Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 9th February 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Thursday 9th February 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Mostly cloudy, some blue sky
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
SW 1m/s - W 4m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Good
This report
Thursday 9th February 2017, 8:30am
0cm
Wednesday 8th February 2017, 9:45am 4cm
Tuesday 7th February 2017, 8:30am 0cm
Monday 6th February 2017, 8:18am 0cm
Sunday 5th February 2017, 8:22am 0cm
Saturday 4th February 2017, 8:21am 3cm
Friday 3rd February 2017, 8:32am 14cm
Last 7 reports (total): 21cm
Last 14 reports (total): 80cm
Current month (February 2017) total: 55cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 500cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Thursday 9th February 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning everyone.

A bit of snow falling on the mountain yesterday at times, but there's no new cm of fresh snowfall to report to you at base this morning.

There is lots of cloud up there this morning but an increasing amount of blue sky as well. We might even get some sunshine.

There's still not a huge amount of snow on the forecasts with maybe a chance of light to moderate snowfall at times over the 3-4 days. I wouldn't expect much today or tomorrow though, more is likely for over the weekend.

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I just noticed yesterday that I have up until now observed exactly 5m of snowfall this season, here by Niseko base.

A friend of mine has just spent a few weeks down in Niigata - Myoko and Yuzawa - and we were and doing some 'let's comparing' talk about the snow. If you look at the daily reports for those regions you will notice that they have had a fair bit more snow than we have. But as is so often the case, the raw numbers perhaps don't always give a full picture. Happily up here even when we don't get fresh snow, for the most part temperatures usually remain low enough to keep snow conditions decent. He enjoyed some fine conditions down there and some periods of very heavy snow, but one of the things that he mentioned was how it warmed up in between the snowfall - and when that happened the snow conditions suffered.

Obviously what we all really want is lots of regular snowfall, and for it to keep really cold even when going through a dry spell.

Quality, quantity, cold temperatures!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -7℃, no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -8℃, light breeze and no snowfall. Annupuri 1150m: -13℃, SW5m/s, no snowfall. Hirafu 1250m: WSW5m/s, no snowfall. Sea of Japan Kamui cape lighthouse: WSW8m/s, 1007hPa, 1.3m waves.

The atmospheric pressure chart is flat and no snowfall is expected. A mild SW wind is blowing due to the influence of a small low-pressure system present over the seas of Japan. Looking at the observations, the snowdrifts are stable and the overall avalanche risk is low. All gates are scheduled to open from the morning. Listen and follow the ski patrol’s advice. Wearing beacons and helmets is strongly recommended. Do not duck ropes.

Those of you going touring, remember to always check your position and the snow. A shallow surface slab slide from Feb 7th layer is to be expected in steep slopes and/or gullies above 1000m. Some of the slopes above treeline are wind-blown, packed with ripples, but the snow in the trees stays relatively good.

Stay vigilant and have a nice day.

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Resort specific 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 are open as planned this morning.

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Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 9th February 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 295cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Village
Top - 280cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 315cm
Base - 150cm

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Night skiing is planned until Monday 20th March 2017 at the Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village resort areas. There is no nighta in the Hanazono area.

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Thursday 9th February 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas opening as planned at the start of the day

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  2016/2017
*as of Thursday 9th February 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
9th February 0cm 0cm 10cm
8th February 4cm 12cm 0cm
7th February 0cm 15cm 3cm
6th February 0cm 15cm 0cm
5th February 0cm 10cm 0cm
4th February 3cm 9cm 3cm
3rd February 14cm 18cm 15cm
Previous 7 days total 21cm 79cm 31cm
Previous 14 days total 80cm 136cm 72cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 181cm 244cm 519cm
January observed snowfall total 152cm 303cm 257cm
February observed snowfall total 55cm 266cm 196cm
March observed snowfall total - 109cm 139cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 3cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 500cm 992cm 1144cm
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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 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
152cm
[445cm]
55cm
[500cm]
-
[500cm]
-
[500cm]
-
[500cm]
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
303cm
[611cm]
266cm
[877cm]
109cm
[986cm]
6cm
[992cm]
0cm
[992cm]
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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