Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 16th February 2013

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:02am on Saturday 16th February 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
Moderate to strong wind on mountain
Very poor
This report
Saturday 16th February 2013, 9:02am
10cm
Friday 15th February 2013, 9:10am 25cm
Thursday 14th February 2013, 8:23am 20cm
Wednesday 13th February 2013, 9:20am 0cm
Tuesday 12th February 2013, 8:44am 10cm
Monday 11th February 2013, 9:01am 10cm
Sunday 10th February 2013, 9:06am 10cm
Last 7 reports (total): 85cm
Last 14 reports (total): 172cm
Current month (February 2013) total: 172cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 1151cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:02am on Saturday 16th February 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Another 10cm or so of fresh snow to report from Niseko this morning, more in places. Looking out of my window here, looks like a complete white-out situation.

Can't see a thing! Webcams are all showing very poor visibility this morning as well, so got to watch out where you're going.

Windy on the mountain as well this morning. Niseko Annupuri is reporting wind speeds of up to 18m/s, Niseko Village up to 14m/s. Niseko Grand Hirafu wind speeds of between 5m/s on lower areas and 10m/s at the top. Guess what I'm going to say next? ;)

Yes, the wind is affecting some lifts. It's not actually too bad here in the village area, but here's a rundown of how things look on the mountain at 9am:

Niseko Annupuri:
Jumbo Number 1, Family, Jumbo Number 2 operating. Annupuri Gondola, Jumbo 3 and Jumbo 4 top lifts not moving due to wind and poor visibility.

Niseko Village:
The lower Banzai, Community and Morino Chairs are moving. Niseko Gondola and top Wonderland Chair not moving.

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Top lifts not moving (Ace 4, Ace 3, King 3, King 4, Swinging Monkey). Ace Number 2 Center Four operating at reduced speed.

Niseko Hanazono:
Top lift not moving, the other two at reduced speed.

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Snow on and off over the next few days, though tomorrow should hopefully be somewhat calmer conditions.

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Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 480cm
Bottom - 230cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 370cm
Bottom - 240cm

Niseko Village
Top - 400cm
Bottom - 230cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -12C, 20cm of broken & crystal snow. Moiwa 800m: -13C, strong westerly wind with snow, developing snowdrifts. Annupuri peak: NW10.8m/s, -15.3C. Coastal data: NW16m/s, 2m waves and 1007hPa.

The wind and snowfall has picked up during the night due to winter pressure pattern and snowdrifts have been developing drastically. The avalanche risk is high and rising. Potential sliding scale up to 60cm thickness in 800m SE facing knolls; the developing slabs are extremely unstable and could collapse/slide with the slightest stimulation. Potential trigger layer is Feb 15th’s facets layer. The avalanche hazard level depends on how the snow fell, not how much it snowed. No matter what layers are present; the avalanche risk will be high in leeward steep slopes in a stormy day.

The snow in the trees is heavy but good. Visibility is bad. Beware of loosing track or falling into cracks. Peak gates will be closed. Others to be determined; please respect the ski patrol’s decision. Still plenty of powder left in and around the courses. Do not duck ropes to seek fresh lines. Have a safe day. The snow condition is constantly changing every day.

Archive report: Posted at 9:02am on Saturday 16th 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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