Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 16th February 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Friday 16th February 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow (as I post report)
wind condition
NW 2m/s - NW 13m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Varied
This report
Friday 16th February 2018, 8:30am
17cm
Thursday 15th February 2018, 8:31am 26cm
Wednesday 14th February 2018, 8:31am 26cm
Tuesday 13th February 2018, 8:06am 32cm
Monday 12th February 2018, 8:31am 14cm
Sunday 11th February 2018, 8:31am 3cm
Saturday 10th February 2018, 8:31am 3cm
Last 7 reports (total): 121cm
Last 14 reports (total): 143cm
Current month (February 2018) total: 156cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 1055cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Friday 16th February 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Wan-wan!

Happy Chinese New Year!

And to celebrate, how about lots of fresh new snowfall once again. I have 17cm to add to my observed snowfall here at base, with most of that coming from yesterday. Check out the Avalanche report below; their numbers are 30-40cm of fresh at higher elevations. In short - lots more fresh snow since yesterday.

It was snowing still when I got up earlier, but as I started writing this report there was actually some sunshine coming through my window and the snow had eased off. Since then and as I get to post the report, the sun is back in hiding and there is some very light snow falling. There's a bit of wind blowing the flags I can see across the road and it looks like the top lift at Annupuri is going to be on hold. Latest info on lifts as I post the report below...

The forecast remains good for continued snowy conditions over the coming week. Look out for some potential heavy snow and winds tomorrow.

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I was just looking at the numbers from previous seasons (below).

Last season I observed 160cm of snowfall during the full month of February. With todays haul, my number for this month in the first 16 days is close to that at 156cm. Still a ways to go before reaching the 266cm I observed in February 2016. Let's see if we can 'beat' that. If the forecasts are right, I think we might.

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This weekend the busiest weekend of the season? It may well be. Have you booked a restaurant yet? If not, be sure to get to the convenience store quickly before it sells out! ;)

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -7℃, 40cm snowfall in the last 24 hours. Moiwa 800m: -10.2℃, NW19,6m/s at 4am, 30cm snowfall with snowdrift/cornice development. Annupuri 1150m: -13℃, stormy condition, bad visibility, 350cm snowpack at 1000m elevation. Hirafu 1250m: -13℃, strong NW wind, 30cm snowfall with heavy snowdrift development. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW14m/s, Kamui cape NW11m/s, 1011hPa, 2.2m waves.

Storm continues and the growing cornices/snowdrifts are very unstable. The avalanche risk in Mikaeri Bowl, Back bowl, Osawa and far side Higashi-One is very high and will remain high all day even if the wind calms down. Peak gates will be closed. Do not duck ropes to access fresh tracks.

The conditions in the trees is awesome, however better stick on ridge terrain to ride down and stay away from gullies and slopes with cornices above. Choose your route wisely today. Ride one by one and do not stay put at the bottom of the valleys. Stay within controllable speed and watch out for cracks. Better not stimulate cornices and knoll terrains.

Is your avalanche beacon switched on? Are you wearing a helmet? Although not mandatory, it is highly recommended to wear those safety equipment. A strong north westerly wind is persisting above 1000m elevation. Don’t push is too far and have a great day.

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Friday 16th February 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts (apart from King Number 2) should be operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 490cm
- Base: 245cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating
- The top Jumbo Number 4 lift is on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds

Official snow depth:
- Top: 380cm
- Base: 250cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts (apart from the Country Road Chair lift) should be operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 380cm
- Base: 270cm

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Floodlit 'nighta' skiing:

Night skiing is planned for every evening at the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO area. Ski lifts that are scheduled to be operating for nighta are noted below (subject to change):

* Niseko Grand Hirafu - Ace Family quad, Ace Number 2 quad, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 pair
* Niseko Annupuri - Jumbo Number 1 quad lift
* Niseko Village - Village Express, Upper Village Gondola, Community Chair

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Friday 16th February 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Resort areas should be opening as normal - see above

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 16th February 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 16th February 2018
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 16th February 2018
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2017/2018
*as of Friday 16th February 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
16th February 17cm 4cm 15cm
15th February 26cm 2cm 4cm
14th February 26cm 1cm 0cm
13th February 32cm 1cm 0cm
12th February 14cm 0cm 0cm
11th February 3cm 0cm 0cm
10th February 3cm 0cm 13cm
Previous 7 days total 121cm 8cm 32cm
Previous 14 days total 143cm 29cm 111cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 406cm 181cm 244cm
January observed snowfall total 305cm 152cm 303cm
February observed snowfall total 156cm 160cm 266cm
March observed snowfall total - 83cm 109cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 1055cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 16th February 2018
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded 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
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - 188cm
[188cm]
406cm
[594cm]
305cm
[899cm]
156cm
[1055cm]
- - -
2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
152cm
[445cm]
160cm
[605cm]
83cm
[688cm]
0cm
[688cm]
0cm
[688cm]
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
303cm
[611cm]
266cm
[877cm]
109cm
[986cm]
6cm
[992cm]
0cm
[992cm]
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
257cm
[806cm]
196cm
[1002cm]
139cm
[1141cm]
3cm
[1144cm]
0cm
[1144cm]
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]
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