Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 21st February 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:20am on Thursday 21st February 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Blue skies and sunshine, just a bit of cloud
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Light
visibility condition
Excellent
This report
Thursday 21st February 2019, 8:20am
2cm
Wednesday 20th February 2019, 8:31am 1cm
Tuesday 19th February 2019, 8:27am 0cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 17cm
Last 14 reports (total): 126cm
Current month (February 2019) total: 192cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 894cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:20am on Thursday 21st February 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

Some more snow this morning - 2cm of it in fact, and it looks pretty decent condition too for what it's worth.

It is a beautiful morning. The sun is out and we have mostly clear blue skies with just a bit of cloud over our mountain and Mt Yotei is looking magnificent. Currently -2C here at base. The forecast shows a fair bit of sun to be expected over the coming days so we can enjoy that, just hoping that it doesn't warm up too much.

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SnowJapan launched something new yesterday. They are still keeping fairly quiet about it for the moment as it settles in and plan to be telling you more properly next week, but I thought I would mention it today. With permission of course! It's called SnowJapan Community. There's an sort-of-experimental member-to-member Q&A section in there. If you follow the link below, be sure to read the 'Welcome' blog entry that explains things. And if you want to participate - ask a question or answer a question (*for the moment) - you can easily join or login using an existing social media account:

The new SnowJapan Community

It's all new and shiny for the moment, so I know that SnowJapan will be putting a lot of effort into developing it over the coming months. I'd keep an eye on it.

And a big otsukaresama-deshita to SnowJapan folk!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain Base 6.00am: -2°, 2cm new snow. Moiwa 800m: -3.8°, WSW0.8m/s, 2cm new snow, no snowdrift development. Annupuri 1120m: snow depth 250cm, 1100m: light winds, -6.2°. Hirafu 1000m: -5.8°, SSE2.0m/s. Village: Mizuno no Sawa: -4.88°, SSE0.4m/s, 2cm new snow in the last 24hrs. Kutchan Weather Station: -0.4°, SSW0.8m/s, snow depth 163cm. Cape Benkei: N6m/s, Cape Kamui: calm, pressure 1016hPa, wave 0.7m.

We are currently in a low pressure zone but the sea and mountains are calm. There has been no new snow and only minor cornice and snowdrift development. From observation the general avalanche risk is low. All gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice and be prepared before going out of bounds. Large cracks are starting to open up around the mountain. Be careful falling into them. Its a good idea to carry 7.7mm/20m of rope for rescues. The snow is hard and a bit savage, be careful.

Today ski patrol are doing a more snow tests in Yunosawa. Do not follow them to ride in Yunosawa area. By Niseko Rules, Yunosawa and Harunotaki are strictly off limits areas, but these tests are being conducted with the aim of opening up Yunosawa for future riding. Have a good day.

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Ski resort operation information: Thursday 21st February 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 350cm
- Base: 150cm

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: 258cm
- Base: 203cm

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: 160cm

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: 160cm

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 8:20am on Thursday 21st February 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas should be open as planned

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 21st February 2019
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 21st February 2019
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 21st February 2019
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 Thursday 21st February 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
21st February 2cm 13cm 3cm
20th February 1cm 14cm 15cm
19th February 0cm 16cm 16cm
18th February 0cm 17cm 8cm
17th February 0cm 21cm 0cm
16th February 6cm 17cm 4cm
15th February 8cm 26cm 2cm
Previous 7 days total 17cm 124cm 48cm
Previous 14 days total 126cm 220cm 54cm
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 192cm 299cm 160cm
March observed snowfall total - 49cm 83cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 894cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 21st 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]
192cm
[894cm]
-
[894cm]
-
[894cm]
-
[894cm]
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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