Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 19th February 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:27am on Tuesday 19th February 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
SW
visibility condition
Fair
This report
Tuesday 19th February 2019, 8:27am
0cm
Monday 18th February 2019, 7:37am 0cm
Sunday 17th February 2019, 8:31am 0cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 42cm
Last 14 reports (total): 145cm
Current month (February 2019) total: 189cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 891cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:27am on Tuesday 19th February 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning all.

We enjoyed some lovely blue skies through the daytime yesterday with just a bit of white cloud in places at times and just a light wind. It was a very fine day to be out and about.

There is no fresh snowfall to report again this morning and we are starting the day with cloudy skies. Possibly a bit of snow on the mountain tonight.

Japan appears to be going through a mild/warm period this week (temps in the mid 20s down in Okinawa! Yikes!) and it's going to be relatively mild here too with temperatures at base due to be in low positive numbers. There's not a whole lot of decent snowfall potential on the weekly forecast at the moment with a much higher chance of clearer skies. Let's hope we can get back to some winter next month to finish the month off.

I'm not sure what is going on with the base Ace Family quad lift at Niseko Grand Hirafu this morning - it seems to be on-hold ('operation temporarily suspended' according to the official website) as I post this report. I just tried to call the resort but didn't get an answer.

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'Again the numbers of foreigners disregarding Niseko Rules is increasing...'

The above is from the Avalanche Report today (in full below). Hearing this kind of thing makes me feel rather sad and disappointed (as well as a few other things). If you visit this place, please respect the people and the rules. Don't potentially spoil things for everyone. That's just good manners and common sense, right?

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Someone yesterday seemed to approve of my earlier report. I wasn't as keen - mainly because I didn't have much information to put in it at that time of the morning. In response to comments about the timing of my (and other) reports on this site, let me copy/paste a message that was put online last season by the SnowJapan folk. It is not Niseko-specific as such, but everything in there still applies the same now as it did last year and so I think it will be of interest to some of you who are new this season...

Why don’t your daily reports appear earlier?

To answer this question properly, it is important that everyone understands that SnowJapan is not a ski resort operator. Our daily reports are not official ski resort reports. We are an independent website. Our daily reports are not commissioned by anyone and no business influences the content of our reports. (In fact, some businesses do not like our reports - especially when it is raining, and we say so - but that’s a different story). Data within the report does not get updated automatically - we do a lot of manual checking ourselves every morning.

If we did own and operate a ski resort, we would make it a high priority to post snow reports as early as possible each morning. We would report how much new snow has fallen on the upper slopes and base, weather conditions, lift operations and snow depth. We would also have multiple and meaningful webcams pointing out to locations around the resort. And we’d make sure that those webcams were backed up with adequate bandwidth to keep them working properly. We think it is probably reasonable to think that ski resorts might ideally be doing the above things for their customers.

But... as I said, we do not own or operate a ski resort.

The fact is, a fair number of Japanese ski resorts only post their morning information updates after 8am - and in some cases, it is actually (much) later than that.

Our daily reports are generally a mix of observed snowfall data, observed weather conditions, personal comments about what is going on - as well as information/data that has been manually checked from official ski resort sources. This is all in the interest of creating interesting and as-detailed-as-possible reports.

If we posted our daily reports much earlier than we currently do (for example at 7am as someone suggested) reports would be missing what we consider to be important information. For example, we would often not be able to include things like how much fresh snow the ski resorts are reporting, or news of any ski lift disruption at the start of the day. Things like that.

Rather than simply being a very early morning report mainly for the benefit of people who are going to be queuing for the first ski lift of the day, we like to think of the SnowJapan daily reports more as a season-long ongoing commentary.

The reality is of course that people who are lucky enough to already be at a ski resort and preparing to hit the first lifts of the day can probably get a good idea of weather conditions by taking a look outside the window when they get up, asking accommodation staff and/or checking out official resort sites etc.

If we posted our daily reports mostly for the benefit of those first lift people - who very likely only account for a very small percentage of the total number of people reading the reports - they would not be as good or detailed as they are.

So, bottom line, we strongly feel that our way of doing things makes for better all-round reports.

One more very important thing.

There’s also the people who write the reports and their circumstances to consider. There is of course human effort involved in creating the reports. In particular the reports that cover wider areas - for example Niseko, Hakuba, Yuzawa - take quite a bit of time to put together every morning. Checking information, updating data, gathering thoughts, writing the report, checking, etc.

The people who are doing this are not ski resort employees doing this as part of their job.

They probably need some coffee before posting. (Toast in some cases).

They may need to dig themselves out of their home if it is snowing heavily.

And they may need to see to any number of circumstances and random things that life might throw at them on any given morning.

So please keep all that in mind.

We aim to get the reports online as early as we can on every morning throughout the winter season. But there may be times when the perfect plan is not possible.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain Base 6.00am: -4°, no new snow. Moiwa 800m: -4.3°, NNW1.76m/s, minor cornice and snowdrift development. Mikaeri Weather Station: no data. Annupuri 1120m: snow depth 250cm, 1100m: -6.7°, WNW9.46m/s. Hirafu 1000m: -5.8°, SE7.70m/s, Mountain Peak: strong winds, -7°. Village: Mizuno no Sawa: no new snow, mountain base: snow depth 162cm, Knoll:-6.91°, WSW5.2m/s. Kutchan Weather Station: -11.3°, NW1.0m/s, snow depth 171cm. Cape Benkei: light winds, Cape Kamui: SSW14m/s, pressure 1021hPa, wave 1.4m.

A strong wind is blowing above 1000m causing snowdrift development from the wind blown snow on leeward slopes. Be careful walking on cornices. From observation and data the avalanche risk is low. Please listen to the patrols advice and be prepared before going out of bounds. Radiant cooling overnight will form a 19th Feb frost layer in the snow pack. Take note and be aware for the future snowfall.

Again the numbers of foreigners disregarding Niseko Rules is increasing. Yesterday 10 Norwegians and Germans had their passes confiscated after they entered Haru no Taki. Ignoring Niseko Rules selfishly when it suits you is no good. Niseko Rules apply equally to everyone, regardless of nationality, experience or knowledge. If you break the rules you will be banned from the resorts. Never enter strictly off limits area Haru no Taki. Please cooperate to help stop accidents in Niseko.

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Ski resort operation information: Tuesday 19th February 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 355cm
- Base: 155cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts should be opening as planned apart from Ace Family Quad (Ace Number 1 pair and King Number 2 quad 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: 265cm
- Base: 213cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts should be opening as planned
- 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: 180cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts should be opening as planned
- 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: 330cm
- Base: 180cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts should be opening as planned (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 8:27am on Tuesday 19th February 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas should be open as normal - though something seems to be up with the Ace Family Quad lift at Hirafu.

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Tuesday 19th February 2019
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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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 19th February 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
19th February 0cm 16cm 16cm
18th February 0cm 17cm 8cm
17th February 0cm 21cm 0cm
16th February 6cm 17cm 4cm
15th February 8cm 26cm 2cm
14th February 14cm 26cm 1cm
13th February 14cm 32cm 1cm
Previous 7 days total 42cm 155cm 32cm
Previous 14 days total 145cm 194cm 36cm
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 Tuesday 19th 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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