Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 19th February 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:43am on Wednesday 19th February 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloudy skies
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Not snowing outside my place just now
wind condition
NW
visibility condition
Varied
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This report
Wednesday 19th February 2020, 8:43am
5cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 23cm
Last 14 reports (total): 72cm
Current month (February 2020) total: 92cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 608cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:43am on Wednesday 19th February 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

I have measured 5cm of really nice quality light snow close to my secret Hirafu base, with Hirafu and Hanazono both reporting 10cm on upper areas.

There's some snow lined up on the forecasts over the next few days, though probably not a significant amount. Another milder blip appears to be scheduled for around Saturday but it should be short lived with a return to colder and snow on Sunday.

For today, cloudy skies, light snow at times, perhaps some sunshine (as this report goes up, some sun shining through over at Hanazono). Perhaps changeable weather, similar to what we got yesterday...

All lifts appear to be opening as planned.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain Base: -6°, 5cm wind effected snow crystals in last 12hrs. Moiwa 800m: NW 307deg 2.6m/s (15m/s@2am) , -7.5°, 15cm snowdrift development. Yu no Sawa 1000m: WNW 284deg 1.9m/s, -9.9. Niseko Village 900m: SSW 258 deg 0.7m/s, -9.1°. Hirafu 1000m : N 344deg 1.9m/s, -9.7°. Hanazono 720m: N 345deg 1.8m/s, -7.6°. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NW 14m/s. Kamui Cape N 5m/s, 1019hPa, wave 1.8m.

Currently a typical winter weather pattern has set up with cold air flowing into the area. Above 800m on SE slopes there has been some minor snowdrift development. From tests there is no significant avalanche risk. Expect the snow flurries to continue to noon with bad visibility at times.

Below 800m yesterdays tracks are still showing, be careful falling and crashing into things. The high ridge lines have many holes in them, yesterday we had a broken leg. Hirafu Patrol rescued.

All gates are expected to be open, please listen to the patrols advice before going out the gates. Respect Niseko Rules and do not duck ropes. Once you go out the gates you are no longer in the ski resort. Have a good day.

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Ski resort operation information: Wednesday 19th 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 8:43am on Wednesday 19th February 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas open as normal; gates should be open

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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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  2019/2020
*as of Wednesday 19th February 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
19th February 5cm 0cm 16cm
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
Previous 7 days total 23cm 42cm 155cm
Previous 14 days total 72cm 145cm 194cm
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 92cm 198cm 299cm
March observed snowfall total - 45cm 49cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 608cm 951cm 1260cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 19th February 2020
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
2019/2020 season - 85cm
[85cm]
207cm
[292cm]
224cm
[516cm]
92cm
[608cm]
- - -
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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