Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 11th February 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Thursday 11th February 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Mostly clear and sunny
Base temp:

Top temp:
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
wind condition
N 4m/s - NW 6m/s (Hirafu)
This report
Thursday 11th February 2016, 8:31am
Wednesday 10th February 2016, 8:44am 13cm
Tuesday 9th February 2016, 8:30am 0cm
Monday 8th February 2016, 7:49am 12cm
Sunday 7th February 2016, 8:34am 15cm
Saturday 6th February 2016, 8:33am 15cm
Friday 5th February 2016, 8:35am 10cm
Last 7 reports (total): 65cm
Last 14 reports (total): 132cm
Current month (February 2016) total: 117cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 728cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Thursday 11th February 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

The sun is out and there's mostly clear blue sky up there this morning with just a few white clouds here and there.


After the windy conditions of yesterday, it's a calmer start to the day and lifts should be back to normal for us all to enjoy.

There's no new snow to report this morning at base though as you can see from the Avalanche Report today there has been snow up on the mountain.

We may now have a few more days with no or little fresh snow. It looks like temperatures are going to rise
through until Saturday. On Saturday, if all goes not well, we might get rained on. Of course we all hope that we can avoid that but with the freezing point set to rise up to over 2000m and warm temperatures (+5 degrees and over?), there's a good chance it will happen so we need to be prepared.

The good news there is that come later on Sunday it should start getting colder again and snow should be back with us through into early week.

Today is a national holiday in Japan, so there may be a few more locals out than on a normal Thursday!


There's usually a number of times each season when there are some incidents that make the resorts feel they need to remind people about entering areas that are 'off-limits'.

There are of course the Niseko Rules here in Niseko, and here they are:


02. Crossing boundary ropes is prohibited. Those who violate the rules may be refused from using all resorts facilities.

03. No safety control & no patrol beyond resort boundaries.

04. If the gates are CLOSED, do not exit into the terrain beyond.

05. Daily NISEKO AVALANCHE INFORMATION is OFFCIAL Niseko Rules information.

06. Search and Rescue effects WILL BE CHARGED for incidents outside resort boundaries.

07. Obey Ski patrol's instructions at all times.

08. Children under 12 must refrain from going out of bounds unless accompanied by a proficient adult leader.

09. Niseko Resorts, and the local community respect the freedom of mountain users and place a strong emphasis on THE STAFF USAGE of the mountain.

Just a few personal comments if you don't mind!

Compared with many ski and snowboard resorts in Japan, we are lucky that backcountry is actually recognised here in Niseko.

Just because you don't agree with a 'rule' does not mean that it's ok to just go and ignore it. That surely applies at any time and in any place, but perhaps especially so when you are a visitor in a foreign country that is probably very different from your own. Sometimes people (maybe) do it without knowing and are just following someone else, but some do it knowing full well that they shouldn't be entering an area - they enter just because they want to and feel they have a right to.

If many people ignore them and flaunt the rules that are in place, it is not going to open things up more; quite the opposite actually, it's going to hinder current ongoing efforts to try and improve and develop the situation into the future. Change in Japan is known for sometime being somewhat slow, but trying to push something through with pressure and antagonism really does not work well here.

So please, let's all be good visitors - and anyway, there's way plenty of 'legal' area to enjoy in Niseko.

I know of course that none of the good folk reading Niseko Now will be people causing any of the problems, but do let other people know about it especially if you see them contemplating entering off-limit areas.


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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All resort areas appear to be opening as planned this morning.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 5am: -7℃, 15cm fresh snow, calm weather. Moiwa 800m: -10℃, 25cm snowfall with snowdrift development. Mikaeri 740m: -9.3℃, W5.1m/s, 30cm fresh snow with large development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m & Hirafu peak ridge: -13℃. Coastal data Benkei cape: NNW6m/s, Kamui cape: N6m/s, 1-27hPa, 2.4m waves.

A high-pressure is approaching and the wind off-shore and inland is calming down. The storm that persisted for the last couple of days has settled and the snowdrifts are stabilizing. Avalanche hazard will remain considerable in 1200m area steep slopes such as Backbowl sidewalls, Annupuri Osawa, Higashi-One cornice area and Yotei’s alpine area, however the general risk is lowering. The snow in the tree runs is in good shape. Though, better not carelessly drop into a sketchy aspect and/or stimulate cornices and knolls. Peak gates are opening, please follow the patrol’s instructions.

We regret to announce there’s been some people entering Mikaeri area from closed Gate 6. Disregarding the Rules makes it difficult for the resorts and local community to keep the out of bounds riding legit. Please do respect the Niseko Rules to keep Niseko a nice place to ride. Some patrol work are being undertaken in strictly off-limits areas of Yu no sawa and Haruno Taki. Better not follow the tracks or your lift ticket will be confiscated.


Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 11th February 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 330cm
Base - 150cm

Niseko Village
Top - 310cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 330cm
Base - 180cm


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


Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Thursday 11th February 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts appear to be opening as planned this morning

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 11th February 2016
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 11th February 2016
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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*as of Thursday 11th February 2016
11th February 0cm 45cm 0cm
10th February 13cm 10cm 0cm
9th February 0cm 10cm 0cm
8th February 12cm 0cm 5cm
7th February 15cm 3cm 15cm
6th February 15cm 0cm 25cm
5th February 10cm 0cm 2cm
Previous 7 days total 65cm 68cm 47cm
Previous 14 days total 132cm 124cm 124cm
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 117cm 196cm 178cm
March observed snowfall total - 139cm 113cm
April observed snowfall total - 3cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 728cm 1144cm 1163cm
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2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season 3cm
2014/2015 season 0cm
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