Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 20th February 2021

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Saturday 20th February 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud, fog
Base temp:
2°C

Top temp:
-2°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
(Very) light, wet snow
wind condition
Calm down please
visibility condition
Varied, poor higher up apparently
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This report
Saturday 20th February 2021, 8:31am
1cm
Friday 19th February 2021, 8:35am 12cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 86cm
Last 14 reports (total): 167cm
Current month (February 2021) total: 263cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 1060cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Saturday 20th February 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

I had to cancel my 'research' yesterday and was not able to make it out on the mountain.

Wind is making the headlines this morning, preventing top lifts and the Annupuri and Village gondolas from starting the day as planned.

Light (but kind of wet) snow is falling at the moment, and it feels relatively mild. The ski areas themselves are describing snow conditions as 'spring' this morning. That's all relative too, of course, but whatever I don't think we want to be mentioning spring too much while we are still in February. And on that front the good news is that it should be colder again tomorrow and from around Monday night onwards we should be once again back to snow building up.

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I am getting a little confused with the Hirafu night skiing lifts situation - two lifts plan to be moving again tonight. I'm guessing it's a weekday/weekend thing at the moment, but will investigate today and get that cleared up, promise.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

6:25am Benkei cape: W8m/s, Kamui cape: SW22m/s, 992hPa, 1.8m waves. Hanazono 1000m: -2.8℃, WSW5.7m/s. Hanazono 720m: -1.7℃, SE3.3m/s. Moiwa 800m: -0.7℃, NNW5.9m/s. Anupuri 1100m: -3.2℃, WSW10.5m/s. Yu no Sawa 1100m: -2.8℃, SW11.5m/s. Mizuno no Sawa Top: -2.2℃, SW10.3m/s. Kutchan town: 1.9℃, SW6.6m/s, 187cm snow depth, no new snowfall. Moiwa base: 1℃, 5cm wet snowfall in 12h.

A strong southerly blizzard blew above 1000m elevation as the warm front passed and made uneven snowdrifts developed in various places. The avalanche hazard level is rising in leeward slopes above 1000m elevation. This new low-pressure snowfall can easily slide, even in the forests, if the snowpack exceeds 30cm thickness. Those avalanches move slower, however are heavier and powerful, and can slide in a wide area like dry snow surface slab avalanches. Please use extra caution, and stay alert even in the tree runs. 15-20cm humid snow (low-pressure snowfall) is blanketing the forests under 800m elevation, a little heavy but good for riding. Please be careful not to hit trees.

A noticeable new layer (Feb 20th) will form under the future snowpack.

Gates opening is yet to be decided. Please respect the ski patrol decision. The groomers condition is good, however, the low-light makes it difficult to see the undulations. Beware of over speeding. We strongly recommend wearing a helmet and carrying a beacon. Stay alert and have a good day.

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Planned ski area operations: Saturday 20th 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: 0cm
- Base: 0cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 460cm (-10cm)
- Base: 235cm (-5cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Ace Family Quad and Ace Number 2 Quad 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: 10cm
- Base: 0cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 305cm (-13cm)
- Base: 215cm (-10cm)

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

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Niseko Annupuri

24 hours new snowfall (as reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 10cm
- Base: 5cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 290cm (+5cm)
- Base: 210cm (+3cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- 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: 0cm
- Base: 0cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 270cm (+0cm)
- Base: 230cm (+0cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- 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.

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Saturday 20th February 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Top lifts and a few more on hold at the start of the day due to wind

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 20th February 2021
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 20th 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 Saturday 20th February 2021
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
20th February 1cm 11cm 1cm
19th February 12cm 5cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 86cm 34cm 29cm
Previous 14 days total 167cm 66cm 128cm
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 263cm 143cm 198cm
March observed snowfall total - 59cm 45cm
April observed snowfall total - 10cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 1060cm 728cm 951cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 20th 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
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  October November December January February March April May
2020/2021 season 0cm
[0cm]
62cm
[62cm]
348cm
[410cm]
387cm
[797cm]
263cm
[1060cm]
-
[1060cm]
-
[1060cm]
-
[1060cm]
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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