Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 10th February 2013

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:06am on Sunday 10th February 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-9°C

Top temp:
-14°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
1-5m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Very good
This report
Sunday 10th February 2013, 9:06am
10cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 90cm
Last 14 reports (total): 110cm
Current month (February 2013) total: 97cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 1076cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:06am on Sunday 10th February 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

So yesterday was the first day of the long weekend and it was busy. Lots and lots of people. Only to be expected though. I was in last night with a bit of a cold but I have heard that it was a particularly lively night out in Hirafu. Hopefully you remembered to book a table at your fave restaurant well in advance!

Anyway, yes, the excellent snow conditions made up for the crowds (maybe). But it was really great yesterday.

This morning we have up to 10cm of new snow to report and it is a cold start to the day. -9 degrees now with a low up top of -14 being reported by Niseko Grand Hirafu as of just after 7:30am. Overnight temperatures were down to minus sixteen.

There's not much of a wind either and so lifts on the mountain are all planned to be running as normal.

An overcast kind of look of things over towards Mt Yotei, but we have blue skies over the Niseko mountains with just a few white fluffy clouds hanging around. The sun is shining down. It will be another good day. Perhaps some snow showers later on and into tomorrow morning, but nothing major is forecast for the moment.

Happy Chinese New Year!

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Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 450cm
Bottom - 200cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 360cm
Bottom - 220cm

Niseko Village
Top - 385cm
Bottom - 215cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -12C, 15cm of crystal snow in the past 12 hours and calm morning. Moiwa 800m: W3m/s, no development of snowdrifts, clear sky and -15C. Annupuri peak: SW1.1m/s, -16.4C. Coastal data: SW2m/s, 0.8m waves and 1014hPa.

The atmospheric pressure isobars are spaced out and the weather is calm. There are no notable developments of snowdrifts, the snowpack is stable and the general avalanche risk is low. Peak gates are scheduled to open at 10am.

Although the snowpack is mostly stable, possibilities of surface slab avalanches (from Feb 7th low-pressure snowfall layer) are still to be considered in leeward slopes of Kozannosawa (Backbowl), Osawa, Mikaeri bowl and Higashione. A 120cm slab slide has been observed yesterday. Better not stimulate knolls and upper areas of open steep slopes. Do not traverse under cornices; if an avalanche is triggered, it might kill everyone skiing at the bottom. Always avoid the valley bottoms when skiing out of the valleys and do not stop until you reach a safe zone. Surface slab avalanches runs down and along the valley bottom at high speed (>100km/h).

Always keep in mind that skiing out of bounds involves great dangers. Ask the ski patrol's advice and be well prepared before stepping out of the gates. Beware of cracks, as they are difficult to see from above.

Have a nice day.

Archive report: Posted at 9:06am on Sunday 10th 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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December observed snowfall total 418cm - -
January observed snowfall total 443cm - -
February observed snowfall total 97cm - -
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