Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 24th February 2017

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Friday 24th February 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
SE 4m/s - NW 8-15m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Limited
This report
Friday 24th February 2017, 8:31am
13cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 57cm
Last 14 reports (total): 65cm
Current month (February 2017) total: 120cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 565cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Friday 24th February 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from here in Hirafu.

A nice layer of snow this morning.

Yes, 13cm of it here at base and the report below is mentioning up to 25cm on mountain, so it should be a decent new layer to enjoy this morning. And I see a lot of activity out there with people eager to get up and enjoy it. I hope they didn't sacrifice their toast.

Pesky wind is causing problems for top lifts at the start of the day I'm afraid.

Anyway, (as always) take care out there and have fun. Looks like it will be just cloudy once this light snow stops sometime during the day today.

I would say the forecast is looking pretty good for some snowy conditions over the weekend (starting just cloudy in the morning tomorrow?) and it should be keeping cold too.

So here's to a good upcoming weekend!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base: -5℃, 15cm snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -8.1℃, W13.2m/s, 3am 23.2m/s, 20-25cm snowfall with large development of snowdrifts and cornices. Annupuri 1150m: -12℃, W29m/s, large snowdrift development. Hirafu 1250m: -12℃, strong westerly wind with large snowdrift development. Kamui cape lighthouse: NNW13m/s, 1002hPa, 3.7m waves.

A strong westerly wind is blowing towards the low-pressure system laying on the sea of Okhostsk. Snowdrifts and cornices are developing big. The snowdrifts have reached 100-150cm thickness in leeward areas around 800m elevation and are very prone to collapse with a slight stimulation. The general avalanche risk is high today. Predicted trigger layer is Feb 23rd’s low-pressure snowfall. All peak gates will be closed. The hazard level will remain high a while after the wind calms down.

This info is issued in hopes to prevent accidents and is not for reporting make any comments of any avalanches or accidents. Niseko have been through bitter experiences in the past and know that analyzing the cause of an accident after it happened would not help much about preventing further similar cases. There has been 8 fatalities in the decade between 1980 and 1990 in this small mountain.

Some good snow can be found in the tree runs. 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 strong winds. Looks like the Ace Number 2 Center quad might be a bit delayed opening too.

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 Niseko Gondola and top Wonderland Chair lift are on hold at the start of the day.

Niseko Annupuri
The Annupuri Gondola, Jumbo 3 and Jumbo 4 lifts are on hold at the start of the day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Friday 24th February 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 330cm
Base - 130cm

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 8:31am on Friday 24th February 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Top lifts affected by wind conditions this morning.

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  2016/2017
*as of Friday 24th February 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
24th February 13cm 7cm 10cm
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
Previous 7 days total 57cm 44cm 10cm
Previous 14 days total 65cm 101cm 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 120cm 266cm 196cm
March observed snowfall total - 109cm 139cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 3cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 565cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 24th February 2017
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 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
152cm
[445cm]
120cm
[565cm]
-
[565cm]
-
[565cm]
-
[565cm]
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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