Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 16th February 2017

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:18am on Thursday 16th February 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-4°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
SW 4m/s - W 9m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Fair
This report
Thursday 16th February 2017, 8:18am
4cm
Wednesday 15th February 2017, 8:17am 2cm
Tuesday 14th February 2017, 8:33am 1cm
Monday 13th February 2017, 8:18am 1cm
Sunday 12th February 2017, 8:30am 0cm
Saturday 11th February 2017, 8:24am 0cm
Friday 10th February 2017, 8:49am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 8cm
Last 14 reports (total): 29cm
Current month (February 2017) total: 63cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 508cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:18am on Thursday 16th February 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

Yesterday it was something of a surprise to see the snow continuing to fall, wasn't quite expecting that and the clear up didn't really happen. I even have 4cm of snow to report (that's what is on my report today), though there is no further fresh snow to report overnight. I am hearing that there was around 10cm of snow and more further up on the mountain which is something of a relief... didn't get up there myself yesterday.

This morning we have overcast conditions and like what seems like lots of Japan it is going to get mild. Borderline warm, depending on how you look at it.

The forecast is looking quite promising for us to start getting snowed on properly from perhaps overnight tonight or tomorrow morning. Steady and regular snowfall is there on the forecast well into next week, so fingers crossed this turns out to be a decent delivery.

We need a complete and impressive reset.

It feels fairly calm early this morning but stronger winds are due to be blowing around later and might affect lifts. Resorts look set to be opening as normal at the start of the day though.

Have fun and stay safe.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base: -5°, no new snow. Moiwa 800m: -6°, no new snow. Annupuri 1150m, -6°, SSW5-10m/s, poor visibility, no new snow. Hirafu 1250m, -7°, S10m/s, poor visibility, no new snow. Coastal data: Kamui Cape:SSW18m/s, 1014hPa, wave 1.6m.

The temperature is rising and a southerly wind is picking up as a low pressure system approaches. From observation the general avalanche risk is low but it will rise as the temperature increases today. The 15 Feb snowfall is not bonded well and will easily form loose avalanches 10-15cm thickness on steep slopes. There is a high possibility that this layer will become a weak layer in the future snowpack. Many accidents occur in bad weather. With strong winds and heavy snowfall, snowdrifts on previously safe slopes can develop rapidly into having unstable avalanche prone conditions. Best not to venture too far today. All gates are expected to be open but please listen to the patrols advice.

The inbounds snow is OK today. Go for a few runs this morning then hit the onsen before the bad weather hits this afternoon. Don't duck ropes, today is not the day to try and sneak out of bounds.

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

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

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Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 16th February 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 295cm
Base - 120cm

Niseko Village
Top - 280cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 315cm
Base - 140cm

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Night skiing is planned until Monday 20th March 2017 at the Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village resort areas. There is no nighta in the Hanazono area.

Archive report: Posted at 8:18am on Thursday 16th February 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts opening as planned early on. Stronger winds forecast for later need to keep an eye on that.

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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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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  2016/2017
*as of Thursday 16th February 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
16th February 4cm 15cm 5cm
15th February 2cm 4cm 15cm
14th February 1cm 0cm 15cm
13th February 1cm 0cm 2cm
12th February 0cm 0cm 3cm
11th February 0cm 0cm 45cm
10th February 0cm 13cm 10cm
Previous 7 days total 8cm 32cm 95cm
Previous 14 days total 29cm 111cm 126cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 181cm 244cm 519cm
January observed snowfall total 152cm 303cm 257cm
February observed snowfall total 63cm 266cm 196cm
March observed snowfall total - 109cm 139cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 3cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 508cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 16th February 2017
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
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
152cm
[445cm]
63cm
[508cm]
-
[508cm]
-
[508cm]
-
[508cm]
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
303cm
[611cm]
266cm
[877cm]
109cm
[986cm]
6cm
[992cm]
0cm
[992cm]
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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