Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 14th February 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Wednesday 14th February 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-9°C

Top temp:
-13°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
SNOW
wind condition
SW 2-6m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Generally pretty poor
This report
Wednesday 14th February 2018, 8:31am
26cm
Tuesday 13th February 2018, 8:06am 32cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 96cm
Last 14 reports (total): 113cm
Current month (February 2018) total: 113cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 1012cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Wednesday 14th February 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

It's another good morning from here in Niseko, or technically... Kutchan. ;)

I have just measured 26cm of fresh snowfall this morning and nice big flakes of goodness are falling as I write this report. Even they look happy.

And I notice that todays haul takes my total observed snowfall for the season (from here at base) to over 10m. Hurray!

Conditions were excellent yesterday with some lovely deep conditions easily found. Visibility could certainly have been better but...

Remember, there's often (almost always?) going to be more snow on the mountain than I can report from base.

And the forecast is showing continued snowfall into next week. Looks like Niseko is delivering for the busy Chinese New Year period. (Though people wanting clear blue skies might get disappointed!)

I hope you can be here to enjoy this. I am going to get my gear on now and make my way to the lifts - might see some of you out there.

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As of 8:30am it seems the top Jumbo lift at Annupuri is on hold due to wind. Other lifts currently opening as planned. May well change.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -11°, 15cm new snow. Moiwa 800m: -12°, 40cm new snow, major cornice and snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -15°, W18m/s, 40cm new snow, major snowdrift development. Hirafu 1250m: -15°, strong wind to dawn, 40cm new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NW14m/s. Kamui Cape: WSW14m/s, 1014hPa, wave 2.4m.

A strong westerly wind with snow blew until dawn causing new cornice and snow drift growth above 800m. The wind is starting to drop but is still strong above 1100m. New cornice and snowdrift growth is unstable and easily fractures. Avalanche risk continues to be high. Gate openings still undecided. Please listen to the patrols advice.

Today's avalanche risk is the same as yesterdays - High. Especially Osawa cornice face 1000m and Kozan no sawa around 1200m are dangerous. If gates do open, be wise about route choice, Do not stimulate cornices and knolls or traverse steep slopes. Most risks can be avoided be traveling on ridges and riding in forests. Be careful falling into cracks, they are everywhere and cannot be seen because they are covered in snow.

The slopes have been reset and the snow has good rebound. Visibility is also better than yesterday. Do not duck ropes and for everyone's safety please respect and follow Niseko Rules.

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Wednesday 14th 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: 470cm
- Base: 240cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating
- The top Jumbo Number 4 lift is on hold at the start of the day due to winds

Official snow depth:
- Top: 380cm
- 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: 380cm
- 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 Wednesday 14th February 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts are open - see above for latest at time of posting

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Wednesday 14th February 2018
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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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 Wednesday 14th February 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
14th February 26cm 1cm 0cm
13th February 32cm 1cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 96cm 6cm 25cm
Previous 14 days total 113cm 57cm 117cm
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 113cm 160cm 266cm
March observed snowfall total - 83cm 109cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 1012cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 14th February 2018
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
2017/2018 season - 188cm
[188cm]
406cm
[594cm]
305cm
[899cm]
113cm
[1012cm]
- - -
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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