Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 7th February 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:33am on Friday 7th February 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-10°C

Top temp:
-15°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
6-7m/s W (Hirafu)
OK to poor
This report
Friday 7th February 2014, 8:33am
15cm
Thursday 6th February 2014, 8:56am 25cm
Wednesday 5th February 2014, 8:57am 2cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 79cm
Last 14 reports (total): 156cm
Current month (February 2014) total: 79cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 938cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:33am on Friday 7th February 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

And it's another cold morning in Niseko with 15cm or so of fresh snow down here in my Hirafu village base.

I was told that it was clearer again earlier on this morning, but a bit of a late start for me today and now it is cloud and... yes, you guessed it... snowing, albeit lightly at the moment. Snow showers for the day seems to be the forecast.

Saturday tomorrow of course and we might get some sunshine and a break from the snow clouds. It will remain cold though and we should be returning to snow on Sunday. It's never that far away mid season!

It should be a good day.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -10C, 15cm new snow crystals in last 12 hrs. Moiwa 800m: -14C,calm, cm snow, snowdrift development. Annupuri 150m: -18, calm. Hirafu 1000m: -13C, calm. Annupuri peak 1308m: -18.6C, wind WNW8.7m/s. Cape Benkei: wind NNW14m/s, Cape Kamui: wind W9m/s, wave 1.9m, pressure 1019hpa.

The winter weather pattern has calmed and isobars moved apart and snow drifts are beginning to stabilise. From observation snow is stable under 800m and avalanche risk is begiining to fall, but Kozan no sawa 1100m, Osawa 1000m and HigashiOne cornice slope the risk continues.

Peak gates are expected to open this morning, but please listen to the patrols advice before leaving. Outside the gate is not the ski area and everybody is responsible for themselves. Don't rest at the bottom of steep slopes, in gullies or on slopes under cornices. Dont traverse steep slope and trigger avalanche, there are many people on the mountain and can easily bury them below.

Around 1000m there is the possibility to trigger slab avalanche by skier stimulation on Feb 6th layer due to delayed stabilisation from the cold weather. Snow is great have a safe day.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 390cm
Base - 200cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 350cm
Base - 230cm

Annupuri:
Top - 305cm
Base - 220cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:33am on Friday 7th 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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6th February 25cm 5cm -
5th February 2cm 15cm -
4th February 10cm 5cm -
3rd February 5cm 7cm -
2nd February 2cm 0cm -
1st February 20cm 0cm -
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Previous 14 days total 156cm 105cm 0cm
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March observed snowfall total - 164cm -
April observed snowfall total - 32cm -
May observed snowfall total - 2cm -
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