Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 16th February 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:23am on Saturday 16th February 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy, bit of blue sky
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None right now
wind condition
Light WNW
visibility condition
Generally decent
This report
Saturday 16th February 2019, 8:23am
6cm
Friday 15th February 2019, 8:15am 8cm
Thursday 14th February 2019, 8:28am 14cm
Wednesday 13th February 2019, 8:28am 14cm
Tuesday 12th February 2019, 8:31am 17cm
Monday 11th February 2019, 8:32am 16cm
Sunday 10th February 2019, 8:28am 11cm
Last 7 reports (total): 86cm
Last 14 reports (total): 161cm
Current month (February 2019) total: 189cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 891cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:23am on Saturday 16th February 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning Niseko fans.

This morning I have measured 6cm to be added to my reports.

There's not much of a wind, earlier light snow has eased off, there is some blue sky to be seen between the clouds. And visibility is pretty good. Oh yes, it's not quite as cold as it has been over the last week or so.

Everywhere should be open as planned this morning.

The forecasts are showing less snow on the horizon over the coming week along with some upcoming milder conditions. Perhaps that is inevitable as we are closer to the end of February than the beginning but... I will resist! (Yeah, I know, that doesn't mean much. Just want to point out that I'm not yet ready to think about potential early signs of spring. See my report archives to see how much snow we usually get in late February and March).

Well, that's about it for this morning. I hope you have a good Saturday.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base 6am: -6℃, 10cm snowfall in 24h. Moiwa800m: -6.5℃, NW4.5m/s, development of cornices/snowdrifts have settled. Annupuri1120m: 250cm snow depth, 1100, -8.9℃, calm, 15cm snowfall. Hirafu peak: calm, -12℃. Mizuno no sawa: -7.85℃, 4cm snowfall in 24h, 177cm snow depth, NW6.4-9.6m/s. Weather Station Suttsu: -0.9℃, NNW5.2-9.1m/s, Kutchan: -6℃, S0.9m/s, 188cm snow depth. Benkei cape: NNE9m/s, Kamui cape: NNW6m/s, 1008hPa, 1.2m waves.

Calm morning as a small low-pressure center is sitting right above the area. The cronices/snowdrifts development has settled and the general avalanche risk is low. Foggy conditions above 1000m elevation. All gates are scheduled to open. Listen to the ski patrol’s advice before stepping out of the gates. The wind is forecasted to pick up as the low-pressure moves east. Beware of sudden weather changes.

Avalanche forecast in Niseko emphasizes on the developments of wind-slabs. Drastically developing slabs (snowdrifts) are very unstable and easily triggers a surface slab slide with riding stimulations or falling cornices. Although cornices might look stable, they can collapse anytime and potentially initiate a slide depending on the slope stability underneath it. Cornice drops aren't a good idea.

The snow is still good today. Stay away from valley bottoms and do not traverse across knolls and slopes under cornices.

Have a great day.

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Ski resort operation information: Saturday 16th February 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 370cm
- Base: 170cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts planning to be operating as normal at the start of the day (Ace Number 1 and King Number 2 lifts rested)
- 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: 288cm
- Base: 235cm

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: 330cm
- 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 (Country Road lift rested)
- 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 8:23am on Saturday 16th February 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Everywhere should be open as normal

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 16th February 2019
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 16th February 2019
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 16th 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 Saturday 16th February 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
16th February 6cm 17cm 4cm
15th February 8cm 26cm 2cm
14th February 14cm 26cm 1cm
13th February 14cm 32cm 1cm
12th February 17cm 14cm 0cm
11th February 16cm 3cm 0cm
10th February 11cm 3cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 86cm 121cm 8cm
Previous 14 days total 161cm 143cm 29cm
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 189cm 299cm 160cm
March observed snowfall total - 49cm 83cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 891cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 16th 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
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season 0cm
[0cm]
84cm
[84cm]
333cm
[417cm]
285cm
[702cm]
189cm
[891cm]
-
[891cm]
-
[891cm]
-
[891cm]
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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