Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 19th February 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:03am on Wednesday 19th February 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Mostly cloudy
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Not snowing
wind condition
5-13m/s (Hirafu)
Decent
This report
Wednesday 19th February 2014, 8:03am
8cm
Tuesday 18th February 2014, 8:01am 10cm
Monday 17th February 2014, 8:10am 5cm
Sunday 16th February 2014, 8:32am 10cm
Saturday 15th February 2014, 8:27am 3cm
Friday 14th February 2014, 8:12am 10cm
Thursday 13th February 2014, 8:15am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 46cm
Last 14 reports (total): 96cm
Current month (February 2014) total: 135cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 994cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:03am on Wednesday 19th February 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Just under 10cm of fresh snow this morning since yesterday here in the Hirafu area, though I notice the Avalanche report below is saying 40cm in places over at Annupuri due to snowdrift.

Strong winds have not been very friendly the last few days, causing some very large lift lines at some of the lifts on the mountain again. I'm afraid it looks like the top lifts at Hirafu (Ace 4, King 3, King 4) are going to be affected again this morning and I don't yet have any updates from the other resorts at the time of writing. Please check before going is the best advice. Hirafu is expecting the strong winds to remain until evening today so hopefully we can stop talking about wind tomorrow.

Expect a mad rush situation once those lifts and gates get to re-open!

It's mostly cloudy this morning but thinning with a bit of blue sky just about visible in some places. Snow showers probably won't be too far away though over the next few days.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -6C, 15cm of fresh snow with development of snowdrifts. Moiwa 800m: NNW16m/s, -9C, developing snowdrifts and poor visibility. Annupuri 1150m: gusty NNW20m/s, -11C, 40cm of new snow with snowdrift development. Hirafu 1000m: -10℃, 20cm of new snow with snowdrift development. Peak 1308m: N12.3m/s, -12.5℃. Coastal data: Benkei cape NNW11m/s, Kamui cape E4m/s, 3m waves, 1015hPa.

The isobars are starting to space out, but the wind remains strong above 800m. Cornices and snowdrifts are still developing. The snow in the trees is lighter nice blowers, however avalanche risk remains high in wind affected snowdrift/cornice slopes above 800m. Gate 2 & 3 will be kept closed. Other gates undecided. Please respect the ski patrol’s instructions and do not duck ropes to seek fresh tracks. One irresponsible track left under the rope will lead many others to do the same and increase the chances of accidents to occur.

Cracks are hidden under fresh snow, beware of falling into hidden-cracks. Falling headfirst can lead to suffocation or other critical situation. Be careful choosing your route. Do not traverse across slopes under cornices today. Ski/ride down the fall line. The storm will pick up again as the isobars narrow up again, beware of sudden weather changes.

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Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 375cm
Base - 175cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 360cm
Base - 215cm

Annupuri:
Top - 330cm
Base - 210cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:03am on Wednesday 19th February 2014
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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*as of Wednesday 19th February 2014
2012/2013
Season
2011/2012
Season
19th February 8cm 10cm -
18th February 10cm 7cm -
17th February 5cm 20cm -
16th February 10cm 10cm -
15th February 3cm 25cm -
14th February 10cm 20cm -
13th February 0cm 0cm -
Previous 7 days total 46cm 92cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 96cm 182cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 123cm 118cm -
December observed snowfall total 275cm 418cm -
January observed snowfall total 461cm 443cm -
February observed snowfall total 135cm 316cm -
March observed snowfall total - 164cm -
April observed snowfall total - 32cm -
May observed snowfall total - 2cm -
Season observed snowfall total 994cm 1493cm 0cm
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123cm
[123cm]
275cm
[398cm]
461cm
[859cm]
135cm
[994cm]
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[994cm]
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[994cm]
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[994cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
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