Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 17th February 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Saturday 17th February 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Clouds
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow at time of writing
wind condition
N 2m/s - NW 10m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Varied
This report
Saturday 17th February 2018, 8:31am
21cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 139cm
Last 14 reports (total): 164cm
Current month (February 2018) total: 177cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 1076cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Saturday 17th February 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

More fresh snow this morning with 21cm measured and added to my reports.

Not bad... not bad.

(I'm just kidding - it's really great!)

But forgive me for refraining from my head overheating and exploding (or is that imploding?) due to overuse of cheesy over-the-top descriptions. It's kind of amusing in a weary kind of way, but I'll leave that kind of stuff for bar talk and marketing dudes.

Some heavier snow was falling earlier on this morning. That had eased a little while ago, but as of 8:20am it is snowing lightly again. Is that the sun breaking through some clouds again? Confusing!

Anyway, bottom line - lots of people around with exciting regular snowfall that is filling in tracks. All is good and I'm glad that Niseko is delivering for this very busy period. Hope some of you are out enjoying it.

:)

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You might notice that the official snow depth for the upper part of Niseko Grand Hirafu has now bust through the 5m mark. Let's comparing:

Niseko Grand Hirafu: 510cm
Niseko Village: 390cm
Niseko Annupuri: 390cm

Why the big difference some of you ask? Well, that's best asked of the people providing such numbers - ie. not me or SnowJapan.

In my humble opinion, official snow depth numbers are an interesting 'background number' looking at the season as a whole. A big base is of course great for a potentially long season: but it's always the amount of freshly fallen snow that is the much more important bit of info. You might notice that some resorts in Japan almost never change their official snow depth, over long periods when there are milder conditions and also fresh snowfall. Check out Kagura (in Yuzawa, Niigata) as a good example. That has to be one of the most unrealistically static bits of data out there!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -6℃, 15cm snowfall. Moiwa800m: -7.8℃, SE5.7m/s, 20cm snowfall, no snowdrift. Annupuri1150m: -9℃, SE10m/s, 20cm snowfall. Hirafu1250m: -10℃, SE15m/s, 10cm snowfall. Coastal data: Benkei cape S7m/s, Kamui cape SE2m/s, 998hPa, 0.6m waves.

Calm morning, with typical pre low-pressure snowfall since before dawn. Looking at the past 12 hours snowfall transition and test results, the snowdrifts that developed until yesterday are now mostly stable. The general avalanche risk is relatively low. Gates opening is yet to be decided. Please follow the patrol’s instructions.

Many uneven layers are still present in the snowdrifts that developed in the past 4 days. Avalanches from deeper layers caused by strong stimulations, such as falling cornices, are to be highly expected. Stay away from cornice slopes and gullies even if the gates open. Many of the past avalanche accidents occurred when skiing unstable wind-loaded steep slopes during and just after stormy conditions.

Today’s snow is quite better than yesterday’s. Avoid cornices and drop in from the ridges. Do not cut/traverse knolls. Stay alert as heavy low-pressure snowfall can cause loose snow avalanches in the forests. Beware of hidden cracks. The snowfall will pick up again as the low-pressure passes.

Have a nice day.

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Saturday 17th 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
- Top Ace, King Number 4 and Hanazono Number 3 lifts on hold at the start of the day due to weather conditions

Official snow depth:
- Top: 510cm
- Base: 250cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 390cm
- Base: 260cm

Niseko Village

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

Official snow depth:
- Top: 390cm
- Base: 280cm

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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 8:31am on Saturday 17th February 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts are open - check above for lift info at time of posting

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 17th February 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 17th February 2018
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 17th 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 Saturday 17th February 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
17th February 21cm 0cm 38cm
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
Previous 7 days total 139cm 8cm 57cm
Previous 14 days total 164cm 15cm 131cm
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 177cm 160cm 266cm
March observed snowfall total - 83cm 109cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 1076cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 17th 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]
177cm
[1076cm]
- - -
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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