Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 2nd March 2021

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Niseko region, Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:40am on Tuesday 2nd March 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snow, fog
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light-moderate snow
wind condition
N-NW
visibility condition
Limited-poor
PLEASE READ THIS
This report
Tuesday 2nd March 2021, 8:40am
19cm
Monday 1st March 2021, 8:25am 0cm
Sunday 28th February 2021, 8:33am 0cm
Saturday 27th February 2021, 8:31am 21cm
Friday 26th February 2021, 8:27am 8cm
Thursday 25th February 2021, 8:30am 10cm
Wednesday 24th February 2021, 8:30am 16cm
Last 7 reports (total): 74cm
Last 14 reports (total): 166cm
Current month (March 2021) total: 19cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 1141cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:40am on Tuesday 2nd March 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

Snow, wind, low visibility... it's one of those mornings, with all top lifts as well as the Niseko Village gondola are on hold.

Clearer skies are possible tomorrow and Thursday, hopefully without the wind too. And a bit more snow today.

Anyway, I wrote this.

-----

The 2020-2021 Niseko season so far: until the end February 2021

As it is now the beginning of March, it's once again time for me to look back at the numbers so far and see how we are doing compared with previous seasons.

The usual up front stuff:

I take my measurements from near the base of Niseko Grand Hirafu. There is usually more snow at higher elevations, but it is impossible for me to take measurements from the top of the mountain every morning for all sorts of practical reasons. My observed snowfall numbers on these Niseko Now reports over the years can be compared like-for-like, because they are my own observations and are coming from the same place each season.

OK so here goes...

This is how much snowfall I have measured during the month of February over the last nine years:

February 2021: 325cm
February 2020: 143cm
February 2019: 198cm
February 2018: 299cm
February 2017: 160cm
February 2016: 266cm
February 2015: 196cm
February 2014: 178cm
February 2013: 316cm

Very nice!

The SnowJapan Niseko Now daily reports go back further than that (to a time when toast was not mentioned) but this is the most observed snowfall at base in any February since the current format was implemented in 2013.

And more than double last February.

There were just a handful of days when I wasn’t able to report any cm of snowfall and a further bunch of days when it was just a ‘dusting+’.

Here’s the total snowfall from the start of the season through the end of February:

2020/2021 season up to end of February 2021: 1122cm
2019/2020 season up to end of February 2020: 659cm
2018/2019 season up to end of February 2019: 900cm
2017/2018 season up to end of February 2018: 1198cm
2016/2017 season up to end of February 2017: 605cm
2015/2016 season up to end of February 2016: 877cm
2014/2015 season up to end of February 2015: 1002cm
2013/2014 season up to end of February 2014: 1037cm
2012/2013 season up to end of February 2013: 1295cm

1122cm is also on the upper scale of what we have experienced over the last nine seasons. 2017-2018 just beat it by a bit and 2012-2013 by some more.

These are very good numbers. If you go with the usual ‘there’s often about 1.5 times the amount of snow on the upper areas of the mountain’ thinking, it’s easy to imagine that there will have been 16m or more snowfall up there.

With such good snow and conditions, in a normal year there would be a real celebratory atmosphere and everywhere would be buzzing. This season being what it is, though, it doesn’t feel like that.

Yes, of course, people who have been able to visit have been able to enjoy some excellent conditions and enjoy an unusually quiet Niseko. For some it has almost felt like an experiment in time-travel to a time before Niseko got properly noticed.

The sad fact remains that lots of you could not get here and so could only look on from afar. You folks clearly don't need anyone to remind you of that. But perhaps seeing Niseko and Japan in general enjoy a season of good snowfall will get everyone all the more excited for their next visit. I predict a rush back once people are able to.

With the foreign market being a bit chunk of business for many in Niseko - probably more than any other ski area in Japan - it has undoubtedly been a difficult season and people are already genuinely wondering how next winter might possibly shape up.

Obviously with much out of our control we can only do what we can do and hope that the situation is much brighter later this year and in the run up to 2021-2022.

Anyway, going back to the numbers for this year.

This is how much snowfall I have recorded during the month of March in the last eight winter seasons.

March 2020: 59cm
March 2019: 45cm
March 2018: 49cm
March 2017: 83cm
March 2016: 109cm
March 2015: 139cm
March 2014: 113cm
March 2013: 164cm

You can clearly see than in recent years there has been a rather disappointing trend of us getting less snowfall during the month of March.

This is by no means dismissing that clear year-on-year trend (those observed numbers can be directly compared), but it is important to remember that especially during the later part of a season there will be days when it snows on the mountain but there’s no fresh cm of snow for me to report from base. So in late season there's an increased chance that part of the story is not covered by base numbers. Always good to keep that in mind.

And just as an additional number, this is how much of the total snowfall for a season we have already had by the end of February:

By the end of February 2020, as a % of the season total: about 91%
By the end of February 2019, as a % of the season total: about 95%
By the end of February 2018, as a % of the season total: about 95%
By the end of February 2017, as a % of the season total: about 88%
By the end of February 2016, as a % of the season total: about 88%
By the end of February 2015, as a % of the season total: about 88%
By the end of February 2014, as a % of the season total: about 89%
By the end of February 2013, as a % of the season total: about 87%

The snowfall numbers that the Japan Meteorological Agency report from their observation station in Kutchan town are as follows.

February 2021: 247cm
February 2020: 158cm
February 2019: 141cm
February 2018: 202cm
February 2017: 173cm
February 2016: 210cm
February 2015: 167cm
February 2014: 130cm
February 2013: 228cm

2020/2021 season up to end of February 2021: 860cm
2019/2020 season up to end of February 2020: 609cm
2018/2019 season up to end of February 2019: 808cm
2017/2018 season up to end of February 2018: 954cm
2016/2017 season up to end of February 2017: 741cm
2015/2016 season up to end of February 2016: 698cm
2014/2015 season up to end of February 2015: 825cm
2013/2014 season up to end of February 2014: 804cm
2012/2013 season up to end of February 2013: 900cm

I think a general summary of the season so far would probably go something like this:

Great year for snow, but wish you were here.

PS The season ain’t over yet. I plan to be with you until the ski lifts close for the season. If they continue as planned, that’ll be early May.

-----

Niseko Avalanche Report

Coastal Data 6:25am. Cape Benkei:E10m/s. Cape Kamui: ENE42m/s, 1011hPa, wave 1.9m. Hanazono 1000m: -5.0℃, NNW7.8m/s. Hanazono 720: -6.5℃, NNW3.9m/s. Moiwa 800m: -6.0℃, NNE10.0m/s. Annupuri 1100m:-3.4℃, NNE9.9m/s. Yu no Sawa 1100m: -3.9℃, NNE4.3m/s. Mizuno no Sawa Top: -6.8℃, NNE8.6m/s. Kutchan Town: -2.8℃, NW1.7m/s, 17cm snow in last 24hrs, snow depth 204cm. Moiwa Base 300m: -4.0℃, 25cm new snow in last 24hrs, light wind, snow, poor visibility.

At the mountain base 15-20cm of low pressure snow has fallen on the 1st March layer, above 700m a NE15m/s wind and accumulations of wind blown snow. From tests at 800m new snowdrifts will fracture at 45cm depth. Snow at the mountain base is typical low pressure crystal snowfall, reflective and light. This snowfall higher up above 800m is under the new wind slab and expected to remain as a significant weak layer. On Osawa 1100m and Kozan no Sawa sidewall cornice face a wind slab or crust is expected to develop from a strong NE wind. Carelessly stimulating these slabs(snowdrifts) could impact through the slab causing an avalanche. These areas should not be ridden until the wind drops below 10m/s and given time to consolidate and stabilise. Gate openings yet to be decided. Please listen to the patrol’s advice. Expect the avalanche risk to rapidly increase from noon. The snow is good and light in the trees, but be careful when visibility is poor. Beware hitting trees or falling into a creek. The water is cold. Moiwa Gate 6 will be closed from tomorrow due to lift operations suspended.

-----

Planned ski area operations: Tuesday 2nd March 2021
The below information is manually checked each morning from official sources.
The numbers in brackets show the change in the official snow depth numbers since the previous report.

Niseko Grand Hirafu

24 hours new snowfall (as reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 15cm
- Base: 15cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 470cm (+5cm)
- Base: 230cm (+0cm)

Ski lifts:
- Planned: 5 lifts today - Ace Family Quad, Ace Quad Center 4, Hirafu Gondola, King Quad 3, King 4
- Night skiing: Ace Center Four quad (every day) and Ace Family quad (Saturdays only at the moment)

-----

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

24 hours new snowfall (as reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 23cm
- Base: 22cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 340cm (-7cm)
- Base: 242cm (+17cm)

Ski lifts:
- Planned: 3 lifts today - Hanazono 1, 2 and 3
- There is no night skiing at Hanazono

-----

Niseko Annupuri

24 hours new snowfall (as reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 10cm
- Base: 10cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 340cm (+0cm)
- Base: 210cm (+0cm)

Ski lifts:
- Planned: 4 lifts today - Jumbo 2 and 3 rested
- Jumbo Number 1 quad lift operates for night skiing

-----

Niseko Village

24 hours new snowfall (as reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 10cm
- Base: 5cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 330cm (+0cm)
- Base: 214cm (-16cm)

Ski lifts:
- Planned: 4 lifts today - Niseko Gondola, Community, Banzai, Wonderland
- Community Chair lift operates for night skiing

-----

Night time operations are available in the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas until 7th March 2021.
There is no night skiing in the Niseko HANAZONO area.

Archive report: Posted at 8:40am on Tuesday 2nd March 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Top lifts on hold at the start of the day

<
Monday 1st March 2021
This report
Tuesday 2nd March 2021
Wednesday 3rd March 2021
>
Photo 1
UPDATES
UPDATE FROM SNOWJAPAN
As the hot summer approaches - a few thoughts and an update on what we are up to at the moment

NEWS & BLOGS
Introducing our 'News & Blogs' section of the site
Daily snow reports
Other SnowJapan 'Now' reports and latest observed snowfall
Shiga Kogen Now 0cm
Sunday 30th May 2021, 8:45am
Yuzawa Now 0cm
Sunday 23rd May 2021, 8:25am
Furano Now 0cm
Sunday 9th May 2021, 11:08am
Hakuba Now 0cm
Sunday 9th May 2021, 9:23am
Nozawa Onsen Now 0cm
Sunday 9th May 2021, 8:01am
Kiroro Now 0cm
Thursday 6th May 2021, 9:32am
Myoko Now 0cm
Sunday 2nd May 2021, 8:18am
Madarao Now 0cm
Sunday 4th April 2021, 9:04am
Geto Kogen Now 0cm
Wednesday 5th May 2021, 7:45am
Zao Now 0cm
Wednesday 5th May 2021, 7:41am
Appi Kogen Now 0cm
Wednesday 5th May 2021, 7:40am
Aizu Bandai Now 0cm
Thursday 26th November 2020, 11:22am
Minakami Now 0cm
Wednesday 16th December 2020, 10:07am
Naeba Now 0cm
Friday 27th November 2020, 7:58am
Japan snowfall data
(updated daily during winter)
Nearby accommodation
Lessons in English
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 2nd March 2021
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Tuesday 2nd March 2021
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 2nd March 2021
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2020/2021
*as of Tuesday 2nd March 2021
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
2nd March 19cm 0cm 0cm
1st March 0cm 4cm 0cm
28th February 0cm 0cm 0cm
27th February 21cm 0cm 3cm
26th February 8cm 0cm 0cm
25th February 10cm 6cm 0cm
24th February 16cm 19cm 3cm
Previous 7 days total 74cm 13cm 6cm
Previous 14 days total 166cm 61cm 9cm
November observed snowfall total 62cm 85cm 84cm
December observed snowfall total 348cm 207cm 333cm
January observed snowfall total 387cm 224cm 285cm
February observed snowfall total 325cm 143cm 198cm
March observed snowfall total 19cm 59cm 45cm
April observed snowfall total - 10cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 1141cm 728cm 951cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 2nd March 2021
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
2021/2022 season - - - - - - - -
2020/2021 season 0cm
[0cm]
62cm
[62cm]
348cm
[410cm]
387cm
[797cm]
325cm
[1122cm]
19cm
[1141cm]
-
[1141cm]
-
[1141cm]
2019/2020 season - 85cm
[85cm]
207cm
[292cm]
224cm
[516cm]
143cm
[659cm]
59cm
[718cm]
10cm
[728cm]
-
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]
  October November December January February March April May
Niseko Now reports before Tuesday 2nd March 2021
Niseko Now reports from the same period last season
Niseko Now archived reporting
View previous reports posted to Niseko Now by clicking on the month

2021

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002