Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 13th February 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:15am on Thursday 13th February 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy, some blue sky
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Not snowing
wind condition
2-6m/s N (Hirafu)
Very good
This report
Thursday 13th February 2014, 8:15am
0cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 25cm
Last 14 reports (total): 99cm
Current month (February 2014) total: 89cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 948cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:15am on Thursday 13th February 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

More sun and blue skies yesterday in the area. Lovely weather. I'm guessing lots of people don't come here for the sun though... ;)

No new cm of snowfall to report (just a very very slight dusting) as the mostly dry spell continues. It's about -5 degrees now, so not quite as cold as it has been this morning. It was more overcast earlier on when I got up but more blue sky has been appearing since and the sun peeking through in places. The forecasts tell us that there's a chance of some light snow showers later on and perhaps overnight too, though I wouldn't get too excited about it.

The weekend looks like it might be a bit more promising in terms of snow, so we'll keep an eye on that.

Interestingly, I have been hearing some stories of fresh snow and better conditions over in some other places to the north east of Niseko between here and Sapporo over the last few days - like Kiroro and Teine. Check out some of the threads on our SnowJapanForums for some first hand reports.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -8C, no new snow in the last 12hrs. Moiwa 800m: Wind N10m/s, 40cm snow drift development without new snowfall. Annupuri 1150m: wind N10m/s, no new snow, minor snowdrift development. Hirafu 1000m: -12C, no new snow. Annupuri peak 1308m: -13.9C, wind N14m/s. Cape Benkei: N7m/s, Cape Kamui: NNE3m/s, wave 0.5m, pressure 1023hPa.

A winter weather pattern is expected to move into the area with increasing northerly winds.

Although there is no new snow there has been some snowdrift growth due to wind driven snow and cornices are unstable and easy to collapse. They can collapse anytime regardless of snowfall if the conditions are right. It only becomes an accident if people are involved. Peak gates are expected to open this morning.

Please listen to the patrols advice even if you are just riding on the other side of the ropes. The general avalnche risk is low, however there is chance of
shallow surface avalanche on steep slopes above 1000m. Although small, these could lead to a more serious accident such as crashing you into a tree.

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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 - 310cm
Base - 210cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:15am on Thursday 13th February 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open

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2012/2013
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2011/2012
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12th February 5cm 10cm -
11th February 0cm 10cm -
10th February 0cm 10cm -
9th February 0cm 35cm -
8th February 5cm 20cm -
7th February 15cm 0cm -
Previous 7 days total 25cm 85cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 99cm 117cm 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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275cm
[398cm]
461cm
[859cm]
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2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
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