Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 3rd February 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:33am on Wednesday 3rd February 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
It's still snowing
wind condition
0 - 4m/s (Hirafu)
Limited in places
This report
Wednesday 3rd February 2016, 8:33am
18cm
Tuesday 2nd February 2016, 7:45am 13cm
Monday 1st February 2016, 8:34am 12cm
Sunday 31st January 2016, 8:33am 8cm
Saturday 30th January 2016, 8:45am 1cm
Friday 29th January 2016, 8:39am 6cm
Thursday 28th January 2016, 8:41am 1cm
Last 7 reports (total): 59cm
Last 14 reports (total): 115cm
Current month (February 2016) total: 43cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 654cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:33am on Wednesday 3rd February 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning and there's another very good layer of beautiful fresh snow to report.

18cm of it actually and the Avalanche Report mentioning numbers up to 40cm. It has really been coming down hard at times since my last report.

Wind doesn't look like it is going to be an issue at all today and so it should be an excellent morning once again.

I have observed 43cm of fresh snowfall here at base in my first three reports of February - an excellent start to the month! And there doesn't look like there'll be much of a let-up in the snow falling over the next few days and into the weekend either. If the snow eases off, more snow probably won't be too far away.

The Niseko Grand Hirafu resort upper slopes official snow depth is now up to 350cm and 160cm for base (this time last year it was on 350cm and base at 125cm).

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The Chinese New Year is coming up and while Niseko doesn't really have many 'quiet periods' during the peak months, we are entering 'peak' peak territory now with lots of people coming to celebrate here. There are so many languages to be heard being spoken here now, and it is clear that people are coming to Niseko from pretty much all corners of the world. Let's international!

I even heard some Japanese being spoken the other day! ;)

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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
All resort will hopefully be opening as planned this morning.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -8℃, 20cm of fresh snow. Moiwa 800m: -11℃, W8m/s, 30cm new snow. Mikaeri 740m: -10.1℃, WSW1.1m/s, 40cm snowfall and development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: -13℃, W10m/s, 40cm snowfall. Hirafu ridgeline: -13℃, mild wind, 20cm snowfall. Benkei cape: NW14m/s, Kamui cape W7m/s, 1018hPa, 1.4m waves.

40cm average snowfall below 1000m altitude. The wind remained mile and no drastic development of snowdrifts and cornices have been observed. A moderate westerly wind, however, kept blowing above 1100m elevation and made snowdrifts develop slowly. The general avalanche risk is low, however 60cm thick surface slab avalanche is to be considered in Haru no Taki area due to sun-affected slabs. Most avalanches occurring in maritime weather areas (as in Niseko) are caused by collapse of unstable slabs during their development stage, however sun-affected slabs can also become a trigger to slide.

Many cases of people being lost are being reported. Know where you go, don’t blindly follow others. Respect the rules, they are here to protect you and protect the freedom to ride the out of bounds area. Please listen to the patrol’s instructions at the gates. All gates will open from the morning. Have you turned your beacon on?? The snow is in excellent condition.

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Official resort snow depths as of Wednesday 3rd February 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 350cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Village
Top - 290cm
Base - 170cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 290cm
Base - 160cm

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Lifts planned to be open for night skiing:

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 Wednesday 3rd February 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open as planned this morning

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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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 Wednesday 3rd February 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
3rd February 18cm 15cm 5cm
2nd February 13cm 10cm 2cm
1st February 12cm 15cm 20cm
31st January 8cm 0cm 10cm
30th January 1cm 3cm 10cm
29th January 6cm 10cm 20cm
28th January 1cm 3cm 20cm
Previous 7 days total 59cm 56cm 87cm
Previous 14 days total 115cm 88cm 146cm
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 43cm 196cm 178cm
March observed snowfall total - 139cm 113cm
April observed snowfall total - 3cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 654cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 3rd 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]
43cm
[654cm]
-
[654cm]
-
[654cm]
-
[654cm]
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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