Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 20th February 2018

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Niseko (Hokkaido), Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:01am on Tuesday 20th February 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
W 2m/s - NW 10m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Fair-limited
This report
Tuesday 20th February 2018, 8:01am
14cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 137cm
Last 14 reports (total): 208cm
Current month (February 2018) total: 224cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 1123cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:01am on Tuesday 20th February 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from here near Hirafu base.

And this morning I have 14cm of fresh snow to report, mostly from yesterday during the daytime, and light snow is currently falling.

I need to post my report early this morning and so at the moment I don't have any specific news of possibly lift disruptions due to windy conditions. My apologies.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 5.00am: -8°, 15cm new snow. Moiwa 800m: NW17.6m/s, 30cm new snow, cornice and snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -13°, strong NW wind, major cornice and snowdrift development. Hirafu 1250m: -15°, strong wind from varying directions, snowdrift development, 15cm new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NNW12m/s. Kamui Cape: WNW9m/s, 1013hPa, wave 2.0m.

A strong NW snow wind is blowing above the tree line with rapid snowdrift development and cornice growth on leeward slopes. From tests, snowdrifts are fracturing on a granular layer (from large wind and temperature gradient), causing 50cm surface avalanches. Mikaeri Bowl 800m, Osawa cornice face 1000m, all of Kozan no sawa, upper Fujihara no sawa, far side Higashi One the avalanche risk is high all day. Avoid riding cornice slopes, knolls and steep open slopes. Ride one by one from ridgeline. Avoid going near cornices.

Avalanches are a natural occurrence and only become an accident if people are involved. Danger is everywhere, by making wise decisions most avalanches can be avoided. Do over estimate your knowledge, skills and equipment. Make cautious choices.

The weather above 1000m is a lot different to the valley. Beware a sudden change in weather. Gate openings yet to be decided. Please listen to the patrols advice.

This avalanche report is published to prevent accidents of ski resort users. The avalanche risk is not that high when evaluating individual data. Avoid riding in valley bottom. Snow in the forest is fantastic, is your beacon switched on?

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Tuesday 20th 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 8:01am on Tuesday 20th February 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts should be opening

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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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  2017/2018
*as of Tuesday 20th February 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
20th February 14cm 15cm 4cm
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
Previous 7 days total 137cm 46cm 70cm
Previous 14 days total 208cm 51cm 110cm
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 224cm 160cm 266cm
March observed snowfall total - 83cm 109cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 1123cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 20th 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]
224cm
[1123cm]
- - -
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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