Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 19th February 2018

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:14am on Monday 19th February 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snowing
Base temp:
-8°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Nice big flakes
wind condition
SW 2m/s - W 2m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Limited-poor
This report
Monday 19th February 2018, 8:14am
16cm
Sunday 18th February 2018, 8:31am 17cm
Saturday 17th February 2018, 8:31am 21cm
Friday 16th February 2018, 8:30am 17cm
Thursday 15th February 2018, 8:31am 26cm
Wednesday 14th February 2018, 8:31am 26cm
Tuesday 13th February 2018, 8:06am 32cm
Last 7 reports (total): 155cm
Last 14 reports (total): 194cm
Current month (February 2018) total: 210cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 1109cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:14am on Monday 19th February 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning!

Here were are on another Monday morning.

And for you this morning I have another 16cm of fresh snowfall. It's snowing now and rather nicely too, with lovely big flakes coming down at some speed. That's what we like.

It has been an impressive week! I have reported an observed 169cm of snow over the last 8 reports and I note also that my total for the season has now risen to above 11m.

And it looks set to continue.

Here's hoping that there will be less wind today and while the report below mentions good visibility, at the time of me putting this report together things look rather limited.

Anyway, lovely snow conditions for those lucky enough to be here.

Oh yes, on that subject...

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A predictably anonymous person who apparently got out on the wrong side of their bed yesterday had a right old moan at me via email for not being 'excited enough' in my last few reports.

I thought I was suitably excited, but just for that person:

Bottomless. Epic. Incredible. Massive. Amazing. All Time! (Etc)

Feel better now? Hopefully that has suitably improved the quality and believability of my reporting.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -10℃, 5cm snowfall, calm. Moiwa 800m: -11.1℃, light breeze, 15cm snowfall. Annupuri 1150m: -13℃, light breeze, 10cm snowfall. Hirafu 1250m: -15℃, light wind, 15cm snowfall, good visibility. Coastal data: Benkei cape WNW9m/s, Kamui cape SW12m/s, 1015hPa, 0.9m waves.

The isobars are spreading out and the ocean and mountains are in calm conditions. The snowdrifts developments have settled down and the snowpack is stable. The general avalanche risk is relatively low. Peak gates are expected to open. Please listen to the patrol’s advice, be geared up and step out of bounds.

The snowdrifts and cornices development above 1000m elevation during the past week has been quite extreme. Slides from Feb 16-17th low-pressure snowfall layer and/or uneven layers within the snowdrifts are still to be expected. Collapsing cornices or ski cutting could still trigger an avalanche in higher elevation. Do not traverse steep slopes or knolls terrains in the Backbowl and Osawa. An avalanche triggered in upper elevation would run through the valley and sweep everything on its path, including everybody at the bottom of the valley.

The snow in the tree runs below 1000m elevation is excellent. Beware of hitting trees and falling in cracks. Winter mountains are never 100% safe, but most risks can be avoided by being prudent. Monitoring of the strictly off limits areas are enforced, people being caught there will be banned from all Niseko resorts. Have you switched your beacon on? Beware of sudden weather changes. Have a nice day.

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Monday 19th February 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts (apart from King Number 2) should be operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 515cm
- Base: 245cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 390cm
- Base: 260cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts (apart from the Country Road Chair lift) should be operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 390cm
- Base: 280cm

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Floodlit 'nighta' skiing:

Night skiing is planned for every evening at the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO area. Ski lifts that are scheduled to be operating for nighta are noted below (subject to change):

* Niseko Grand Hirafu - Ace Family quad, Ace Number 2 quad, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 pair
* Niseko Annupuri - Jumbo Number 1 quad lift
* Niseko Village - Village Express, Upper Village Gondola, Community Chair

Archive report: Posted at 8:14am on Monday 19th February 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts should be open this morning as normal

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 19th February 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Monday 19th February 2018
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 19th February 2018
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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  2017/2018
*as of Monday 19th February 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
19th February 16cm 16cm 1cm
18th February 17cm 8cm 8cm
17th February 21cm 0cm 38cm
16th February 17cm 4cm 15cm
15th February 26cm 2cm 4cm
14th February 26cm 1cm 0cm
13th February 32cm 1cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 155cm 32cm 66cm
Previous 14 days total 194cm 36cm 121cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 406cm 181cm 244cm
January observed snowfall total 305cm 152cm 303cm
February observed snowfall total 210cm 160cm 266cm
March observed snowfall total - 83cm 109cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 1109cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 19th February 2018
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 - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - 188cm
[188cm]
406cm
[594cm]
305cm
[899cm]
210cm
[1109cm]
- - -
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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