Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 11th February 2021

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:34am on Thursday 11th February 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Mostly cloudy
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Light
visibility condition
Fair and possibly improving
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This report
Thursday 11th February 2021, 8:34am
6cm
Wednesday 10th February 2021, 8:30am 15cm
Tuesday 9th February 2021, 8:34am 26cm
Monday 8th February 2021, 8:35am 26cm
Sunday 7th February 2021, 8:34am 6cm
Saturday 6th February 2021, 8:34am 12cm
Friday 5th February 2021, 8:35am 32cm
Last 7 reports (total): 123cm
Last 14 reports (total): 203cm
Current month (February 2021) total: 175cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 972cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:34am on Thursday 11th February 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

It's a national holiday today - National Foundation Day - and so we can (perhaps) expect more people around today than a usual weekday. The Swinging Monkey lift at Hirafu is operating this morning, as are all of the lifts at Annupuri.

This morning we have a break from the snow falling and while there is still a lot of cloud around there is actually some blue skies in places. There may be some sunshine today and there is a high chance of sunny blue skies tomorrow and on Saturday too. Is that rain I see on the forecast for late Sunday. Yuck!

So expect a warmer spell to be followed by a dip in temps again along with fresh snow around Tuesday.

Let's hope it doesn't warm up too much in the next few days.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Coastal Data 6:25am. Cape Benkei:NW12m/s. Cape Kamui: E2m/s, 1014hPa, wave0.7m. Hanazono 1000m: -10.3℃, WNW7.6m/s. Hanazono 720: -7.8℃, NW6.1m/s(10min avg). Moiwa 800m: -8.1℃, NNW5.8m/s. Annupuri 1100m: -11.7℃, WNW5.3m/s. Yu no Sawa 1100m: -11.2℃, NNW2.3m/s. Mizuno no Sawa Top: -10.2℃, WNW5.2m/s. Kutchan Town:-7.7℃, SSE0.9m/s, snow depth 197cm, 1014.7hPa. Moiwa base: -7, good visibility, trace new snow in last 12hrs, calm.

From observation and data the general avalanche risk is low. Gates are expected to be open depending on lift operation. Please listen to the patrols advice and prepare before going out of bounds. Do not duck ropes. Although there is only a little new snow, above 800m is reset. The snow is good today.

The Niseko Rules were established to prevent off piste accidents. In the 80’s when the lifts were extended to 1150m accidents became more common. Then unfortunately in the 90’s Niseko became No1 for avalanche accidents in Japan. As a result Niseko was forced to address accident prevention. Even on gentle mountains like Niseko avalanches sometimes happen and with so much powder riding going on good luck wasn't going to cut it anymore. This is why the Niseko Rules were created. Strictly off limits areas Haru no Taki and Yu no Sawa are not off limits just because they are dangerous. Events conspired at that time that to install the gate system, giving access to the peak and most other areas on the mountain, required blocking access to several valleys lower on the mountain. Over time, access to Mizu no Sawa was opened again following an avalanche control program by the ski resorts. Please take time to understand why and what the Niseko Rules are.

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Planned ski area operations: Thursday 11th 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: 440cm (+10cm)
- Base: 255cm (+5cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Planned: Ace Family Quad, Ace Quad Center 4, Hirafu Gondola, King Number 3 Quad, King Number 4, Swinging Monkey
- 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: 20cm
- Base: 15cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 320cm (+0cm)
- Base: 240cm (+0cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Planned: All 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: 20cm
- Base: 10cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 270cm (+0cm)
- Base: 200cm (+0cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Planned: All lifts
- 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: 2cm
- Base: 2cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 340cm (+2cm)
- Base: 232cm (+2cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Planned: Niseko Gondola, Community 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 8:34am on Thursday 11th February 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas opening as planned at the start of the day

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 11th February 2021
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 11th February 2021
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 Thursday 11th February 2021
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
11th February 6cm 1cm 16cm
10th February 15cm 1cm 11cm
9th February 26cm 6cm 18cm
8th February 26cm 10cm 19cm
7th February 6cm 14cm 4cm
6th February 12cm 17cm 18cm
5th February 32cm 2cm 11cm
Previous 7 days total 123cm 51cm 97cm
Previous 14 days total 203cm 69cm 151cm
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 175cm 143cm 198cm
March observed snowfall total - 59cm 45cm
April observed snowfall total - 10cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 972cm 728cm 951cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 11th 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]
175cm
[972cm]
-
[972cm]
-
[972cm]
-
[972cm]
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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