Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 19th February 2021

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Niseko region, Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:35am on Friday 19th February 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
Westerly
visibility condition
Fair > limited
PLEASE READ THIS
This report
Friday 19th February 2021, 8:35am
12cm
Thursday 18th February 2021, 8:22am 24cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 85cm
Last 14 reports (total): 178cm
Current month (February 2021) total: 262cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 1059cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:35am on Friday 19th February 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

Hirafu gondola got moving during the day yesterday and there was even a hint of clearing skies and blue sky in the afternoon.

After the storm, at last things seem to be calmer this morning and all lifts (that plan to be operating) look set to open as scheduled this morning. Hurray!

Just light snow is falling now. Visibility generally seems like should be ok, perhaps more limited higher up on the mountain.

The Avalanche Report today says that 'snow is not bad'. I would imagine it would be rather more to-be-excited-about than that, but perhaps I just need to get out there and check for myself. All in the name of research and work, of course.

It looks like it will be a milder the next day or so, with just light snow at times. Nothing major. Might need to check on wind tomorrow (hopefully it will refrain from being too pesky).

-----

I have adjusted one piece of information in the listing below that I thought I would point out - it seems like only the Ace Quad Center 4 is now operating at Niseko Grand Hirafu for night skiing. I am unsure when that changed. Usually night skiing plans are set for the season and that's it, weather conditions permitting. But this is 20-21, so...

-----

Niseko Avalanche Report

Coastal Data 6:25am. Cape Benkei:NW13m/s. Cape Kamui: SW11m/s, 1004hPa, wave 1.8m. Hanazono 1000m: -8.6℃, E2.8m/s. Hanazono 720: -6.8℃, S2.1m/s. Moiwa 800m: -7.6℃, N6.0m/s. Annupuri 1100m:-10.3℃, W5.0m/s. Yu no Sawa 1100m: -9.9℃, WSW3.3m/s. Mizuno no Sawa Top: -9.1℃, W3.7m/s. Kutchan Town: -2.8℃, SSW4.2m/s, snow depth 195cm, 1005.3hPa. Moiwa base: -5, light wind, sunny, 15cm in last 12 hrs.

The low pressure system has moved away and been replaced by a weak winter type pressure pattern. Winds above 800m dropped to 10-15m/s after 10pm last night. From observation, data and the snowfall transition, the general avalanche risk is beginning to fall. Peak gates are expected to open depending on lift operation. The last 48hrs of strong winds have changed the landscape and developed snowdrifts and cornices in unexpected places. It is better to not enter the big valleys or ride under cornices on open slopes today. The risk of large surface avalanches, fracturing on 15th Feb layer will continue into the afternoon. Stay out of the creek bottoms. Don't stimulate cornices or cut knolls. Watch out for tree bombs and cracks hidden under the snow. Wear a helmet. Is your beacon on? Snow is not bad. Have a good day.

-----

Planned ski area operations: Friday 19th 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: 15cm
- Base: 15cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 470cm (+0cm)
- Base: 240cm (-5cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Planned: (5 lifts) - Ace Family Quad, Ace Quad Center 4, Hirafu Gondola, King Quad 3, King 4
- Ace Quad Center Four lift operates for night skiing

-----

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

24 hours new snowfall (as reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 13cm
- Base: 0cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 318cm (+8cm)
- Base: 225cm (+5cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Planned: (3 lifts) - All lifts
- There is no night skiing at Hanazono

-----

Niseko Annupuri

24 hours new snowfall (as reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 10cm
- Base: 5cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 290cm (+0cm)
- Base: 210cm (+0cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Planned: (4 lifts) - All lifts apart from Jumbo 2 and 3
- Jumbo Number 1 quad lift operates for night skiing

-----

Niseko Village

24 hours new snowfall (as reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 10cm
- Base: 10cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 270cm (+0cm)
- Base: 230cm (+0cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Planned: (4 lifts) - Niseko Gondola, Community, Banzai, Wonderland
- Community Chair lift operates for night skiing

-----

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.

Archive report: Posted at 8:35am on Friday 19th February 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All scheduled lifts appear to be opening as planned this morning

<
Thursday 18th February 2021
This report
Friday 19th February 2021
Saturday 20th February 2021
>
Photo 1
2020-2021 SEASON
We feel for everyone who wanted to be able to visit Japan this winter but are unable to. Please read this message about this season and some coronavirus stuff. Stay safe everyone, wherever you are.

JAPAN SKI AREA BLOG & NEWS
Daily snow reports
Other SnowJapan 'Now' reports and latest observed snowfall
Zao Now 0cm
Tuesday 2nd March 2021, 10:45am
Myoko Now 0cm
Tuesday 2nd March 2021, 9:38am
Appi Kogen Now 0cm
Tuesday 2nd March 2021, 9:42am
Kiroro Now 19cm
Tuesday 2nd March 2021, 9:13am
Yuzawa Now 0cm
Tuesday 2nd March 2021, 8:10am
Nozawa Onsen Now 0cm
Tuesday 2nd March 2021, 8:44am
Hakuba Now 0cm
Tuesday 2nd March 2021, 8:34am
Shiga Kogen Now 0cm
Tuesday 2nd March 2021, 8:33am
Madarao Now 0cm
Tuesday 2nd March 2021, 8:32am
Geto Kogen Now 0cm
Tuesday 2nd March 2021, 8:08am
Furano Now 31cm
Tuesday 2nd March 2021, 7:28am
Aizu Bandai Now 0cm
Thursday 26th November 2020, 11:22am
Minakami Now 0cm
Wednesday 16th December 2020, 10:07am
Naeba Now 0cm
Friday 27th November 2020, 7:58am
Japan snowfall data
(updated daily during winter)
Nearby accommodation
Lessons in English
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 19th February 2021
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 19th February 2021
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 19th February 2021
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2020/2021
*as of Friday 19th February 2021
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
19th February 12cm 5cm 0cm
18th February 24cm 1cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 85cm 23cm 42cm
Previous 14 days total 178cm 72cm 145cm
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 262cm 143cm 198cm
March observed snowfall total - 59cm 45cm
April observed snowfall total - 10cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 1059cm 728cm 951cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 19th 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]
262cm
[1059cm]
-
[1059cm]
-
[1059cm]
-
[1059cm]
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]
  October November December January February March April May
Niseko Now reports before Friday 19th February 2021
Niseko Now reports from the same period last season
Niseko Now archived reporting
View previous reports posted to Niseko Now by clicking on the month

2021

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002