Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 2nd February 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Sunday 2nd February 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud and...
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light>moderate snow
wind condition
WNW
visibility condition
Limited-poor
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Sunday 2nd February 2020, 8:31am
2cm
Saturday 1st February 2020, 8:30am 0cm
Friday 31st January 2020, 8:30am 0cm
Thursday 30th January 2020, 8:30am 0cm
Wednesday 29th January 2020, 8:32am 0cm
Tuesday 28th January 2020, 8:27am 0cm
Monday 27th January 2020, 8:32am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 2cm
Last 14 reports (total): 81cm
Current month (February 2020) total: 2cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 518cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Sunday 2nd February 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

Some sunshine in the day yesterday and it has started snowing again this morning and I can add 2cm to the report so far. Light snow here as I started putting this report together, but it has just started to come down a bit faster and it looks like it is snowing nicely over at Hanazono just now too. Limited visibility as that snow falls.

We should be on a roll over the coming weeks, with regular snowfall forecast. That sounds good.

At the start of the day, the top Ace Number 1 pair at Niseko Grand Hirafu and Morino Chair at Niseko Village are on hold; not exactly sure why, perhaps a temporary issue.

I hope you have a good day and take care out there.

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I'm going to have a few pieces of toast and some good coffee, look through my reports over last month and put together my recap which will appear tomorrow. I don't know if many people enjoy reading those, but I certainly find it thinking about the season as a whole every so often and the process of putting them together.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain Base 6am: -5°, calm. Moiwa 800m: NNW 345deg 8.0m/s, -6.8°, no snow, snowdrift development. Yu no Sawa 1000m: NNW 329deg 1.6m/s, -9.3°. Niseko Village 900m:N 306deg 1.2m/s , -8.5°. Hirafu 1000m: NNW 345deg 1.7m/s, -9.5°. Hanazono 720m: calm, -7.9°. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NW10m/s. Kamui Cape light winds, 1018hPa, wave 0.6m. Annupuri 1000: snow depth 160cm.

The low pressure system has moved off to the east, the atmospheric pressure gradient is shallow and weather is calm on the seas and mountains. There has been light snowfall and there has been no noticeable snow drift development. Snow drifts that formed up to yesterday have begun to stabilise and from observation and data the general avalanche risk is low. Round 900-1000m on Kozan no Sawa(Back Bowl) side wall a hard slab has formed and is likely to fracture and cause a shallow avalanche. This could cause a serious accident if caught in it. Do not take inexperienced riders into this area.

Accidents are continuing to happen in Hokkaido. Most accidents are caused by getting on slopes with heavy wind effected slabs. Do not over estimate your knowledge or skills. Guides and tour leaders always have a great responsibility. Be cautious. Be careful running into a tree. Beacons and helmets are highly recommended. Peak gates are expected to open in the morning. Have a good day. Groomers are hard but in good condition.

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Ski resort operation information: Sunday 2nd February 2020

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 230cm
- Base: 95cm

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: 163cm
- Base: 95cm

All lifts are normally operating

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 160cm
- Base: 100cm

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: 175cm
- Base: 100cm

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

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

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Sunday 2nd February 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

See above

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 2nd 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 Sunday 2nd 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 Sunday 2nd February 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
2nd February 2cm 7cm 0cm
1st February 0cm 21cm 13cm
31st January 0cm 11cm 45cm
30th January 0cm 0cm 26cm
29th January 0cm 10cm 15cm
28th January 0cm 0cm 14cm
27th January 0cm 5cm 16cm
Previous 7 days total 2cm 54cm 129cm
Previous 14 days total 81cm 135cm 211cm
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 2cm 198cm 299cm
March observed snowfall total - 45cm 49cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 518cm 951cm 1260cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 2nd 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 the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2020/2021 season - - - - - - - -
2019/2020 season - 85cm
[85cm]
207cm
[292cm]
224cm
[516cm]
2cm
[518cm]
- - -
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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