Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 9th February 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Monday 9th February 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud and... some blue sky?!
Base temp:
-9°C

Top temp:
-13°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Break in the snow for now, but it's due all day
wind condition
2-5m/s (Hirafu); to 14m/s (Village)
Decent
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This report
Monday 9th February 2015, 8:30am
10cm
Sunday 8th February 2015, 8:31am 0cm
Saturday 7th February 2015, 8:06am 3cm
Friday 6th February 2015, 8:25am 0cm
Thursday 5th February 2015, 8:02am 0cm
Wednesday 4th February 2015, 7:50am 3cm
Tuesday 3rd February 2015, 10:22am 15cm
Last 7 reports (total): 31cm
Last 14 reports (total): 72cm
Current month (February 2015) total: 56cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 862cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Monday 9th February 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

I'm happy to report some fresh snow this morning. I have just got back from Hakodate and so I missed out on most of yesterdays warmth and (apparently) bit of wet as well.

Would like more than the 10cm there is here, and it should be here today. Snow is being blown around though as well so difficult to put one number on it... the Avalanche Report this morning is recording up to 25cm of fresh snowfall.

Right now though there's actually some breaks in the cloud, some blue sky and a bit of sunshine which wasn't quite expected, but the next snow clouds should be over us and delivering pretty quickly. Still hoping/expecting/praying for decent snow to fall over the next 2 days.

It's very cold this morning as well which is good after the warmth of yesterday but alas, I need to mention the wind again as we have top lifts on hold at the start of the day because of them.

Come on Niseko.... deliver, please! If not for me, for all the good folk visiting.

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Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
King Number 4, Ace Number 4 and King 3 lifts on hold due to strong winds.

Niseko Hanazono:
Hanazono Number 3 lift on hold due to strong winds.

Niseko Village:
Niseko Gondola and top Wonderland Chair lifts on hold due to weather conditions.

Niseko Annupuri:
Possibly late start for some lifts.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -6C, moderate storm, 25cm snowfall in 12 hours with snowdrift and cornice developments. Moiwa 800m NW18m/s, -11C, strong wind and snowfall, poor visibility and developed snowdrifts. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 280cm. Hirafu 1000m: -11C, strong wind with developing snowdrifts. Peak 1308m: unmeasurable, -15.8C. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW24m/s, Kamui cape WSW17m/s, 996hPa, 3.2m waves.

A strong storm has made windload/snowdrifts develop in all areas. The newly formed snowdrift slabs reached up to 140cm thickness in some leeward knolls around 800m altitude, sitting on top of warm temperature (Feb 8th) layer. Those slabs are still very unstable and the avalanche hazard in leeward steep slopes is high. According to snowfall transition and observations, possibility of a large-scale avalanche is high in 700m leeward valleys. All gates above 800m will be closed. Avalanche risk is similarly high in all areas around Niseko. The storm is forecasted to continue and the avalanche risk will remain high a while after the wind calm down. Many of the avalanche accidents occur during and just after storms. Better stay away from cornice slopes, knolls and valley bottom even if the chairlifts starts running. The snow will get better soon. Have a safe day.

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Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 380cm
Base - 125cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 280cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 285cm
Base - 160cm

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Lifts open for night skiing (planned):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift

Niseko Hanazono Resort
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 8:30am on Monday 9th February 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open, some top lifts affected by wind at the start of the day

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  2014/2015
*as of Monday 9th February 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
9th February 10cm 0cm 35cm
8th February 0cm 5cm 20cm
7th February 3cm 15cm 0cm
6th February 0cm 25cm 5cm
5th February 0cm 2cm 15cm
4th February 3cm 10cm 5cm
3rd February 15cm 5cm 7cm
Previous 7 days total 31cm 62cm 87cm
Previous 14 days total 72cm 159cm 145cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 519cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total 257cm 461cm 443cm
February observed snowfall total 56cm 178cm 316cm
March observed snowfall total - 113cm 164cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 32cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 2cm
Season observed snowfall total 862cm 1163cm 1493cm
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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
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