Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 18th February 2021

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:22am on Thursday 18th February 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snow clouds remain with us
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow, but might be easing off
wind condition
Moderate-strong NW
visibility condition
Varied, not too bad in places
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This report
Thursday 18th February 2021, 8:22am
24cm
Wednesday 17th February 2021, 8:40am 48cm
Tuesday 16th February 2021, 8:32am 1cm
Monday 15th February 2021, 8:32am 0cm
Sunday 14th February 2021, 8:37am 0cm
Saturday 13th February 2021, 8:39am 0cm
Friday 12th February 2021, 8:40am 2cm
Last 7 reports (total): 75cm
Last 14 reports (total): 198cm
Current month (February 2021) total: 250cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 1047cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:22am on Thursday 18th February 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

A few lifts actually (perhaps surprisingly) got to open yesterday as conditions calmed a bit, including the gondolas at Hirafu and Village though not top lifts.

The storm hasn't totally passed yet. We have more snow and it still windy. At the moment it is just snowing lightly and actually seems to be easing off.

Limited lift operations again at the start of this morning, though there may be changes at short notice like yesterday depending on conditions.

Snow conditions will be deep... but potentially very dangerous with avalanche risk high. Snow on the courses will still be great, and safer. If you are here and excited about the snow, that's totally natural but please take all the sensible precautions. Check the messages in the Avalanche report below.

Tomorrow will hopefully be calmer. I'm going to wait until then and get some quality time in - learning the art of preparing a perfect piece of toast!

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Coastal Data 6:25am. Cape Benkei:NNW17m/s. Cape Kamui: WNW15m/s, 993hPa, wave4.3m. Hanazono 1000m: -9.1℃, WNW16m/s. Hanazono 720: 6.4℃, NW10.4m/s. Moiwa 800m: -6.7℃, NNE15.4m/s. Annupuri 1100m: n/a. Yu no Sawa 1100m: -8.8℃, WNW2.9m/s. Mizuno no Sawa Top: -7.9℃, WNW8.4m/s. Kutchan Town: -2.4℃, WNW7.9m/s, snow depth 200cm, 993.1hPa. Moiwa base: -4.5, light wind, snow, 25cm in last 12 hrs.

Due to the slow moving 970hPa low pressure system, heavy seas, blizzard conditions above 800m and snowdrift instability continue. From this morning's observation, data and the snowfall transition, the avalanche risk is high on snowdrift slopes at all elevations and aspects. Peak gates will be closed as an accident prevention measure. Most winter avalanches occur when wind blown snow rapidly deposits on a snow drift slope and then the whole slope collapses. Always be extra careful during storms. Although winds are light and the snow is good on the leeward side of a ridge, it may be an avalanche waiting to happen. The weather is still bad. Stay off steep slopes, knolls and under cornices with heavy snow. Do not go into the creek valley bottoms, they are the avalanche paths. When the isobars spread out the weather will calm. Have a good day.

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Planned ski area operations: Thursday 18th February 2021
The below information is manually checked each morning from official sources.
The numbers in brackets show the change in the official snow depth numbers since the previous report.

Niseko Grand Hirafu

24 hours new snowfall (as reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 35cm
- Base: 35cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 470cm (+10cm)
- Base: 245cm (+5cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Planned: At time of writing just the lower Ace Family quad
- Ace Family Quad and Ace Number 2 Center Four lifts operate for night skiing

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort

24 hours new snowfall (as reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 20cm
- Base: 10cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 310cm (-5cm)
- Base: 220cm (-5cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Planned: First two lifts
- There is no night skiing at Hanazono

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Niseko Annupuri

24 hours new snowfall (as reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 40cm
- Base: 20cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 290cm (+0cm)
- Base: 210cm (+10cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Planned: Dream quad, Jumbo 1 and 2
- Jumbo Number 1 quad lift operates for night skiing

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Niseko Village

24 hours new snowfall (as reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 10cm
- Base: 10cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 270cm (+10cm)
- Base: 230cm (+10cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Planned: Community, Morino and Banzai chair
- Community Chair lift operates for night skiing

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Night time operations are available in the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas until 7th March 2021. There is no night skiing in the Niseko HANAZONO area.

The Ace Pair Number 1, 3 and 4, King Pair Number 1 lift and King Quad Number 2 lifts are being rested for the season at Niseko Grand Hirafu. There may be other lift operation changes at the moment due to coronavirus situation. Do be sure to check for details with ski areas.

Archive report: Posted at 8:22am on Thursday 18th February 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Limited opening again this morning, gates closed

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 18th February 2021
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 18th February 2021
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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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  2020/2021
*as of Thursday 18th February 2021
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
18th February 24cm 1cm 0cm
17th February 48cm 17cm 0cm
16th February 1cm 0cm 6cm
15th February 0cm 0cm 8cm
14th February 0cm 0cm 14cm
13th February 0cm 0cm 14cm
12th February 2cm 0cm 17cm
Previous 7 days total 75cm 18cm 59cm
Previous 14 days total 198cm 69cm 156cm
November observed snowfall total 62cm 85cm 84cm
December observed snowfall total 348cm 207cm 333cm
January observed snowfall total 387cm 224cm 285cm
February observed snowfall total 250cm 143cm 198cm
March observed snowfall total - 59cm 45cm
April observed snowfall total - 10cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 1047cm 728cm 951cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 18th February 2021
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 0cm
[0cm]
62cm
[62cm]
348cm
[410cm]
387cm
[797cm]
250cm
[1047cm]
-
[1047cm]
-
[1047cm]
-
[1047cm]
2019/2020 season - 85cm
[85cm]
207cm
[292cm]
224cm
[516cm]
143cm
[659cm]
59cm
[718cm]
10cm
[728cm]
-
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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