Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 2nd February 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Saturday 2nd February 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Mostly cloudy
Base temp:
-8°C

Top temp:
-15°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Eased off right now
wind condition
WNW
visibility condition
Varied
This report
Saturday 2nd February 2019, 8:32am
7cm
Friday 1st February 2019, 8:30am 21cm
Thursday 31st January 2019, 8:19am 11cm
Wednesday 30th January 2019, 8:22am 0cm
Tuesday 29th January 2019, 8:25am 10cm
Monday 28th January 2019, 8:15am 0cm
Sunday 27th January 2019, 8:30am 5cm
Last 7 reports (total): 54cm
Last 14 reports (total): 135cm
Current month (February 2019) total: 28cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 730cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Saturday 2nd February 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Morning all.

Oh dear. It's still very cold, windy and blizzard-like conditions here this morning. It's not letting up yet!

Just lower lifts are opening at the start of the day - 3 lifts at Hirafu, 5 lifts at Village, and 1 lift at both Annupuri and Hanazono are starting up.

Another 7cm of snowfall measured but that wind has been blowing it around and it's not exactly coming down straight either. So it is one of those days when you wonder just how much has fallen. Can't do more than just measure it though in the meantime!

Visibility is better this morning and while there is still a lot of cloud about, there is actually a bit of blue sky on show too.

Tomorrow should be calmer and we'll see some milder temps before dropping again around Monday and more snow moving in.

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Real danger awaits in these conditions. Do be sensible and careful. And see you tomorrow.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain Base 6.00am: -9°, 5cm new snow in the last 12 hrs, strong wind and snowdrift development. Moiwa 800m: -11.3, N18m/s, continued cornice and snowdrift development . Mikaeri Weather Station: -11°, 150cm snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: snow depth 215cm. Hirafu Ridgeline: -15°, N15m/s. Mizuno no Sawa: -12.79°, 8cm new snow in last 24hrs, snow depth 160cm. WNW9.9m/s.(max21.1m/s 5.30am). Suttsu Weather Station: -3.8°, NNW21.5m/s, snow depth 47cm. Kutchan Weather Station: -6.9°, WNW9.9m/s, snow depth 162cm.

Blizzard conditions at mountain base. Above 800m there is major snowdrift and cornice development from the strong winds. Tests show delayed snow drift stabilisation and cornices are easily collapsing. On SE faces around 1000m there is a risk of cornice collapse triggering surface avalanches around 100cm depth. Predicted fracture layer is Jan 30 frost layer. Even if the wind drops and lifts are able to run, do not go into Osawa or Kozan no Sawa valley bottoms. Also on the surrounding mountains take care on leeward snowdrift slopes, even below the treeline.

Snow in trees is heavy, wind packed and a challenge. Be careful hitting a tree. Expect easily occurring avalanches in the steep gulleys in Moiwa Anbetsu area. Don’t follow tracks that you don’t know where they are going. Most accidents happen during or directly after blizzards. Even if the weather comes good, stay out of the valley bottoms. Always be cautious.

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Ski resort operation information: Saturday 2nd February 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 330cm
- Base: 120cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Just three base lifts operating at the start of the day
- The Ace Family quad (until 8:30pm), Ace Center 4 quad (8:20pm), Hirafu Gondola (until 8:10pm) and Holiday Number 1 pair (until 8:30pm) lifts are normally open during the evening

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 245cm
- Base: 190cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Just the base lift operating at the start of the day
- The Hanazono lifts are normally open until 3:50pm (Number 3 until 3:30pm)

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 290cm
- Base: 150cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Just the base Dream quad lift operating at the start of the day
- The Jumbo 1 lift is normally open until 8:30pm during the evening

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 290cm
- Base: 160cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Upper Village Gondola, Village Express, Community Chair, Banzai and Morino operating at the start of the day
- The Upper Village Gondola, Village Express and Banzai Chair lifts are normally open until 8:00pm during the evening

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Night time operations are available in the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri resort areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO resort area.

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Saturday 2nd February 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

At least the top lifts once again on hold at the start of today

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 2nd February 2019
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 2nd February 2019
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 2nd February 2019
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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  2018/2019
*as of Saturday 2nd February 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
2nd February 7cm 0cm 15cm
1st February 21cm 13cm 19cm
31st January 11cm 45cm 14cm
30th January 0cm 26cm 0cm
29th January 10cm 15cm 0cm
28th January 0cm 14cm 11cm
27th January 5cm 16cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 54cm 129cm 59cm
Previous 14 days total 135cm 211cm 109cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 333cm 406cm 181cm
January observed snowfall total 285cm 305cm 152cm
February observed snowfall total 28cm 299cm 160cm
March observed snowfall total - 49cm 83cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 730cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 2nd February 2019
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 0cm
[0cm]
84cm
[84cm]
333cm
[417cm]
285cm
[702cm]
28cm
[730cm]
-
[730cm]
-
[730cm]
-
[730cm]
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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