Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 17th February 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Tuesday 17th February 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Clear and sunny. Yey!
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Oh no, no snow today
wind condition
2-6m/s N (Hirafu)
Excellent
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Tuesday 17th February 2015, 8:30am
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Monday 16th February 2015, 8:31am 5cm
Sunday 15th February 2015, 8:21am 15cm
Saturday 14th February 2015, 8:43am 15cm
Friday 13th February 2015, 8:31am 2cm
Thursday 12th February 2015, 9:07am 3cm
Wednesday 11th February 2015, 8:37am 45cm
Last 7 reports (total): 85cm
Last 14 reports (total): 111cm
Current month (February 2015) total: 151cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 957cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Tuesday 17th February 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

It's a reall beauty of a morning here in Niseko.

Clear blue skies over the mountain, a few interesting clouds around the mid-section of Mt Yotei, and the sun giving us some contrast. Lots of people up and out early on as well ready to jump on those lifts and get riding. And I can't say I blame them!

It might not be as exciting as huge dump of light fresh powder, but a different kind of excitement and one to be enjoyed.

Happily it's calmer as well so all resorts look like they'll be open as planned this morning.

Just taking a look at the weekly forecast and I can see a lot of sun, a lot of mild conditions, mostly calm conditions and hardly any snowfall at all. Looks like we might have to wait until next week for the next decent refresh.

So anyway, enjoy the beautiful weather while it's here!

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I do not know the details of what has been mentioned in the Avalanche Report this morning (below), but it's saddening to read things like that especially if folk actually based here might be encouraging trouble. Said it before, but it is worth remembering that Niseko is more open than most Japanese ski resorts - appreciate those gates when you go through them! Pushing by disregarding the rules is certainly not the way to get desired results, certainly not here in Japan. It would be a real shame if the behavior of some folk were to end up spoiling things for the rest of us. If you really can't accept and respect the situation, it's surely best to find somewhere else. /End personal note.

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Looks set to be open as planned.

Niseko Hanazono:
Looks set to be open as planned.

Niseko Village:
Looks set to be open as planned.

Niseko Annupuri:
Looks set to be open as planned.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: no wind, bluebird, no snowfall, -5C. Moiwa 800m: E5m/s, light dusts, development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1000m & Hirafu 1000m: light breeze, slight snowfall. Peak 1308m: mild northerly wind, -7C. Benkei cape SSE4m/s, Kamui cape SE2m/s, 1014hPa, 1.2m waves.

The snowdrifts are stabilizing and the general avalanche risk is lowering, however avalanches caused by collapsing cornices are still likely to happen. Peak gates are scheduled to open, be well prepared and equipped and listen to the ski patrol’s advice before stepping out of the gates. Do not stay in valley bottoms. Traversing under cornices is like deliberately trying to trigger a slide. There are no 100% safety in the mountains. Accidents can only be avoided by being prudent.

Troubles caused by the same specific groups are happening too often. Same guys went out of bounds from below closed Moiwa No.6 gate and traversed all the way to ride mid-ridge, where they’ve been spotted & warned by ski patrol. Shouldn’t it be normal to be respecting the Rules of the community when running a guiding business? It seems these people have a different point of view. Niseko Ski patrol, Avalanche Accidents Prevention Committee and the Avalanche Institute will hold a council on various issues including how to response to Niseko based people causing trouble in Shiribetsu and other surrounding areas.

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Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 390cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 300cm
Base - 190cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 340cm
Base - 200cm

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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 Tuesday 17th February 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open as planned this morning.

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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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  2014/2015
*as of Tuesday 17th February 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
17th February 0cm 5cm 20cm
16th February 5cm 10cm 10cm
15th February 15cm 3cm 25cm
14th February 15cm 10cm 20cm
13th February 2cm 0cm 0cm
12th February 3cm 5cm 10cm
11th February 45cm 0cm 10cm
Previous 7 days total 85cm 33cm 95cm
Previous 14 days total 111cm 90cm 185cm
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 151cm 178cm 316cm
March observed snowfall total - 113cm 164cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 32cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 2cm
Season observed snowfall total 957cm 1163cm 1493cm
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519cm
[549cm]
257cm
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151cm
[957cm]
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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
[1493cm]
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