Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 12th February 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Wednesday 12th February 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-3°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
SW
visibility condition
Varied
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Wednesday 12th February 2020, 8:30am
0cm
Tuesday 11th February 2020, 8:21am 1cm
Monday 10th February 2020, 8:30am 1cm
Sunday 9th February 2020, 8:24am 6cm
Saturday 8th February 2020, 8:31am 10cm
Friday 7th February 2020, 8:10am 14cm
Thursday 6th February 2020, 8:10am 17cm
Last 7 reports (total): 49cm
Last 14 reports (total): 69cm
Current month (February 2020) total: 69cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 585cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Wednesday 12th February 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

Enjoyed some blue sky and sunshine yesterday but this morning it is much more of a murky grey look early on this morning. Cloudy and fog being reported on upper areas. Having said that, I can see a few small patches of blue sky...

The next few days the country is expecting some milder/warmer conditions and it is noticeably not as cold this morning.

The top lifts at Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri are all on hold at the time of this report going up due to windy conditions up there.

Next decent fresh layer of snow? Maybe from later on Sunday and Monday.

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Someone asked about the comments in the Avalanche Report yesterday. And... honestly, I really don't know. I generally try to keep well out of 'politics' (both locally and beyond that), so I'm sorry but I can't elaborate on it.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain base: -3℃, 1cm snowfall. Moiwa 800m: NNW323°4.9m/s (10min average), -1.9℃, light snowdrifts. Yu no sawa 1000m: WSW237°5.3m/s, -3.7℃. Niseko Village 900m: WSW247°3.4m/s, -3.3℃. Hirafu 1000m: SSE154°8.1m/s, -3.6℃. Hanazono 720m: SSW211°4.9m/s, -0.8℃. Benkei cape: W9m/s, Kamui cape: SSW18m/s, 1019hPa, 1.5m waves. Annupuri 1000m snow depth 175cm.

A strong wind is blowing in northern Sea of Japan as the next low-pressure system is approaching. Strong southerly wind is generating thick fog in south facing slopes above 700m. Surface slabs are forming in south facing slopes above 800m due to the wind and rising temperature. 40cm thick surface slab avalanches are expected to slide from Feb 8th layer. The weather will deteriorate later in the day. Beware. Steep 40°slopes in gullies could slide anytime. Better avoid open terrains today.

Do not step into strictly off-limits areas to seek fresh snow. The gates opening is undecided today. The Niseko Rules are the official rules for this area, they’re not a law. However, resort management has no authority to neglect these rules. Authoritarian behavior will only upset the guests and may lead the Rules to fall apart.

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Ski resort operation information: Wednesday 12th 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: 113cm

All lifts are normally operating

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 180cm
- 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 8:30am on Wednesday 12th February 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Top lifts on hold at the start of the day

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Wednesday 12th February 2020
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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 Wednesday 12th February 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
12th February 0cm 17cm 14cm
11th February 1cm 16cm 3cm
10th February 1cm 11cm 3cm
9th February 6cm 18cm 11cm
8th February 10cm 19cm 7cm
7th February 14cm 4cm 1cm
6th February 17cm 18cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 49cm 103cm 39cm
Previous 14 days total 69cm 158cm 126cm
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 69cm 198cm 299cm
March observed snowfall total - 45cm 49cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 585cm 951cm 1260cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 12th 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]
69cm
[585cm]
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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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