Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 23rd February 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Friday 23rd February 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy, some sun shining through in places
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None at the moment
wind condition
SW 1m/s - S 3m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Fair
This report
Friday 23rd February 2018, 8:30am
17cm
Thursday 22nd February 2018, 8:06am 5cm
Wednesday 21st February 2018, 8:31am 13cm
Tuesday 20th February 2018, 8:01am 14cm
Monday 19th February 2018, 8:14am 16cm
Sunday 18th February 2018, 8:31am 17cm
Saturday 17th February 2018, 8:31am 21cm
Last 7 reports (total): 103cm
Last 14 reports (total): 224cm
Current month (February 2018) total: 259cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 1158cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Friday 23rd February 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning all you Niseko fans wanting to know just how much snow I have to report this morning.

Drum roll...

17cm.

And because this has all been delivered from late last night - after a bit of sunshine yesterday! - that means that there'll be a nice new fresh layer for everyone to play in this morning. I expect the first lifts to be particularly popular this morning.

It is not actually snowing as I write my report this morning, for a change. Just cloudy with a bit of sun peeking through in places.

Perhaps my mentioning the lack of sunshine is bringing it out. (I may have that power, it seems). But seriously, a mix of lots of quality fresh snow and some sunshine - what could be better than that?

It is not quite as cold this morning but temperatures should remain in minus numbers through the day. Not much wind and so we should expect lifts and gates to be open as planned.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -5°, 10cm new snow. Moiwa 800m: -6.4°, E0.5m/s, 20cm new snow, calm. Annupuri 1150m: -8°, light wind, 10cm new snow. Hirafu 1250m: -10°, light wind, calm, 15cm new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: S4m/s. Kamui Cape: SE2m/s, 1016hPa, wave 0.5m.

The sea and mountains are both calm. The mountain has a thin cover of good quality pre-low pressure snowfall. No notable cornice or snowdrift development. From observation the general avalanche risk is low. Be careful today on steep slopes, flowing shallow surface avalanches occur easily with this type of snow. Although yesterdays tracks are not covered, snow condition is good.

Peak gates are expected to open. Please listen to the patrols advice and be prepared before going out of bounds. The current snow surface is expected to become a fracture face in the future snowpack. This 22-23rd layer has a large temperature gradient and frost within. Deeper layers are stable however there is possibility of avalanches on steep north facing slopes (inconsistent snowdrift development) from 21st Feb layer.

Moiwa quad lift is broken so cannot ride Mikaeri area, should be good snow when its fixed! The heavy snowfall this winter is causing many cracks to open on leeward slopes. Be careful they cannot be seen from above. Entering March the risk of full depth avalanche at Kozan no sawa 1100m and Osawa cornice slope is rapidly increasing. Think about whether your habit of riding back to the ski area in the valley bottom is worth getting taken out by a massive tree, rock and mud laden avalanche. Guides and experienced riders especially should reconsider taking beginners these routes. The weather is expected to deteriorate this afternoon. Be careful of change in weather, bad visibility and strong winds. Have a good day

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Friday 23rd February 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts (apart from King Number 2) should be operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 510cm
- Base: 255cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 410cm
- Base: 260cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts (apart from the Country Road Chair lift) should be operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 400cm
- Base: 280cm

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Floodlit 'nighta' skiing:

Night skiing is planned for every evening at the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO area. Ski lifts that are scheduled to be operating for nighta are noted below (subject to change):

* Niseko Grand Hirafu - Ace Family quad, Ace Number 2 quad, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 pair
* Niseko Annupuri - Jumbo Number 1 quad lift
* Niseko Village - Village Express, Upper Village Gondola, Community Chair

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Friday 23rd February 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas are opening as normal; gates expected to be open

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 23rd February 2018
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 23rd February 2018
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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  2017/2018
*as of Friday 23rd February 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
23rd February 17cm 1cm 8cm
22nd February 5cm 1cm 6cm
21st February 13cm 3cm 10cm
20th February 14cm 15cm 4cm
19th February 16cm 16cm 1cm
18th February 17cm 8cm 8cm
17th February 21cm 0cm 38cm
Previous 7 days total 103cm 44cm 75cm
Previous 14 days total 224cm 52cm 107cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 406cm 181cm 244cm
January observed snowfall total 305cm 152cm 303cm
February observed snowfall total 259cm 160cm 266cm
March observed snowfall total - 83cm 109cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 1158cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 23rd February 2018
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 - 188cm
[188cm]
406cm
[594cm]
305cm
[899cm]
259cm
[1158cm]
- - -
2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
152cm
[445cm]
160cm
[605cm]
83cm
[688cm]
0cm
[688cm]
0cm
[688cm]
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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