Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 15th February 2012

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Niseko region, Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 1:14pm on Wednesday 15th February 2012
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snow, clearer at times, strong winds
Base temp:

Top temp:
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
wind condition
15-20 m/ps
This report
Wednesday 15th February 2012, 1:14pm
Tuesday 14th February 2012, 8:01am ---
Monday 13th February 2012, 7:36am ---
Sunday 12th February 2012, 8:04am ---
Saturday 11th February 2012, 7:58am ---
Friday 10th February 2012, 8:04am ---
Thursday 9th February 2012, 8:02am ---
Last 7 reports (total): ---
Last 14 reports (total): ---
Current month (February 2012) total: ---
2011/2012 season so far total: ---

Archive report: Posted at 1:14pm on Wednesday 15th February 2012
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

It's a windy one out there today! Hold on and bolt down everything you own. The upper mountain is suspended mostly due to wind at the moment. Definitely a good day to give the shins a rest. The current blizzard conditions are making the roads pretty unsafe as well so if you do have to drive please be careful. It can turn from being able to see to seeing nothing but white in a matter of seconds.

With all this wind drifting there will be some serious issues in backcountry terrain. I also expect they won't open the backbowls for a decent period of time as well.

Yesterday got warm as well. With that sun layer, we will need to do some proper research before being able to tell what avalanche conditions are like, but for right now they are dangerous.

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 385cm
Bottom - 210cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 420cm
Bottom - 240cm

Top - 450cm
Bottom - 230cm

Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base 6am: 0C, 20cm of snow in the last 12 hours. Low pressure snowfall.
Japan Sea: Benkei Cape WNW16m/s, Kamui Cape wave 1.0m, pressure 1016 hpa, Annupuri Peak W 6.6m/s, temp -8.1C, Moiwa Peak -4C blizzard conditions, snowdrifts increasing.
Snowfall: Wind and snow are increasing due to a low pressure front passing early this morning. Snow from a small low pressure system on 13/14 Feb contained dust & dirt particles from the mainland, this snow was very slow to ride on. Snow drift development is expected to increase rapidly.
Hazard Evaluation: The avalanche risk in the Niseko mountains is increasing rapidly today. It is predicted the 13 Feb layer will fracture, new drifting is at approximately 30cm and increasing. Above and below the tree line avalanches could occur easily.
Snow Pit Data: When determining the avalanche risk you should consider not only your snow pit observations but also the current weather conditions. As snow drifts develop many layers form(ie: weak layers), an avalanche will occur when one of these layers fails. 13 Feb, 4 Feb, 22 Jan layers can be observed.
Caution: Whether the gates are open or closed is determined by Niseko Rules policy. Disregarded Niseko Rules, ducking ropes and entering strictly off limits areas is not OK. We take such violations very seriously. The Niseko Rules are there for the safety of everyone using the ski resorts. Gates will be closed today.
Blizzard conditions today, be careful and be safe.


Evening update:

The wind has settled down and snow is falling tonight. It's actually fairly peaceful since the past few days have had turbulent winds. It's looking like we are going to get some snow tomorrow. We're not looking at massive totals but a nice addition to the wind deposited snow.

From what I have heard today, snow stability is not very good. I still have yet to make an assessment myself, but several reputable people have stated the wind loading is pretty severe. Just looking at cornice sizes, there is a bit to worry about. The next warm day will bring a lot of pressure to the cornices and they will start to fall. It is important not to hang out near looming cornices. If you are going into the backcountry, please keep this in mind. Charge up your energy for tomorrow, it should be pretty good in the wind-favored areas!

Archive report: Posted at 1:14pm on Wednesday 15th February 2012
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Many lifts will be suspended due to wind

Tuesday 14th February 2012
This report
Wednesday 15th February 2012
Thursday 16th February 2012
Daily snow reports
Other SnowJapan 'Now' reports and latest observed snowfall
Yuzawa Now 0cm
Sunday 23rd February 2020, 8:26am
Naeba Now 1cm
Sunday 23rd February 2020, 8:49am
Myoko Now 6cm
Sunday 23rd February 2020, 9:42am
Aizu Bandai Now 11cm
Sunday 23rd February 2020, 9:31am
Appi Kogen Now 6cm
Sunday 23rd February 2020, 9:30am
Zao Now 4cm
Sunday 23rd February 2020, 9:22am
Hakuba Now 7cm
Sunday 23rd February 2020, 9:10am
Nozawa Onsen Now 3cm
Sunday 23rd February 2020, 8:52am
Madarao Now 2cm
Sunday 23rd February 2020, 8:51am
Furano Now 5cm
Sunday 23rd February 2020, 7:55am
Shiga Kogen Now 4cm
Sunday 23rd February 2020, 7:34am
Geto Kogen Now 10cm
Sunday 23rd February 2020, 7:25am
Minakami Now 0cm
Saturday 22nd February 2020, 10:48am
Grandeco Now 0cm
Thursday 22nd November 2018, 11:03am
Japan snowfall data
(updated daily during winter)
Niseko Now archived reporting
View previous reports posted to Niseko Now by clicking on the month