Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 14th February 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:28am on Thursday 14th February 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-10°C

Top temp:
-14°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
SNOW
wind condition
NW
visibility condition
Limited-poor
This report
Thursday 14th February 2019, 8:28am
14cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 109cm
Last 14 reports (total): 175cm
Current month (February 2019) total: 175cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 877cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:28am on Thursday 14th February 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

I almost feel like I could do a bit of automated copy-pasting and spend more time with my toast in a morning at the moment.

There was a bit of blue sky once again for a short time late morning yesterday, but for the most part not much scenery to be enjoyed. But there was most certainly lots of lovely snow to be enjoyed.

And this morning there's another 14cm of snowfall to report.

Snow. Very cold. Limited visibility. That kind of thing. It might be a little more windy today but I doubt enough to trouble the normal operation of lifts.

It still looks like there may be some clearer skies early in the week next week and probably a bit of snow every day until then.

It is Valentines Day today - hurray! - and I suspect there might be some sweets being handed out in places today. If not, I know I'll be jolly disappointed. I see Annupuri are going to be supplying chocolate to the first 100 people who buy a lift ticket this morning - boys or girls. (The 'tradition' in Japan is that Valentines day is when chocolate is supplied to boys from girls. And chocolate is supplied to girls from boys on White Day on March 14th. That lot is a discussion for a different place!)

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base 6am: -10℃, 15cm snowfall in 24h. Moiwa800m: -12.9℃, W7.3m/s, cornice and snowdrifts developments. Mikaeri junction: -12℃, snowdrifts developments. Annupuri1120m snow depth 250cm. Mizuno no sawa 12cm snowfall in 12h, NNW9-13.5m/s, 185cm snow depth. Hirafu peak: -17℃, strong winds developing snowdrifts, 25cm snowfall in 12h. Suttsu weather station: -5.0℃, 61cm snow depth. Kutchan: -16.9℃, 198cm snow depth. Benkei cape: N9m/s, Kamui cape: NNE3m/s, 1023hPa, 2.0m waves.

Intermittent 10-15m/s northerly storm has persisted above 800m elevation, making cornices and snowdrifts develop slowly. The sea surface temperature is relatively high, making snow clouds form more abundantly and resulting in higher snow precipitation than average. The avalanche hazard level in leeward slopes above 800m elevation is moderately high. All gates are scheduled to open. Do not stimulate cornices and knolls and ride one by one. Avoid valley bottoms and better not stop halfway down a slope. Do not traverse across slopes under cornices. The weather is changing quickly, beware of whiteouts. Safety is never guaranteed in Winter Mountains.

The snow condition is awesome again today.

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Ski resort operation information: Thursday 14th February 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 380cm
- Base: 180cm

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: 240cm

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 Thursday 14th February 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas should be open as planned

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 14th February 2019
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 14th February 2019
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 14th February 2019
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 Thursday 14th February 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
14th February 14cm 26cm 1cm
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
Previous 7 days total 109cm 96cm 6cm
Previous 14 days total 175cm 113cm 57cm
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 175cm 299cm 160cm
March observed snowfall total - 49cm 83cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 877cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 14th 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
2018/2019 season 0cm
[0cm]
84cm
[84cm]
333cm
[417cm]
285cm
[702cm]
175cm
[877cm]
-
[877cm]
-
[877cm]
-
[877cm]
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]
  October November December January February March April May
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