Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 23rd February 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Sunday 23rd February 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Moderate snowfall
wind condition
Very windy
visibility condition
Generally poor
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This report
Sunday 23rd February 2020, 8:30am
7cm
Saturday 22nd February 2020, 8:31am 0cm
Friday 21st February 2020, 8:31am 5cm
Thursday 20th February 2020, 8:31am 11cm
Wednesday 19th February 2020, 8:43am 5cm
Tuesday 18th February 2020, 8:30am 1cm
Monday 17th February 2020, 8:31am 17cm
Last 7 reports (total): 46cm
Last 14 reports (total): 48cm
Current month (February 2020) total: 115cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 631cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Sunday 23rd February 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

It's a wild morning.

Quickly moving on from the rain last night, this morning we have blizzard like conditions.

Strong westerly winds, visibility limited or just really poor, and lift operations affected. The webcam images below taken around 8am show the situation really.

I am recording 7cm of snow, but the wind is really a factor this morning so there's going to be varying amounts. I imagine there will be fair bit more than that in places. And there should be more through the day.

Official websites are having connection issues - probably too many people checking them out at the same time and giving the server a headache.

As such I can't give you a clear picture of lift operations early on, but it will be limited operations... if at all.

I admire (though don't totally understand!) folk who want to venture out on a day like today. It's not for me though, even if the lifts are moving and I'm sure many will be the same. The Avalanche Report below declares today as an onsen day. I'd say it is more like a toast day, but heck... we can be completely wild and gnarly and do both!

Take care out there.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain Base: -2°, 5cm new snow in last 3hrs, blizzard, snowdrift development. Moiwa 800m: NW 299deg 11.7m/s, -5.3°, heavy blizzard and snowdrift development. Annupuri 1100m: WSW 257deg 15m/s, no temp data, snowdrift development. Yu no Sawa 1000m: WSW 249deg, -7.7°. Niseko Village 900m: WSW 254deg , -6.8°. Hirafu 1000m :E 29deg 5.7m/s(?), -7.8°. Hanazono 720m: N 348deg 4.6m/s, -5.0°. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: WNW 23m/s. Kamui Cape WSW 17m/s, 993hPa, wave 3.7m. Kutchan Weather Station: WSW 8.9m/s, -1.4°. 5cm new snow in last 3 hrs.

The wind started to pick up last night at 9pm, at 4am it increased significantly, over 30m/s on the coast. Rapid snow drift development was observed over 700m this morning. Snow drifts(heavy soft slabs) are fracturing easily on Feb 22nd warm layer. Today, tomorrow avalanche risk is very high. Once the blizzard calms down and wind speed drops below 10m/s the snow will start to stabilize. Don't push your luck during bad weather. The surrounding mountains are in the same condition. Today is an onsen day, but take care driving.

Due to mechanical repairs the avalanche report will be different format from tomorrow. Don't over estimate your equipment, knowledge, experience or skills. Remember knowledge is not experience. Have a good day.

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Ski resort operation information: Sunday 23rd February 2020

*** Unable to confirm updates this morning ***

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 270cm
- Base: 105cm

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: 193cm
- Base: 120cm

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 Sunday 23rd February 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Lift operations unconfirmed this morning

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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 Sunday 23rd February 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
23rd February 7cm 0cm 17cm
22nd February 0cm 0cm 5cm
21st February 5cm 2cm 13cm
20th February 11cm 1cm 14cm
19th February 5cm 0cm 16cm
18th February 1cm 0cm 17cm
17th February 17cm 0cm 21cm
Previous 7 days total 46cm 3cm 103cm
Previous 14 days total 48cm 89cm 224cm
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 115cm 198cm 299cm
March observed snowfall total - 45cm 49cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 631cm 951cm 1260cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 23rd 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
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  October November December January February March April May
2019/2020 season - 85cm
[85cm]
207cm
[292cm]
224cm
[516cm]
115cm
[631cm]
- - -
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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