Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 13th February 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Thursday 13th February 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
2°C

Top temp:
0°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Light
visibility condition
Fair
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Wednesday 12th February 2020, 8:30am 0cm
Tuesday 11th February 2020, 8:21am 1cm
Monday 10th February 2020, 8:30am 1cm
Sunday 9th February 2020, 8:24am 6cm
Saturday 8th February 2020, 8:31am 10cm
Friday 7th February 2020, 8:10am 14cm
Last 7 reports (total): 32cm
Last 14 reports (total): 69cm
Current month (February 2020) total: 69cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 585cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Thursday 13th February 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

The day is starting off mild and it's going to be a warm day today, with temperatures possibly rising up to around +8C. That is way higher than we would like of course, and it will certainly be melting some of our precious snow. Naughty.

As you would expect, there's no fresh snowfall to report to you either down at base or higher up.

So it is far from being an inspiring morning, for sure, and hopefully we will be back to fresh snowfall come Sunday and beyond as it gets colder again.

I would expect some hard and icy conditions this morning. A different kind of... fun!

Visibility here by Hirafu base looks fairly decent; looks more limited at the moment over at Hanazono. Is that fog?

Please check out the Avalanche report below.

Take care out there!

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain base: -+1.5℃, no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: NW315°4.8m/s, +2.5℃, no snowfall/snowdrifts. Yu no sawa 1000m: WSW255°3.3m/s, -1.7℃. Niseko Village 900m: W273°4.5m/s, -2.2℃. Hirafu 1000m: SW229°4.5m/s, -2.2℃. Hanazono 720m: WSW265°3.3m/s, +3.5℃. Benkei cape: SSW14m/s, Kamui cape: SSW14m/s, 1013hPa, 1.3m waves. Annupuri 1000m snow depth 175cm.

The wind and waves at Kamaui cape of the Shakotan peninsula is winding down between two low-pressure system. The snow has frozen overnight under 700m elevation. The groomers are firm and difficult to groom. The temperature will rise during the day and thaw. 40cm thick surface slab slides from Feb 8th layer are still to be expected in south facing slopes above 800m elevation. There is no fresh snow and the out of bounds area is tracked out.

Block avalanches are highly probable to occur in steep slopes as in Haru no Taki that has been highly affected by the temperature change. Do not enter strictly off-limits areas to seek fresh snow. A small avalanche is powerful enough to kill a human. Some cracks are forming in upper Higashi-One, beware. All gates are opening rom the morning. Have a great day.

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Ski resort operation information: Thursday 13th February 2020

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 240cm
- Base: 100cm

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: 180cm
- Base: 105cm

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: 115cm

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 8:31am on Thursday 13th February 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

See above for details

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*as of Thursday 13th February 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
13th February 0cm 14cm 32cm
12th February 0cm 17cm 14cm
11th February 1cm 16cm 3cm
10th February 1cm 11cm 3cm
9th February 6cm 18cm 11cm
8th February 10cm 19cm 7cm
7th February 14cm 4cm 1cm
Previous 7 days total 32cm 99cm 71cm
Previous 14 days total 69cm 172cm 132cm
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 69cm 198cm 299cm
March observed snowfall total - 45cm 49cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 585cm 951cm 1260cm
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  October November December January February March April May
2020/2021 season - - - - - - - -
2019/2020 season - 85cm
[85cm]
207cm
[292cm]
224cm
[516cm]
69cm
[585cm]
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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]
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[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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