Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 15th February 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:21am on Sunday 15th February 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloudy, some blue sky
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Not snowing just now
wind condition
3-18m/s (Hirafu); up to 20m/s (Annupuri/Village)
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This report
Sunday 15th February 2015, 8:21am
15cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 100cm
Last 14 reports (total): 131cm
Current month (February 2015) total: 146cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 952cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:21am on Sunday 15th February 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Morning from Hirafu and this morning I have another 15cm of new snow to report here at base.

Unfortunately, the north westerly wind is again causing headaches with top lifts closed along with the Gondolas at Niseko Annupuri and Niseko Village. Seems the Ace Number 2 Center Four lift might be a bit late opening as well due to some checking or maintenance going on there. With a fair few good folk lined up waiting, hoping that gets moving quickly.

Snow showers possible on and off today and into tomorrow, though for the moment there's more and more blue sky appearing... it feels more like it will clear up than snow.

There are clearer conditions and a break from snowfall forecast during this coming week. Might get the sunshine and blue skies thing going on by Tuesday. Should be much calmer too.

Enjoy the day and I'll see you tomorrow.

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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 due to strong wind

Niseko Hanazono:
Top Hanazono Number 3 lift on hold early on due to strong wind

Niseko Village:
Niseko Gondola and top Wonderland lift on hold early on due to strong wind

Niseko Annupuri:
Annupuri Gondola and top Jumbo 4 lift on hold early on due to strong wind

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -5C, 15cm snowfall 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: NW8m/s, snowfall with 50cm snowdrift development. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 310cm. Hirafu 1000m: heavy wind with packed snow -10C. Peak 1308m: NNW18.6m/s, -11.5C. Benkei cape NNE 13m/s, Kamui cape N11m/s, 1009hPa, 2.4m waves.

Strong northerly wind with intermittent gusts is blowing in high altitude. Snowdrifts are slowly developing in all areas. The cornices are growing big and are unstable. The avalanche risk is high in all out of bounds areas; Moiwa bowl, Backbowl, Osawa and Higashi-One. Avalanche accidents are most likely to occur in leeward slopes with heavy snowdrifts deposit during storms.

Do not stimulate knolls, stay away from valley bottoms and ride down one by one. Peak gates will be kept closed. Do not duck ropes. One track left under a rope would lead many others to do the same and raise the chances of accidents to happen. Please respect the Niseko Rules. The snow in the treeruns is in excellent condition. The storm will settle down soon.

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Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 410cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 300cm
Base - 190cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 340cm
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 8:21am on Sunday 15th February 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open - wind affecting some lifts

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  2014/2015
*as of Sunday 15th February 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
15th February 15cm 3cm 25cm
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
Previous 7 days total 100cm 18cm 110cm
Previous 14 days total 131cm 82cm 162cm
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 146cm 178cm 316cm
March observed snowfall total - 113cm 164cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 32cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 2cm
Season observed snowfall total 952cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 15th February 2015
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]
146cm
[952cm]
-
[952cm]
-
[952cm]
-
[952cm]
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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