Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 22nd February 2013

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:35am on Friday 22nd February 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-9°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow in places
wind condition
2-10m/s (Hirafu)
Variable
This report
Friday 22nd February 2013, 8:35am
15cm
Thursday 21st February 2013, 9:15am 15cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 97cm
Last 14 reports (total): 207cm
Current month (February 2013) total: 259cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 1238cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:35am on Friday 22nd February 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Add another 15cm of fresh snowfall so to the tally here in Hirafu, and add a bit more for the overnight delivery on the slopes of the mountain.

This morning it's a fairly similar story to yesterday if I remember correctly, with just a bit less wind perhaps. Here over on the Hirafu side anyway, though I see that Annupiru are reporting gusts of up 18m/s on the upper parts of the resort there. Even so, it would seem that all of the top lifts are scheduled to open up as normal this morning as things stand at the moment.

Visibility on the mountain looks variable depending on where you are. There was even a bit of sun trying to break through the cloud over in Hanazono just a short while ago. Probably temporary. Snowing up in Hirafu.

So, generally cloudy with snow likely to be falling through the day at any time a similar pattern likely to continue over the weekend. We might get clearer skies once we get into early next week.

Hope you have a fun weekend whether you are going to be in in Niseko or not.

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Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 520cm
Bottom - 240cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 375cm
Bottom - 240cm

Niseko Village
Top - 430cm
Bottom - 245cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -8C, 15cm of mixed crystal snow. Moiwa 800m: W10m/s, -12C, development of unstable snowdrifts. Annupuri peak 1308m: WSW13.8m/s, -16.2C. Coastal data: WNW14m/s, 2.1m waves, 1013hPa.

The isobars are spacing out and the wind & snow is gradually calming down. All data, snowfall transition and observations show that the avalanche hazard is lowering; however leeward slopes above 800m, namely all Backbowl area, Osawa cornice slopes, Mikaeri bowl, backside Higashione knolls and steep slopes are still likely to slide at anytime. Gate 2 & 3 will be kept closed for the sake of all resort users. Others to be determined, please respect the ski patrol's decisions.

Accidents are likely to happen after storms, right after the lift re-started operations. The weather will turn better in the morning, but it is recommended to start from the tree-runs and gradually go higher, better not rush and drop from high gates. Beware also of hidden cracks; remain in control, be prudent. Stay humble; better not overestimate your own skills and the performance of your gears. The snow is in good condition.

Archive report: Posted at 8:35am on Friday 22nd 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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21st February 15cm - -
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19th February 10cm - -
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16th February 10cm - -
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Previous 14 days total 207cm 0cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 118cm - -
December observed snowfall total 418cm - -
January observed snowfall total 443cm - -
February observed snowfall total 259cm - -
March observed snowfall total - - -
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Season observed snowfall total 1238cm 0cm 0cm
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