Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 1st March 2013

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:56am on Friday 1st March 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
2-8m/s (Hirafu)
Fair lower, poor higher up
This report
Friday 1st March 2013, 8:56am
5cm
Thursday 28th February 2013, 8:53am 5cm
Wednesday 27th February 2013, 8:47am 2cm
Tuesday 26th February 2013, 8:15am 25cm
Monday 25th February 2013, 8:39am 10cm
Sunday 24th February 2013, 8:55am 5cm
Saturday 23rd February 2013, 8:30am 10cm
Last 7 reports (total): 62cm
Last 14 reports (total): 159cm
Current month (March 2013) total: 5cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 1300cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:56am on Friday 1st March 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Just a bit of snowfall overnight to report this morning from Hirafu. Perhaps up to around 5cm or so, though I see below that the Avalanche report is reporting none.

It's a mild morning here, not too far off zero and probably overnight tonight the mild conditions will continue. Hopefully it will be snowing but some forecasts have us down for a bit of rain before the snow starts. Fingers crossed that doesn't happen.

As I'm writing this report it seems that the top Wonderland Chair at Niseko Village is not operating yet, the top lifts at Niseko Grand Hirafu (Ace Number 4, King Number 3 and King Number 4) and the top Hanazono lift aren't moving due to wind conditions up there. According to the forecast, rather than improve wind is forecast to get stronger during the day today. Conditions likely to change during the day with snow and wind moving in. From tomorrow teperatures are likely to drop and we should be seeing snowfall through the weekend.

Strong winds tomorrow are very likely to play with lift operations so keep that in mind.

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Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 470cm
Bottom - 240cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 390cm
Bottom - 250cm

Niseko Village
Top - 450cm
Bottom - 250cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base at 6am: -4 deg, no new snowfall and calm wind conditions. Moiwa 800m: -4 deg, wind calm, small amount of snow drift development. Annupuri peak: wind SW 0.9m/s, -10.3 deg. Coastal data: wind SE 6m/s, wave 0.6m, pressure 1017hpa.

Pre low pressure system wind is calm and snowdrift development from yesterday afternoon has been low. According to data and observations the general avalanche risk below 1000m is low, however snow pack stabilization has been slow, special care needs to be taken at leeward slopes and knolls around 800m elevation.

The weather is expected to change suddenly as the low pressure system reaches us. All peak gates will be closed today for the safety of all resort users. Other gates are yet to be determined. Please follow the Ski Patrol advice and don’t duck ropes to leave the resort area.

Many people have gotten lost in the mountains in bad weather. This combined with poor decisions have lead to disaster in the past, best to leave exploring for a better day. Avalanches can occur easily in newly formed snowdrifts with a slight stimulation. There are also many other dangers in the winter mountains to be aware of. Please don’t overestimate your skills and equipment. Plans need to be adjusted according to the current weather and snow conditions.

Best not to go to far from the resort today, be aware of a sudden change in the weather. Have a safe day.

Archive report: Posted at 8:56am on Friday 1st March 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas now open for the season. Further details in report.

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December observed snowfall total 418cm - -
January observed snowfall total 443cm - -
February observed snowfall total 316cm - -
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