Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 26th February 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:33am on Friday 26th February 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Quite heavy snow just now
wind condition
S 2m/s - W 6m/s (Hirafu)
Limited
This report
Friday 26th February 2016, 8:33am
18cm
Thursday 25th February 2016, 8:32am 10cm
Wednesday 24th February 2016, 8:45am 7cm
Tuesday 23rd February 2016, 8:12am 8cm
Monday 22nd February 2016, 8:42am 6cm
Sunday 21st February 2016, 8:32am 10cm
Saturday 20th February 2016, 8:30am 4cm
Last 7 reports (total): 63cm
Last 14 reports (total): 129cm
Current month (February 2016) total: 246cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 857cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:33am on Friday 26th February 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Hello and good morning once again from Niseko. The days are just whizzing by. Still, by my reckoning I still have over 70 Niseko Now reports to go for this season!

And it is a happy report that I am able to post this morning, with 18cm of fresh snow measured just a few moments ago here at Hirafu base. Expect more on the mountain of course and I would expect this will be a very fine overnight refresh. Getting up for first tracks will definitely have been worth it this morning. There are lots of people lining up for those first lifts, despite the actually quite heavy snow falling at the moment. I doubt any of them are complaining! Might be limited visibility up on the mountain though this morning. Do take care.

So yes, it's snowing quite heavily as I write this though perhaps it will be easing off this morning. Then snow showers for most days into mid-week next week. I feel the forecast is showing less potential snow than it was showing yesterday, but still we should be enjoying regular fresh.

Not that these numbers matter that much really, but the official snow depth on the upper slopes of Niseko Grand Hirafu is today up to 395cm. I wonder if we can break through the 4m barrier!

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Interesting news about a development for next season.

It looks like the King Number 3 lift at Niseko Grand Hirafu is going to be transforming (as if by magic) into a high speed quad lift, giving it an increased capacity of 600 people an hour. The lift will also be extended (lower part) by about 170m as well to make it all easier and smoother.

The fancy new name of the lift will be 'King Number 3 quad lift'.

In order to make these changes, the current King Number 3 and King Number 4 lifts will be closing from 4th April and it looks like there'll be some associated course area closings as well though that seems unclear at the moment.

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In just one month, the new ‘Hokkaido Shinkansen’ bullet train line will begin operations, marking the first time that a bullet train comes up into Hokkaido.
The current Tohoku Shinkansen line currently stretches 675km from Tokyo Station to Shin Aomori Station in Aomori city, Aomori Prefecture.
Construction on the new Hokkaido Shinkansen line started in 2005 and the first part of the new line from Shin Aomori Station to Shin Hakodate Hokuto Station (in Hakodate city) will open on 26th March 2016.

When finished the Hokkaido Shinkansen line will eventually reach Sapporo city with a planned station close to us here in Kutchan. That is quite a way off yet though with the final stretch – including the planned Kutchan stop – not due until 2030.

Once the line is completely open, it is estimated that the journey from Tokyo to Sapporo will be about 5 hours and of course less to Kutchan (4 hours 35 minutes I heard).

It will be interesting to see how a Shinkansen station (not famous for being the most beautiful of buildings) fits into the surroundings here in Kutchan, and also how much of a difference it will make for people considering visiting. It will certainly be a viable and convenient alternative to taking a plane, but no doubt how much it eventually costs – and how it compares with cheap flights – will be a big factor.

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Resort specific lift opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
Lifts at all four resort areas appear to be opening as planned at the start of the day.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

There is no report today.

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Official resort snow depths as of Friday 26th February 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 395cm
Base - 170cm

Niseko Village
Top - 350cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 380cm
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 8:33am on Friday 26th February 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas appear to be opening as planned

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 26th February 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 26th February 2016
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 26th February 2016
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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  2015/2016
*as of Friday 26th February 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
26th February 18cm 10cm 0cm
25th February 10cm 10cm 0cm
24th February 7cm 10cm 0cm
23rd February 8cm 0cm 2cm
22nd February 6cm 0cm 10cm
21st February 10cm 0cm 25cm
20th February 4cm 0cm 3cm
Previous 7 days total 63cm 30cm 40cm
Previous 14 days total 129cm 67cm 86cm
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 246cm 196cm 178cm
March observed snowfall total - 139cm 113cm
April observed snowfall total - 3cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 857cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 26th 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]
246cm
[857cm]
-
[857cm]
-
[857cm]
-
[857cm]
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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