Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 28th February 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:28am on Sunday 28th February 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Bluebird
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-13°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None currently
wind condition
Calm. Feels it anyway. 0-3m/s (Hirafu)
Excellent
This report
Sunday 28th February 2016, 8:28am
0cm
Saturday 27th February 2016, 8:32am 20cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 69cm
Last 14 reports (total): 149cm
Current month (February 2016) total: 266cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 877cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:28am on Sunday 28th February 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

After a fine day playing in fresh snow yesterday we have 'bluebird' this morning.

Can't say that I was expecting it, but what a beautiful morning it is with clear blue skies and sunshine from early on. Good and cold too.

It's one of those mornings when I really wish there was someone able to take over my reporting on short notice so I could be one of those lined up for the first lifts of the day. Oh well, I'm happy for the folk who can get to enjoy the first tracks today.

It would have been better still if there was another new layer of fresh snow but unfortunately there's no fresh to report this morning. Still, I expect a lot of happy people to be getting on up there and heading out of the gates this morning. Groomer fans early morning should in for a treat as well. Whichever is your bag, have fun and do stay safe.

The winds have gone and it's a calm morning so everywhere should be open as planned from the start of the day.

We should be getting snowed on once again by the end of the day today and so clicking back into 'regular snowfall' mode in the coming week. Let's see how much we can get in the last day of the month to bring that February 2016 total as high as possible.

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All resort areas should be opening as planned on this lovely morning.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -11℃, no snowfall, bluebird. Moiwa 838m: -12.1℃, SW4.5m/s, no snowfall, clear weather. Benkei cape: NNE3m/s, Kamui cape: NNE3m/s, 1027hPa, wave height unknown. Annupuri 1150m: mild wind, -13℃, no snowfall, good visibility. Snowpack at 1000m elevation: 275cm. Hirafu peak ridge: light wind, -13℃, no snowfall, good visibility.

The isobars are widespread, light wind and sunny sky. Calm condition at the ocean and mountains. The avalanche risk below 1000m elevation is low, however stabilization of snowdrifts in higher elevation is delayed due to low temperature. Avalanches from Feb 24th is still to be considered in Backbowl 1200m area and valleys at Mt Yotei 1400m area. Refrain from stimulating cornices and/or repeatedly traversing across avalanche terrain. One slide would clean up everything and everybody on its path. Cracks are also forming just below cornices and knolls and are hard to notice from above. The snow is deep and good, beware of overspeeding and hitting trees. Carry the right equipment, and talk to the patrols before stepping out of the gates. Carrying an avalanche beacon may not be mandatory but is strongly recommended. It could save your, as well as others, lives in case of an avalanche. The out of bounds will be crowded today. Know where you go or you will end up straying in the woods. We strongly hope for a safe and enjoyable day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 28th February 2016:

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

Niseko Village
Top - 360cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 385cm
Base - 190cm

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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 8:28am on Sunday 28th February 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas should be open as planned

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 28th February 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 28th February 2016
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 28th 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 Sunday 28th February 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
28th February 0cm 10cm 3cm
27th February 20cm 5cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 69cm 45cm 15cm
Previous 14 days total 149cm 65cm 79cm
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 266cm 196cm 178cm
March observed snowfall total - 139cm 113cm
April observed snowfall total - 3cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 877cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 28th 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]
266cm
[877cm]
-
[877cm]
-
[877cm]
-
[877cm]
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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