Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 20th February 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Saturday 20th February 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Fine, thin cloud
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
W 2m/s (Hirafu)
Very good
This report
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
Tuesday 16th February 2016, 8:31am 15cm
Monday 15th February 2016, 8:24am 4cm
Sunday 14th February 2016, 8:22am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 70cm
Last 14 reports (total): 110cm
Current month (February 2016) total: 187cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 798cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Saturday 20th February 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

I have 4cm of fresh snow to report to you this morning from my base here in Hirafu.

I was out of town yesterday but it sounds like fog and limited visibility were the headline of the day.

Relatively mild again this morning, just slightly colder than this time yesterday here at base. The light westerly wind this morning isn't an issue and it seems that all of the lifts on the mountain should be open and operating as planned from the start of the day.

It's a fine morning actually with some thin hazy cloud around and the sun shining through them at the moment.

Things are set to change though soon with a drop in temperatures and heavy snowfall due tonight and into tomorrow, followed by regular snow through the coming week. That sounds good to me! I look forward to bringing you good snowy news tomorrow morning.

In the meantime hope you have a fine Saturday.

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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 lifts look set to be operating as planned this morning.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -3℃, 5cm snowfall. Moiwa 838m: -6.6℃, SW3.2m/s, 20cm snowfall with snowdrift development. Benkei cape: NNW7m/s (18m/s @ 8pm), Kamui cape: W6m/s, 1026hPa, wave height unknown (SW14m/s, 1020hPa @ 9pm). Hirafu peak ridge: -9℃. Annupuri 1000m: -8℃, mild wind, 10cm snowfall, 260cm snowpack.

A calm morning as the Low passed and the isobars spaced out. The wind peaked around 9pm last night, generated development of wet snowdrifts around 800m elevation, however have stabilized since then. Possibilities of avalanches from Feb 20th Low pressure snowfall layer is still to be considered around cornices, knolls and steep terrain above 900m elevation. Be alert. Peak gates will open from the morning, however may close anytime depending on the weather condition. Please respect the patrol’s decisions. The snow condition is better than it looks, slightly heavy & dense, typical Niseko snow. We strongly hope a safe day for all, please be mindful of your routes and always stay prudent in the mountains. Have a nice day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 20th February 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 345cm
Base - 145cm

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 8:30am on Saturday 20th February 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas should be open this morning

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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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 20th February 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
20th February 4cm 0cm 3cm
19th February 1cm 0cm 8cm
18th February 8cm 0cm 10cm
17th February 38cm 0cm 5cm
16th February 15cm 5cm 10cm
15th February 4cm 15cm 3cm
14th February 0cm 15cm 10cm
Previous 7 days total 70cm 35cm 49cm
Previous 14 days total 110cm 108cm 74cm
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 187cm 196cm 178cm
March observed snowfall total - 139cm 113cm
April observed snowfall total - 3cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 798cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 20th 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
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
303cm
[611cm]
187cm
[798cm]
-
[798cm]
-
[798cm]
-
[798cm]
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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