Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 1st February 2018

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:26am on Thursday 1st February 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy, increasing blue sky
Base temp:
-9°C

Top temp:
-13°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None currently
wind condition
W 2-6m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Decent and improving
This report
Thursday 1st February 2018, 8:26am
13cm
Wednesday 31st January 2018, 8:31am 45cm
Tuesday 30th January 2018, 8:31am 26cm
Monday 29th January 2018, 8:31am 15cm
Sunday 28th January 2018, 8:30am 14cm
Saturday 27th January 2018, 8:18am 16cm
Friday 26th January 2018, 8:30am 26cm
Last 7 reports (total): 155cm
Last 14 reports (total): 219cm
Current month (February 2018) total: 13cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 912cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:26am on Thursday 1st February 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning!

February. Is it really February already? Why does winter always seem to fly by so very fast. It's not fair!

Still, when you have conditions like we had yesterday, all worries seem to go away. Although having said that I did hear more than a few people struggling with all the fresh snow, saying that there was 'too much' and it was 'too deep' - we'll have none of that talk here, please!

The snowfall eased off in the afternoon yesterday. The sun made a special appearance and even Mt Yotei appeared for a cameo too. Everyone wanted in, and rightly so as conditions were excellent.

This morning I have a total of 13cm observed fresh snowfall to add to my numbers.

We are not expecting the early morning snow clouds to remain over us for long, and indeed even now some blue sky is starting to appear and the sun shining through in some places. So it may well clear up and be a fine day weather-wise.

Sunshine is lined up for tomorrow too with the next decent snowfall due later on Saturday and into Sunday.

Hopefully all the top gates might get to open this morning.

Do take care out there - 'Always stay humble in the mountains' (below report; I like that) - be prepared & have tons of fun.

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Today I'm going to get my 'month review' finished up and I will post it tomorrow.

Hurray!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 5am: -9℃, 10cm, calm. Moiwa 800m: -7.3℃, W0.4m/s, moderate snowdrift development at night. Annupuri 1150m: -11℃, westerly wind & snow with gusts, 20cm snowfall with snowdrifts development. Hirafu 1250m: -13℃, mild wind, 20cm snowfall. Coastal data: Benkei cape NNW9m/s, Kamui cape N3m/s, 1024hPa, 0.9m waves.

The isobars are spreading out and the newly grown snowdrifts are starting to stabilize. No notable weakness has been observed during the morning pressure test. The avalanche risk is relatively low this morning.

Peak gates are expected to open. Please talk to the patrols at the gates and be prepared for out of bounds conditions.

Better not stimulate cornices, knolls and steep terrains. The stabilization of higher elevation slopes is delayed and risks of large scale slides are still considerable under the current conditions. Stay away from the Backbowl sidewalls and Higashi-One cornice slopes. Also, avoid skiing the bottom of the valleys even if you are in lower elevation. Avalanches that start higher will strike everything under it.

Waist deep powder conditions today. Snowboarders should better carry snowshoes and poles, skiers better use a leashes. Beware of hidden cracks in the snowpack. This information is issued for the safety of all resort users. Be conscious that knowledge and experience can be useless sometimes. Always stay humble in the mountains. Precaution is crucial to come back safe.

Fantastic conditions today, enjoy :)

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Thursday 1st 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: 475cm
- Base: 240cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

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

Official snow depth:
- Top: 360cm
- Base: 250cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts apart from the Country Road Chair lift should be operating
- 'Early Gondola' service from 7:30am until 8:30am (Niseko Gondola) - on February 3rd-4th. 1,400 yen special ticket required.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 350cm
- Base: 220cm

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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, Banzai Chair

Archive report: Posted at 8:26am on Thursday 1st February 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts should be open - gates are also expected to open

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Japan snowfall data
(updated daily during winter)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 1st February 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 1st February 2018
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 1st February 2018
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)
  2017/2018
*as of Thursday 1st February 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
1st February 13cm 19cm 12cm
31st January 45cm 14cm 8cm
30th January 26cm 0cm 1cm
29th January 15cm 0cm 6cm
28th January 14cm 11cm 1cm
27th January 16cm 0cm 16cm
26th January 26cm 11cm 14cm
Previous 7 days total 155cm 55cm 58cm
Previous 14 days total 219cm 95cm 88cm
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 13cm 160cm 266cm
March observed snowfall total - 83cm 109cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 912cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 1st February 2018
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
2017/2018 season - 188cm
[188cm]
406cm
[594cm]
305cm
[899cm]
13cm
[912cm]
- - -
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]
  October November December January February March April May
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