Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 5th February 2021

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:35am on Friday 5th February 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-10°C

Top temp:
-15°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow lingering for the moment
wind condition
Pesky
visibility condition
Fair, limited in places
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This report
Friday 5th February 2021, 8:35am
32cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 109cm
Last 14 reports (total): 124cm
Current month (February 2021) total: 84cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 881cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:35am on Friday 5th February 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

It is another very cold morning and we have another fine layer of beautiful fresh snowfall. I have just measured 32cm.

Unfortunately, wind is an issue again this morning and the top lifts at Hirafu, Village and Annupuri are on hold at the start of the day, as is the gondola at Annupuri. Village gondola open but moving at a reduced speed. Lets see if the wind might behave later on in the day; looks like it should be better tomorrow. The forecast still has a mix of cloud and light to moderate snow at times over the coming week.

There may be all sorts of 'stuff' going on this season, but one good thing is that we are doing well for snow.

And for that, I think we should be thankful. :)

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Now that I am checking all the 'snow depth' and 'snowfall' numbers every morning - and reporting them within this report (below) - it is indeed a bit frustrating when they clearly are not updated. Like today, Niseko Village says 2cm at base which is the same as it was yesterday and clearly not right for this morning. I want to keep on reporting them but feel I must omit that this morning and make a note of it.

Remember, pinch of salt and all that.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Coastal Data 6:25am. Cape Benkei:WNW19m/s. Cape Kamui:WSW17m/s, 1011hPa, wave2.9m. Hanazono 1000m: -16.4℃, NNE3.2m/s. Hanazono 720: -13.8℃, ESE4.3m/s. Moiwa 800m: -13.6℃, N9m/s. Annupuri 1100m: -16.7℃, WNW10.0m/s. Yu no Sawa 1100m: -16.2℃, WNW3.9m/s. Mizuno no Sawa Top: -15.1℃, WNW6.4m/s. Kutchan Town:-8.9℃, WSW7.3m/s, snow depth 184cm, 1011.9hPa. Moiwa base: -12, 30cm new snow in last 12hrs, minor blizzard. Note: wind speed is average over 10min.

The atmospheric pressure gradient is steep with blizzard conditions at the sea and mountains. From this morning’s observation, there is major snowdrift development above 800m, 300cm in some locations with cornices collapsing naturally. Wind is predominantly from the north. Wind and snow is expected to continue with the wind swinging around to a westerly. The avalanche risk continues to be high on SE leeward slopes of knolls and cornices above 800m. There is the possibility of large scale surface avalanches(100cm fracture) on Kozan no Sawa around 1000m and Osawa cornice face. Please do not ride these slopes even if the gondola or lifts operate. Also avoid the valley bottoms, these are avalanche paths. You cannot avoid a 100km/hr avalanche if it hits while you are down there.

The northerly wind has created soft slabs on Higashi One around 1100m and there is the possibility of large scale avalanches occurring. Please stay off these steep slopes even if the gates open. If someone puts in a high traverse others will use it, increasing the chance of an accident.

Peak gate openings yet to be decided. Please follow the patrol's instruction. Snow is good in the trees. Have you got your helmet? Is your beacon on?

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Planned ski area operations: Friday 5th 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: 35cm
- Base: 35cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 400cm (+30cm)
- Base: 230cm (+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: 25cm
- Base: 30cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 295cm (+24cm)
- Base: 225cm (+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: 30cm
- Base: 25cm

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: ?cm Apparently not updated by the ski area
- Base: ?cm Apparently not updated by the ski area

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 8:35am on Friday 5th 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; top lifts on hold. See above

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 5th February 2021
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2020/2021
*as of Friday 5th February 2021
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
5th February 32cm 2cm 11cm
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
Previous 7 days total 109cm 20cm 55cm
Previous 14 days total 124cm 52cm 110cm
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 84cm 143cm 198cm
March observed snowfall total - 59cm 45cm
April observed snowfall total - 10cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 881cm 728cm 951cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 5th February 2021
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in 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
2020/2021 season 0cm
[0cm]
62cm
[62cm]
348cm
[410cm]
387cm
[797cm]
84cm
[881cm]
-
[881cm]
-
[881cm]
-
[881cm]
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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