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LATEST REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Thursday 20th February 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud and...
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
(Very) light snow (in places)
wind condition
NW
visibility condition
Varied, looks limited higher up
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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
Friday 14th February 2020, 8:30am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 34cm
Last 14 reports (total): 66cm
Current month (February 2020) total: 103cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 619cm

Good morning from Niseko.

I was not alone in enjoying a few really good few hours on the mountain yesterday. Found some good amounts of fresh snow up there with snow falling quite consistently too. Clearly more than there is/was down at base; as if often the case of course.

I note that Niseko Grand Hirafu have actually bumped up their upper snow depth official number by 25cm since yesterday. Niseko and Annupuri aren't budging theirs just now. In general, I'd always take those official snow depth numbers with a bit of salt. Take a step back, compare with previous season; that's the kind of thing they are useful for.

This morning I can report an additional 11cm on the ground by base and it feels a little colder this morning.

We are due some milder conditions on Saturday, hopefully to be followed by more of what we like as we approach Monday (winds aside, not keen on them).

Anyway, conditions should be a lot of fun once again this morning. I think I might just enjoy a few more hours myself...

Have fun and take care.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain Base: -5°, no new snow overnight, 25cm in last 24hrs, calm. Moiwa 800m: NNW 330deg 7.2m/s, -7.2°, 10cm new snow overnight, snowdrift development. Yu no Sawa 1000m: WNW 290deg 1.9m/s(propeller icing?), -10.4°. Niseko Village 900m: WNW 304deg 2.3m/s, -9.4°. Hirafu 1000m : SSE 156deg 2.8m/s, -10.5°. Hanazono 720m: WNW 309deg 4.6m/s, -7.2°. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NW 11m/s. Kamui Cape WNW 8m/s, 1027hPa, wave 1.2m. Kutchan Weather Station: SW 2.8m/s, -2.8°, 19cm new snow in last 24hrs.

A weak winter type pressure pattern continues, 40cm of snow drift development on leeward slopes above 800m, peak development at midnight. Below 800m tracks are still visible, above 900m buried. From review of data and input from the patrol and groomers, snowdrifts are expected to stabilize by 8am. The general avalanche risk is low. All gates are expected to be open. It is recommended to carry a beacon, probe, shovel and a short rope. Wear a helmet. Be careful and avoid having an accident. Have a good day.

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Ski resort operation information: Thursday 20th February 2020

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 290cm
- Base: 120cm

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: 200cm
- Base: 130cm

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

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Opening as planned this morning and gates are expected to be open as well

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Japan snowfall data
(updated daily during winter)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 20th February 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 20th February 2020
(View more analysis here)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 20th 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 more analysis here)
  2019/2020
*as of Thursday 20th February 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
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
14th February 0cm 14cm 26cm
Previous 7 days total 34cm 29cm 137cm
Previous 14 days total 66cm 128cm 208cm
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 103cm 198cm 299cm
March observed snowfall total - 45cm 49cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 619cm 951cm 1260cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 20th 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 more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2019/2020 season - 85cm
[85cm]
207cm
[292cm]
224cm
[516cm]
103cm
[619cm]
- - -
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]
  October November December January February March April May
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