Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 9th February 2020

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:24am on Sunday 9th February 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Generally cloudy skies (bit of blue over towards Mt Yotei)
Base temp:
-12°C

Top temp:
-15°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow over the mountain
wind condition
WNW
visibility condition
Fair-limited higher up
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Sunday 9th February 2020, 8:24am
6cm
Saturday 8th February 2020, 8:31am 10cm
Friday 7th February 2020, 8:10am 14cm
Thursday 6th February 2020, 8:10am 17cm
Wednesday 5th February 2020, 8:30am 2cm
Tuesday 4th February 2020, 8:19am 15cm
Monday 3rd February 2020, 8:22am 1cm
Last 7 reports (total): 65cm
Last 14 reports (total): 67cm
Current month (February 2020) total: 67cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 583cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:24am on Sunday 9th February 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

It is another very cold morning. Annupuri are reporting a temperature of -19C up top as of 6:44am. It's -13C here. Brrrrrr.

This morning I can report 6cm of fresh snowfall down here at Hirafu base. It is cloudy with some light snow falling.

If they can de-ice in time, I'd expect all of the lifts to be moving as planned this morning!

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain Base: -12.0°, 15cm in last 24hrs, 5cm new snow in last 12hrs. Moiwa 800m: N 354deg 7.0m/s , -14.1°, snowdrift development. Yu no Sawa 1000m: N 2deg 4.1m/s, -16.8°. Niseko Village 900m: NNW 350deg 3.2m/s, -15.9°. Hirafu 1000m : NNW 350deg 7.3m/s , -17.0°. Hanazono 720m: NNW 340deg 5.4m/s, -17.0°. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:N14m/s. Kamui Cape NNE 7m/s, 1016hPa, wave 2.7m. Annupuri 1000m: snow depth 175cm.

Above 800m wind peaked overnight at 10pm and 4am at around 20m/s. It has dropped to around 12m/s from the north now. Although snowfall has been small, snowdrift development has been significant, up to 50cm depth. From observation snowdrifts(soft slab) are starting to stabilise, avalanche risk is medium. Above 900m snow is variable and some wind crust can be found, generally the mountain is reset with good snow though.

Peak gates are expected to be open. We highly recommend you to take beacon, probe, shovel, short rope, emergency food and wear a helmet. Accidents on cold days like today have an added danger - Hypothermia – can cause a death even after rescued. Once you go through the gates you are not in the ski area anymore. Always make cautious decisions. Beware a sudden weather change, frostbite. Snow in the trees is a bit heavy but still good. Have a good day.

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Ski resort operation information: Sunday 9th February 2020

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 270cm
- 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: 205cm
- Base: 130cm

All lifts are normally operating

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 180cm
- Base: 115cm

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: 200cm
- Base: 120cm

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

Archive report: Posted at 8:24am on Sunday 9th February 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All should be open as planned

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 9th February 2020
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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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  2019/2020
*as of Sunday 9th February 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
9th February 6cm 18cm 11cm
8th February 10cm 19cm 7cm
7th February 14cm 4cm 1cm
6th February 17cm 18cm 0cm
5th February 2cm 11cm 3cm
4th February 15cm 2cm 0cm
3rd February 1cm 3cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 65cm 75cm 22cm
Previous 14 days total 67cm 129cm 151cm
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 67cm 198cm 299cm
March observed snowfall total - 45cm 49cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 583cm 951cm 1260cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 9th 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 the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2019/2020 season - 85cm
[85cm]
207cm
[292cm]
224cm
[516cm]
67cm
[583cm]
- - -
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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