Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 23rd February 2017

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:33am on Thursday 23rd February 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, fog
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
SW 3m/s - S 5m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Fair to poor
This report
Thursday 23rd February 2017, 8:33am
1cm
Wednesday 22nd February 2017, 8:22am 1cm
Tuesday 21st February 2017, 8:34am 3cm
Monday 20th February 2017, 8:15am 15cm
Sunday 19th February 2017, 8:38am 16cm
Saturday 18th February 2017, 8:32am 8cm
Friday 17th February 2017, 8:31am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 44cm
Last 14 reports (total): 52cm
Current month (February 2017) total: 107cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 552cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:33am on Thursday 23rd February 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning everyone.

Just a little bit of snow to report from later on in the day yesterday... not much more than a dusting really, but I will be on the generous side and give the report a 1cm. Whoo-hoo!

Yes, while today is milder from the start, it is going to get colder later on with snow forecast into tomorrow and hopefully over the weekend too.

For the moment it is cloudy and fog is covering the upper areas too with poor visibility halting the top Annupuri and Hanazono lifts, wind also being mentioned by Hanazono. Doesn't feel windy down here at base though.

I have observed 107cm of snowfall here at base in February so far - we need a lot of snow over the next 6 days to catch up with February in previous recent seasons. More on that below and on the 'Snowfall Analysis' page.

Come on, let's finish the month in style please!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -2℃, some sprinkles. Moiwa800m: -3.9℃, E2.5m/s, light sprinkles. Annupuri1150m: -6℃, W2m/s, sprinkles. Hirafu1250m: -8℃, S10m/s, sprinkles. Kamui cape lighthouse: ENE3m/s, 1005hPa, 1.1m waves.

Being in between two high pressure systems, the wind stays low and not much snowfall. Thick fog and low visibility above 800m elevation. Looking at the snowfall transition and observations, the snowpack is stable and the avalanche risk is low.

More than 1000 people went out the gates, but no accidents or lost people were reported. We are grateful that people are acting with common sense. All gates are expected to open today, please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. Please refrain from entering strictly off-limits areas to seek fresh snow. One track left under the rope would lead many others to do the same and increase the chances of accidents to happen. There are strict rules regarding out of bounds riding in Niseko. Today’s freedom to step out of bounds rely on those Rules, please respect them.

Yesterday’s tracks are still present. Beware of falling & crashing. The light is flat. Today’s surface layer will turn into a hoar layer in the future snowpack (Feb 23rd low-pressure system snowfall) and potentially become a notable weak layer. Beware of sudden weather changes. Have a safe day.

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Resort specific 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 wind and fog/poor visibility.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
The top Hanazono Number 3 lift is on hold at the start of the day due to wind and fog/poor visibility.

Niseko Village
The top Wonderland Chair lift is on hold at the start of the day.

Niseko Annupuri
The top Jumbo 4 lift is on hold at the start of the day due to poor visibility.

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Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 23rd February 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 310cm
Base - 120cm

Niseko Village
Top - 300cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 315cm
Base - 140cm

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Night skiing is planned until Monday 20th March 2017 at the Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village resort areas. There is no nighta in the Hanazono area.

Archive report: Posted at 8:33am on Thursday 23rd February 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Top lifts affected by weather conditions this morning

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 23rd February 2017
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 23rd February 2017
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)
  2016/2017
*as of Thursday 23rd February 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
23rd February 1cm 8cm 0cm
22nd February 1cm 6cm 0cm
21st February 3cm 10cm 0cm
20th February 15cm 4cm 0cm
19th February 16cm 1cm 0cm
18th February 8cm 8cm 0cm
17th February 0cm 38cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 44cm 75cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 52cm 107cm 95cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 181cm 244cm 519cm
January observed snowfall total 152cm 303cm 257cm
February observed snowfall total 107cm 266cm 196cm
March observed snowfall total - 109cm 139cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 3cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 552cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 23rd February 2017
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
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
152cm
[445cm]
107cm
[552cm]
-
[552cm]
-
[552cm]
-
[552cm]
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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