Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 9th February 2013

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:05am on Saturday 9th February 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
4-10m/s (Hirafu)
Fair
This report
Saturday 9th February 2013, 8:05am
35cm
Friday 8th February 2013, 9:23am 20cm
Thursday 7th February 2013, 8:47am 0cm
Wednesday 6th February 2013, 8:53am 5cm
Tuesday 5th February 2013, 8:55am 15cm
Monday 4th February 2013, 9:02am 5cm
Sunday 3rd February 2013, 9:10am 7cm
Last 7 reports (total): 87cm
Last 14 reports (total): 145cm
Current month (February 2013) total: 87cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 1066cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:05am on Saturday 9th February 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Another 30-40cm of new snowfall this morning in Niseko in the base village area to report, so we can expect more than that up on the slopes. I like it when we get back to reporting big numbers and it was great to see the snow really coming down from last night.

Grand Hirafu now up to 440cm official snow depth.

There's less wind as well this morning and so while it is still early I would expect the lifts to be moving as normal. It's a good job because there'll be plenty of people out there. As I mentioned yesterday, today is the first day of a three day long weekend here in Japan as Monday is National Foundation Day. So there should be lots of Japanese people enjoying the long weekend and also visitors enjoying the Chinese New Year. Race you to the lifts!

Currently it is cloudy with light snow falling and about -6 degrees. Snow might ease later on and light snow showers forecast for tomorrow, hopefully remaining calm.

It should be a very good one. Very easy to get excited on a day like today but keep in mind the potential dangers out there and I hope you can enjoy it. Take care!

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Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 440cm
Bottom - 200cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 355cm
Bottom - 220cm

Niseko Village
Top - 380cm
Bottom - 215cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -6C, 30cm of broken particles snow and graupels with development of snowdrifts. Moiwa 800m: heady snowdrift development, unstable, -10C. Annupuri peak: NW15.8m/s, -14.3C. Coastal data: NW13m/s, 2.3m waves and 1013hPa.

24hours of storm (20m/s wind and heavy snowfall) made cornices and heavily wind-affected snowdrifts develop drastically in leeward slopes. The conditions are extremely unstable and the avalanche risk is very high in the Niseko range and the surrounding peaks. All open steep slopes, leeward knolls and cornice slopes above treeline are likely to slide with 80+cm thickness. The weather is calming down however the wind is still blowing relatively strong as the isobars spacing is still tight, delaying the stabilization process.

Gate 2 & 3 will be closed, other gates will also be kept closed at least during the morning. Please respect the ski patrol’s instructions. Most avalanche accidents occur during or just after storms. The snow in the trees is good but heavy and easy to loose control. Better not count too much on the performance of the gears, be reasonable and think safety first. Beware of over-speeding, hitting trees, falling into cracks and creeks. The mountain conditions will turn better soon.

Archive report: Posted at 8:05am on Saturday 9th 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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December observed snowfall total 418cm - -
January observed snowfall total 443cm - -
February observed snowfall total 87cm - -
March observed snowfall total - - -
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