Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 15th February 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:05am on Saturday 15th February 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None where I am but light snow currently falling at Hanazono
wind condition
NW
visibility condition
Varied
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Saturday 15th February 2020, 8:05am
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Tuesday 11th February 2020, 8:21am 1cm
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Last 7 reports (total): 8cm
Last 14 reports (total): 69cm
Current month (February 2020) total: 69cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 585cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:05am on Saturday 15th February 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

Well, after that spell of rather mild days with temperatures venturing into positive numbers, I am happy to report that it definitely feels colder this morning.

And!

While it is not snowing where I am, I can see light snow falling on the Hanazono live webcam.

The forecast is looking good for fresh snow in the first part of the week. The weather may start getting a bit wild from later on in the day tomorrow.

If we do get the snow that's on the forecast, snow conditions across the mountain should be much improved by the middle of the week. Perhaps sooner!

All lifts should be operating as planned this morning.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain base: -5℃, no snow, frozen. Moiwa 800m: NNW333°8.8m/s, -7.2℃. Yu no sawa 1000m: WNW308°2.5m/s, -9.7℃. Niseko Village 900m: WNW294°3.3m/s, -8.3℃. Hirafu 1000m: S183°4.0m/s, -9.9℃. Hanazono 720m: NW310°6.6m/s, -6.2℃. Benkei cape: NW11m/s, Kamui cape: WSW8m/s, 1020hPa, 1.2m waves. Annupuri 1000m snow depth 170cm.

The wind is calm and no snow has fallen under a cold high-pressure system. A thick fog is covering 1000m southern area during the day. Patches of soil are starting to show up under 600m elevation due to the warm temp of the last few days. Be careful riding. There is no fresh snow anywhere and the mountain is tracked out. A crust layer is covering the surface in the trees too, making it difficult to come down safely. It is strongly recommended to wear a helmet. Small scale glide avalanche risk is rising in cliff slopes such as in Haru no Taki. Do not cross boundary ropes for your own sake.
All gates are scheduled to open from the morning. Be careful. Prudency is key to avoid accidents.

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Ski resort operation information: Saturday 15th February 2020

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 240cm
- Base: 90cm

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: 170cm
- Base: 97cm

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 8:05am on Saturday 15th February 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

See above

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 15th February 2020
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2019/2020
*as of Saturday 15th February 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
15th February 0cm 8cm 26cm
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
Previous 7 days total 8cm 98cm 115cm
Previous 14 days total 69cm 162cm 126cm
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
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 15th February 2020
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
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]
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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