Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 4th February 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:50am on Wednesday 4th February 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud, clearer skies expected
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow due to ease off
wind condition
NW4m/s - N8m/s (Hirafu)
Decent
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This report
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
Saturday 31st January 2015, 8:32am 0cm
Friday 30th January 2015, 8:22am 3cm
Thursday 29th January 2015, 8:15am 10cm
Last 7 reports (total): 56cm
Last 14 reports (total): 76cm
Current month (February 2015) total: 43cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 849cm

Archive report: Posted at 7:50am on Wednesday 4th February 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Morning from Hirafu.

Just a fairly thin layer of snow since yesterday - that early snowfall didn't really end up amounting to much in the end. Likely more higher up than down here of course. Light snowfall has been easing off this morning with clearer conditions now expected during the day today. So we might get some sunshine and clear skies today and tomorrow as well. Temperatures will hopefully remain in negative numbers. Looks like the wind isn't going to be a problem and there should be a calmer feel to proceedings over the next few days.

That should be nice, but what about the snow?

Well, look towards later in the day on Saturday for the start of what might potentially be a very decent snowfall coming out way.

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Anyone see the piece that NHK TV did last night after the 7pm news about the increase in popularity of backcountry in Japan? I didn’t know that it was going to be - would have mentioned in advance if I had, so sorry about that.

With more people going out of bounds – and sadly in many cases without the knowledge and equipment needed to be safe - there has been an increase in unfortunate accidents, and even fatalities this season down in Nagano and Niigata.

As well as giving some background to the situation and appeal of backcountry, they mentioned the Niseko Rules and gate system as a success story in avoiding fatalities since it started. They also showed Shinya-san up there at 5am in the morning checking on the snow and safety situation, making the decisions about gate openings, and him and his colleagues out there taking the time to communicate with folk venturing out of the gates. Otsukaresama deshita to all involved.

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Resort specific news as of 8:30am - 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.
'Early Morning Gondola' on Saturday (7th) and Sunday (8th) for 1300 yen, 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, light snowfall in the past 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: NNW10m/s, 5cm snowfall with 40cm snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: N10m/s, -12C, large development of snowdrifts. Hirafu ridge: strong northerly wind, -13C, light development of snowdrifts. Coastal data: Benkei cape NE10m/s, Kamui cape E4m/s, 1022hPa, 1.3m waves.

Intermittent northerly gusts continue above 800m. Cornices and snowdrifts are growing large in western areas above 800m. According to observation and snowfall transition, the snowpack is stabilizing, however avalanches are still likely to occur in heavy snowdrift loaded slopes such as 900m Osawa cornice slopes, Kozan no sawa (Backbowl). DO NOT traverse under cornices, it will trigger a slide. Hard-slabs slides triggered by collapsing crust layer are also to be expected in Higashi-One cornice slopes. A thin slide can easily carry a person all the way down to the bottom of the valley. Peak gates 2 & 3 are scheduled to open. Listen to the ski patrol’s instruction before stepping out of the gates. Avalanches are natural occurrences, they only become an accident when a human being is involved in it. Better not underestimate the consequences, always think safety first. Niseko respects the freedom to ride the out of bounds area, however is also deeply concerned about all users’ safety. The snow in the tree is mostly reset and in good condition. Have a nice day.

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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 7:50am on Wednesday 4th February 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts look set to open as normal this morning

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  2014/2015
*as of Wednesday 4th February 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
4th February 3cm 10cm 5cm
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
Previous 7 days total 56cm 77cm 22cm
Previous 14 days total 76cm 151cm 85cm
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 43cm 178cm 316cm
March observed snowfall total - 113cm 164cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 32cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 2cm
Season observed snowfall total 849cm 1163cm 1493cm
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30cm
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519cm
[549cm]
257cm
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43cm
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[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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