Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 8th February 2013

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:23am on Friday 8th February 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy, some blue sky
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
-
wind condition
Base 3m/s; Top 4m/s (Hirafu)
Good
This report
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
Saturday 2nd February 2013, 8:43am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 52cm
Last 14 reports (total): 115cm
Current month (February 2013) total: 52cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 1031cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:23am on Friday 8th February 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Around 20cm of fresh snowfall to report this morning from Niseko. The Avalanche Report below is reporting up to 40cm in places I see.

It's not as windy as well today and while there's a moderate wind here at base, it seems that all the lifts on the mountain are going to be open as scheduled. The only exception I can see right now is the top Hanazono lift which is operating at reduced speed.

With the fresh snowfall, it has probably been a rush to get on the first lifts to access that new snow. Unfortunately, I'm sat here writing this report - but I'm happy for the people up there now!

It has been a cloudy start to the day but actually now the sun is out and there is an increasing amount of blue sky up there. It may well not last though as the forecasts have snow and windier conditions lined up for later on in the day, so it looks like things might change fairly quickly. Another reason to get on those early lifts.

A fairly calm day tomorrow with cloud and snow showers on the current forecast.

We have a three day weekend coming up as Monday is a holiday in Japan. Sunday is also the Chinese New Year and so with lots of visitors celebrating that event, Niseko is heading into possibly the busiest week of the season. Expect some crowds!

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Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 425cm
Bottom - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 355cm
Bottom - 220cm

Niseko Village
Top - 370cm
Bottom - 210cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -5C, 20cm of broken particles snow, mild wind with moderate development of snowdrifts. Moiwa 800m: NE5m/s, 30cm snowfall and the snowdrifts are unstable. Annupuri peak: SSW5.9m/s, -11.6C. Coastal data: SSE5m/s, 1.3m waves and 993hPa.

Feb 7-8th low-pressure snowfall has left 40cm of snow (mixed graupels) in 800m slopes. Wind affected (20m/s) snowdrifts has developed in leeward slopes and formed unstable slabs. The avalanche risk is high in 800-1100m leeward slopes in the Backbowl & Osawa SE facing slopes and Higashione. Loose snow avalanche are also likely to occur in steep slopes in the trees or under lift lines. Gates 2 & 3 will be closed and other gates still to be determined. Another storm is forecasted to pick up again before noon.

In Niseko, where so many people ski/ride the out of bounds area, one avalanche triggered in the upper section will easily burry a number of people at the bottom. We have no choice but to be conservative in the gates opening. The habit of traversing across the whole Backbowl just to access a short steep section of the west-face or Mikaeri must stop. Guides/leaders must stop taking guests & beginners to this route and showing a bad example. Leading a group across a slope just under cornices is pure foolishness and terrible manner. The freedom to ski/ride the out of bounds area in Niseko is only sustainable by having people accepting and respecting the Niseko Rules.

Beware!! Most accidents occur during and just after storms.

Archive report: Posted at 9:23am on Friday 8th 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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