Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 8th February 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:49am on Monday 8th February 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Clear and beautiful
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None currently
wind condition
1 - 6m/s (Hirafu)
Excellent
This report
Monday 8th February 2016, 7:49am
12cm
Sunday 7th February 2016, 8:34am 15cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 92cm
Last 14 reports (total): 150cm
Current month (February 2016) total: 104cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 715cm

Archive report: Posted at 7:49am on Monday 8th February 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko and a very happy Chinese New Year to everyone who is celebrating it. I don't want to make a mistake with the words I use, and so please accept it in English!

Unfortunately, the top lifts were affected by wind yesterday afternoon. Here's how the day played out around the mountain for those interested in knowing how these things play out:

Niseko Annupuri - the top Jumbo number 4 lift stopped around 11:30am to be joined by the Gondola and Jumbo Number 3 lifts just before 2pm leaving us with just the lower two lifts operating.
Niseko Village - the top Wonderland lift was halted just after 11:30am and then the Gondola operating at reduced speeds to be stopped at around 3pm.
Niseko Grand Hirafu - the top King Number 4 and Ace Number 4 lifts stopped moving around noon with the King Number 3 lift also stopped mid afternoon.
As far as I can tell, all of the three Hanazono lifts made it through the day, even if the top one was moving at reduced speeds.

And so much for the 'possible clearing up' mentioned in my report as well - a few moments of some blue sky here and there, but generally cloudy and snowy - and really snowing heavily at times.

So once again after some impressive snowfall, I have a good 12cm of fresh snowfall to report.

What's more, as expected it's a really beautiful morning. The sun is out, there are beautiful blue skies all around and it seems fairly calm so I would expect everywhere to be opening as normal this morning.

Fresh snow overnight and beautiful weather - I don't think I'll ever say it's perfect (after all, 30+cm of fresh would have been better!), but it's pretty ideal.

I'm a big fan of the overnight snow followed by clear skies pattern so if you don't mind, I am going to treat myself to an early start this morning. I hope to see some of you out there.

Have a great day.

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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℃, scarce snowfall, snowdrifts development and calm. Moiwa 800m: -11℃, W5m/s, 15cm snowfall with 50cm snowdrifts in knolls. Mikaeri 740m: -11.2℃, WSW0.9m/s, 20cm snowfall, 50cm snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: -13℃, SW12m/s, 10cm snowfall with snowdrifts development. Hirafu peak ridge: -12℃, 30cm snowfall, light snowdrifts on-piste. Benkei cape: NW6m/s, Kamui cape: NNW4m/s, 1017hPa, 1.7m waves.

Beautiful calm morning in a high-pressure system. The snow & wind ceased late night and the newly formed slabs are stabilizing. Looking at observations and snowfall transitions, the avalanche risk in areas below 1000m is lowering, however highly wind-affected wide-open steep slopes loaded with snowdrifts above 1200m are still unstable and surface slab slides from Feb 7th layer are to be highly considered. All gates are scheduled to open from the morning.

Stepping out of the gate is stepping out of the resort management. Many hazard are present out there, always be prudent. The snow in the trees is in good shape. Beware of falling in cracks or creeks. Have a nice day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Monday 8th February 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 355cm
Base - 170cm

Niseko Village
Top - 310cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 315cm
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 7:49am on Monday 8th February 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts appear to be opening as normal this morning

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  2015/2016
*as of Monday 8th February 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
8th February 12cm 0cm 5cm
7th February 15cm 3cm 15cm
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
Previous 7 days total 92cm 31cm 64cm
Previous 14 days total 150cm 62cm 161cm
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 104cm 196cm 178cm
March observed snowfall total - 139cm 113cm
April observed snowfall total - 3cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 715cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 8th 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]
104cm
[715cm]
-
[715cm]
-
[715cm]
-
[715cm]
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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