Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 3rd February 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:22am on Tuesday 3rd February 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snowing
wind condition
4m/s - 13m/s N (Hirafu); 20m/s (Annupuri)
Limited
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This report
Tuesday 3rd February 2015, 10:22am
15cm
Monday 2nd February 2015, 8:32am 10cm
Sunday 1st February 2015, 8:32am 15cm
Saturday 31st January 2015, 8:32am 0cm
Friday 30th January 2015, 8:22am 3cm
Thursday 29th January 2015, 8:15am 10cm
Wednesday 28th January 2015, 8:32am 3cm
Last 7 reports (total): 56cm
Last 14 reports (total): 88cm
Current month (February 2015) total: 40cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 846cm

Archive report: Posted at 10:22am on Tuesday 3rd February 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

(Sorry for the late posting today - the below report was actually submitted as normal at 8:30am but we have been experiencing a few technical issues which prevented it from going up)

Morning from my base here in Hirafu, it's another cold and windy one but importantly there's another 15cm of fresh snow on the ground to report this morning... and I would imagine more being added to that quite quickly as well this morning if it carries on like it is now.

The pesky winds are messing with us once again unfortunately with lift disruption at the beginning of the day including all three gondolas.

Hopefully it will improve this morning and the forecast does seem to point to a decent chance of that happening along with a break in the snowfall and maybe even a bit of blue sky appearing.

Calmer and clearer skies expected tomorrow as well.

Next decent snow up after that at the end of the week into the weekend.

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Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
The Gondola, King Number 3, King Number 4, Ace Number 4 and Swingling Monkey lifts on hold due to wind situation.

Niseko Hanazono:
Top Hanazono Number 3 lift on hold due to wind situation.

Niseko Village:
Niseko Gondola and top Wonderland Chair lift on hold due to wind.
'Early Morning Gondola' on Saturday (7th) and Sunday (8th) for 1300 yen, Gondola open from 7:30am until 8:30am.

Niseko Annupuri:
Annupuri Gondola and Top Jumbo Number 4 lift on hold due to wind.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -6C, 15cm crystal snowfall in 12 hours, Moiwa 800m: N12m/s, -10C, 20cm snowfall with 60cm snowdrifts, poor visibility. Annupuri 1150m: N15-20m/s, 20cm snowfall with large development of snowdrifts. Hirafu 1000m: NE15m/s, -11C, 15cm snowfall with snowdrifts development. Annupuri peak N18.5m/s, -13.5C. Coastal data: Benkei cape ENE12m/s, Kamui cape ESE4m/s, 1022hPa, 2.6m waves.

The isobars are spacing out, however the northerly wind remains high above 1000m altitude and snow deposit is larger in the western areas. 60cm softslabs has developed in leeward 800-1000m slopes and are likely to collapse with light stimulation. Snow has been blown away in Higashi-One area and wind-ripples are forming, making it difficult to ride. The avalanche risk is high in 1000m cornice slopes and knolls. Slides would be triggered by failure of weak lines within the Feb 2nd layer. Caution is required even in slopes with thin deposit; surface slab avalanches can occur regardless the amount of snow on top. Peak gates (2 & 3) will be kept closed, others to be determined. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. One track left under the rope would lead many others to do the same and increase the chances of accidents to happen. Please respect the Niseko Rules. Beware of falling into cracks forming in various areas. Cracks are difficult to see from above. The snow in the trees is in excellent condition. Have you switched your beacon on? It is not mandatory to carry one, however is strongly recommended.

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Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 370cm
Base - 125cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 280cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 280cm
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 10:22am on Tuesday 3rd February 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Lifts disrupted this morning again because of pesky winds

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  2014/2015
*as of Tuesday 3rd February 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
3rd February 15cm 5cm 7cm
2nd February 10cm 2cm 0cm
1st February 15cm 20cm 0cm
31st January 0cm 10cm 0cm
30th January 3cm 10cm 10cm
29th January 10cm 20cm 0cm
28th January 3cm 20cm 3cm
Previous 7 days total 56cm 87cm 20cm
Previous 14 days total 88cm 146cm 83cm
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 40cm 178cm 316cm
March observed snowfall total - 113cm 164cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 32cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 2cm
Season observed snowfall total 846cm 1163cm 1493cm
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
257cm
[806cm]
40cm
[846cm]
-
[846cm]
-
[846cm]
-
[846cm]
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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