Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 27th February 2015

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:45am on Friday 27th February 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, limited visibility higher
Base temp:
1°C

Top temp:
-4°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snowing
wind condition
S 3m/s (Hirafu)
Limited
This report
Friday 27th February 2015, 8:45am
5cm
Thursday 26th February 2015, 8:31am 10cm
Wednesday 25th February 2015, 8:32am 10cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 35cm
Last 14 reports (total): 70cm
Current month (February 2015) total: 186cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 992cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:45am on Friday 27th February 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Hello and good morning from Hirafu. Just another small amount of fresh snow this morning, around 5cm outside my place. It feels a bit warmer too and the snow quality is reflected by that - bit wet.

Looking at the report below there's a fairly decent amount to be found higher up so head up there for the goods.

Stronger winds likely later in the day and temperatures drop. It looks like even at 8:45am as I am about to post this, the top lifts at Annupuri, Village and Grand Hirafu are stopped because of the wind.

Anyway, hopefully I will have more snow to report tomorrow morning for you.

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If you take a look down this page at that pretty little table of statistics, you'll see that this season so far we are on 992cm of observed snowfall, compared with 1037cm last season at the end of February. The numbers aren't all in yet of course but early in the month I'll take a more in depth look at those.

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Resort specific news as of 8:45am - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Top King Number 4 and Ace Number 4 lifts on hold.

Niseko Hanazono:
Looks set to be open as planned.

Niseko Village:
Top Wonderland lift on hold.

Niseko Annupuri:
Top Jumbo Number 4 lift on hold.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: +1C, 20cm of wet snow in last 12 hrs. Moiwa 800m: SW10m/s, 30-40cm of new snow and snowdrift development, -4C. Annupuri 1150m: SW15m/s, 20cm new snowfall, snowdrift development, -7C. Hirafu 1000m: SW15m/s, blizzard conditions, snowdrift development -6C. Annupuri peak 1150m: wind SW speed not avail, -6.0℃. Cape Benkei: SW3m/s, Cape Kamui: SSW12m/s, pressure 997hPa, wave 0.7m.

Low pressure system has brought warm air into the region with heavy falls of wet snow. From observation, snowdrifts above 1000m are unstable, Osawa, Kozan no sawa, Mikaeri Bowl, below Higashi one(east ridge), will easily fracture at Feb 26th layer, 40-50cm depth. These slabs are heavy and dangerous. All peak gates will closed this morning. Please respect and follow the patrol`s decisions. Cracks are hidden by new snow and cant be seen from above, take care not to fall in head first. Snow in the forest is heavy and hard to push through.

The local business group that was reported recently causing trouble on Niseko and nearby mountains has approached the local council to try and justify their behavior. These people do not even try to understand why there are Niseko Rules, and how they came to be put in place. They show there nativity by thinking they can complain to local government and every thing will be OK. The reason this trouble has started is because this business has the wrong view about what freedom means, overestimates their own experience and knowledge, and do not take any cultural differences into account. The Avalanche Institute is an independent organization who together with the ski area management and local government try to minimize accidents. If someone interferes with our ability to do this, we will react strongly.

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Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 415cm
Base - 150cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 300cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 370cm
Base - 180cm

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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 8:45am on Friday 27th February 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas open as planned

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 27th February 2015
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 27th February 2015
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 27th February 2015
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)
  2014/2015
*as of Friday 27th February 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
27th February 5cm 0cm 2cm
26th February 10cm 0cm 25cm
25th February 10cm 0cm 10cm
24th February 10cm 0cm 5cm
23rd February 0cm 2cm 10cm
22nd February 0cm 10cm 15cm
21st February 0cm 25cm 15cm
Previous 7 days total 35cm 37cm 82cm
Previous 14 days total 70cm 86cm 194cm
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 186cm 178cm 316cm
March observed snowfall total - 113cm 164cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 32cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 2cm
Season observed snowfall total 992cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 27th February 2015
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 - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
257cm
[806cm]
186cm
[992cm]
-
[992cm]
-
[992cm]
-
[992cm]
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]
  October November December January February March April May
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