Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 4th February 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:19am on Tuesday 4th February 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud and...
Base temp:
-8°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
WNW
visibility condition
Varied
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This report
Tuesday 4th February 2020, 8:19am
15cm
Monday 3rd February 2020, 8:22am 1cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 18cm
Last 14 reports (total): 62cm
Current month (February 2020) total: 18cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 534cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:19am on Tuesday 4th February 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from here near Hirafu base.

Good news this morning with a decent amount of fresh snowfall on the ground. I have measured 15cm of it and it is light, dry and fluffy.... lovely. With probably a bit more than that higher up the mountain I would expect that it will be a good morning. For what its worth, Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko HANAZONO are both adding 20cm to their upper snow depth this morning. The other two seem less reluctant to make changes to those numbers.

Varied visibility as of 8:15am with a rather grey palette here in Hirafu and light snow falling, but there's actually some blue sky and sunshine out over in the direction of Mt Yotei.

It doesn't feel too windy down here at base though the resorts are reporting moderate NW on the mountain; lifts are starting the day as planned.

It does feel cold (and Annupuri are reporting -16C at their summit) so I'm going to wrap myself up well before heading out.

Regular snow top-ups remain likely though until the weekend. Yey!

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It's 4th February and that means that the Sapporo Snow Festival official begins today. No doubt lots of people will be scheduling in a visit to the famous festival with their time in Niseko.

Hope you have fun.

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If you were naughty and missed my report and recap yesterday: I do forgive you, and you can find it here.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Moiwa Base: -8°, 20cm new snow. Moiwa 800m: NNW 329deg 10.8m/s(max 4am 20m/s), -11.6°. Yu no Sawa 1000m: NNW 316deg 5.7m/s(max 4am 18m/s). Niseko Village 900m:NW 316deg 5.7m/s(max 12am 15m/s). Hirafu : NNW, (speed:no data) , -14.5°. Hanazono: NNW 321deg 7.1m/s(max 4am 18m/s), -11.9°. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NNW15m/s. Kamui Cape W12m/s, 1019hPa, wave 2.2m. Annupuri 1000m: snow depth 160cm.

20cm of snow fell overnight to dawn as the winter type atmospheric weather pattern strengthened. Around 800m on leeward slopes, snowdrift development has been up to 50cm depth. Wind strengthened to a max of 20m/s at 4am, then dropping to dawn. From observation at 900m snowdrifts are starting to stabilise. However the avalanche risk remains high around 1000m on leeward cornice slopes and knolls, with a fracture face of 50cm on the Feb 3 low pressure snowfall layer or weak layers within snowdrift. Better not get on Kozan no Sawa sidewall or Osawa cornice face today. Strictly off limits area Haru no Taki: avalanche danger is high. Respect Niseko Rules and Do Not Enter.

Snow in the trees is good. Have a fun day and avoid riding steep cornice and knoll slopes. Peak gate opening are undecided. Please listen to the patrols advice. Beacons and helmets are recommended. The Avalanche report will not be issued tomorrow and day after. Avalanche accidents occur when unstable snow fractures. Don't overdo it in the wind and snow. Be cautious and take care. Have a good day.

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Ski resort operation information: Tuesday 4th February 2020

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 250cm
- 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: 185cm
- Base: 110cm

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: 185cm
- 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 8:19am on Tuesday 4th February 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

See above

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 4th February 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Tuesday 4th 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 Tuesday 4th 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 Tuesday 4th February 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
4th February 15cm 2cm 0cm
3rd February 1cm 3cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 18cm 54cm 99cm
Previous 14 days total 62cm 112cm 200cm
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 18cm 198cm 299cm
March observed snowfall total - 45cm 49cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 534cm 951cm 1260cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 4th 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
2019/2020 season - 85cm
[85cm]
207cm
[292cm]
224cm
[516cm]
18cm
[534cm]
- - -
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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