Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 8th February 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Friday 8th February 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-15°C

Top temp:
-20°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
Moderate-strong NW
visibility condition
Poor
This report
Friday 8th February 2019, 8:30am
19cm
Thursday 7th February 2019, 8:15am 4cm
Wednesday 6th February 2019, 8:22am 18cm
Tuesday 5th February 2019, 8:31am 11cm
Monday 4th February 2019, 8:30am 2cm
Sunday 3rd February 2019, 8:22am 3cm
Saturday 2nd February 2019, 8:32am 7cm
Last 7 reports (total): 64cm
Last 14 reports (total): 111cm
Current month (February 2019) total: 85cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 787cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Friday 8th February 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

After saying I wasn't feeling well yesterday, a few kind souls sent me messages via the SnowJapan folk... suggesting that I have some toast to feel better. And you know what, it worked wonders; I am feeling almost back to normal this morning. The magic of toast! (And, thank you - those messages made me chuckle and cheered me up).

OK back to the important stuff.. I have 19cm of fresh snowfall at base to report to you as of 8am and snow is continuing to fall this morning. Not absolutely massive amounts perhaps, but certainly good quality.

Also very noticeable this morning is how cold it is. Extremely cold. (Might be left-overs of my not genki condition, but it feels to me like it might be the coldest morning this season). Niseko Annupuri and Niseko Village are both reporting temperatures of -22C up top and it's a 'far-from-toasty' -15C down here.

Brrrrr, indeed.

Visibility is also rather limited.

Extra special care advised on a morning like this.

Wind is affecting some ski lifts at the start of the day: currently on hold are the top lifts at Hirafu, Gondola and top lift at Village, Gondola and top lift at Annupuri.

Continued snowfall is what the forecast is telling us to expect over the coming week.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base 6am: -15℃, 10cm snowfall in 12h, light storm. Moiwa800m: -18.3℃, W10.1m/s, stormy and snowdrifts developing. Mikaeri junction: cornices and snowdrifts developing. Annupuri1120m snow depth 220cm. Hirafu peak: -20℃, stormy, snowdrifts developing. 165cm snow depth at Mizuno no sawa base, -19.75℃, 10cm snowfall in 12h, WNW13.2m/s at the entry knoll of the valley. Suttsu weather station: -12.0℃, NW9.9m/s, 58cm snow depth, Kutchan -13.8℃, NW8.9m/s, 179cm snow depth. Benkei cape: NNW18m/s, Kamui cape: NW14m/s, 1011hPa, 2.8m waves.

Winter pressure distribution with a strong cold airmass flowing resulted in a cold stormy morning above 800m elevation making cornices and snowdrifts develop considerably. Pressure test showed some weakness activities at Feb 8th hoar layer 20-40cm below the surface, most prominent in knoll terrains and surface slab slides are very likely to occur. The overall avalanche hazard level is HIGH. All gates opening are undetermined. Follow the ski patrol’s instructions. The snow in the tree runs is overhead conditions, however be sure to avoid dropping all the way down to the valley bottoms (avalanche paths).

Do not cut across cornices and knolls, that’s the easiest way to trigger a slide. Avalanches in Niseko mainly occur as a slab (snowdrifts) that drastically grew during a storm collapses. Beware of your route, better avoid open steep slopes. Have you switched your beacon ON? It is not mandatory to wear one, but it could save yours or your buddy’s life. Beware of frostbites.

We would like to apologize for some inappropriate expressions used in yesterday’s report.

Have a great day.

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Ski resort operation information: Friday 8th February 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 350cm
- Base: 140cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Top two lifts on hold 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: 253cm
- Base: 210cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts opening as normal 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: 300cm
- Base: 150cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Gondola and top lift on hold 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: 300cm
- Base: 160cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Gondola and top lift on hold 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 8:30am on Friday 8th February 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

A few gondolas and top lifts affected by weather conditions early on

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 8th February 2019
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 8th February 2019
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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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 Friday 8th February 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
8th February 19cm 7cm 4cm
7th February 4cm 1cm 0cm
6th February 18cm 0cm 0cm
5th February 11cm 3cm 0cm
4th February 2cm 0cm 3cm
3rd February 3cm 0cm 14cm
2nd February 7cm 0cm 15cm
Previous 7 days total 64cm 11cm 36cm
Previous 14 days total 111cm 166cm 91cm
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 85cm 299cm 160cm
March observed snowfall total - 49cm 83cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 787cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 8th 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
2018/2019 season 0cm
[0cm]
84cm
[84cm]
333cm
[417cm]
285cm
[702cm]
85cm
[787cm]
-
[787cm]
-
[787cm]
-
[787cm]
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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