Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 27th February 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Saturday 27th February 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds. They like Niseko.
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snowing. Still.
wind condition
W 2m/s - NW 7m/s
Fair
This report
Saturday 27th February 2016, 8:32am
20cm
Friday 26th February 2016, 8:33am 18cm
Thursday 25th February 2016, 8:32am 10cm
Wednesday 24th February 2016, 8:45am 7cm
Tuesday 23rd February 2016, 8:12am 8cm
Monday 22nd February 2016, 8:42am 6cm
Sunday 21st February 2016, 8:32am 10cm
Last 7 reports (total): 79cm
Last 14 reports (total): 149cm
Current month (February 2016) total: 266cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 877cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Saturday 27th February 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Hurray!

The official upper snow depth of Niseko Grand Hirafu breaks through the 4m mark this morning.

But what is of more immediate interest is the 20cm of fresh snow on the ground again this morning so once again tracks should be filled in and it should be a fine morning out there. I'm writing this and taking the webcam images at 8am and I see there's already quite a few people lined up waiting for the Ace Number 2 quad. It may be a pain waiting 30+ minutes, but I'm sure it'll be worth it once again.

I just noticed that even at yesterday we had more snow during the month of February 2016 than we did during the month of December 2015. Check this out:

This season
December 2015: 244cm
January 2016: 303cm
February 2016: 266cm (up until and including today)

Last season
December 2014: 519cm
January 2015: 257cm
February 2015: 196cm

Not bad at all!

I'll do a full round up of number stuff once we get into March.

Back to today. It's keeping cold still, and snow is still falling. The report below mentions calm conditions but as we approach opening time for lifts it does look like there'll be disruptions to many of the top lifts with stronger winds up on upper areas. Details as they are at 8:30am shown below.

The forecast remains good for the coming week with continued regular snowfall. Yey!

Have a great day if you are here in Niseko and a fun weekend wherever you are.

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
The top Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts are on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Looks like all three lifts still appear to be opening as planned.

Niseko Village
The top Wonderland lift is on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds.

Niseko Annupuri
The top Jumbo Number 4 lift is on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -8℃, 20cm of crystal snow and calm morning. Moiwa 800m: -11℃, SW10m/s, 25cm snowfall. Mikaeri 700m: -10.8℃, 30cm snowfall. Annupuri 1150m: NW10m/s, 20cm snowfall. Hirafu Peak Ridge: -13℃, mild wind, 25cm snowfall. Benkei cape: NW14m/s, Kamui cape WNW11m/s, 1023hPa, wave height unknown.

The isobars are spacing out and the weather is calm. The overnight snowfall is light and good, most tracks are filled in. The stabilization of the cornices and snowdrifts that have developed in the past couple of days (westerly wind 15-20m/s) is delayed due to cold temperature and are likely to crack. Pit-checks and ski test should be done with a rope & harness. 60cm surface slab avalanche from Feb 24th layer is likely to occur in 1100m elevation leeside cornice/knolls terrain. Be extra prudent in the Backbowl sidealls, Osawa cornice and Higashi-One cornice area. Beware of falling into cracks and hitting trees.

Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions at the gates. It is severely prohibited by the Niseko Rules to duck any ropes, enter strictly off-limits areas and ignore the patrol’s orders. Lifts passes will be confiscated. Have a nice day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 27th February 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 410cm
Base - 190cm

Niseko Village
Top - 360cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 380cm
Base - 190cm

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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 8:32am on Saturday 27th February 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas look set to open as normal this morning

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 27th February 2016
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 27th February 2016
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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  2015/2016
*as of Saturday 27th February 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
27th February 20cm 5cm 0cm
26th February 18cm 10cm 0cm
25th February 10cm 10cm 0cm
24th February 7cm 10cm 0cm
23rd February 8cm 0cm 2cm
22nd February 6cm 0cm 10cm
21st February 10cm 0cm 25cm
Previous 7 days total 79cm 35cm 37cm
Previous 14 days total 149cm 70cm 86cm
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 266cm 196cm 178cm
March observed snowfall total - 139cm 113cm
April observed snowfall total - 3cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 877cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 27th February 2016
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
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
303cm
[611cm]
266cm
[877cm]
-
[877cm]
-
[877cm]
-
[877cm]
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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