Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 17th February 2021

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:40am on Wednesday 17th February 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-9°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Moderate snowfall
wind condition
Still very pesky indeed
visibility condition
Poor
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This report
Wednesday 17th February 2021, 8:40am
48cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 57cm
Last 14 reports (total): 196cm
Current month (February 2021) total: 226cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 1023cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:40am on Wednesday 17th February 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

After an early morning brief walk I didn't venture outside at all yesterday. It was pretty wild out there. Annupuri closed at 3:30pm and night skiing was, of course, cancelled. I wonder how many people actually got their skis or board on yesterday...

Check out the reported new snowfall numbers being reported by the areas! Hirafu reporting 70cm at peak, Village reporting 50-70cm. I can't recall the last time I saw such large numbers from the ski areas. Annupuri have 0cm as their snowfall number. Obviously that has just not been updated this morning (at the time of writing). They are probably busy. But, of course, I can't update their number for them... and I can't mind-read in advance of them posting! ;)

The only number I have control over in this report* is my observed snowfall from here at base. Often it is quite simple. I measure it at my trusted (not too wind-affected) spot, make a few observations nearby, and that's it. On a morning like this morning, though, with the wild wind that we have experienced over the last day, you can probably look in different places and measure a different number in each place. So I am going to just go with my usual spot - and my number is 48cm.

The unfriendly weather conditions continue this morning and at opening time only the one lift at Hirafu (Ace Family quad), two lifts at Village (Community and Banzai) and three lifts at Annupuri are scheduled to be operating (Dream quad, Jumbo 1 and 2 -- planned to open but delayed as they deal with snow).

It is all rather limited and I'm sure many people will be sitting it out and waiting for things to calm down. That is probably a wise idea. It doesn't feel safe out there.

Once the weather does calm down though - by Friday? - conditions should be excellent!

* For each report I manually check and update all other numbers from official sources.

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Update at 8:50am:

It looks like there are people lined up for the base Hanazono lift and it is moving; presumably it is opening.

It also looks like only the Dream and Jumbo 1 lifts are scheduled to open at Annupuri, rather than three lifts.

Things might change further.

See you tomorrow.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Coastal Data 6:25am. Cape Benkei:WNW16m/s(3:25am SW22m/s). Cape Kamui: SW23m/s(23:25 SW27m/s), 986hPa, wave5.6m. Hanazono 1000m: -9.8℃, SE speed n/a. Hanazono 720: 11.7℃, ENE5.8m/s. Moiwa 800m: n/a. Annupuri 1100m: -14.8℃, W9.9m/s. Yu no Sawa 1100m: -14.2℃, WSW6.1m/s. Mizuno no Sawa Top: -13.4℃, WSW8.4m/s. Kutchan Town: -7.9℃, SW5.2m/s, snow depth 207cm, 990.6hPa. Moiwa base: -9, light wind, snow, bad visibility, 40cm in last 12 hrs.

The wind above 1000m is still strong with cornice and snow drift development continuing. At 2am the wind below 800m began to drop, however snowfall increased at 700m level. From observation, developing snowdrifts are not stable and there is the possibility of an avalanche with a large fracture face on knolls and cornice slopes. From data evaluation the general avalanche risk is high. If the wind drops and lifts start running, stay away from creek terrain today. Even the forests are not safe today. Waist or chest deep snow is always dangerous, but today there is the possibility of avalanches in the trees too. Be careful if heading to the Chise/Goshiki areas. Gate opening yet to be decided. The grooming machines are doing snow removal on the runs rather than just packing it down. The snow on the sides of the runs is deep. The avalanche risk will fall when the weather settles down. Have a good day.

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Planned ski area operations: Wednesday 17th 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: 70cm
- Base: 0cm (obviously not updated)

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 460cm (+50cm)
- Base: 240cm (+40cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Planned: See above
- 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: 40cm
- Base: 25cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 315cm (+35cm)
- Base: 225cm (-35cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Planned: All closed
- 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 (obviously not updated)
- Base: 0cm (obviously not updated)

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

Ski lifts operating:
- Planned: See above
- 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: 70cm
- Base: 50cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 260cm (+26cm)
- Base: 220cm (+20cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Planned: See above
- 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 8:40am on Wednesday 17th February 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Only a handful of lifts are operating.

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Wednesday 17th February 2021
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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 Wednesday 17th February 2021
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
17th February 48cm 17cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 57cm 18cm 75cm
Previous 14 days total 196cm 83cm 158cm
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 226cm 143cm 198cm
March observed snowfall total - 59cm 45cm
April observed snowfall total - 10cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 1023cm 728cm 951cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 17th 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]
226cm
[1023cm]
-
[1023cm]
-
[1023cm]
-
[1023cm]
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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