Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 15th February 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:15am on Friday 15th February 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, bit of blue and sun
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None right now
wind condition
Light westerly
visibility condition
Good
This report
Friday 15th February 2019, 8:15am
8cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 98cm
Last 14 reports (total): 162cm
Current month (February 2019) total: 183cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 885cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:15am on Friday 15th February 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

It got a bit windy yesterday in the afternoon but as far as I can tell lift operations were mostly unaffected (unconfirmed, but I don't suppose it matters now!).

8cm of snow to report this morning. It's fairly calm and while there is a lot of cloud around there is also some blue sky and sun (increasingly) shining through in places. It should be a good day and I expect everywhere to be open so I'll get this report up quickly.

Clearer skies are still due early in the week along with milder conditions. Hopefully not too much.

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Now that we are in the second half of February - ! - let's take a quick look back.

I have recorded 175cm of snow over the first 14 reports of the month here at base, and the total for the season so far sits at 877cm. Add a chunk to that for what there'll be at higher elevations.

The last day I wasn't able to report any new cm of snowfall was on 30th January, so including today we are now on a run of 16 days of recorded snowfall.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base 6am: -6℃, 4cm snowfall in 12h. Moiwa 800m: -9.6℃, WSW6.4m/s, cornice and snowdrifts developments. Snowdrift developments observed at Mikaeri junction. Annupuri 1120m snow depth 250cm. Hirafu peak: -12℃, NW15m/s, snowdrift developments, W5-8m/s at 1000m. Mizuno no sawa: -10.93℃, W4.9-8.3m/s, 170cm snow depth at base. Suttsu weather station: -2.2℃, 59cm snow depth, NW14m/s at midnight. Kutchan town: -8.4℃, 192cm snow depth. Benkei cape lighthouse: NW13m/s, Kamui cape: WSW10m/s, 1022hPa, 1.8m waves.

Yesterday afternoon’s storm made cornices and snowdrifts develop drastically in slopes above 800m elevation. The storm settled down in the morning. The newly formed snowdrifts are stabilizing and the general avalanche risk is lowering. All gates are scheduled to open from the morning. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions.

The weather in Niseko is highly influenced by the climate of the Sea of Japan. The snow stabilizes quickly after the wind calms down and distinguished hoar/facet weak layers are less likely to form due to small temperature changes throughout the winter. However everybody shouldn’t forget that Niseko was once the place to experience the most avalanche accidents in Japan. The Niseko Rules and this avalanche information started as a necessity from those bitter experiences and not for tourism promotion. Overconfidence and preconceptions are the main causes of accidents. Have a great day.

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Ski resort operation information: Friday 15th February 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 380cm
- Base: 170cm

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: 295cm
- 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 8:15am on Friday 15th February 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas plan to be open as normal

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 15th February 2019
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 15th February 2019
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 15th 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 Friday 15th February 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
15th February 8cm 26cm 2cm
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
Previous 7 days total 98cm 115cm 4cm
Previous 14 days total 162cm 126cm 40cm
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 183cm 299cm 160cm
March observed snowfall total - 49cm 83cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 885cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 15th 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]
183cm
[885cm]
-
[885cm]
-
[885cm]
-
[885cm]
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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