Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 2nd February 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:52am on Thursday 2nd February 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds remain over the area
Base temp:
-11°C

Top temp:
-16°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow - easing off
wind condition
N 3m/s - NW 12m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Limited to poor
This report
Thursday 2nd February 2017, 8:52am
15cm
Wednesday 1st February 2017, 8:02am 19cm
Tuesday 31st January 2017, 8:11am 14cm
Monday 30th January 2017, 8:47am 0cm
Sunday 29th January 2017, 9:17am 0cm
Saturday 28th January 2017, 8:33am 11cm
Friday 27th January 2017, 8:22am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 59cm
Last 14 reports (total): 109cm
Current month (February 2017) total: 34cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 479cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:52am on Thursday 2nd February 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from here near my secret Hirafu base.

And there's more snow to report this morning. This is what I like to see. 15cm measured by myself just a short while ago and it is a very cold morning out there. Doesn't feel windy but wind is actually affecting some lifts (see below) so keep an eye on that.

Yesterday the sun didn't really appear other than when I was posting the report, and this fresh snow all came overnight.

And there will be more than what I measure up on the mountain of course, so conditions should be great this morning.

Let's keep this going and get some more in before it clears us... which seems likely during the day today sometime.

After today we can probably expect a few days of clearer and calmer conditions and then hopefully back to snow early week.

Have a fun day!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -13℃, 25cm new snow. Moiwa 800m: -13℃, NW12m/s, 30cm new snow with snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: -19℃, W18m/s, 40cm snowfall with snowdrifts. Hirafu 1250m: -18℃, N15m/s, 30-40cm new snow with snowdrifts. Kamui cape lighthouse: NNW13m/s, 1006hPa, 3.1m waves.

Wind & snow picked up on the ocean and mountains from late night and started to calm down since dawn, however wind/snow of about 15m/s is persisting above 800m elevation. A 30+cm soft-slab is blanketing the mountains and the avalanche risk is high in 1000m leeward slopes during the morning. Extra caution is required in Kozan-no-Sawa (Backbowl), O-sawa (Annupuri bowl) and higashi-One. Gates opening is undecided; please respect the ski patrol’s decision.

The snow this is in very good shape. The new soft slabs are a bit dense and fun to ride, however avalanche risk is high in higher elevation where snowdrifts developed rapidly with 18+m/s winds. Better let the snow stabilize for a while. The hazard level depends on how strong the wind blew in that particular spot. The stronger the wind, the more drastically the snowdrifts develop, and are more likely to slide. Wind above 18m/s is a red flag to keep in mind. A weak layer within yesterday’s snowfall is present and can potentially be the trigger layer of a surface slab slide. The snow condition is ever-changing, plan accordingly and make conservative decisions, prudency is key to avoid accidents. Avalanches run through valley bottoms, stay away from it. Beware of frostbites.

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
The top Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts are on stand-by at the start of the day due to strong winds.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
The top Hanazono Number 3 lift is currently running at reduced speed. The other two lifts operating as normal.

Niseko Village
The top Wonderland Chair lift is on stand-by at the start of the day due to strong winds.

Niseko Annupuri
The Annupuri Gondola and top Jumbo Number 4 lift are on stand-by at the start of the day due to strong winds.

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Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 2nd February 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 325cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Village
Top - 260cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 300cm
Base - 140cm

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Night skiing is planned until Monday 20th March 2017 at the Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village resort areas. There is no nighta in the Hanazono area.

Archive report: Posted at 8:52am on Thursday 2nd February 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Top lifts affected by wind at the start of the day

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 2nd February 2017
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 2nd February 2017
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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  2016/2017
*as of Thursday 2nd February 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
2nd February 15cm 13cm 10cm
1st February 19cm 12cm 15cm
31st January 14cm 8cm 0cm
30th January 0cm 1cm 3cm
29th January 0cm 6cm 10cm
28th January 11cm 1cm 3cm
27th January 0cm 16cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 59cm 57cm 41cm
Previous 14 days total 109cm 98cm 88cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 181cm 244cm 519cm
January observed snowfall total 152cm 303cm 257cm
February observed snowfall total 34cm 266cm 196cm
March observed snowfall total - 109cm 139cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 3cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 479cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 2nd February 2017
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 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
152cm
[445cm]
34cm
[479cm]
-
[479cm]
-
[479cm]
-
[479cm]
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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