Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 5th February 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Tuesday 5th February 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Mostly cloudy
Base temp:
-9°C

Top temp:
-14°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Westerly
visibility condition
Fair, varied
This report
Tuesday 5th February 2019, 8:31am
11cm
Monday 4th February 2019, 8:30am 2cm
Sunday 3rd February 2019, 8:22am 3cm
Saturday 2nd February 2019, 8:32am 7cm
Friday 1st February 2019, 8:30am 21cm
Thursday 31st January 2019, 8:19am 11cm
Wednesday 30th January 2019, 8:22am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 55cm
Last 14 reports (total): 110cm
Current month (February 2019) total: 44cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 746cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Tuesday 5th February 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Happy New Year!

And good morning to you all.

Yesterday the weather was a bit mad once again. I am no fan of strong winds; there're just... annoying. The wind messed around with the lift operations on the mountain and checking out the evening news there was some silly warmth going on in Japan, particularly in the south. A mid season blip please.

Up here in Niseko I am happy to report that this morning is much more pleasingly cold and somewhat calmer (though not exactly 'calm'), and there's 11cm of fresh snowfall.

At the start of the day, just the Annupuri Gondola is not managing to get open and all other lifts appear to be planning on moving as planned. Hurray!

There's regular snow on the forecast in the coming week so let's hope we can get back into a nice mid-winter (but strong wind blizzard-avoiding) pattern.

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A look back at the season so far: January 2019

In case you missed it yesterday, you can find it here!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain Base 6.00am: -10°, 15cm new snow in the last 12hrs. Moiwa 800m: -13°,W7.8m/s, cornice and snowdrift development. Mikaeri Weather Station: -12°, major snowdrift development, forestry road buried. Annupuri 1120m: snow depth 220cm. Hirafu Peak: -16°, strong westerly wind, snowdrift development. Mizuno no Sawa: -14.72°, 10cm new snow in last 24hrs, mountain base snow depth 157cm. Suttsu Weather Station: -5.5°, max wind 2am WNW16.4m/s, snow depth 39cm. Kutchan Weather Station:- 7.6°, WNW17.5m/s at midnight, snow depth 160cm. Cape Benkei: NW16m/s, Cape Kamui: W12m/s, pressure 1019hPa, wave 3.7m.

A typical winter weather pattern continues and the mountain is experiencing blizzard conditions. From midnight the wind started to drop although it is still strong. Above 800m cornice and steep open leeward slopes, the avalanche risk continues from the Feb 4 low pressure snow layer. Especially above 1000m, snow drift stabilisation is delayed due to the low temperature and a deep fracture is possible from rider stimulation. If wind drops below 10m/s the snowdrifts will start to quickly consolidate and stabilise. Consider Osawa cornice and Backbowl sidewall dangerous today.

Snow in the trees is good but a bit wind packed. There is the possibility of shallow surface avalanches easily occurring on 40 deg slopes. Avalanches often occur during or right after a storm. Do not stimulate cornices or knolls. Do not wait in the valley bottoms. Gate openings yet to be decided. Please respect the patrols decisions. Is your beacon on? They are not compulsory but are recommended. Have a good day.

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Ski resort operation information: Tuesday 5th February 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 345cm
- Base: 130cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts opening as normal at the start of the day (Ace Number 1 pair and King Number 2 quad lifts 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

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 230cm
- Base: 195cm

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

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 300cm
- Base: 150cm

Ski lifts operating:
- The Gondola is on hold but other lifts open as planned 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

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 300cm
- Base: 160cm

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. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO resort area.

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Tuesday 5th February 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Annupuri gondola on hold but other lifts opening as planned at the start of the day. May change!

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(updated daily during winter)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 5th February 2019
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Tuesday 5th February 2019
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 5th February 2019
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2018/2019
*as of Tuesday 5th February 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
5th February 11cm 3cm 0cm
4th February 2cm 0cm 3cm
3rd February 3cm 0cm 14cm
2nd February 7cm 0cm 15cm
1st February 21cm 13cm 19cm
31st January 11cm 45cm 14cm
30th January 0cm 26cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 55cm 87cm 65cm
Previous 14 days total 110cm 187cm 117cm
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 44cm 299cm 160cm
March observed snowfall total - 49cm 83cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 746cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 5th 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]
44cm
[746cm]
-
[746cm]
-
[746cm]
-
[746cm]
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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