Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 28th February 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Thursday 28th February 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Generally cloudy
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Light SW
visibility condition
Fair
This report
Thursday 28th February 2019, 8:30am
0cm
Wednesday 27th February 2019, 8:30am 3cm
Tuesday 26th February 2019, 8:28am 0cm
Monday 25th February 2019, 8:29am 0cm
Sunday 24th February 2019, 8:30am 3cm
Saturday 23rd February 2019, 8:24am 0cm
Friday 22nd February 2019, 8:23am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 6cm
Last 14 reports (total): 23cm
Current month (February 2019) total: 198cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 900cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Thursday 28th February 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Here we are everyone, the last day of February.

And I don't have any more fresh snow to add to the reports, leaving us at 198cm for the month and 900cm for the season so far. Just 9cm of observed snowfall at base over the last 12 reports does not sound like late February... I am not sure if I will be able to get my 'monthly report' done today - if I can, I will post it tomorrow. If I can't, it will appear on Monday.

OK so to the current weather. Like I said no new snow this morning after a fine day yesterday with lots of blue sky and just a bit of white clouds in places. Lovely views, decent conditions though obviously not mid-winter powder. As you'd expect them to be without much fresh. Currently -2C at base with a high of around 2-3C forecast for later on.

As we get into March the forecast shows the chance of some (very) light snow here and there but generally clearer conditions continuing.

All areas and lifts should be open as planned this morning. Have a good one!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base 6am: -4℃, no snowfall. Moiwa800m: -6.5℃, SSE0.28m/s. Annupuri1120m: 250cm snow depth, 1100m -8.6℃, W5m/s. Hirafu peak: -9℃, 1000m -8.1℃, SW3.2m/s. Mizuno no Sawa base snow depth 148cm. Kutchan weather station: -5.2℃, 151cm snow depth. Benkei cape: SSW2.0m/s, Kamui cape: SW16m/s, 1016hPa, 1.3m waves.

The atmospheric pressure gradient is flat and the weather is calm, however the wind remains relatively strong in higher elevation. The overall avalanche risk is low. Ask the ski patrol some advice before stepping out of the gates. There is no fresh snow and the slopes are firm. Beware of slipdrops and shallow slides in steep terrains.

The crack under the sub-peak is getting bigger, 80-250cm wide. Glide avalanches could occur due to temperature rise and/or rainfall. Use the ridge route near the creeping pine when hiking up. Thaw is not progressing as much, however the creeks are starting to open, beware of collapsing snow-bridges. The water is ice-cold.

Have a great day.

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Ski resort operation information: Thursday 28th February 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Plans to be open until Monday 6th May 2019

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 340cm
- Base: 140cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts opening as normal at the start of the day (Ace Number 1 pair and King Number 2 quad rested)
- 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
Plans to be open until Sunday 7th April 2019

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 250cm
- Base: 198cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts opening as normal 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
Plans to be open until Monday 6th May 2019

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 310cm
- Base: 130cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts opening as normal 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
Plans to be open until Sunday 7th April 2019

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 310cm
- Base: 130cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts opening as normal at the start of the day (Country Road lift rested)
- 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. Until Wednesday 20th March 2019.
There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO resort area.

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Thursday 28th February 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas are opening as planned this morning

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 28th February 2019
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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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 Thursday 28th February 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
28th February 0cm 3cm 0cm
27th February 3cm 3cm 3cm
26th February 0cm 24cm 18cm
25th February 0cm 8cm 19cm
24th February 3cm 2cm 13cm
23rd February 0cm 17cm 1cm
22nd February 0cm 5cm 1cm
Previous 7 days total 6cm 62cm 55cm
Previous 14 days total 23cm 186cm 103cm
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 198cm 299cm 160cm
March observed snowfall total - 49cm 83cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 900cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 28th 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
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season 0cm
[0cm]
84cm
[84cm]
333cm
[417cm]
285cm
[702cm]
198cm
[900cm]
-
[900cm]
-
[900cm]
-
[900cm]
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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