Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 3rd February 2021

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:37am on Wednesday 3rd February 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud, some breaks in the cloud (possibly temporary)
Base temp:
-13°C

Top temp:
-17°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Not right now
wind condition
NW. Pesky.
visibility condition
Fair, improving?
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This report
Wednesday 3rd February 2021, 8:37am
19cm
Tuesday 2nd February 2021, 8:30am 5cm
Monday 1st February 2021, 8:34am 6cm
Sunday 31st January 2021, 8:36am 22cm
Saturday 30th January 2021, 8:35am 3cm
Friday 29th January 2021, 8:33am 3cm
Thursday 28th January 2021, 8:32am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 58cm
Last 14 reports (total): 82cm
Current month (February 2021) total: 30cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 827cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:37am on Wednesday 3rd February 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

It is a very cold morning here. Annupuri are reporting a temperature of -21C at their peak and it is -13C down here at base early morning. Brrrrrr. Post report I'll be looking forward to some toasty toast.

Anyway. Snow! And quite a lot of it. I imaging there will be varying amounts around the mountain, courtesy of wind. I just measured a few different numbers close to each other, so I am just having to go with my usual trusted spot.

The snow has actually eased off from actually falling for the moment. There is even a few breaks appearing in the clouds and I can see some light blue through them as we approach 8:30am. Maybe even some sun? Might well be temporary.

Unfortunately, we still have those pesky winds messing around with us. The day starts with the Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri gondolas on hold as well as the top lifts (apart from the top Hanazono which is opening as planned).

We can only hope the wind calms down soon.

Still, there should be lots of fine fresh snow to enjoy on the mountain (the Avalanche Report is mentioning 40cm of fresh) and un-Niseko-like quietness going on to allow the lucky people here to enjoy it.

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Someone sent in a mail asking if I am going to continue the daily reports... 'because business is bad'.

I'm not sure where that is coming from but... huh?!

Firstly, of course I plan to continue. (The end of last season I nearly stopped before the lifts stopped, but that was a rather different situation. On the same day I said that, the ski area announced closing. You can look back at how that happened in the archive reports).

Secondly, and most importantly, I'm not posting these reports to try and persuade you to come to Niseko. Or as a front man for some travel agency or marketing operation. Quite the opposite. Business being good or bad --- whose business? --- is totally irrelevant.

I post theses reports because I love Niseko, I enjoy doing it and I also enjoy keeping and sharing a record of the season. And SnowJapan is the perfect vehicle for doing that; one I respect very much.

The same general concept goes for all the reports on SnowJapan.

Some people still don't seem to get it. This site is not a company trying to sell you stuff. If it were that kind of beast, I would not be posting these reports!

:)

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I posted my monthly re-cap in the report yesterday.

If you missed that you can check it here.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Coastal Data 6:25am. Cape Benkei:NW18m/s. Cape Kamui:W14m/s, 1008hPa, wave3.0m. Hanazono 1000m: -19.4℃, ENE4.4m/s. Hanazono 720: -16.5℃, N7.4m/s. Moiwa 800m: -16.8℃, NNW12.8m/s. Annupuri 1100m: -19.8℃, W10.9m/s. Yu no Sawa 1100m: -19.2℃, WSW6.1m/s. Mizuno no Sawa Top: -18.3℃, WNW8.5m/s. Kutchan Town:-11.9℃, W4.8m/s, snow depth 158cm, 1008.6hPa. Moiwa base: -14, 40cm new snow in last 12hrs, blizzard.

Currently in a winter type weather pattern, the isobars are close together, snow storms at the sea and mountains. Above 800m 25+m/s winds and snow with rapid cornice and snowdrift development. From tests snow drifts are unstable and avalanche risk is very high. Better to keep off un groomed open steep slopes today. Avoid stimulating cornices and knolls.

Most accidents happen right after a snow storm. Developing snow drifts are like a stack of 3-5cm layers. During strong winds development continues this way and consolidation is delayed. If the developing snow drift collapses, surface avalanches occur easily. This type of danger continues for a while after the weather gets better and wind drop below 10m/s.

Gate openings yet to be decided. Stay off steep slopes looking for powder. Snow conditions continually change. Last week was good, today not so much. There is no safety in the mountains. Carry safety equipment like a beacon and helmet. Its cold but the snow is good.

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Planned ski area operations: Wednesday 3rd 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: 15cm
- Base: 15cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 360cm (+10cm)
- Base: 200cm (+10cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Top lift on hold at start of the day
- Planned: Ace Family Quad, Ace Quad Center 4, Hirafu Gondola, King Number 3 Quad, King Number 4
- Ace Family Quad and Ace Number 2 Center Four lifts operate for night skiing

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort

24 hours new snowfall (as reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 12cm
- Base: 20cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 270cm (+10cm)
- Base: 200cm (+15cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts operating
- Planned: All three lifts
- 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: 260cm (+0cm)
- Base: 190cm (+0cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Top lift on hold at start of the day
- Planned: All lifts apart from Jumbo Number 2 and 3
- 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: 10cm
- Base: 5cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 250cm (+0cm)
- Base: 170cm (+0cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Top lift on hold at start of the day
- Planned: Niseko Gondola, Community Chair, Mori no Chair, Banzai Chair and Wonderland Chair
- Community Chair and Banzai Chair lifts operate 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.

The Ace Pair Number 1, 3 and 4, King Pair Number 1 lift and King Quad Number 2 lifts are being rested for the season at Niseko Grand Hirafu. There may be other lift operation changes at the moment due to coronavirus situation. Do be sure to check for details with ski areas.

Archive report: Posted at 8:37am on Wednesday 3rd February 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All Niseko United areas are open

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*as of Wednesday 3rd February 2021
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
3rd February 19cm 1cm 3cm
2nd February 5cm 2cm 7cm
1st February 6cm 0cm 21cm
31st January 22cm 0cm 11cm
30th January 3cm 0cm 0cm
29th January 3cm 0cm 10cm
28th January 0cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 58cm 3cm 52cm
Previous 14 days total 82cm 80cm 136cm
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December observed snowfall total 348cm 207cm 333cm
January observed snowfall total 387cm 224cm 285cm
February observed snowfall total 30cm 143cm 198cm
March observed snowfall total - 59cm 45cm
April observed snowfall total - 10cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 827cm 728cm 951cm
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2020/2021 season 0cm
[0cm]
62cm
[62cm]
348cm
[410cm]
387cm
[797cm]
30cm
[827cm]
-
[827cm]
-
[827cm]
-
[827cm]
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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