 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
21st February 3cm 10cm 0cm
20th February 15cm 4cm 0cm
19th February 16cm 1cm 0cm
18th February 8cm 8cm 0cm
17th February 0cm 38cm 0cm
16th February 4cm 15cm 5cm
15th February 2cm 4cm 15cm
Previous 7 days total 48cm 80cm 20cm
Previous 14 days total 54cm 105cm 105cm
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 105cm 266cm 196cm
March observed snowfall total - 109cm 139cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 3cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 550cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 21st February 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
152cm
[445cm]
105cm
[550cm]
-
[550cm]
-
[550cm]
-
[550cm]
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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