Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 4th February 2021

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:36am on Thursday 4th February 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-11°C

Top temp:
-15°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
Less wind this morning
visibility condition
Varied, limited
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This report
Thursday 4th February 2021, 8:36am
22cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 80cm
Last 14 reports (total): 92cm
Current month (February 2021) total: 52cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 849cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:36am on Thursday 4th February 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

I have two main good things to report this morning - lots more snow and less wind. Hurray! It is good and cold too with temperatures down into minus double digits, even here at base.

As I prepared to post this report at 8:30am the only lift that was marked as on hold was the top King Number 4 at Niseko Grand Hirafu... but that also now seems to be scheduled to open (along with all other lifts that should be open).

All forecasts still show us getting consistent snow through next week. It might get a bit milder around Saturday, but other than that temperatures should be remaining low.

Visibility is variable at the start of the day but rather limited in places. Take care if you are out there.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Coastal Data 6:25am. Cape Benkei:NW10m/s. Cape Kamui:W12m/s, 1010hPa, wave2.2m. Hanazono 1000m: -17.3℃, E2.9m/s. Hanazono 720: -13.9℃, WSW4.3m/s. Moiwa 800m: -14.3℃, N5.6m/s. Annupuri 1100m: -17.4℃, WNW7.6m/s. Yu no Sawa 1100m: -17.0℃, WSW3.7m/s. Mizuno no Sawa Top: -16.1℃, WNW3.5m/s. Kutchan Town:-10.1℃, SSW2.2m/s, snow depth 174cm, 1011.0hPa. Moiwa base: -12, 30cm new snow in last 12hrs, calm.

The winter type pressure pattern continues however the isobars have spread a little further apart. The snow above 1000m has been blown off and dangerously accumulated on leeward slopes below 700m. Above 1100m cornice growth has been massive, up to 10m in some locations. Stimulation can break off huge pieces that can be extremely dangerous. As of 5am the snowdrift growth has slowed however from observation, data and snow transition, the avalanche risk continues to be high on leeward slopes above 1000m. Also best to avoid high elevation cornice faces like Kozan no Sawa and Higashi One.

Gate openings are yet to be decided. Peak gates are expected to be closed. Please follow the patrols instructions. Below 800m the forests are full of wind blown snow, the type of snow Niseko is famous for. A little heavy but good bounce. The snow off the side of the runs is deep, snowboarders should carry a pole. Is your beacon on? It can save you, and your friend’s life. Keep your eye on the weather and have a good day.

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Planned ski area operations: Thursday 4th 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: 370cm (+10cm)
- Base: 215cm (+15cm)

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: 277cm (+13cm)
- Base: 210cm (+25cm)

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: 5cm
- Base: 2cm

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 8:36am on Thursday 4th February 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All four areas of Niseko United are open

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  2020/2021
*as of Thursday 4th February 2021
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
4th February 22cm 15cm 2cm
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
Previous 7 days total 80cm 18cm 54cm
Previous 14 days total 92cm 62cm 112cm
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 52cm 143cm 198cm
March observed snowfall total - 59cm 45cm
April observed snowfall total - 10cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 849cm 728cm 951cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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2020/2021 season 0cm
[0cm]
62cm
[62cm]
348cm
[410cm]
387cm
[797cm]
52cm
[849cm]
-
[849cm]
-
[849cm]
-
[849cm]
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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