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Niseko Now

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Niseko region, Japan
LATEST REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Monday 17th February 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow until just before
wind condition
SSE
visibility condition
Fair
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Monday 17th February 2020, 8:31am
17cm
Sunday 16th February 2020, 8:25am 0cm
Saturday 15th February 2020, 8:05am 0cm
Friday 14th February 2020, 8:30am 0cm
Thursday 13th February 2020, 8:31am 0cm
Wednesday 12th February 2020, 8:30am 0cm
Tuesday 11th February 2020, 8:21am 1cm
Last 7 reports (total): 18cm
Last 14 reports (total): 83cm
Current month (February 2020) total: 86cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 602cm

Good morning from Niseko.

And it feels like a good Monday morning.

It doesn't feel as cold as yesterday (to me anyway, perhaps due to it coming in from the south), but I am measuring 17cm of fresh snowfall this morning here at base. I note the Avalanche report is reporting 25cm.

I wouldn't say that it is prime quality, but that is certainly not a complaint and I am very keen to get out there - as are others lining up for first lifts early on!

The southerly winds might be a bit of a 'doh!' to cunning plans being made for turns at the top of the mountain though, as top lifts are on hold at the start of the day.

At the moment just as I am about to post the report it is cloudy with even a bit of sun poking through in places. It was snowing lightly until just a short while ago. Perhaps changeable weather during the day today and hopefully we'll get some more proper snow at times over the next few days.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain Base: -4.0°, 25cm new snow. Moiwa 800m: S 178deg 10 min avg 5.4m/s , -5.2°. Yu no Sawa 1000m: WSW 231deg 6.4m/s, -7.3. Niseko Village 900m: S 175 deg 7.4m/s, -6.5°. Hirafu 1000m : S 183deg 12m/s(max 18m/s at 5am) , -7.4°. Hanazono 720m: SSW 191deg 9.4m/s (18m/s at 5am) , -5.0°. Annupuri 1100m: no data. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:SSE 12m/s. Kamui Cape NE 13m/s, 1000hPa, wave 2.2m.

A low pressure system is moving slowly northward up the Sea of Japan bringing blizzard conditions and snowdrift development from the east. On the west side of the range at 800m snow drift development has been over 100cm and is easily fracturing from impact. The cold low pressure snowfall has formed soft slabs which are not easily compacting. The avalanche risk is extremely high above 800m on cornice slopes and around knolls. Predicted to fracture on 16th Feb low pressure front snowfall layer. Better not get on open steep slopes today. The trees are reset with 25cm of new snow – good. But watch out for the hard layer underneath.

Most accidents happen during bad weather like blizzards. Make flexible plans according to the weather. Visibility is poor today, watch out crashing. Is your beacon on? They are not just a fashion accessory. Peak gates are expected to be closed. Enjoy the snow on the sides of the runs. Have a good day.

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Ski resort operation information: Monday 17th February 2020

*** TOP LIFTS ON HOLD AT THE START OF THE DAY TODAY ***

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 260cm
- Base: 110cm

All lifts are normally operating EXCEPT:
- Ace Number 1 pair lift (normally rested)
- King Number 2 quad lift (normally rested)

All courses normally open

Lifts scheduled for late operations:
- Ace Family quad until 8:30pm
- Ace Number 2 Center Four quad until 8:20pm
- Hirafu Gondola until 8:10pm
- Holiday Number 1 pair until 8:30pm

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 180cm
- Base: 108cm

All lifts are normally operating

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 180cm
- Base: 110cm

All lifts are normally operating

Lift scheduled for late operations:
- Jumbo Number 1 quad until 8:30pm

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 190cm
- Base: 110cm

All lifts normally operating EXCEPT:
- Country Road Chair (normally rested)

Lifts scheduled for late operations:
- Annupuri Village Gondola until 8:00pm
- Village Express until 8:00pm
- Banzai Chair until 8:00pm

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Top lifts on hold at the start of the day due to wind

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 17th February 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Monday 17th February 2020
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 17th February 2020
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2019/2020
*as of Monday 17th February 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
17th February 17cm 0cm 21cm
16th February 0cm 6cm 17cm
15th February 0cm 8cm 26cm
14th February 0cm 14cm 26cm
13th February 0cm 14cm 32cm
12th February 0cm 17cm 14cm
11th February 1cm 16cm 3cm
Previous 7 days total 18cm 75cm 139cm
Previous 14 days total 83cm 158cm 164cm
November observed snowfall total 85cm 84cm 188cm
December observed snowfall total 207cm 333cm 406cm
January observed snowfall total 224cm 285cm 305cm
February observed snowfall total 86cm 198cm 299cm
March observed snowfall total - 45cm 49cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 602cm 951cm 1260cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 17th February 2020
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2019/2020 season - 85cm
[85cm]
207cm
[292cm]
224cm
[516cm]
86cm
[602cm]
- - -
2018/2019 season 0cm
[0cm]
84cm
[84cm]
333cm
[417cm]
285cm
[702cm]
198cm
[900cm]
45cm
[945cm]
6cm
[951cm]
0cm
[951cm]
2017/2018 season - 188cm
[188cm]
406cm
[594cm]
305cm
[899cm]
299cm
[1198cm]
49cm
[1247cm]
13cm
[1260cm]
0cm
[1260cm]
2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
152cm
[445cm]
160cm
[605cm]
83cm
[688cm]
0cm
[688cm]
0cm
[688cm]
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
303cm
[611cm]
266cm
[877cm]
109cm
[986cm]
6cm
[992cm]
0cm
[992cm]
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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