Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 5th February 2013

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:55am on Tuesday 5th February 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-14°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
Strong wind
Poor
This report
Tuesday 5th February 2013, 8:55am
15cm
Monday 4th February 2013, 9:02am 5cm
Sunday 3rd February 2013, 9:10am 7cm
Saturday 2nd February 2013, 8:43am 0cm
Friday 1st February 2013, 12:54pm 0cm
Thursday 31st January 2013, 8:47am 0cm
Wednesday 30th January 2013, 9:05am 10cm
Last 7 reports (total): 37cm
Last 14 reports (total): 100cm
Current month (February 2013) total: 27cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 1006cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:55am on Tuesday 5th February 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Around 15cm of new snowfall this morning in the village. Nice and cold with a temperature of -7C at the moment.

Almost reluctant to mention it but... it's very windy. Strong winds during the night last night and continued strong winds now this morning. The Niseko Village resort is reporting a NW wind speed of up to 26m/s as of 8:30am. As you might imagine, it's affecting the resort operatings on the mountain.

Looks like at Niseko Annupuri just the Jumbo Number 1 lift operating with the Jumbo Number 2 to start moving at 9am.

At Niseko Village, the Banzai Chair, Morino Chair and Community Chair lifts are operating.

Niseko Grand Hirafu have the Ace Family and Holiday Number 1 Pair lifts operating, with the Hirafu Gondola moving at reduced speed. The Ace Number 1 and King Number 1 lifts will open at 9am and 10am respectively. Unfortunately it looks like all three lifts over at Hanazono are affected by the winds and not moving.

It's snowing at the moment still and the wind is really blowing it around. This means of course that there will again be places where there's pretty deep new snow and others with more icy conditions. So very likely variable conditions out on the slopes today. Take care.

Tomorrow should be calmer but some potentially very special conditions are forecast for Thursday and Friday, possibly into Saturday, with some heavy snowfall due. Fingers crossed the wind doesn't mess us about at the same time!

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Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 410cm
Bottom - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 345cm
Bottom - 220cm

Niseko Village
Top - 360cm
Bottom - 200cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -9C, 15cm of broken particle snow and notable development of snowdrifts. Moiwa 800m: NW15m/s, -15C, snowy with strong wind, bad visibility and newly formed snowdrifts are unstable. Annupuri peak: NW27.9m/s, -17.6C. Coastal data: NW20m/s, 3.2m and 1013hPa.

Northwesterly storm is covering the Niseko area. According to all data, snowfall transition and observations, the avalanche risk is very high in leeward steep slopes, knolls and cornice slopes of all Niseko range. The Feb 4th layer and the newly formed slabs on top are very unstable, and although the slab's thickness differ from locations, surface slab slides of up to 60cm thickness are likely to occur in 800m leeward slopes.

Most avalanche related accidents happen during or just after storms. The weather is forecasted to calm down, however hazards remain high for a while. All gates above 800m will be closed during the morning. Please follow the ski patrol's instructions. Do not duck ropes to access the out of bounds areas. The snow in the trees is little heavy but has been reset and in good condition. Beware of falling into cracks, hitting trees and frostbites. Have a nice & safe day.

Archive report: Posted at 8:55am on Tuesday 5th February 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas now open for the season. Further details in report.

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3rd February 7cm - -
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30th January 10cm - -
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November observed snowfall total 118cm - -
December observed snowfall total 418cm - -
January observed snowfall total 443cm - -
February observed snowfall total 27cm - -
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