Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 9th February 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:28am on Saturday 9th February 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snow clouds seem to like it over Niseko
Base temp:
-14°C

Top temp:
-16°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
Light westerly
visibility condition
Limited-poor
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Saturday 9th February 2019, 8:28am
18cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 75cm
Last 14 reports (total): 129cm
Current month (February 2019) total: 103cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 805cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:28am on Saturday 9th February 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

It's another extremely cold morning up here in Hokkaido and snow continues to fall. And I have another 18cm of fresh to add to my report. That number doesn't convey the quality of the snow, which is really nice dry powder. Good quality consistent snowfall. Lovely. And wind does not feel like it is going to be naughty and causing issues with lift operations today.

The lines are long for the first lifts this morning.

Monday is National Foundation Day in Japan. Here's a bit of background

"National Foundation Day was first held in 1967 as a day to reflect on the establishment of the nation and to nurture a love for the country. From 1872 to 1948, February 11 was known as Kigen-setsu, a holiday commemorating the day on which—according to the Nihon Shoki—Emperor Jimmu is said to have acceded the throne in 660 BCE".

So now you know. It means that it's a 3-day long weekend for many in Japan and traditionally one of the more popular weekends for a ski trip in peak season.

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Also this weekend, the last chance to check out the famous Sapporo Snow Festival which runs through until Monday. This year it has been the 70th year of the festival, held over three areas in the city - the Odori Site, Susukino Site and Tsudome Site.

I hear that some people visiting yesterday were themselves turning into ice sculptures, it was so cold.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base 6am: -15℃, 10cm snowfall in 12h, calm. Moiwa800m: -15.1℃, WSW1.7m/s, light development of snowdrifts. Mikaeri junction: -15℃, light snowdrift. Annupuri 1120m snow depth 230cm. Hirafu peak: -16℃, some gusts blowing at 800m elevation. Mizuno no sawa: no data. Suttsu weather station: -7.2℃, WNW3.1m/s, 59cm snow depth. Kutchan: -15.7℃, ENE2.0m/s, 181cm snow depth. Benkei cape: NW15m/s, Kamui cape: WSW9m/s, 1018hPa, 1.8m waves.

15+m/s storm have passed and the snowdrifts are stabilizing. The overall avalanche risk is lowering, however slides caused by falling cornices are still to be considered. All gates are scheduled to open from the morning. Listen to the ski patrol’s instructions and be prepared for the backcountry before stepping out of the gates. The snow much faster than yesterday. Beware of hitting trees. Many cracks are starting to form in various places, but are difficult to see from above. Be careful in steep open faces and knoll terrains.

Is your beacon switched on? Do you have a shovel and a probe?

Wearing a helmet is highly recommended. There is no 100% safety in the mountains. Be always prudent. Cold temps continues. Have a great day.

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Ski resort operation information: Saturday 9th February 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 360cm
- Base: 155cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts are planning operating as normal 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: 260cm
- Base: 220cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts are planning operating 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:
- All lifts are planning operating as normal 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: 305cm
- Base: 165cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts are planning operating as normal 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 8:28am on Saturday 9th February 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas should be open as normal

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 9th February 2019
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 9th February 2019
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 9th February 2019
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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  2018/2019
*as of Saturday 9th February 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
9th February 18cm 11cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 75cm 22cm 21cm
Previous 14 days total 129cm 151cm 80cm
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 103cm 299cm 160cm
March observed snowfall total - 49cm 83cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 805cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 9th February 2019
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 - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season 0cm
[0cm]
84cm
[84cm]
333cm
[417cm]
285cm
[702cm]
103cm
[805cm]
-
[805cm]
-
[805cm]
-
[805cm]
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
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