Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 24th February 2019

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Sunday 24th February 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Blue skies and sunshine
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Bit windy up top by the sounds
visibility condition
Excellent
This report
Sunday 24th February 2019, 8:30am
3cm
Saturday 23rd February 2019, 8:24am 0cm
Friday 22nd February 2019, 8:23am 0cm
Thursday 21st February 2019, 8:20am 2cm
Wednesday 20th February 2019, 8:31am 1cm
Tuesday 19th February 2019, 8:27am 0cm
Monday 18th February 2019, 7:37am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 6cm
Last 14 reports (total): 81cm
Current month (February 2019) total: 195cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 897cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Sunday 24th February 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from my Hirafu base.

Interesting. I have 3cm of fresh snowfall to report to you this morning which was delivered overnight. Very good to see that. And I notice that some of the resorts are adding a bit of snow to their snow depths. Perhaps there might be closer to 10cm of fresh up top> I think we need to investigate - don't worry, I will take on said task. (The things I have to do!)

It is a lovely morning with blue skies and sunshine. Temperature under zero now but will probably rise a bit into positive numbers at base during the day.

As 8:30am approaches, it seems that all top lifts are not starting up right away due to gusty westerly winds up there. Details below as they are at 8:30am. Lots of people lining up waiting for those first lifts.

Should be a good day.

And more sunshine is expected tomorrow.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain Base 6.00am: -6°, no new snow. Moiwa 800m: -7.6°, WSW2.19m/s. Annupuri 1100m: -9.7°, WSW9.2m/s, snow depth 250cm. Hirafu 1000m: -8.7°, N4.4m/s, Hirafu Peak: -12°. Kutchan Weather Station: -12.3°, NW0.4m/s, snow depth 158cm. Cape Benkei: SSW3m/s, Cape Kamui: SSW20m/s, pressure 1015hPa, wave 1.1m.

From data and observation the general avalanche risk is low. All peak gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrol's advice before going out the gates. Do not duck the ropes.

The atmospheric pressure gradient is getting steeper to the north and the wind is increasing. Beware of a sudden change in weather. Cold temperatures have kept the snow conditions hard, be careful falling and going for a long slide. To avoid getting caught in a large scale avalanche avoid riding in the valley bottoms. Although cornices seem stable, if they collapse the will cause a lot of damage. Expect pieces as big and heavy as a bus. Do not wait around under cornices. Have a good day.

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Ski resort operation information: Sunday 24th February 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 340cm
- Base: 145cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Top Ace and Pair lifts on hold at the start of the day
- 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: 247cm
- Base: 206cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Top lift on hold at the start of the day
- 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: 320cm
- Base: 150cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Top Jumbo pair lift on hold at the start of the day
- 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: 320cm
- Base: 150cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Top Wonderland lift on hold at the start of the day
- 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 8:30am on Sunday 24th February 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All top lifts affected by wind at the start of the day - see above

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 24th February 2019
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 24th February 2019
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 24th February 2019
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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  2018/2019
*as of Sunday 24th February 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
24th February 3cm 2cm 13cm
23rd February 0cm 17cm 1cm
22nd February 0cm 5cm 1cm
21st February 2cm 13cm 3cm
20th February 1cm 14cm 15cm
19th February 0cm 16cm 16cm
18th February 0cm 17cm 8cm
Previous 7 days total 6cm 84cm 57cm
Previous 14 days total 81cm 223cm 65cm
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 195cm 299cm 160cm
March observed snowfall total - 49cm 83cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 897cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 24th February 2019
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 0cm
[0cm]
84cm
[84cm]
333cm
[417cm]
285cm
[702cm]
195cm
[897cm]
-
[897cm]
-
[897cm]
-
[897cm]
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]
  October November December January February March April May
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