Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 12th February 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Monday 12th February 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-12°C

Top temp:
-15°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Moderate snowfall
wind condition
SW 3m/s - W 12m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Poor
This report
Monday 12th February 2018, 8:31am
14cm
Sunday 11th February 2018, 8:31am 3cm
Saturday 10th February 2018, 8:31am 3cm
Friday 9th February 2018, 8:30am 11cm
Thursday 8th February 2018, 8:30am 7cm
Wednesday 7th February 2018, 8:12am 1cm
Tuesday 6th February 2018, 8:08am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 39cm
Last 14 reports (total): 126cm
Current month (February 2018) total: 55cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 954cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Monday 12th February 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

This feels a bit more like it!

While there's not a huge amount of snow to report from here at base (14cm), I suspect there's going to be a fair bit more higher up and there'll be more in places lower down too as wind has probably been a factor, blowing it about. Really nice quality snow though and it is very cold this morning. Wrapping up appropriately will be especially important today.

As of 8am it is snowing quite nicely too and forecast to continue so things are looking good. Some lifts were affected by strong winds yesterday and wind might well be an issue over the next few days as well. Visibility is looking very limited as well (and increasingly so over the last 30 minutes as I have been putting this report together).

I have updated things as they are at 8:30am in the bit below but best to keep an eye on the live conditions with the resorts.

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Sunday is typically the day when my reports gets read the least. I'm suitably outraged! And Monday is typically when they get read the most. Or so I hear.

And so forgive me for copy-pasting something that I posted yesterday, as I'd like some of those naughty people who didn't tune in yesterday to see it. Here goes:

It's busy-busy-busy here at the moment. I went out to meet a some friends for a few drinks last night and was reminded at just how busy Hirafu can get, particularly in this peak part of the season. I usually don't venture out in the evening during this period - one less person at the bar is probably better for everyone! There's certainly a party atmosphere though, and everyone where I was seemed to be having a blast.

And with the Chinese New Year holidays from this week, things are being ramped up that bit more.

This year Chinese New Year is on 16th February - please correct me if I am wrong, but I believe that the festival period lasts for 15 days from Chinese New Year Eve to Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the Lunar New Year with holidays from 15th-21st February.

The slopes, the bars, the restaurants... are going to be busy! Planning for all these things is recommended.

Here's to large doses of fun (and fresh snow) for everyone.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -12°, wind blown snow, 10cm new snow, snowdrift development. Moiwa 800m: -15°, NW19m/s, major cornice and snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -18°, WSW20m/s, 20cm new snow, snowdrift development. Hirafu 1250m: -19°, strong gusty westerly winds, 10cm new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:WNW19m/s. Kamui Cape: WSW16m/s, 1002hPa, wave 2.6m.

A typical winter weather pattern has returned, the base of the mountain is experiencing a snowstorm, new snowdrift growth is fracturing easily on the layer of low pressure snowfall from Feb10-11th and the avalanche risk is very high. Osawa elevation 800-1000m there is possibility of surface generated avalanche with fracture face more than 60cm. Danger is similar on all SE facing slopes and other slopes where rapid snowdrift growth from the strong wind has occurred. All top gates will be closed, do not duck ropes to go out of bounds.

Most avalanche accidents occur on leeward snowdrift slopes during bad weather. Strong wind and snow can cause extremely rapid cornice and snowdrift growth in a short time. Even though the amount of new snow is small, when conditions are right an avalanche will occur. Do not disregard the danger of the storm. Isobars do not tell a lie. Have a safe day.

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Monday 12th 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 and King Number 4 lifts on hold at start of the day due to strong winds and poor visibility

Official snow depth:
- Top: 430cm
- Base: 215cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating
- Top Jumbo Number 4 lift on hold at start of the day due to strong winds and poor visibility
- The Gondola might be delayed by about 30 minutes


Official snow depth:
- Top: 360cm
- Base: 230cm

Niseko Village

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

Official snow depth:
- Top: 360cm
- Base: 230cm

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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 8:31am on Monday 12th February 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas open. Watch out for wind possibly affecting lifts though

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 12th February 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Monday 12th February 2018
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 12th 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 Monday 12th February 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
12th February 14cm 0cm 0cm
11th February 3cm 0cm 0cm
10th February 3cm 0cm 13cm
9th February 11cm 0cm 0cm
8th February 7cm 4cm 12cm
7th February 1cm 0cm 15cm
6th February 0cm 0cm 15cm
Previous 7 days total 39cm 4cm 55cm
Previous 14 days total 126cm 69cm 126cm
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 55cm 160cm 266cm
March observed snowfall total - 83cm 109cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 954cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 12th 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]
55cm
[954cm]
- - -
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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