Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 20th February 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Wednesday 20th February 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
-3°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Calm
visibility condition
Limited-poor
This report
Wednesday 20th February 2019, 8:31am
1cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 29cm
Last 14 reports (total): 128cm
Current month (February 2019) total: 190cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 892cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Wednesday 20th February 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

Lots of cloud yesterday with some blue skies once again in the morning at times.

It's a cloudy and calm morning with what looks like limited visibility on the slopes at the start of the day. And there's just a dusting of snow to report - I am able to add 1cm to this report. Any fresh snow is good to see of course, but 1cm is hardly going to make much of a difference on the slopes.

It is going to be a mild day and it feels very much so early on. We might well get another dusting tonight but sun is forecast for tomorrow and the forecasts are still showing mostly fine weather (as in sun) rather than snow.

Welcome back Ace Family Quad lift - opening as normal this morning.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain Base 6.00am: -0.5°, no new snow. Moiwa 800m: -1.9°, SW0.20m/s. Mikaeri Weather Station: minor snowdrift development. Annupuri 1120m: snow depth 250cm, 1100m: -3.9, NW1.30m/s. Hirafu Peak: light winds, -6°,1000m: -7.8°, N4.50m/s. Village: Mizuno no Sawa: -2.17°, NNW1.1m/s. Kutchan Weather Station: -0.7°, NW0.5m/s, snow depth 170cm. Cape Benkei: calm, Cape Kamui: ENE3m/s, pressure 1014hPa, wave 0.7m.

There is very little atmospheric pressure gradient, the sea and mountains are calm and only a little snow has fallen. The mountains are all tracked out and conditions are hard. On steep slopes above 1000m the thin snow can easily avalanche by rider stimulation. If you fall on it, it will take you away like a magic carpet. Even a shallow avalanche will take you to the valley bottom and bury you tightly. By careful in areas like Kozan no Sawa. There is a deep crack about 200m up from Annupuri Gate 2 on Annupuri sub peak. It cant be seen from above, be careful. Cracks are starting to appear around the mountain.

Today and tomorrow the Sapporo Olympic committee will be conducting a site survey at Yu no Sawa for the Olympic downhill event. This area is in a strictly off limits area and only accessible to committee members. Niseko Rules strictly prohibits entry to Yu no Sawa and Haru no Taki. Please understand and cooperate with the rules. Visibility is poor and be careful of a sudden change in weather.

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Ski resort operation information: Wednesday 20th February 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 355cm
- Base: 160cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts should be opening as planned (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: 260cm
- Base: 210cm

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 8:31am on Wednesday 20th February 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Opening as planned

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  2018/2019
*as of Wednesday 20th February 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
20th February 1cm 14cm 15cm
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
Previous 7 days total 29cm 137cm 46cm
Previous 14 days total 128cm 208cm 51cm
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 190cm 299cm 160cm
March observed snowfall total - 49cm 83cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 892cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 20th February 2019
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2018/2019 season 0cm
[0cm]
84cm
[84cm]
333cm
[417cm]
285cm
[702cm]
190cm
[892cm]
-
[892cm]
-
[892cm]
-
[892cm]
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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