Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 16th February 2021

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Tuesday 16th February 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snow, sleet, wind...
Base temp:
2°C

Top temp:
0°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Sleet > snow right now
wind condition
Very pesky indeed
visibility condition
Varied, generally limited or worse
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This report
Tuesday 16th February 2021, 8:32am
1cm
Monday 15th February 2021, 8:32am 0cm
Sunday 14th February 2021, 8:37am 0cm
Saturday 13th February 2021, 8:39am 0cm
Friday 12th February 2021, 8:40am 2cm
Thursday 11th February 2021, 8:34am 6cm
Wednesday 10th February 2021, 8:30am 15cm
Last 7 reports (total): 24cm
Last 14 reports (total): 167cm
Current month (February 2021) total: 178cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 975cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Tuesday 16th February 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

Though, that doesn't feel particularly appropriate this morning. It isn't very nice outside right now.

How should I describe this morning... It's windy and due to get even more windy. After the rain we have had to put up with, it was kind of rainy sleet earlier on but at least that has turned to snow outside my window right now. It's relatively mild.

And most of the lifts are not opening at the start of the day. Lifts that are open are basically lower lifts close to base: the Ace Family quad lift at Hirafu, the lower Hanazono lift, the Community and Banzai lifts at Village, and the Dream quad at Annupuri. So there are just 5 lifts starting the day.

The good to take from all this is that the snow is back from today, it is going to get colder as the day progresses, and snow should be consistently coming down on us over the coming days. Let's just hope the wind calms down...

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Coastal Data 6:25am. Cape Benkei:NW20m/s. Cape Kamui: WNW9m/s, 971hPa, wave0.7m. Hanazono 1000m: -1.9℃, ESE3.4m/s(5:45am N20m/s). Hanazono 720: 0.9℃, SSE3.2m/s(5:45am N20m/s). Moiwa 800m: -0.3℃, NNW4.7m/s. Annupuri 1100m: -2.3℃, W9.5m/s. Yu no Sawa 1100m: -2.0℃, WSW7.2m/s. Mizuno no Sawa Top: -1.3℃, wind n/a. Kutchan Town: 2.3℃, WSW3.2m/s, snow depth 160cm, 970.3hPa. Moiwa base: +1, heavy rain, snow melt.

Warm air is flowing in with the passing of a 945hPa low pressure system, melting the snow due to heavy rain. Wind and wet snow will start around 7am at the mountain base, breaking out into a full blown blizzard by noon. Snow drifts on leeward slopes will exceed 3m this afternoon, new cornices are expected to reach 10m by tomorrow. Most avalanche accidents are triggered by people, however natural factors like cornice collapse also cause avalanches. March 14, 1965, Satsunai River No 10, Hidaka Mountains, a 20-30m cornice overhanged the ridgeline collapsed due to a similar low pressure system, and caused an avalanche that ran 3km, dropping 800m. 6 people were found deceased sheltering in a buried snow cave at 400m elev. An avalanche is a natural phenomenon and is not an accident if no one is involved. Best to stay out of the valleys until the weather has settled down. Take care on the roads and be careful of snow falling from roofs.

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Planned ski area operations: Tuesday 16th February 2021
The below information is manually checked each morning from official sources.
The numbers in brackets show the change in the official snow depth numbers since the previous report.

Niseko Grand Hirafu

24 hours new snowfall (as reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 5cm
- Base: 0cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 410cm (+5cm)
- Base: 200cm (-15cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Planned: Ace Family Quad, Ace Quad Center 4, Hirafu Gondola, King Number 3 Quad
- Ace Family Quad and Ace Number 2 Center Four lifts operate for night skiing

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort

24 hours new snowfall (as reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 3cm
- Base: 0cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 280cm (-18cm)
- Base: 190cm (-20cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Planned: All lifts
- There is no night skiing at Hanazono

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Niseko Annupuri

24 hours new snowfall (as reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 0cm
- Base: 0cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 290cm (+0cm)
- Base: 200cm (+0cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Planned: Gondola, Dream Number 1 and Jumbo Number 1
- Jumbo Number 1 quad lift operates for night skiing

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Niseko Village

24 hours new snowfall (as reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 0cm
- Base: 0cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 234cm (+0cm)
- Base: 200cm (+0cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Planned: Niseko Gondola, Community Chair and Banzai Chair
- Community Chair lift operates for night skiing

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Night time operations are available in the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas until 7th March 2021. There is no night skiing in the Niseko HANAZONO area.

The Ace Pair Number 1, 3 and 4, King Pair Number 1 lift and King Quad Number 2 lifts are being rested for the season at Niseko Grand Hirafu. There may be other lift operation changes at the moment due to coronavirus situation. Do be sure to check for details with ski areas.

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Tuesday 16th February 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

5 lifts operating as of 8:30am with other lifts on hold due to weather conditions

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Tuesday 16th February 2021
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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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  2020/2021
*as of Tuesday 16th February 2021
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
16th February 1cm 0cm 6cm
15th February 0cm 0cm 8cm
14th February 0cm 0cm 14cm
13th February 0cm 0cm 14cm
12th February 2cm 0cm 17cm
11th February 6cm 1cm 16cm
10th February 15cm 1cm 11cm
Previous 7 days total 24cm 2cm 86cm
Previous 14 days total 167cm 67cm 161cm
November observed snowfall total 62cm 85cm 84cm
December observed snowfall total 348cm 207cm 333cm
January observed snowfall total 387cm 224cm 285cm
February observed snowfall total 178cm 143cm 198cm
March observed snowfall total - 59cm 45cm
April observed snowfall total - 10cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 975cm 728cm 951cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 16th February 2021
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in 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
2020/2021 season 0cm
[0cm]
62cm
[62cm]
348cm
[410cm]
387cm
[797cm]
178cm
[975cm]
-
[975cm]
-
[975cm]
-
[975cm]
2019/2020 season - 85cm
[85cm]
207cm
[292cm]
224cm
[516cm]
143cm
[659cm]
59cm
[718cm]
10cm
[728cm]
-
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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