Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 24th February 2021

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Wednesday 24th February 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-8°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
(Very) light snow right now
wind condition
NW
visibility condition
Varied, not too bad as I write this
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This report
Wednesday 24th February 2021, 8:30am
16cm
Tuesday 23rd February 2021, 10:24am 3cm
Monday 22nd February 2021, 8:36am 1cm
Sunday 21st February 2021, 8:33am 3cm
Saturday 20th February 2021, 8:31am 1cm
Friday 19th February 2021, 8:35am 12cm
Thursday 18th February 2021, 8:22am 24cm
Last 7 reports (total): 60cm
Last 14 reports (total): 117cm
Current month (February 2021) total: 286cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 1083cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Wednesday 24th February 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

For all the talk of hints of spring around various corners, it is good to report a good dose of winter!

Great to see Moiwa reporting 40cm of fresh snow. I'm not as much as that over here close to Hirafu base, but there should be a decent fresh layer of snow on the slopes this morning. And the webcams show quite a lot of people lining up for the first lifts of the day. (Give us a wave!)

Alas, wind is a factor again this morning which is somewhat annoying. Top lifts at Hirafu, Village and Annupuri not opening as planned as well as the gondola at Annupuri.

Snow on and off over the next few days and looking ahead maybe some sun over the weekend. Sunday and Monday look like they might be a bit warmer again. For the moment though, it's cold.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Coastal Data 6:25am. Cape Benkei:NW15m/s. Cape Kamui: W13m/s, 1013hPa, wave 2.1m. Hanazono 1000m: -13.5℃, NNE2.3m/s. Hanazono 720: -11.1℃, NNW4.8m/s. Moiwa 800m: -11.6℃, NNE6.8m/s. Annupuri 1100m:-14.5℃, WSW wind speed n/a. Yu no Sawa 1100m: -13.9℃, SSW3.2m/s. Mizuno no Sawa Top: -13.0℃, WNW3.3m/s. Kutchan Town: -6.9℃, WSW2.2m/s, 8cm snow in last 24hrs, snow depth 190cm. Moiwa base 300m: -9, 40cm new snow in last 24hrs.

The winter type weather pattern and blizzard conditions has set in. Wind, snow and snow drift development continues at all elevations. From this morning's observation at Moiwa 800m, up to 200cm, and growing, of hard, heavy snow drift development on the Feb23 layer. The avalanche risk on leeward snowdrift slopes above the tree line is high. The snow is wind blown, dry and compact and good for skiing. Surface undulations are difficult to see in flat light. Be careful picking your line. Do not stimulate cornices or knolls. Gate openings yet to be decided. Please respect the patrol's decisions and instructions.

WInter continues. Be careful of snow falling from roofs, buildings collapsing and generally clearing snow. Spring is still a way off. Remember the pioneering farmers of the Meiji era, tough life. Be careful out there.

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Planned ski area operations: Wednesday 24th 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: 20cm
- Base: 20cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 460cm (+15cm)
- Base: 240cm (+15cm)

Ski lifts:
- Planned: 5 lifts today - Ace Family Quad, Ace Quad Center 4, Hirafu Gondola, King Quad 3, King 4
- Night skiing: Ace Center Four quad (every day) and Ace Family quad (Saturdays only at the moment)
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Niseko HANAZONO Resort

24 hours new snowfall (as reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 15cm
- Base: 15cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 318cm (+11cm)
- Base: 226cm (+11cm)

Ski lifts:
- Planned: 3 lifts today - Hanazono 1, 2 and 3
- 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: 10cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 290cm (+0cm)
- Base: 210cm (+0cm)

Ski lifts:
- Planned: 4 lifts today - Jumbo 2 and 3 rested on weekdays
- 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: 20cm
- Base: 10cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 310cm (+17cm)
- Base: 220cm (+10cm)

Ski lifts:
- Planned: 4 lifts today - Niseko Gondola, Community, Banzai, Wonderland
- 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 8:30am on Wednesday 24th February 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Top lifts on hold due to wind at the start of the day, but all areas opening

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 24th February 2021
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Wednesday 24th February 2021
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 24th February 2021
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 Wednesday 24th February 2021
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
24th February 16cm 19cm 3cm
23rd February 3cm 7cm 0cm
22nd February 1cm 0cm 0cm
21st February 3cm 5cm 2cm
20th February 1cm 11cm 1cm
19th February 12cm 5cm 0cm
18th February 24cm 1cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 60cm 48cm 6cm
Previous 14 days total 117cm 66cm 81cm
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 286cm 143cm 198cm
March observed snowfall total - 59cm 45cm
April observed snowfall total - 10cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 1083cm 728cm 951cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 24th 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
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2020/2021 season 0cm
[0cm]
62cm
[62cm]
348cm
[410cm]
387cm
[797cm]
286cm
[1083cm]
-
[1083cm]
-
[1083cm]
-
[1083cm]
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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