Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 28th February 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:35am on Saturday 28th February 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Blue sky, some cloud, sunshine
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Not snowing
wind condition
N 5-8m/s (Hirafu)
Excellent
This report
Saturday 28th February 2015, 8:35am
10cm
Friday 27th February 2015, 8:45am 5cm
Thursday 26th February 2015, 8:31am 10cm
Wednesday 25th February 2015, 8:32am 10cm
Tuesday 24th February 2015, 8:31am 10cm
Monday 23rd February 2015, 8:35am 0cm
Sunday 22nd February 2015, 8:32am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 45cm
Last 14 reports (total): 65cm
Current month (February 2015) total: 196cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 1002cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:35am on Saturday 28th February 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Hirafu and some more snow to report on this last morning of February.

Another 10cm here in the base area once again, and hearing 20cm or so higher up from the resort. It's kind of similar amounts as we have seen over the last 4 or 5 days in fact, so a steady refresh each day and bringing us up to 196cm observed at base for February. It also means that we break through the 10m mark for the season as a whole. I'll take a look at more statistics sometime in the next few days.

This morning the sun is out. Lots of blue sky, a few clouds and some bright sunshine. A moderate wind but it doesn't seem to be affecting lift operations this morning, at the time of writing and checking information anyway. (Phew!)

A generally fine day expected today with a return of snowfall sometime late on tomorrow.

I've got a few people to meet out on the mountain so I'm off to put the boots on. Have a very fine, safe and fun day wherever you are.

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Check out the observed snowfall chart.... Hokkaido resorts are now 'at the top' there with the most snowfall over the last 7 days. Better than being 'at the bottom' with that dry week we had! It changes and updates in real time as all of the Now reports on SnowJapan are updated. Endlessly fascinating info to be got from that page. I highly recommend you take a look - and also play around with toggling the reports on and off on the graphs, and sorting the data etc. The page is linked to near the bottom of this page, and also on the right side of the page. And also here:

http://www.snowjapan.com/japan-daily-snow-weather-reports/observed-snowfall-data/

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It may be the end of February, but we have over 2 full months left to the season.

I reckon that works out at nearly 70 more daily reports that I'll be writing. Do stay with me until the end! And try not to snigger if I struggle for things to write as the season starts winding down. ;) Which isn't yet of course!

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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: -3C, 20cm of new snow. Moiwa 800m: NE10m/s, 20cm of new snow, major snowdrift development. Annupuri 1000m: snowpack 315cm, NNW15m/s, snowdrift development. Hirafu 1000m: Strong winds, -7C, snowdrift development on leeward slopes. Annupuri peak 1308m: wind NNW18.1m/s, -9.1C. Cape Benkei: NNE16m/s, Cape Kamui: ENE6m/s, pressure 1018hPa, wave 2.7m.

Blizzard conditions late last night to dawn caused rapid snowdrift development on steep south facing slopes (under knolls). From 5am observation, expect slabs to fracture at 50-60cm, avalanche risk is High. Slabs are fracturing at Feb27th low pressure layer. Peak gate openings are yet to be decided. Please respect patrol's decisions. Annupuri Osawa, Kozan no sawa should not be ridden today. Do not traverse from gates 1 and 8 to Osawa cornice slope. Do not duck ropes. Also be aware there is avalanche risk low on the mountain at Annupuri Ski area in the gully under gondola. Most avalanche accidents happen right after a storm. A simple pit check alone is an unreliable way to assess risk. The wind blown snow propagates impact regardless of a weak layer. Avoid riding in valley bottoms- where the avalanche will run. The snow is good and deep in the forest. Be aware of hidden cracks. Is your beacon on? Have a good day.

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Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 400cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 300cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 370cm
Base - 180cm

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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 8:35am on Saturday 28th February 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas open

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 28th February 2015
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 28th February 2015
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 28th February 2015
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2014/2015
*as of Saturday 28th February 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
28th February 10cm 3cm 5cm
27th February 5cm 0cm 2cm
26th February 10cm 0cm 25cm
25th February 10cm 0cm 10cm
24th February 10cm 0cm 5cm
23rd February 0cm 2cm 10cm
22nd February 0cm 10cm 15cm
Previous 7 days total 45cm 15cm 72cm
Previous 14 days total 65cm 79cm 179cm
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 196cm 178cm 316cm
March observed snowfall total - 113cm 164cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 32cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 2cm
Season observed snowfall total 1002cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 28th February 2015
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 - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
257cm
[806cm]
196cm
[1002cm]
-
[1002cm]
-
[1002cm]
-
[1002cm]
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]
  October November December January February March April May
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