Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 22nd February 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:42am on Monday 22nd February 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy but bright, even a bit of blue here and there
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None currently
wind condition
W 5m/s - NW 11m/s (Hirafu)
Good
This report
Monday 22nd February 2016, 8:42am
6cm
Sunday 21st February 2016, 8:32am 10cm
Saturday 20th February 2016, 8:30am 4cm
Friday 19th February 2016, 8:27am 1cm
Thursday 18th February 2016, 8:32am 8cm
Wednesday 17th February 2016, 8:31am 38cm
Tuesday 16th February 2016, 8:31am 15cm
Last 7 reports (total): 82cm
Last 14 reports (total): 99cm
Current month (February 2016) total: 203cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 814cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:42am on Monday 22nd February 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko and it feels nice and cold this morning.

There's 6cm of snow outside my place this morning and so I would expect 10+cm out on the mountain this morning. Just cloudy at the moment and quite bright. Not much in terms of snow is expected today but it should be back tonight giving me more to report tomorrow morning.

Unfortunately, wind is once again going to be an issue today. There were strong winds overnight and as we start the day top lifts are on hold at Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri - current status at the time of writing added below. Those of you who have followed my reports over the last few years will know just how much the winds annoy me... they affect top lifts on too many days in a season. (Not that I have a solution for a way round the problem...!)

Regular snowfall is still lined up on the current 6-day forecast and it looks like temperatures should be dropping further again come mid-week.

So if you are going to be here in Niseko this coming week, be prepared for snowy and cold conditions!

Have fun; do take care out there.

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Resort specific lift opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
The top Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts are on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Currently the Number 1 lift is open but operating at reduced speed.

Niseko Village
The top Wonderland Chair lift is on hold at the start of the day due to strong wind. Gondola currently open but moving slowly.

Niseko Annupuri
The Annupuri Gondola, Jumbo Number 3 and Jumbo Number 4 lifts are on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -6℃, 10cm snowfall. Moiwa 838m: -10.4℃, N4.7m/s, 20cm snowfall with snowdrifts development. Benkei cape: NNW15m/s, Kamui cape: W12m/s, 1025hPa, wave height unknown. Hirafu peak ridge 1250m: -13℃, NE15m/s with development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: -12℃, NW15m/s with snowdrift development.

Intermittent snowfall under the winter pressure chart. Snow amount is small, however newly formed 40-50cm snowdrifts are developing in leeward knolls and under ridgelines above 800m elevation. Looking at observation and weather data, the snowdrifts are developing as we speak and are very unstable, easily collapsing from Feb 22nd layer with riding stimulation. Avalanche hazard level is high. Peak gates closure is undecided, please respect the patrol’s instructions. Bumpy Feb 21st layer is hiding shallow under the new snowpack, be careful not to fall and ride in controllable speed. Various hazards are lurking in the mountains. Better not overestimate your knowledge, experience, equipment and skills; always stay humble and prudent. Marginal conditions today, we strongly hope for everyone to stay safe out there.

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Official resort snow depths as of Monday 22nd February 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 350cm
Base - 145cm

Niseko Village
Top - 340cm
Base - 170cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 350cm
Base - 170cm

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Lifts planned to be open for night skiing:

Nighta will be open every day until Monday 21st March 2016

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift
(There is no night skiing at the Hanazono area)

Niseko Village:
Community Chair and Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri:
Jumbo Number 1 Quad

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Archive report: Posted at 8:42am on Monday 22nd February 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Many top lifts affected by wind early on - see main report

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  2015/2016
*as of Monday 22nd February 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
22nd February 6cm 0cm 10cm
21st February 10cm 0cm 25cm
20th February 4cm 0cm 3cm
19th February 1cm 0cm 8cm
18th February 8cm 0cm 10cm
17th February 38cm 0cm 5cm
16th February 15cm 5cm 10cm
Previous 7 days total 82cm 5cm 71cm
Previous 14 days total 99cm 105cm 89cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 244cm 519cm 275cm
January observed snowfall total 303cm 257cm 461cm
February observed snowfall total 203cm 196cm 178cm
March observed snowfall total - 139cm 113cm
April observed snowfall total - 3cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 814cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 22nd February 2016
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
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2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
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2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
303cm
[611cm]
203cm
[814cm]
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[814cm]
-
[814cm]
-
[814cm]
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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