Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 6th February 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:33am on Saturday 6th February 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
It continues to snow!
wind condition
0 - W 3m/s (Hirafu)
Limited due to snowfall
This report
Saturday 6th February 2016, 8:33am
15cm
Friday 5th February 2016, 8:35am 10cm
Thursday 4th February 2016, 8:30am 9cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 85cm
Last 14 reports (total): 123cm
Current month (February 2016) total: 77cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 688cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:33am on Saturday 6th February 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko and the very fine start to the month continues this morning with another good 15cm of fresh snow and the good Avalanche folk reporting up to 30cm on mountain. That brings up my total observed snowfall in my last six reports to 77cm. Yey!

And, it continues to snow at the time of writing - rather heavily at the moment too. Note: the snow itself isn't heavy! It's lovely and light.

Sunshine is still looking likely for Monday. Before and after that though just expect snow to keep on falling.

It's surely going to be a busy weekend here in Niseko, and so it's great that everyone will be able to enjoy fresh conditions each morning. There's lots of visitors here now and also arriving for the Chinese New Year celebrations.

Enjoy your time here everyone!

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Yesterday was the opening day of the ever-popular Sapporo Snow Festival.

This year it's the 67th time that this event is being held and it's going to be running until 11th February at the main Odori site in downtown Sapporo, and until 18th February at the Tsudome site. It's highly recommended, and no doubt already in the plans of a fair few of you reading this.

Apparently about 2 million people visit each year! That's a lot of people.

I haven't been myself yet but hope to get to see it in the next few days. I saw on the news last night that one of the snow sculpture attractions this year is of the new Shinkansen train that is going to be opening next month (the first time a Shinkansen bullet train line comes up to Hokkaido, initially to Hakodate). Looks like they have lots of images beaming onto the ice to make it almost like a cinema experience.

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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 areas appear to be opening as planned early morning.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 5am: -8℃, 20cm snowfall, calm. Moiwa 800m: -11℃, WSW5m/s, 30cm crystal snowfall. Mikaeri 740m: -10.2℃, light breeze, 30cm snowfall. Annupuri 1150m: W15m/s, 30cm snowfall with snowdrifts. Hirafu ridge line: -13℃, light wind, 15cm snowfall. Benkei cape: NNW14m/s, Kamui cape: WNW10m/s, 1011hPa, 1.2m waves.

The atmospheric pressure gradient is small, but snow clouds are flowing in Niseko area, dropping 30cm of crystal snowflakes above 800m elevation. According to observations and weather transition, the development of snowdrifts is minor and the avalanche risk under 1000m elevation is low. However, 60cm surface slab slides are to be considered in area above 1100m elevation where relative strong westerly wind has been blowing, namely Annupuri’s Osawa cornice slopes and the Backbowl sidewalls. A slide triggered at the top of the slope, will clean everything on its way down, including people at the bottom of the valley. The snow is in really good shape, overhead blower condition in some areas. Beware of hitting trees and falling into cracks. Uncontrolled speed range can be very dangerous; do not overestimate the performance of the skis and boards. Many cases of people entering Haru no Taki strictly off-limits area from the Mizuno no Sawa area are being reported. It is very unfortunate to have a minority always disregarding the Rules wen most people are respecting it. We hope for a safe and enjoyable day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 6th February 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 355cm
Base - 165cm

Niseko Village
Top - 300cm
Base - 170cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 310cm
Base - 180cm

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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 Saturday 6th February 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All of the resorts appear to be opening as normal this morning

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  2015/2016
*as of Saturday 6th February 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
6th February 15cm 0cm 25cm
5th February 10cm 0cm 2cm
4th February 9cm 3cm 10cm
3rd February 18cm 15cm 5cm
2nd February 13cm 10cm 2cm
1st February 12cm 15cm 20cm
31st January 8cm 0cm 10cm
Previous 7 days total 85cm 43cm 74cm
Previous 14 days total 123cm 74cm 143cm
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 77cm 196cm 178cm
March observed snowfall total - 139cm 113cm
April observed snowfall total - 3cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 688cm 1144cm 1163cm
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The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 6th February 2016
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
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
303cm
[611cm]
77cm
[688cm]
-
[688cm]
-
[688cm]
-
[688cm]
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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