Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 14th February 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:43am on Saturday 14th February 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snowfall
wind condition
N 3-13m/s (Hirafu); 16-20m/s (Village)
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This report
Saturday 14th February 2015, 8:43am
15cm
Friday 13th February 2015, 8:31am 2cm
Thursday 12th February 2015, 9:07am 3cm
Wednesday 11th February 2015, 8:37am 45cm
Tuesday 10th February 2015, 8:29am 10cm
Monday 9th February 2015, 8:30am 10cm
Sunday 8th February 2015, 8:31am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 85cm
Last 14 reports (total): 131cm
Current month (February 2015) total: 131cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 937cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:43am on Saturday 14th February 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Morning, and I have another 15cm of snow to report from my place here in Hirafu, with up to 30cm being reported by the mountain folk.

It's a cold morning and chill factor will be an issue so be sure to get comfy before starting out. Not fun being up there and realising you're just too cold!

Windy conditions again this morning with top lifts not moving at the beginning of the day and with strong winds forecast for the day and tomorrow too, not sure if there's much hope that they'll get going at all.

What's this... some blue sky over there in the direction of Mt Yotei and the sun making it's way through the cloud just now. Nope, just gone back behind a cloud and just light snow falling now. I think it'll be more snow than sun today, the snow forecast to continue being over the region into tomorrow.

Should be another great morning and a busy and bustling Saturday night! Hope you enjoy it.

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Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Top Ace 4, King 4 and King 3 lifts on hold early on

Niseko Hanazono:
Top Hanazono Number 3 lift on hold early on

Niseko Village:
Niseko Gondola and top Wonderland lift on hold early on

Niseko Annupuri:
Annupuri Gondola and top Jumbo 4 lift on hold early on

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -6C, 20cm snowfall in 12 hours with development of snowdrifts. Moiwa 800m: N10m/s, -8C, 30cm snowfall with snowdrift development. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 300cm. Hirafu 1000m NE10m/s, -8C, snowdrift development. Peak 1308m: NNW18.5m/s, -10.3C. Coastal data: Benkei cape N14m/s, Kamui cape NNE9m/s, 1002hPa, 1.7m waves.

A moderate snowstorm is continuing in the winter weather pattern, 50cm soft slabs of new snowdrifts are accumulating in leeward slopes above 700m and is likely to slide from Feb 13th layer (40cm crown). The avalanche risk is high in leeward slopes, around cornices and knolls above 800m. Avoid those terrains, follow the ridge and drop into the trees from lower altitude. Better stay away from valley bottoms. Surface slab slides of 40cm crown and 100m running distance are to be highly expected in Moiwa bowl, Annupuri Osawa cornice zones, all Backbowl area and all Higashi-One area. Peak gates opening is yet to be decided, please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. All areas around Niseko are similarly hazardous, carefully plan your touring routes. The snow wind-affected, moderately packed, not to fast not too slow, tracks are overall reset and in good condition. Choose a harder wax for cold stormy days. Be safe!!

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Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 430cm
Base - 155cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 300cm
Base - 190cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 335cm
Base - 200cm

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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 8:43am on Saturday 14th February 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open but top lifts affected by wind early this morning

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2014/2015
*as of Saturday 14th February 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
14th February 15cm 10cm 20cm
13th February 2cm 0cm 0cm
12th February 3cm 5cm 10cm
11th February 45cm 0cm 10cm
10th February 10cm 0cm 10cm
9th February 10cm 0cm 35cm
8th February 0cm 5cm 20cm
Previous 7 days total 85cm 20cm 105cm
Previous 14 days total 131cm 99cm 137cm
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 131cm 178cm 316cm
March observed snowfall total - 113cm 164cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 32cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 2cm
Season observed snowfall total 937cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
257cm
[806cm]
131cm
[937cm]
-
[937cm]
-
[937cm]
-
[937cm]
2013/2014 season 0cm
[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]
  October November December January February March April May
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