Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 5th February 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:35am on Friday 5th February 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, some blue sky
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow has eased off
wind condition
N 4m/s - NW 8m/s (Hirafu)
Good
This report
Friday 5th February 2016, 8:35am
10cm
Thursday 4th February 2016, 8:30am 9cm
Wednesday 3rd February 2016, 8:33am 18cm
Tuesday 2nd February 2016, 7:45am 13cm
Monday 1st February 2016, 8:34am 12cm
Sunday 31st January 2016, 8:33am 8cm
Saturday 30th January 2016, 8:45am 1cm
Last 7 reports (total): 71cm
Last 14 reports (total): 120cm
Current month (February 2016) total: 62cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 673cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:35am on Friday 5th February 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning to you all.

There's another 10cm more fresh on the ground this morning, thank you very much!

That makes my observed total 62cm in the 5 reports so far this month so the great start to the month continues.

There is a lot of cloud around at the moment but good visibility and areas of blue sky also appearing.

There's also more of a wind around this morning and strong westerly winds blowing around higher up according to the resorts (Annupuri reporting a blowy 22m/s) - unfortunately top lifts don't look like they are going to be starting the day as planned. Latest info at time of writing added below, let's hope it calms down.

Some more snowfall is due overnight once again and at times tomorrow too; oh yes, and on Sunday too. If you are looking for some sunshine, Monday is still looking like it will be the main day for you.

Hope you all have a very fine day.

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One rather angry person sent an email yesterday to the SnowJapan folk asking why 'the Niseko reporter is doing his best to get people to go to other areas'. Apparently, that's what he - for it was a he - took from my report yesterday morning.

Huh?!

No, I'm not 'doing my best to get people to go to other areas'.
I'm also actually not 'doing my best to get people to come to Niseko' either.*

I'm simply reporting honest conditions from here in Niseko and at times adding a bit of commentary (for want of a better word). I think lots of people will be interested in how the season is going not only here in Niseko but in Japan in general; and how this season may be different from other seasons... that kind of thing. I give the readers of these reports more credit than just being exclusively interested in Niseko and nothing else.

I do want to perhaps add that I hope that my love of Niseko - and indeed Japan in general - also does come through in these reports. (But that's not me trying to sell anything to anyone).

The person who sent that was probably the same type of person who would prefer that I don't talk about rain if it is raining**, and would prefer if I didn't talk about rubbish snow when the snow is rubbish***.

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* BOOK NOW!

** It never rains in Niseko in winter.

*** Snow is never rubbish in Niseko. (Not even when it's rubbish).

;)

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Resort specific lift opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
The top Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts are on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
For the moment, open as planned.

Niseko Village
The top Wonderland lift are on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds.

Niseko Annupuri
The Gondola and top Jumbo 4 lift are on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -5℃, 10cm snowfall, no snowdrift development. Moiwa 800m: -8℃, NW5m/s, 15cm snow with might snowdrift development. Mikaeri 740m: -8.3℃, SW3m/s. Annupuri 1150m: -13℃, W15m/s. Hirafu peak ridge 1250m: -11℃, 10cm snow and light development of snowdrift. Benkei cape: NW15m/s, Kamui cape: W14m/s, 1011hPa, 1.3m waves.

A NW wind has picked up as the small Low passed, generating snowdrifts on top of Feb 4th pre-low pressure snowfall layer above 900m elevation, making the layer under Feb 4th transform into a hoar layer due to the temperature changes. Thin surface slab slides are to be expected in the Bckbowl sidewalls, below Osawa cornices, Mikaeri bowl and other leeside steep slopes. Peak gates are scheduled to open, please follow the patrol’s instructions. Be careful digging easy pits, they could trigger a slid. Remember to always belay yourself when pit-checking in knolls or steep slopes. The leeside aspects are pretty much reset but the snow is a bit heavy.
Have you turned your beacon on?? Have nice day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Friday 5th February 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 345cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Village
Top - 300cm
Base - 170cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 300cm
Base - 170cm

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Lifts planned to be open for night skiing:

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift
(There is no night skiing at the Hanazono area)

Niseko Village:
Community Chair and Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri:
Jumbo Number 1 Quad

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Archive report: Posted at 8:35am on Friday 5th February 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Top lifts affected by wind early this morning

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 5th February 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 5th February 2016
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 5th February 2016
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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  2015/2016
*as of Friday 5th February 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
5th February 10cm 0cm 2cm
4th February 9cm 3cm 10cm
3rd February 18cm 15cm 5cm
2nd February 13cm 10cm 2cm
1st February 12cm 15cm 20cm
31st January 8cm 0cm 10cm
30th January 1cm 3cm 10cm
Previous 7 days total 71cm 46cm 59cm
Previous 14 days total 120cm 76cm 138cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 244cm 519cm 275cm
January observed snowfall total 303cm 257cm 461cm
February observed snowfall total 62cm 196cm 178cm
March observed snowfall total - 139cm 113cm
April observed snowfall total - 3cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 673cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 5th February 2016
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
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
303cm
[611cm]
62cm
[673cm]
-
[673cm]
-
[673cm]
-
[673cm]
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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