Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 24th February 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Tuesday 24th February 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
It's snowing. Yey!
wind condition
S 5m/s - NW 12m/s (Hirafu)
Limited
This report
Tuesday 24th February 2015, 8:31am
10cm
Monday 23rd February 2015, 8:35am 0cm
Sunday 22nd February 2015, 8:32am 0cm
Saturday 21st February 2015, 8:15am 0cm
Friday 20th February 2015, 8:32am 0cm
Thursday 19th February 2015, 8:31am 0cm
Wednesday 18th February 2015, 8:26am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 10cm
Last 14 reports (total): 95cm
Current month (February 2015) total: 161cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 967cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Tuesday 24th February 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Fresh snow!

I wouldn't usually get so excited around 10cm or so of snowfall that may not be quite classic Niseko quality, but with the lack of fresh over the last week it's just really great to see snow back with us... and hopefully will be the start of more to come. The folk lining up for first lifts tells me that others feel the same way.

It's snowing pretty good heavily now actually. Please continue!

The Report below mentioning 20cm of fresh over at Moiwa. :)

It's a bit colder too as you might expect this morning.

Come on snow, stay with us! If the forecast is correct it should be snowing through until tomorrow and then around Friday. Temperatures are remaining borderline mild, so fingers crossed things go the colder way. (It's the best way, easy).

For now though I imagine fresh tracks will very quickly be made this morning so get up there earlier if you want to try and get some.

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Wind played around with lifts yesterday but some got moving. The Annupuri Gondola stopped shortly after 10am but by mid morning Hirafu was open apart from the top Ace and King Number 4 lifts, with the Ace and King 3 moving at reduced speed. The Hanazono top lift also got started just before 11am.

Top lifts affected this morning again by wind, though less than yesterday. See below for details as at 8:30am.

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Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Top Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts on hold at the start of the day due to wind.

Niseko Hanazono:
All lifts look set to be operating as normal from the start this morning.

Niseko Village:
Top Wonderland Chair will be on hold

Niseko Annupuri:
Top Jumbo Number 4 lift on hold early on due to strong wind.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -4C, 10cm of new snowfall in last 12 hrs, wet broken crystals and hail. Moiwa 800m: SW5m/s, 20cm new snowfall and snowdrifts, -6C, bad visibility. Annupuri 1000m: snowpack 300cm. Hirafu 1000m: 10cm new snow, -6C. Annupuri peak 1308m: wind SW speed not avail, -8.3℃. Cape Benkei: WNW14m/s, Cape Kamui: WSW16m/s, pressure 1005hPa, wave 1.8m.

The powder came back! Strong SW wind and snowdrifts developing slowly above 800m. Knolls and steep slopes around 800m will easily fracture at Feb 21-22 layer. The depth is expected to be less than 30cm, however still dangerous. The snow in forest is good. All gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice and be prepared before riding out of bounds. Always be aware on knoll and cornice slopes, ride one by one. The valley bottoms are the path of potential large scale avalanches, dont stop in them. Yesterday over 8 people entered strictly off limits area Yu no sawa. A lot of people work hard to protect your right to ride out of bounds in Niseko. Please dont disrespect them, follow the rules and help keep Niseko free.

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Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 380cm
Base - 135cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 290cm
Base - 170cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 340cm
Base - 170cm

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Lifts open for night skiing (planned):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift

Niseko Hanazono Resort
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 8:31am on Tuesday 24th February 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Most lifts open some top lifts affected by wind early on

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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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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  2014/2015
*as of Tuesday 24th February 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
24th February 10cm 0cm 5cm
23rd February 0cm 2cm 10cm
22nd February 0cm 10cm 15cm
21st February 0cm 25cm 15cm
20th February 0cm 3cm 20cm
19th February 0cm 8cm 10cm
18th February 0cm 10cm 7cm
Previous 7 days total 10cm 58cm 82cm
Previous 14 days total 95cm 91cm 177cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 519cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total 257cm 461cm 443cm
February observed snowfall total 161cm 178cm 316cm
March observed snowfall total - 113cm 164cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 32cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 2cm
Season observed snowfall total 967cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 24th February 2015
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
257cm
[806cm]
161cm
[967cm]
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[967cm]
-
[967cm]
-
[967cm]
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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