Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 21st February 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Wednesday 21st February 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds parked over Niseko
Base temp:
-10°C

Top temp:
-14°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
Up to 8m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Limited
This report
Wednesday 21st February 2018, 8:31am
13cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 124cm
Last 14 reports (total): 220cm
Current month (February 2018) total: 237cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 1136cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Wednesday 21st February 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

This morning I have 13cm of fresh snowfall to report with most of that coming during the day yesterday.

With that being adding to my totals, I have observed 237cm for the month of February up until today, and the total for the whole season rises to 1136cm.

Impressive!

We have a week left in February and with regular snow on the forecast it seems very likely that we are going to surpass the number for February 2016 (266cm). Can we get up to the 316cm observed in February 2013?

And how about those season totals. Already I have observed more than each of the previous four seasons - and close on double what I observed during that 'Epic' season ;) last year - and the numbers are creeping up on the 2012/2013 season.

Excite!

The snowfall usually slows down and there's not as much during the month of March of course, but we can still usually expect around 100cm more or less.

It's noticeably colder this morning and - without wanting to sound boring - it's snowing. :)

Top lifts appear to be opening as planned this morning. Yey!

Oh hold on (as I am about to post this)... it looks like the Gondola and top lift at Annupuri are affected by windy conditions over there. Doh!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -8°, 5cm new snow. Moiwa 800m: -13°, NW12m/s, 20cm new snow, cornice development. Annupuri 1150m: -16°, NW20m/s, 30cm new snow, cornice and snowdrift development. Hirafu 1250m: -18°, SW10m/s, 20cm new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NNW15m/s. Kamui Cape: WNW13m/s, 1013hPa, wave 2.2m.

We are in the middle of a typical winter weather pattern and a westerly snow wind 10-15m/s is blowing above 800m on west side, cornices and snowdrifts are slowly becoming very large. Snowdrift development is not uniform and breaks easy from an inconsistent surface. Beware of cornice collapse or rider stimulated avalanche at following locations: Mikaeri bowl cornice slope, Osawa cornice slope, Kozan no sawa side wall cornice slope, Fujihara no sawa cornice slope and Higashi One cornice slope.

Cornice growth is has been massive and they are breaking much further back than you would expect. Do not get too close, if you go down with one when it collapses you will get hurt, or worse. From observation and data, the general avalanche risk is low. Below the tree line in the forest snow is good. Avoid the valley terrain under cornices and steep knolls.

Gate opening is yet undecided and dependant on lift operation. Please listen to the patrols advice. Entering strictly off limits areas is prohibited under Niseko Rules. Do not duck ropes to go out of bounds. Beacons are recommended, they may save your or your friends life. Beware bad visibility and frostbite. Have a good day.

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Wednesday 21st 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: 260cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating
- Annupuri Gondola and top Jumbo Number 4 lifts are on hold at the start of the day

Official snow depth:
- Top: 400cm
- 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: 400cm
- 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 8:31am on Wednesday 21st February 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas should be open - though top lifts at Annupuri affected by wind at start of the day

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 21st February 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Wednesday 21st February 2018
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 21st 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 Wednesday 21st February 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
21st February 13cm 3cm 10cm
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
Previous 7 days total 124cm 48cm 80cm
Previous 14 days total 220cm 54cm 105cm
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 237cm 160cm 266cm
March observed snowfall total - 83cm 109cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 1136cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 21st 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]
237cm
[1136cm]
- - -
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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