Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 4th February 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:24am on Sunday 4th February 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
It has started snowing again
wind condition
SW 4m/s - SE 12m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Limited-poor
This report
Sunday 4th February 2018, 8:24am
0cm
Saturday 3rd February 2018, 8:31am 0cm
Friday 2nd February 2018, 8:05am 0cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 99cm
Last 14 reports (total): 200cm
Current month (February 2018) total: 13cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 912cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:24am on Sunday 4th February 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning everyone.

I had my extra piece of toast (after all, it's Sunday) and went outside to check up on those fresh cm of snowfall and... there ain't any! Doh! A little disappointing, but since then it has started to snow again and there's already a dusting of snow. Not enough to add a cm to my observed snowfall though.

It is noticeably milder this morning. Wind might also be an issue today and indeed just as I prepare to post this report, top lifts appear to be on hold. See below for my 8:20am updates on that situation.

I am also noticing that this is the third report in a row with no fresh to report, which in itself kind of reminds me of what we had over New Year.

More importantly, it also means that both the resort and backcountry are impressively tracked out, as you might expect. So a nice fresh delivery would be most welcome. I'm a bit confused looking at various forecasts, so I think I'll settle on just waiting to see what our friend nature delivers.

Have a good Sunday.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 5.00am: -6°, no new snow. Moiwa 800m: -76°, SE11m/s, no new snow, snowstorm. Annupuri 1150m: -9°, SSE12m/s, no new snow. Hirafu 1250m: -7°, strong southerly wind, snowstorm, trace new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:SSE13m/s, 1007hPa, wave 0.7m.

With the approach of a low pressure system, a strong SE wind has picked up. Although there is no new snowfall, strong wind and snow are causing snowdrift development in various locations on ridgelines above 800m. From observation, the older existing snowdrifts are stable and there is no obvious weak layer. The general avalanche risk is low. All peak gates are expected to be open, although dependent on lift operation. Please listen to the patrols advice. There is almost no fresh lines to found out of bounds now. Its better to stay in the resort and practice carving on a day like today.

Do not enter strictly off limits area Haru no Taki looking for fresh tracks. There are lots of cracks on the slope where the accident occurred last year. Haru no Taki is loaded with a lot of snow this year and the possibility of a full depth avalanche is high from now on. Surveillance is being increased. Be careful.

Niseko Rules were developed to stem the frequent accidents that were occurring on the Niseko mountains, not for any tourist promotion purpose. An avalanche is a natural phenomenon and accidents happen only when there is a person there. In Niseko we not only respect your freedom to ski out of bounds, but we also want that to happen safely. Accidents are more likely to happen in bad weather. Plan flexibly depending on weather conditions. The weather will improve soon.

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Sunday 4th 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
- Top Ace Number 4, King Number 4 and Hanazono Number 3 lifts are on hold at the start of the day due to wind/poor visibility

Official snow depth:
- Top: 425cm
- Base: 200cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating
- Top Jumbo Number 4 lifts is on hold at the start of the day due to wind

Official snow depth:
- Top: 360cm
- Base: 240cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts (apart from the Country Road Chair lift) should be operating
- - Top Wonderland Chair lift is on hold at the start of the day due to wind

Official snow depth:
- Top: 360cm
- Base: 240cm

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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 8:24am on Sunday 4th February 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas are open but top lifts affected by wind and on hold

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 4th February 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 4th February 2018
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 4th February 2018
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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  2017/2018
*as of Sunday 4th February 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
4th February 0cm 3cm 9cm
3rd February 0cm 14cm 18cm
2nd February 0cm 15cm 13cm
1st February 13cm 19cm 12cm
31st January 45cm 14cm 8cm
30th January 26cm 0cm 1cm
29th January 15cm 0cm 6cm
Previous 7 days total 99cm 65cm 67cm
Previous 14 days total 200cm 117cm 110cm
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 Sunday 4th 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]
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