Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 7th February 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:06am on Saturday 7th February 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snowing
wind condition
SW3m/s - W5m/s (Hirafu)
Limited
This report
Saturday 7th February 2015, 8:06am
3cm
Friday 6th February 2015, 8:25am 0cm
Thursday 5th February 2015, 8:02am 0cm
Wednesday 4th February 2015, 7:50am 3cm
Tuesday 3rd February 2015, 10:22am 15cm
Monday 2nd February 2015, 8:32am 10cm
Sunday 1st February 2015, 8:32am 15cm
Last 7 reports (total): 46cm
Last 14 reports (total): 67cm
Current month (February 2015) total: 46cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 852cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:06am on Saturday 7th February 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning and welcome to the weekend.

After the fine day yesterday and no snowfall last night, we have been snowed from early this morning and it's continuing to snow now. 15cm at Moiwa 800m from 4am according to the Avalanche Report (below), just a few down here so far. Lots more of that please.

Forecasts seem to say that the main event - in terms of snowfall - is from tomorrow onwards. Today is more cloud and milder conditions with temperatures set to dip to proper cold from tomorrow evening. So don't worry if we don't get much out of it today because it does look like it really is on the way. I'm hoping to be able to get back to reporting impressive numbers to you.

Anyway, I hope you have a good day and I'll update you with the latest tomorrow morning.

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I'm off to the Sapporo Snow Festival today with a few friends. I hear the Star Wars one is particularly impressive, even if I'd prefer Trek myself. ;)

This famous and very popular snow festival is held in Sapporo City and for the 66th this year, running through until Wednesday 11th February. Can't be missed in Odori Park, the grounds at Community Dome Tsudome, and along the main street in Susukino. Usually well worth a visit. Actually I think that Sapporo is well worth a visit even without the snow festival!

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Resort specific news as of 8am - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Looks set to open as planned this morning.

Niseko Hanazono:
Looks set to open as planned this morning.

Niseko Village:
Looks set to open as planned this morning.
Last chance for the 'Early Morning Gondola' tomorrow - 1300 yen, Niseko Gondola open from 7:30am until 8:30am.

Niseko Annupuri:
Looks set to open as planned this morning.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -6C, 5cm snowfall in 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: W5m/s, -7C, 15cm snowfall from 4am. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 275cm. Hirafu 1000m: light breeze, 5cm snowfall. Peak: W6.3m/s, -9.6C. Coastal data: Benkei cape SW2m/s, Kamui cape WSW2m/s, 1017hPa, 0.7m waves.

Pre-low pressure system snowfall started from predawn and left 15cm of snow around 700m altitude. The course condition is a little softer/better, but the tracks in the trees haven’t been recovered. The general avalanche risk is low, however shallow slides are to be expected in south facing steep slopes once the sun warms up the surface. Peak gates are scheduled to open, seek for the ski patrol’s advice before stepping out of the gates. Always stay alert; one moment of inattention can end up in an accident. Beware of trees and cracks. One injury can put an end to your season. Niseko community respects all visitors’ freedom, but is also deeply concerned about their safety.

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Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 370cm
Base - 135cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 280cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 285cm
Base - 170cm

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Lifts open for night skiing (planned):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift

Niseko Hanazono Resort
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 8:06am on Saturday 7th February 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts on mountain open as normal

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  2014/2015
*as of Saturday 7th February 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
7th February 3cm 15cm 0cm
6th February 0cm 25cm 5cm
5th February 0cm 2cm 15cm
4th February 3cm 10cm 5cm
3rd February 15cm 5cm 7cm
2nd February 10cm 2cm 0cm
1st February 15cm 20cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 46cm 79cm 32cm
Previous 14 days total 67cm 156cm 105cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 519cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total 257cm 461cm 443cm
February observed snowfall total 46cm 178cm 316cm
March observed snowfall total - 113cm 164cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 32cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 2cm
Season observed snowfall total 852cm 1163cm 1493cm
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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
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
257cm
[806cm]
46cm
[852cm]
-
[852cm]
-
[852cm]
-
[852cm]
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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