Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 18th February 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:37am on Monday 18th February 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
NNE
visibility condition
Fair
This report
Monday 18th February 2019, 7:37am
0cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 59cm
Last 14 reports (total): 156cm
Current month (February 2019) total: 189cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 891cm

Archive report: Posted at 7:37am on Monday 18th February 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

It's an unusually early report from me. I need to get out on the road soon this morning, so I have no choice. I don't normally like earlier reports - not because of wanting to sleep and pre-report toast, but because weather conditions often do change early morning in the run up to opening and I like to bring you any opening lift news. (Honest!)

Anyways, no fresh snowfall to report again this morning.

There is a lot of cloud around the mountain but some breaks in it away in the other direction so perhaps we might get some clearer conditions today. Forecasts say we might.

It feels windy but hopefully lifts will be open as normal.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base 6am: -3℃, no snowfall. Moiwa800m: -7.2℃, WSW8.41m/s, cornice and snowdrifts developments due to wind-blown snow. Mikaeri junction: no snowfall, new snowdrift development. Annupuri1120m: 250cm snow depth, -10.2℃ WNW 8.6m/s at 1000m. Hirafu peak: -11℃, NW20m/s, 1000m -9.8℃, N9.7m/s. Niseko Village Mizuno no Sawa: -8.46℃, NW8.9m/s. Kutchan Weather station: -1.7℃, ENE1.0m/s, 175cm snow depth. Benkei cape: NNW12m/s, Kamui cape: NW12m/s, 1015hPa, 2.6m waves.

The wind remains strong but no snowfall. Cornices and snowdrifts have grown due to wind-blown snow and are very unstable. Gates opening is undetermined. Please respect the ski patrol’s decisions. The avalanche risk is considerable in the morning. 40cm thick slides from Feb 17th layer are likely to occur in O-sawa and Backbowl’s 900m slopes. The chairs might start running as the wind calms down, however it is strongly recommended not to approach leeward cornice slopes for a while. Avoid riding the bottom of the valleys and never duck ropes to enter the out of bounds areas. Strictly off-limits areas are closed for a good reason. The snow condition is the same in the surrounding mountains; beware of open steep slopes and gullies.

The groomers are firm but in excellent condition.

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Ski resort operation information: Monday 18th 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:
- All lifts should be opening as planned (Ace Number 1 pair and King Number 2 quad 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: 280cm
- Base: 220cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts should be opening as planned
- 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:
- All lifts should be opening as planned
- 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:
- All lifts should be opening as planned (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 7:37am on Monday 18th February 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Hopefully all ski resort areas will be open as normal

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 18th February 2019
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Monday 18th February 2019
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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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 Monday 18th February 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
18th February 0cm 17cm 8cm
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
Previous 7 days total 59cm 153cm 16cm
Previous 14 days total 156cm 181cm 20cm
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 Monday 18th 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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