Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 27th February 2013

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:47am on Wednesday 27th February 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
-
wind condition
3-5m/s (Hirafu)
Generally fine
This report
Wednesday 27th February 2013, 8:47am
2cm
Tuesday 26th February 2013, 8:15am 25cm
Monday 25th February 2013, 8:39am 10cm
Sunday 24th February 2013, 8:55am 5cm
Saturday 23rd February 2013, 8:30am 10cm
Friday 22nd February 2013, 8:35am 15cm
Thursday 21st February 2013, 9:15am 15cm
Last 7 reports (total): 82cm
Last 14 reports (total): 194cm
Current month (February 2013) total: 311cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 1290cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:47am on Wednesday 27th February 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Sapporo was fun. It's a great city and a visit is highly recommended. And yes, the beer of the same name is fine too.

Enough of that. Back to Niseko!

Just a few cm of snow to report this morning since yesterday and it's a mild morning. Fairly calm too here where I am in Hirafu, but I can see that the flags waving about excitedly over at Hanazono on the webcam. Even so, they are reporting wind speed of up to 5m/s, and all resorts on the mountain are preparing to be fully open as normal, so wind doesn't seem to be an issue today.

It's cloudy at the moment with the chance of light snow showers during the day, but certainly nothing major. Similar weather conditions are likely tomorrow, maybe with some stronger winds.

Today, the JMA snow fall number for Kutchan Town stands at 216cm which is exactly the same as was recorded in the month of Febraury 2012. Another 20cm and we'll 'beat' the numbers for Febraury over the last 7 seasons. Yes, they are only numbers, but when it comes to amounts of snow we always want bigger ones. Doesn't look like we'll manage that in the end but a respectable number anyway for sure. Next up will be March which sometimes throws us some delights and surprises.

The forecast for the first days of March is actually looking very positive with the potential for heavy snowfalls this Friday into Saturday and a return to more suitably colder conditions on the mountain late weekend.

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Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 490cm
Bottom - 240cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 390cm
Bottom - 250cm

Niseko Village
Top - 450cm
Bottom - 250cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -6C, 5cm of snowfall in the past 12 hours, calm morning. Moiwa 800m: SW5m/s, no development of snowdrifts, -10C. Annupuri peak: SW7m/s, -11.1C. Coastal data: S4m/s, 0.8m waves and 1015hPa.

According to all data and observations, there are no snowdrift developments and the snowpack is stable. The general avalanche hazard is low. This morning's snowfall is typical of pre-low pressure system and will potentially become a trigger layer in the future snowpack. Deeper layers are stable, however caution is always required in 1200m area knolls and 40°slopes under cornices. It is strongly discouraged to stimulate those kinds of slopes during high winter season. Traversing under cornices and knolls is a very bad idea. Peak gates are scheduled to open at 9:30. Listen to the ski patrol’s instructions when stepping out of bounds. Do not duck ropes/nets.

Skiing under Hanazono 3 lift is prohibited. Do not ignore the announcements. The mountain is mostly tracked, but the snow is still in good condition. Do not overestimate gears and skills. Snow & wind is forecasted to pick up in the afternoon, visibility will turn bad, beware of cracks. Think safe, have fun and have a nice day.

Archive report: Posted at 8:47am on Wednesday 27th February 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas now open for the season. Further details in report.

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December observed snowfall total 418cm - -
January observed snowfall total 443cm - -
February observed snowfall total 311cm - -
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