Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 21st February 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Friday 21st February 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud, some blue sky and sun
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None currently
wind condition
NW
visibility condition
Very good
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Friday 21st February 2020, 8:31am
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Thursday 20th February 2020, 8:31am 11cm
Wednesday 19th February 2020, 8:43am 5cm
Tuesday 18th February 2020, 8:30am 1cm
Monday 17th February 2020, 8:31am 17cm
Sunday 16th February 2020, 8:25am 0cm
Saturday 15th February 2020, 8:05am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 39cm
Last 14 reports (total): 57cm
Current month (February 2020) total: 108cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 624cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Friday 21st February 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

Just a bit more snowfall to report to you this morning. There is a lot of cloud around at the moment but some blue sky as well and the sun has been making itself seen too at times this morning.

All lifts are scheduled to be operating as planned this morning.

Tomorrow is still looking likely to be rather mild but it should not last too long with snow due again for Sunday.

And that's about all I have for this morning! I hope you have a good day.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Moiwa Mountain Base: -5°, 5cm in last 12 hrs. Moiwa 800m: measured NW 6m/s(equip failure), -7.0°, 30cm snowdrift development. Yu no Sawa 1000m: WNW 293deg 3.3m/s, -10.4°. Niseko Village 900m: WNW 293deg 3.3m/s, -9.6°. Hirafu 1000m :WNW 291deg 0.7m/s(propeller icing?), -10.8°. Hanazono 720m: NNW 324deg 3.4m/s, -7.0°. Annupuri 1100m: Wind meter failure Annupuri 1000m: snow depth 180cm Coastal data: Benkei Cape: 12m/s. Kamui Cape WNW 9m/s, 1031hPa, wave 1.5m. Kutchan Weather Station:-2.2°, 5cm new snow in last 24hrs.

We are on the edge of a high pressure system, moderately strong westerly winds that have caused snowdrift development above 800m. With little snow overnight, yesterday's tracks are still visible. From data and observation snowdrifts have stabilized and general avalanche risk is low. Peak gates are expected to be open. Off-piste snow extremely variable. Be careful falling into cracks or hitting trees. Today's snow is shallow but good and winds have dropped from yesterday. Moiwa Gate 6, the upper Moiwa Bowl area is starting to crack from ground heat, take care.

When going out the gates carry a beacon, shovel, probe, short rope and some emergency food. Next winter a beacon and helmet will be compulsory to use the Niseko gates system. Have a good day.

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Ski resort operation information: Friday 21st February 2020

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 280cm
- Base: 110cm

All lifts are normally operating EXCEPT:
- Ace Number 1 pair lift (normally rested)
- King Number 2 quad lift (normally rested)

All courses normally open

Lifts scheduled for late operations:
- Ace Family quad until 8:30pm
- Ace Number 2 Center Four quad until 8:20pm
- Hirafu Gondola until 8:10pm
- Holiday Number 1 pair until 8:30pm

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 199cm
- Base: 125cm

All lifts are normally operating

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 180cm
- Base: 110cm

All lifts are normally operating

Lift scheduled for late operations:
- Jumbo Number 1 quad until 8:30pm

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 190cm
- Base: 110cm

All lifts normally operating EXCEPT:
- Country Road Chair (normally rested)

Lifts scheduled for late operations:
- Annupuri Village Gondola until 8:00pm
- Village Express until 8:00pm
- Banzai Chair until 8:00pm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Friday 21st February 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All lifts should be opening as scheduled this morning

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 21st February 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 21st February 2020
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 21st February 2020
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2019/2020
*as of Friday 21st February 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
21st February 5cm 2cm 13cm
20th February 11cm 1cm 14cm
19th February 5cm 0cm 16cm
18th February 1cm 0cm 17cm
17th February 17cm 0cm 21cm
16th February 0cm 6cm 17cm
15th February 0cm 8cm 26cm
Previous 7 days total 39cm 17cm 124cm
Previous 14 days total 57cm 126cm 220cm
November observed snowfall total 85cm 84cm 188cm
December observed snowfall total 207cm 333cm 406cm
January observed snowfall total 224cm 285cm 305cm
February observed snowfall total 108cm 198cm 299cm
March observed snowfall total - 45cm 49cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 624cm 951cm 1260cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 21st February 2020
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in 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
2020/2021 season - - - - - - - -
2019/2020 season - 85cm
[85cm]
207cm
[292cm]
224cm
[516cm]
108cm
[624cm]
- - -
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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