Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 23rd February 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:12am on Tuesday 23rd February 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow currently
wind condition
SW 2m/s - NE 3m/s (Hirafu)
Good
This report
Tuesday 23rd February 2016, 8:12am
8cm
Monday 22nd February 2016, 8:42am 6cm
Sunday 21st February 2016, 8:32am 10cm
Saturday 20th February 2016, 8:30am 4cm
Friday 19th February 2016, 8:27am 1cm
Thursday 18th February 2016, 8:32am 8cm
Wednesday 17th February 2016, 8:31am 38cm
Last 7 reports (total): 75cm
Last 14 reports (total): 107cm
Current month (February 2016) total: 211cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 822cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:12am on Tuesday 23rd February 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Hello to you all from here in Niseko.

There's 8cm of fresh snow on the ground to report this morning, and as I write this report light snow continues to fall. It was coming down a bit heavier just a little earlier on so might be easing off for the day... with more forecast for tonight. A good pattern that, I reckon!

Wind seems to be less of an issue this morning and so I would expect all of the lifts to be open as planned this morning, and gates to be open as well.

There's not much else to report this morning really. Regular snowfall is still forecast through the week and up until around Sunday.

We expect regular snowfall here of course, but so do lots of other areas of Japan who still seem to be battling against a relative lack-of-snow situation which is sad to see.

It sure has been an odd winter season for many areas of Japan!

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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 reports appear to be opening as planned this morning.
Yey.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -5°C, 5cm new crystal snow, calm. Moiwa 838m: -7.3°C, NNE0.7m/s, 20cm new snow, calm. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: SSE3m/s. Kamui Cape W10m/s, 1020hPa. Hirafu Peak ridge line: W10m/s, -13C, 10cm new snow. Annupuri 1150m: -11°C, N8m/s, 20cm new crystal snow.

The atmospheric pressure gradient is shallow, seas and mountains are calm. 10 to 20cm of good snow has fallen unaffected by wind. From observation the avalanche risk at 1000m is low. All peak gates are expected to open. Please listen to the patrol and respect their decisions. Do not duck ropes.

Don't carelessly traverse under cornices and knolls. When performing a pit check anchor yourself with rope. The no such thing as a safe mountain in winter. Always make safe and cautious decisions, so when bad luck comes your way, its not a deadly encounter.

Mikaeri Ridge road is closed today while avalanche experiments are being conducted.

Due to some mechanical maintenance issues, the daily avalanche report will not be released for the next few days. Have a good day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Tuesday 23rd February 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 370cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Village
Top - 340cm
Base - 170cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 350cm
Base - 170cm

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Lifts planned to be open for night skiing:

Nighta will be open every day until Monday 21st March 2016

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

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Archive report: Posted at 8:12am on Tuesday 23rd February 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas appear to be opening as normal early on

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  2015/2016
*as of Tuesday 23rd February 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
23rd February 8cm 0cm 2cm
22nd February 6cm 0cm 10cm
21st February 10cm 0cm 25cm
20th February 4cm 0cm 3cm
19th February 1cm 0cm 8cm
18th February 8cm 0cm 10cm
17th February 38cm 0cm 5cm
Previous 7 days total 75cm 0cm 63cm
Previous 14 days total 107cm 95cm 91cm
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 211cm 196cm 178cm
March observed snowfall total - 139cm 113cm
April observed snowfall total - 3cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 822cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 23rd February 2016
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
303cm
[611cm]
211cm
[822cm]
-
[822cm]
-
[822cm]
-
[822cm]
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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