Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 4th February 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:46am on Tuesday 4th February 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Sun and becoming increasingly clear
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-14°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Not snowing
wind condition
1-3m/s (Hirafu); up to 9m/s (Niseko Village)
Excellent
This report
Tuesday 4th February 2014, 8:46am
10cm
Monday 3rd February 2014, 8:21am 5cm
Sunday 2nd February 2014, 10:45am 2cm
Saturday 1st February 2014, 8:45am 20cm
Friday 31st January 2014, 8:30am 10cm
Thursday 30th January 2014, 8:25am 10cm
Wednesday 29th January 2014, 8:35am 20cm
Last 7 reports (total): 77cm
Last 14 reports (total): 151cm
Current month (February 2014) total: 37cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 896cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:46am on Tuesday 4th February 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Just under 10cm of fresh snow this morning in the Hirafu village area.

Light snow and cloudy/overcast earlier on this morning but the skies have been clearing and we seem to be on for a fine, sunny day. Can't say I was expecting that! The local forecast still has cloud for the day so it may well cloud over once again. For now though - lovely morning.

Not much wind as well this morning with all resorts open as planned.

And it's keeping cold too, so it should be a good morning to be out on the mountain.

Back to snowy conditions tomorrow through Friday.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -10C, 5cm of new snow in last 12 hrs. Moiwa 800m: Occassional northern flurries, Anbetsu side 30cm snowdrift growth. Annupuri 1150m: -13C, wind W8m/s, 10cm snowdrift growth. Hirafu 1000m: -12C, 10cm new snow, calm. Annupuri peak 1308m: -16.9C, wind NW10.3m/s. Cape Benkei: NW9m/s, Cape Kamui: wind N7m/s, wave 1.6m, pressure 1009hPa.

The weather is calm at both sea and mountains and there is little noticeable snowdrift development. Avalanche risk is low. Peak gates are expected to open this morning. Yesterdays tracks are not covered but the snow is good. The ridge lines are hard and crusty, not good for riding. When traversing go one by one. Ride the fall line, dont keep traversing under the cornices.

More cracks are appearing everyday, they release tension in the slope but do not necessarily cause an avalanche immediately. However on NW to NE (Goshiki Onsen side)slopes it is possible for a huge avalanche to be triggered deep within the snowpack at the same time the crack opens. Have a good day. Dont duck ropes.

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Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 380cm
Base - 190cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 345cm
Base - 230cm

Annupuri:
Top - 285cm
Base - 210cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:46am on Tuesday 4th February 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas open

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  2013/2014
*as of Tuesday 4th February 2014
2012/2013
Season
2011/2012
Season
4th February 10cm 5cm -
3rd February 5cm 7cm -
2nd February 2cm 0cm -
1st February 20cm 0cm -
31st January 10cm 0cm -
30th January 10cm 10cm -
29th January 20cm 0cm -
Previous 7 days total 77cm 22cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 151cm 85cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 123cm 118cm -
December observed snowfall total 275cm 418cm -
January observed snowfall total 461cm 443cm -
February observed snowfall total 37cm 316cm -
March observed snowfall total - 164cm -
April observed snowfall total - 32cm -
May observed snowfall total - 2cm -
Season observed snowfall total 896cm 1493cm 0cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
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2013/2014 season 0cm
[0cm]
123cm
[123cm]
275cm
[398cm]
461cm
[859cm]
37cm
[896cm]
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[896cm]
-
[896cm]
-
[896cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
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