Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 14th February 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Friday 14th February 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
3°C

Top temp:
-1°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Spots of rain earlier; seems to be holding off right now
wind condition
Light westerly
visibility condition
Varied, limited in upper areas
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This report
Friday 14th February 2020, 8:30am
0cm
Thursday 13th February 2020, 8:31am 0cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 18cm
Last 14 reports (total): 69cm
Current month (February 2020) total: 69cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 585cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Friday 14th February 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

I wish I had more exciting news to report, but it is what it is...

Mild and a bit of light rain early morning. The forecast is for a generally cloudy day and tomorrow too - today won't be quite as warm as yesterday and tomorrow should be a bit colder still.

We haven't had any (well, a few cm early week) fresh snow for a handful of days now, so plan accordingly.

All lifts appear to be starting the day as scheduled this morning.

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So from tomorrow we are into the second half of February.

My oh my.

I have reported 69cm of snowfall so far this month thanks to that decent first week, and the total for the season so far currently stands at 585cm.

Last February - for the whole month, of course - I reported at total of 198cm.

Hopefully it's just because of this current 'spring thing' we have going on right now, but it does feel like we are struggling to keep up...

The forecast is looking much more exciting for the chance of fresh snow from Monday onwards.

Onegai shimasu!

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain base: -+3℃, light rain, melting snow. Moiwa 800m: NNW324°7.7m/s (3am 20m/s), -1.8℃. Yu no sawa 1000m: N348°3.4m/s, -1.8℃. Niseko Village 900m: WNW297°4.0m/s, -0.7℃. Hirafu1 000m: NNE95°1.5m/s, -2.1℃. Hanazono 720m: NNW346°6.1m/s, +1.9℃. Benkei cape: NW13m/s, Kamui cape: SW13m/s, 1014hPa, 1.1m waves. Annupuri 1000m snow depth 170cm.

A cold front passed around 3am with strong gusts. The wind calmed down, however remains strong in higher elevation. The temperature is forecasted to rise during the day and snow melt will continue. The snow is very sticky, not the kind of day for backcountry today. A cold airmass will flow in in the evening and will refreeze the mountain through tomorrow.

Many of the accidents occur when forcibly pushing something during bad weather. Better stay away from steep slopes today. Climax slides are expected in south facing steep slopes under 800m elevation. Gates opening is undecided, please respect the ski patrol’s decision and the Niseko Rules. The community is always concerned about all guests safety. Snow bridges are also likely to collapse, beware of falling into creeks. Treacherous road conditions too, drive safe!

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Ski resort operation information: Friday 14th 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: 175cm
- Base: 100cm

All lifts are normally operating

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 170cm
- Base: 100cm

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 8:30am on Friday 14th February 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas are open. Gates currently unconfirmed.

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  2019/2020
*as of Friday 14th February 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
14th February 0cm 14cm 26cm
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
Previous 7 days total 18cm 109cm 96cm
Previous 14 days total 69cm 175cm 113cm
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
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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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]
- - -
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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