Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 12th February 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:57am on Wednesday 12th February 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Clear and sunny
Base temp:
-11°C

Top temp:
-14°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Not snowing
wind condition
2m/s W (Hirafu)
Excellent
This report
Wednesday 12th February 2014, 7:57am
5cm
Tuesday 11th February 2014, 8:26am 0cm
Monday 10th February 2014, 8:24am 0cm
Sunday 9th February 2014, 8:05am 0cm
Saturday 8th February 2014, 8:50am 5cm
Friday 7th February 2014, 8:33am 15cm
Thursday 6th February 2014, 8:56am 25cm
Last 7 reports (total): 50cm
Last 14 reports (total): 109cm
Current month (February 2014) total: 89cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 948cm

Archive report: Posted at 7:57am on Wednesday 12th February 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

I'm pleased to be able to report 5cm of fresh snow this morning. Even with the chance of there being a bit more than that higher up (though not at 1150m according to the Avalance Report this morning), it's not enough to refresh the mountain after the run of days we have had without any new snow - but it's definitely better than 0cm!

We have clear blue skies over the Niseko region, the sun is out, it's calm and it's keeping cold. Actually I am seeing that it apparently dipped down to minus 16 degrees overnight in Kutchan. Currently it is around -11 degrees.

There's not much else for me to report this morning.

Weekly forecast is still not looking like there's any major snow on the into next week. We might have to make do with smaller top-ups like the overnight one we got.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -10C, 5cm new snow crystals in the last 12hrs. Moiwa 800m: -13C, 5cm new snow, light winds. Annupuri 1150m: -12C, wind W7m/s, 5cm new snow. Annupuri peak 1308m: -14.2, SW0.3m/s Cape Benkei: SW3m/s, Cape Kamui: SW9m/s, wave 1.2m, pressure 1027hPa.

Isobars are spaced widely apart over Niseko and high pressure system is bringing calm weather at the sea and mountains. 5cm of light snow crystals fell overnight. There is high probability of shallow surface avalanches on steep south facing slopes, general avalanche risk is low though. Peak gates are expected to open this morning. Please listen to the patrols advice before passing through the gates.

Lately there has been increasing numbers of people ducking ropes and claiming no knowledge of Niseko Rules. Accommodation providers, guides, instructors and everybody involved in snow tourism have a duty to pass on the correct information about Niseko Rules. The rules are there to maintain a minimum safety level and protect our freedom to ride out of bounds. Beware there are many dangers on the mountain .

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Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 375cm
Base - 190cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 350cm
Base - 220cm

Annupuri:
Top - 305cm
Base - 220cm

Archive report: Posted at 7:57am on Wednesday 12th February 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas open

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  2013/2014
*as of Wednesday 12th February 2014
2012/2013
Season
2011/2012
Season
12th February 5cm 10cm -
11th February 0cm 10cm -
10th February 0cm 10cm -
9th February 0cm 35cm -
8th February 5cm 20cm -
7th February 15cm 0cm -
6th February 25cm 5cm -
Previous 7 days total 50cm 90cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 109cm 127cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 123cm 118cm -
December observed snowfall total 275cm 418cm -
January observed snowfall total 461cm 443cm -
February observed snowfall total 89cm 316cm -
March observed snowfall total - 164cm -
April observed snowfall total - 32cm -
May observed snowfall total - 2cm -
Season observed snowfall total 948cm 1493cm 0cm
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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
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2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
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2013/2014 season 0cm
[0cm]
123cm
[123cm]
275cm
[398cm]
461cm
[859cm]
89cm
[948cm]
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[948cm]
-
[948cm]
-
[948cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
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