Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 12th February 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Tuesday 12th February 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-8°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snowing
wind condition
Light NW
visibility condition
Limited-poor
This report
Tuesday 12th February 2019, 8:31am
17cm
Monday 11th February 2019, 8:32am 16cm
Sunday 10th February 2019, 8:28am 11cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 103cm
Last 14 reports (total): 158cm
Current month (February 2019) total: 147cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 849cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Tuesday 12th February 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning all.

The consistent snowfall continues. This morning I have measured 17cm of snow down here close by Hirafu so we can expect 20+cm on the slopes. Another nice overnight reset, just what we want. And yes it does look like the snow should be continuing over the next few days as well as the very cold conditions.

I really hope all this consistent snow isn't getting boring. ;)

We're past the busiest Chinese New Year holiday period now, so... what's next. Valentines Day! I'm kidding (sort of). Though there may well be some free chocolate on Thursday to celebrate this most traditional of Japanese traditions. Just as long as it's from the heart, and not 'giri-choco'.

But seriously: we're now almost in the middle of February, which means that we are now slap bang in the middle of the snow season and I am half way through my commentary of the season. It has been a pleasing and mostly drama-free first half. Let's try to not forget how lucky we are to be able to enjoy all of this. And here's to a similar second half...

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By the way, SnowJapan has some interesting 'new stuff' news coming soon, so keep your eyes out for that!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain Base 6.00am: -8°, 20cm snowfall in the last 12hrs, calm. Moiwa 800m: -11.5°, W6.2m/s. Mikaeri Weather Station: 15cm new snow, minor snowdrift development. Annupuri 1120m: snow depth 240cm. Hirafu Peak: -16°, snowfall 20cm in last 12hrs. Mizuno no Sawa: -13.01°, NW3.8-5.6m/s, 11cm snowfall in last 12hrs, mountain base: snow depth 180cm. Cape Benkei: NNW12m/s, Cape Kamui: WNW9m/s, pressure 1022hPa, wave 1.3m.

10-20cm new snow until early morning with no significant snowdrift development. Snow quality is varying dependant on elevation. Snow pack is not showing any obvious inconsistent layers and general avalanche risk is low. Above 1100m a weak slab 30-40cm has formed from the NW wind and there is the possibility of fracture from rider stimulation. Be careful on leeward steep slopes. Do not wait halfway down or in the valley bottoms. Avoid traversing under knolls and cornices. All gates are expected to be open. Be aware of a sudden weather change.

Parents or guardians taking children into out of bounds areas carry a heavy responsibility. Children (or beginners) cannot bear this responsibility. There are many dangers lurking in the winter mountains. Playing around cornices and other dangerous features can end in a very serious accident. Always act with safety in mind. Snow is good today. New cornice growth is easily collapsing, be careful.

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Ski resort operation information: Tuesday 12th February 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 375cm
- Base: 175cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts planning to be 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: 273cm
- Base: 240cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts planning to be 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: 320cm
- Base: 170cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts planning to be 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: 320cm
- Base: 170cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts planning to be 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 8:31am on Tuesday 12th February 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All opening as planned early on

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(updated daily during winter)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 12th February 2019
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Tuesday 12th February 2019
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 12th February 2019
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 Tuesday 12th February 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
12th February 17cm 14cm 0cm
11th February 16cm 3cm 0cm
10th February 11cm 3cm 0cm
9th February 18cm 11cm 0cm
8th February 19cm 7cm 4cm
7th February 4cm 1cm 0cm
6th February 18cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 103cm 39cm 4cm
Previous 14 days total 158cm 126cm 69cm
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 147cm 299cm 160cm
March observed snowfall total - 49cm 83cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 849cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 12th 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]
147cm
[849cm]
-
[849cm]
-
[849cm]
-
[849cm]
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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