Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 13th February 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:28am on Wednesday 13th February 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-10°C

Top temp:
-13°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
Light WNW for now
visibility condition
Limited-poor
This report
Wednesday 13th February 2019, 8:28am
14cm
Tuesday 12th February 2019, 8:31am 17cm
Monday 11th February 2019, 8:32am 16cm
Sunday 10th February 2019, 8:28am 11cm
Saturday 9th February 2019, 8:28am 18cm
Friday 8th February 2019, 8:30am 19cm
Thursday 7th February 2019, 8:15am 4cm
Last 7 reports (total): 99cm
Last 14 reports (total): 172cm
Current month (February 2019) total: 161cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 863cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:28am on Wednesday 13th February 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

This morning I bring you news of 14cm of fresh snowfall.

And once again, it's very cold and the snow quality is just excellent. :)

And once again, it looks like such consistent conditions are going to continue through until around Sunday.

Is that some sunshine I see on the forecast for Monday?! We ain't seeing much of that of late, just a few glimpses now and again. Bit of blue sky around lunchtime yesterday was nice. As long as the snow doesn't stay away for too long, I think many of us would be excited to have a day of clearer skies. (Just to be very clear, that is of course not in any way a 'complaint' - I'm just imagining perfect scenarios!)

Rather limited visibility at the start of the day today but all lifts appear to be opening as planned.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base 6am: -10℃, 15cm snowfall in 24h. Moiwa 800m: -13.1℃, NW4.3m/s, cornice and snowdrifts developments. Mikaeri junction: -13℃, developing snowdrifts. Annupuri1120m snow depth 250cm. Mizuno no Sawa: 6cm snowfall in 12h, 8cm in 24h. Hirafu peak: -16℃, wind peaking at 15m/s late night, snowdrifts developed. Suttsu weather station: -6.1℃, NW14.5m/s at midnight. Kutchan: -8.6℃, 194cm snow depth. Benkei cape light house: NW9m/s, Kamui cape: NNW8m/s, 1022hPa, 1.4m waves.

The weather is changing quickly and a 10-15m/s storm is making cornices and snowdrifts develop slowly above 800m elevation. According to pressure tests, the overall avalanche risk seems relatively low, however 40cm thick surface slab avalanches caused by snowdrifts’ uneven bonding are still likely to occur in 1000m leeward steep slopes. All gates are scheduled to open, however make sure to be well prepared for the backcountry and seek for advice from the patrols before stepping out of the gates.

Avy beacons and airbags are not decorations. It makes no sense to carry them if you’re not familiar with how to use them. Cornices are highly likely to fall around this time of the season. Cornice drops may be fun, but is not worth risking your life. Building kickers wherever without being aware of the consequences is nonsense. If you do build one, make sure to flatten it before you leave. Somebody could get hurt.

The snow condition is wonderful again today. Have a good one.

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Ski resort operation information: Wednesday 13th February 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 375cm
- Base: 175cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts planning to be operating as normal at the start of the day (Ace Number 1 and King Number 2 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: 285cm
- Base: 235cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts planning to be operating 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: 320cm
- Base: 170cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts planning to be operating as normal 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: 320cm
- Base: 170cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts planning to be operating 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 8:28am on Wednesday 13th February 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas appear to be opening as planned

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Wednesday 13th February 2019
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2018/2019
*as of Wednesday 13th February 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
13th February 14cm 32cm 1cm
12th February 17cm 14cm 0cm
11th February 16cm 3cm 0cm
10th February 11cm 3cm 0cm
9th February 18cm 11cm 0cm
8th February 19cm 7cm 4cm
7th February 4cm 1cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 99cm 71cm 5cm
Previous 14 days total 172cm 132cm 70cm
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 161cm 299cm 160cm
March observed snowfall total - 49cm 83cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 863cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 13th 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]
161cm
[863cm]
-
[863cm]
-
[863cm]
-
[863cm]
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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