Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 8th February 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Saturday 8th February 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloudy (some hints of blue sky and sunshine)
Base temp:
-8°C

Top temp:
-14°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None right now
wind condition
NNW
visibility condition
Varied; looks like it might be improving
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Saturday 8th February 2020, 8:31am
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Friday 7th February 2020, 8:10am 14cm
Thursday 6th February 2020, 8:10am 17cm
Wednesday 5th February 2020, 8:30am 2cm
Tuesday 4th February 2020, 8:19am 15cm
Monday 3rd February 2020, 8:22am 1cm
Sunday 2nd February 2020, 8:31am 2cm
Last 7 reports (total): 61cm
Last 14 reports (total): 70cm
Current month (February 2020) total: 61cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 577cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Saturday 8th February 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

There were some very, very cold temperatures being reported yesterday - throughout Japan, it seems, but particularly up here in Hokkaido. I might not like the cold for a few moments before I get up in a morning, but once I'm up and had some toast I like it at all other times. It's one reason why we enjoy such lovely snow up here. Some people who visit are certainly shocked though... so do come prepared!

This morning I have 10cm to add to my report from here close to Hirafu base, from yesterday and a little overnight - not enough for a total reset but still, I would expect some good conditions to enjoy this morning.

We have some varied weather conditions early morning with lots of cloud over on our mountain side, and some blue sky and sunshine over in other directions. Actually, there is more sun shining through over here since I started putting this report together and some blue to be seen through the thin clouds. (Might it be clearing up, I wonder... we are expecting more snow, so maybe not.)

Hopefully we will be on the receiving end of more snow over the next few days.

I hope that you have a good Saturday.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain Base: -8.9°, 5cm new snow in last 12hrs, light NW winds. Moiwa 800m: N16deg 4.8m/s , -12.2°, minor snowdrift development. Yu no Sawa 1000m: N 16deg 5.1m/s, -15.0°. Niseko Village 900m:NNE 343deg 5.1m/s, -14.1°. Hirafu 1000m : NNE 343deg (speed:no data) , -15.1°. Hanazono 720m: NNW 333deg 3.8m/s, -12.4°. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NNE8m/s. Kamui Cape N8m/s, 1016hPa, wave 1.4m.

The winter type pressure pattern continues bringing cold air into the area. Above 800m a northerly wind is fluctuating around 10m/s with minor snowdrift and cornice development. The mountain has generally been reset by 15-20cm snowdrifts. General avalanche risk is low and all gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice and be prepared before going out the gates. The snow is good on and off-piste. Take care though.

A 20m/s wind can build heavy snowdrifts on leeward slopes in a very short time. The stronger the storm the faster this happens, making a dangerous situation very quickly. Many accidents happen in these conditions. Think before you enter a leeward valley during a blizzard too avoid the storm. Do not wait around on steep slopes or valley floors. Our decisions are always being questioned in the winter mountains. Have a good day.

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Ski resort operation information: Saturday 8th February 2020

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 270cm
- Base: 125cm

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: 205cm
- Base: 133cm

All lifts are normally operating

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 170cm
- Base: 115cm

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: 200cm
- Base: 120cm

All lifts normally operating EXCEPT:
- Country Road Chair (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 Saturday 8th February 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas are open - see above

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
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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 Saturday 8th February 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
8th February 10cm 19cm 7cm
7th February 14cm 4cm 1cm
6th February 17cm 18cm 0cm
5th February 2cm 11cm 3cm
4th February 15cm 2cm 0cm
3rd February 1cm 3cm 0cm
2nd February 2cm 7cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 61cm 64cm 11cm
Previous 14 days total 70cm 111cm 166cm
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 61cm 198cm 299cm
March observed snowfall total - 45cm 49cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 577cm 951cm 1260cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 8th 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]
61cm
[577cm]
- - -
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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