Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 18th February 2011

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 2:40pm on Friday 18th February 2011
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloudy with breaks of sunshine
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
0°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
-
wind condition
Its currently 20km/h at the peak from the North West. Due to reach a top of 30km/h in the afternoon.
Variable. Less visibility the higher you go.
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Archive report: Posted at 2:40pm on Friday 18th February 2011
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Yesterday the wind increased bringing with it precipitation. It changed from snow to rain to sago throughout the afternoon and on into the evening.
We received a light topping up of heavy snow over the last 24 hour period.
Today was cloudy with bursts of sunshine. The wind has been variable with gusts reaching 30km/h at the peak.
The snow has been heavy going on piste today. There was some fresh to be found off piste though it was a little heavy and slow with the added moisture in the snow.
Winds will continue to remain at a consistent 20-30km/h throughout the afternoon and on into the evening. The wind will change from the North West to the West.
We can expect some more light flurries this evening and on into tomorrow morning.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 365
Bottom - 190

Niseko Village:
Top - 390
Bottom - 200

Annupuri:
Top - 340
Bottom - 220

Avalanche Information:

Annupuri peak 6am: N 7.3m/s and -7℃. Yesterday’s southerly wind shifted north during the night and has stagnated relatively mild until early morning. Intermittent light snowfall continued during the night, however the snow is wet and heavy in low elevation due to high temperature. There are almost no new development of snowdrifts, however some snowdrifts blanketing yesterday’s crusty surface can be observed and risk of thin surface slab avalanches is to be considered in steep avalanche terrain ( >30°). Risk of a wet/loose snow avalanche is also to be taken in to consideration in low elevation steep slopes. The visibility is poor, making it difficult to see the terrain features and the snow conditions. Better not push it too hard today, remain in control and ride carefully. All gates are scheduled to open, peak gates at 9:30, however is subject to change depending on the weather condition. Please respect the ski patrol’s instructions and pay attention to the future weather transition.

Archive report: Posted at 2:40pm on Friday 18th February 2011
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All lifts and gates expected to open.

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