Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 18th February 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Tuesday 18th February 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow in places
wind condition
SE
visibility condition
Varied-limited
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Tuesday 18th February 2020, 8:30am
1cm
Monday 17th February 2020, 8:31am 17cm
Sunday 16th February 2020, 8:25am 0cm
Saturday 15th February 2020, 8:05am 0cm
Friday 14th February 2020, 8:30am 0cm
Thursday 13th February 2020, 8:31am 0cm
Wednesday 12th February 2020, 8:30am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 18cm
Last 14 reports (total): 69cm
Current month (February 2020) total: 87cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 603cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Tuesday 18th February 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

So it was rather windy yesterday and that means that there's going to be some wind blown conditions this morning, meaning there'll probably be some deeper fresh in places and hard and icy conditions in others. And difficult to know what's where. That along with the recent changes in temperatures mean we really need to be aware and take care out there.

Down here at base I can only report (slightly over) 1cm which is a bit disappointing.

It feels kind of milder again this morning, maybe it's just me; generally cloudy-overcast with some light snow falling in places. Those stronger winds have eased off and we are starting the day with all lifts scheduled to start up as planned.

We can still expecting some more fresh snow over the coming few days.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain Base: -2.0°, trace new snow, calm. Moiwa 800m: SSE 165deg 3.8m/s , -5.2°, snowdrift development. Annupuri 1100m: SSE 154deg 10.5m/s, no temp data. Yu no Sawa 1000m: SW 227deg 3.3m/s, -7.5. Niseko Village 900m: S 174 deg 5.2m/s, -6.7°. Hirafu 1000m : S 179deg 11.4m/s, -7.5°. Hanazono 720m: SSW 191deg 8.7m/s, -5.4°. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:SSE 8m/s. Kamui Cape E 2m/s, 999hPa, wave 2.2m.

In places above 700m there is large amounts of snowdrift development on the Niseko Range due to an easterly wind yesterday from a slow moving low pressure system. Snowdrifts are weakly bonded due to hail mixed with the low pressure snowfall and snowdrift stability will be delayed. Although the wind is starting to weaken it is still strong at higher elevations. Avalanche risk is continues to be high above 900m on steep open slopes and knolls. Gate openings are expected to be delayed. Please follow the patrols advice.

Most accidents happen during or right after a storm. Be cautious today. The snow in the trees is a bit unusual, a bit heavy but not too bad. Watch out for hidden snow bridges collapsing. We never know where an avalanche will occur. Is your beacon on? You have your probe and shovel? Wear a helmet. Have a good day.

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Ski resort operation information: Tuesday 18th February 2020

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 265cm
- Base: 100cm

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: 185cm
- Base: 110cm

All lifts are normally operating

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 180cm
- Base: 110cm

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: 190cm
- Base: 110cm

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 8:30am on Tuesday 18th February 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas are open - see above

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  2019/2020
*as of Tuesday 18th February 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
18th February 1cm 0cm 17cm
17th February 17cm 0cm 21cm
16th February 0cm 6cm 17cm
15th February 0cm 8cm 26cm
14th February 0cm 14cm 26cm
13th February 0cm 14cm 32cm
12th February 0cm 17cm 14cm
Previous 7 days total 18cm 59cm 153cm
Previous 14 days total 69cm 156cm 181cm
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 87cm 198cm 299cm
March observed snowfall total - 45cm 49cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 603cm 951cm 1260cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2020/2021 season - - - - - - - -
2019/2020 season - 85cm
[85cm]
207cm
[292cm]
224cm
[516cm]
87cm
[603cm]
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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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