Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 17th February 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Sunday 17th February 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy, overcast
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Moderate WNW
visibility condition
Fair
This report
Sunday 17th February 2019, 8:31am
0cm
Saturday 16th February 2019, 8:23am 6cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 75cm
Last 14 reports (total): 158cm
Current month (February 2019) total: 189cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 891cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Sunday 17th February 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

Shock, horror... no cm of fresh snow to report this morning. Doh!

Yesterday we got to enjoy some nice clearer blue skies and sunshine too. It's back to cloudy-overcast this morning.

Looks like the top lifts are on hold at the start of the day due to fairly blowy winds up there. Details below.

Sun is expected tomorrow and actually seems like it going to be a regular feature in the coming week. We should get used to and accept that we can't be expecting much in terms of fresh snow over the coming week or so... so let's just enjoy it and think of any surprise delivery as a bonus.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base 6am: no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -7.8℃, SSW7.13m/s, no snowfall. Annupuri1120m: 250cm snow depth, -10.8℃, WSW7.5m/s. Hirafu 1000m: -10.5℃, NE3.5m/s. Mizuno no Sawa: -9.36℃, 0cm snowfall, W6.1-10.8m/s. Kutchan weather station: -2.5℃, 0cm snowfall, 180cm snow depth. Benkei cape: NW14m/s, Kamui cape WSW10m/s, 1006hPa, 2.1m waves.

Although scientists have denied weather based avalanche forecast for a long time, the forecast in Niseko emphasizes mainly in accidents prevention, not the mechanical aspects of avalanche occurrences and have been observing the weather transition as the main hazard evaluation. Surface slab avalanches slides from weak layers, and those weak layers forms mainly due to large temperature clines. The temperature change in Niseko during winter is small and weak layer evaluation is difficult. Most accidents occur during bad weather. If people venturing into the mountains pay attention to the danger of the snowdrifts development during storms, and avoid being in leeward slopes/valleys during and just after storms, then many of the accidents could be avoided.

A thin hoar layer (Feb 16th) formed due to yesterday noon warm air-flow, however the general avalanche risk is low as no new snow has fallen on top of it. All gates are scheduled to open from the morning. Listen to the ski patrol’s instructions before going out of the gates. Sun affected slabs are forming in south facing strictly off-limits Haru no Taki area and avalanches hazard from deeper weak layers should be considered. There is no avalanche control done in Haru no Taki. The wind is forecasted to pick up in the morning. Have a good day.

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Ski resort operation information: Sunday 17th February 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 370cm
- Base: 165cm

Ski lifts operating:
- The top Ace and King Number 4 lifts are on hold at the start of the day
- 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: 280cm
- Base: 220cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All three lifts appear to be operating 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: 330cm
- Base: 180cm

Ski lifts operating:
- The top Jumbo 4 lift is on hold 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: 330cm
- Base: 180cm

Ski lifts operating:
- The top Wonderland Chair is on hold at the start of the day
- 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 8:31am on Sunday 17th February 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Many top lifts on hold at start of the day - see above

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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 Sunday 17th February 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
17th February 0cm 21cm 0cm
16th February 6cm 17cm 4cm
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
Previous 7 days total 75cm 139cm 8cm
Previous 14 days total 158cm 164cm 15cm
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 189cm 299cm 160cm
March observed snowfall total - 49cm 83cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 891cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 17th 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]
189cm
[891cm]
-
[891cm]
-
[891cm]
-
[891cm]
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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