Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 26th February 2013

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Niseko (Hokkaido), Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:15am on Tuesday 26th February 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, clearing in places
Base temp:
-8°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow at times
wind condition
0-3m/s (Hirafu)
Generally decent
This report
Tuesday 26th February 2013, 8:15am
25cm
Monday 25th February 2013, 8:39am 10cm
Sunday 24th February 2013, 8:55am 5cm
Saturday 23rd February 2013, 8:30am 10cm
Friday 22nd February 2013, 8:35am 15cm
Thursday 21st February 2013, 9:15am 15cm
Wednesday 20th February 2013, 8:56am 20cm
Last 7 reports (total): 100cm
Last 14 reports (total): 192cm
Current month (February 2013) total: 309cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 1288cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:15am on Tuesday 26th February 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

I have to file an early report this morning as Sapporo awaits. The city, not the beer!

It is a calm start to the day here. The snow continued falling yesterday, getting heavier later on and in the end of we have another 20-25cm this morning here in the Hirafu village area, most of that by the end of the day yesterday and a bit more overnight. (The Avalanche report this morning is reporting 40cm in the last 24 hours).

So a calm morning meaning we should all be open today. Mixed conditions with some light snow falling in areas, and a bit of sun to be seen in others. It could go either way.

More of the same over the next few days, followed by a return to snow just before the weekend.

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Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 510cm
Bottom - 250cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 380cm
Bottom - 240cm

Niseko Village
Top - 450cm
Bottom - 250cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -9C, 5cm of snowfall in the past 12 hours, 40cm in 24H. Moiwa 800m: 40cm in 24H, development of snowdrifts, -13C. Annupuri peak: W10.2m/s, -15.4C. Coastal data: WNW11m/s, 0.9m waves, 1020hPa. Annupuri 1000m snowpack: 390cm.

A high-pressure band is covering southern Hokkaido area and the mountain is finally calm. Total 40cm of snow fell yesterday. New soft slabs (snowdrifts), up to 100cm thickness, have developed in leeward slopes above 800m. The stabilization of snowdrifts (snow slabs formed by wind-drifted snow) is delayed in areas above 1100m and the cornices are growing big.

Gate 2 & 3 are scheduled to open at 10:30am. Beware! Avalanche hazard remains high in open steep slopes with large vertical drop; namely the Backbowl sidewalls and other similar condition slopes. These slopes should remain untouched today. DO NOT traverse across or wait at the bottom of those slopes. Avalanche strikes you from behind.

The snow in the tree is stable and in very good condition. Better not overestimate your gears and skills. Think safety first. Rider/skier's wisdom is always being tested in the out of bounds area.

Archive report: Posted at 8:15am on Tuesday 26th 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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December observed snowfall total 418cm - -
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