Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 21st February 2021

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:33am on Sunday 21st February 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
Westerly
visibility condition
Limited-poor
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Sunday 21st February 2021, 8:33am
3cm
Saturday 20th February 2021, 8:31am 1cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 89cm
Last 14 reports (total): 164cm
Current month (February 2021) total: 266cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 1063cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:33am on Sunday 21st February 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

Much of Japan might well be experiencing sunny skies and very spring like weather this weekend, but here in Niseko we are still covered in cloud.

It feels colder this morning and the numbers show that too. And looking outside my window just now it is snowing and actually some nice big flakes coming down. Forecasts don't tell us to expect much during the day today.

A bit of a warm up probably tomorrow before temperatures drop back down again from Tuesday onwards... when we should be getting some decent snowfall.

Today starts with the top lifts at Niseko Grand Hirafu, Village and Annupuri closed, presumably due to windy conditions up there. The Avalanche Report mentions gates likely to open; hopefully those lifts will get moving.

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OK, so I checked on the night skiing lift situation at Hirafu.

The plan for the season was for the Ace Family Quad and the Ace Number 2 Center Four lifts to both be operating for night skiing. However, since 1st February the Family lift has only been open on Saturdays, so it's just the Center Four lift operating for night skiing on weekdays and holidays. I did actually mention these changes in operations myself in an earlier report, just got a bit mixed up with the various changes. Doh!

By the way, thanks to the people who actually took the time to send in mails to SnowJapan to help with that information. That was very kind of you.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

6:25am Benkei cape: NW15m/s, Kamui cape: W10m/s, 1006hPa, 2.3m waves. Hanazono 1000m: -11.2℃, S3.1m/s. Hanazono 720m: -8.4℃, NW6m/s. Moiwa 800m: -8.7℃, NNE9.2m/s. Annupuri 1100m: -11.6℃, W7.8m/s. Yu no Sawa 1100m: -11.1℃, WSW3.2m/s. Mizu no Sawa top: -10.2℃, WNW5.1m/s. Kutchan Town: -4.0℃, W5.6m/s, 180cm snow depth. Moiwa base: -6℃, 3cm snowfall in 12h.

The wind has calmed down and the snowdrifts development has slowed down. Snowdrifts have reached up to 100cm thickness in some places, cornices are thin and very unstable. The snow is thin below 500M elevation, however 40cm thick wind-affected slabs have blanketed leeward slopes above 700m. According to observations and various weather data, these slabs are seen to stabilize around 11am. Peak gates are scheduled to open, however it would be wise to avoid Kozan no Sawa (Back bowl) sidewalls, Osawa (Annupuri bowl) cornice slopes and Higashi-One (East Ridge) upper section during the morning. Listen to the ski patrol’s advice and be well prepared before stepping out of the gates. Get your helmet and beacon ready.

The Niseko Rules are regulations for keeping safety outside the resort boundaries and this safety is backed by the ski ptarol’s work. They are not your enemy or any other kind of disturbance. The weather has not been cooperating this season and the days when the gates are open might be seldom, however the ski patrol has been working hard in order to open the gates as much as possible. Please respect the Rules and the patrol’s decisions. Careless actions lead accidents and most of them can be avoided. There will never be 100% safety in winter sports. Better not overestimate your knowledge, skills, experience and equipment. Always remain prudent and humble towards nature. The snow is not not bad today.

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Planned ski area operations: Sunday 21st 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: 10cm
- Base: 0cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 455cm (-5cm)
- Base: 235cm (+0cm)

Ski lifts:
- Planned: (7 lifts) - Ace Family Quad, Ace Quad Center 4, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Pair, King Quad 3, King 4, Swinging Monkey
- Night skiing: Ace Center Four quad (every day) and Ace Family quad (Saturdays only at the moment)
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Niseko HANAZONO Resort

24 hours new snowfall (as reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 5cm
- Base: 7cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 305cm (+0cm)
- Base: 215cm (+0cm)

Ski lifts:
- Planned: (3 lifts) - Hanazono 1, 2 and 3
- There is no night skiing at Hanazono

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Niseko Annupuri

24 hours new snowfall (as reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 5cm
- Base: 2cm

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

Ski lifts:
- Planned: (6 lifts) - All lifts
- Jumbo Number 1 quad lift operates for night skiing

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Niseko Village

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

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

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

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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 8:33am on Sunday 21st February 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Top lifts at Hirafu, Village and Annupuri on hold at start of the day, otherwise should be opening as normal

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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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  2020/2021
*as of Sunday 21st February 2021
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
21st February 3cm 5cm 2cm
20th February 1cm 11cm 1cm
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
Previous 7 days total 89cm 39cm 17cm
Previous 14 days total 164cm 57cm 126cm
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 266cm 143cm 198cm
March observed snowfall total - 59cm 45cm
April observed snowfall total - 10cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 1063cm 728cm 951cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 21st 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]
266cm
[1063cm]
-
[1063cm]
-
[1063cm]
-
[1063cm]
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]
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