Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 24th February 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Saturday 24th February 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy wish...
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
...very light snow just now
wind condition
0 - NE 2m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Fair-limited
This report
Saturday 24th February 2018, 8:30am
2cm
Friday 23rd February 2018, 8:30am 17cm
Thursday 22nd February 2018, 8:06am 5cm
Wednesday 21st February 2018, 8:31am 13cm
Tuesday 20th February 2018, 8:01am 14cm
Monday 19th February 2018, 8:14am 16cm
Sunday 18th February 2018, 8:31am 17cm
Last 7 reports (total): 84cm
Last 14 reports (total): 223cm
Current month (February 2018) total: 261cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 1160cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Saturday 24th February 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

Just a little fresh snow to report this morning though I expect you'll see differences due to the strong winds overnight blowing it all about (example, check out the Avalanche report saying there's 40cm of wind blown snow over at Moiwa). Take care out there especially as that wind will have gone some way to sculpting the mountain to a new shape!

Less wind this morning and lifts appear to be moving as planned at the start of the day.

It is snowing lightly at the moment though it is fairly bright and visibility looks pretty decent.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 5.00am: -5°, no new snow. Moiwa 800m: -11°, NW7.1m/s, cornice and snowdrift development until early morning, 40cm wind blown snow. Annupuri 1150m: -11°, W11m/s, trace new snow, snowdrift development. Hirafu 1250m: -11°, NW15m/s, trace new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NW11m/s. Kamui Cape: W11m/s, 1019hPa, wave 2.8m.

A strong southerly wind picked up with the passing of a low pressure system, then from midnight till dawn a strong north westerly blew bring snowdrift and cornice development through wind blown snow. Avalanche risk on leeward slopes above 800m is high this morning. Although the amount of new snow is small, snowdrifts from the low pressure snowfall are easily collapsing. On slopes where new snowdrift growth has occurred be careful of shallow surface avalanches. From tests, fracture face is 23rd Feb low pressure layer. Cornices are fracturing with very little stimulation, keep well back from the edge.

All peak gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice. Prepare before going out of bounds. The mountain has been savaged by the wind and in rough condition. Be careful riding. Do not cut under cornices and knolls. Today’s snowdrifts will easily fracture. Beacons switched on? Got your probe and shovel?

Moiwa Quad lift is still broken but expected to be running by tomorrow. Gate 6 will be closed and there is no access from ski area to Mikaeri/Goshiki area. A change in atmospheric pressure can be violent and the change in weather quick. Beware of strong winds and frostbite above the tree line. Visibility is poor. Take care. Being aware can prevent most accidents. Have a good day.

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Saturday 24th February 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts (apart from King Number 2) should be operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 505cm
- Base: 245cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 410cm
- Base: 260cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts (apart from the Country Road Chair lift) should be operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 410cm
- Base: 280cm

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Floodlit 'nighta' skiing:

Night skiing is planned for every evening at the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO area. Ski lifts that are scheduled to be operating for nighta are noted below (subject to change):

* Niseko Grand Hirafu - Ace Family quad, Ace Number 2 quad, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 pair
* Niseko Annupuri - Jumbo Number 1 quad lift
* Niseko Village - Village Express, Upper Village Gondola, Community Chair

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Saturday 24th February 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All open

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  2017/2018
*as of Saturday 24th February 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
24th February 2cm 13cm 7cm
23rd February 17cm 1cm 8cm
22nd February 5cm 1cm 6cm
21st February 13cm 3cm 10cm
20th February 14cm 15cm 4cm
19th February 16cm 16cm 1cm
18th February 17cm 8cm 8cm
Previous 7 days total 84cm 57cm 44cm
Previous 14 days total 223cm 65cm 101cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 406cm 181cm 244cm
January observed snowfall total 305cm 152cm 303cm
February observed snowfall total 261cm 160cm 266cm
March observed snowfall total - 83cm 109cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 1160cm 688cm 992cm
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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 - 188cm
[188cm]
406cm
[594cm]
305cm
[899cm]
261cm
[1160cm]
- - -
2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
152cm
[445cm]
160cm
[605cm]
83cm
[688cm]
0cm
[688cm]
0cm
[688cm]
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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