Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 18th February 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Sunday 18th February 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Moderate snowfall
wind condition
N 2m/s - NW 10m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Limited
This report
Sunday 18th February 2018, 8:31am
17cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 153cm
Last 14 reports (total): 181cm
Current month (February 2018) total: 194cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 1093cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Sunday 18th February 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning everyone.

This morning I have 17cm of fresh snowfall to add to the reports, though with strong winds blowing it all about I suspect that you'll easily be able to find examples of more or less in different places.

Sun lovers! I'm afraid there doesn't look like there is much potential for clear skies and sunshine over the coming week. The snow clouds are due to be with us right through the week with regular snow continuing to fall. While a bit of sun and clearer skies would be nice every now and again so we can all take something of a breather and enjoy some lovely scenery, I'm guessing that most people who choose Niseko are more than happy to just see fresh snow coming down to continually fill in tracks. Anyway you never know we might get some breaks.

Unfortunately it's still windy out there and at the start of the day the Niseko Gondola and Annupuri Gondola as well as some other top lifts are affected. See below for latest update just before 8:30am. Pesky wind. But still, there's lots of lovely fresh snow everywhere to enjoy at the moment, so we can cope.

I hope you enjoy your Sunday wherever you are.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -8℃, 15cm snowfall. Moiwa 800m: northerly 16m/s at 5am, 10m/s at 6am, -10.8℃, large development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: -13℃, NNW15m/s, difficult to groom due to large amount of snowdrifts. Hirafu1250m: -13℃, strong northerly gusts, 20cm snowfall with snowdrift development. Coastal data: Benkei cape N14m/s, Kamui cape NE10m/s, 1011hPa, 2.6m waves.

The winter pressure distribution has set in place, generating a strong northerly storm from last night to pre-dawn. The wind is settling down, however snowdrifts have developed drastically. Those new deposit of snow have reached 80cm in 12 hours in upper leeward slopes above 800m. The avalanche risk is high during the morning in Makeri bowl, Back bowl, Annupuri bowl and Higash-One. Potential trigger layer is Feb 17-18th low pressure snowfall.

Gates opening is unconfirmed; please respect the patrol’s decisions. The tree runs in leeward aspects are mostly reset, however better watch out as there are wind-blown spots and wind-loaded spots are mixed up. Accidents mostly occur during and just after storms. Ride one by one. Do not stimulate cornices and knolls. Do not stay put at the bottom of the valley as avalanches strike from above. Beware of cracks.

Helmets and beacons are not mandatory, however are highly recommended. Beacons may save not only your life but your buddy’s too. Have a nice day.

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Sunday 18th 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: 240cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating
- The Annupuri Gondola and top Jumbo Number 4 lifts are on hold at the start of the day due to wind conditions

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
- The Niseko Gondola is on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds

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 Sunday 18th February 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open though some lifts affected by wind at the start of the day.

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 18th February 2018
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 18th February 2018
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2017/2018
*as of Sunday 18th February 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
18th February 17cm 8cm 8cm
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
Previous 7 days total 153cm 16cm 65cm
Previous 14 days total 181cm 20cm 130cm
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 194cm 160cm 266cm
March observed snowfall total - 83cm 109cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 1093cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 18th 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]
194cm
[1093cm]
- - -
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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