Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 23rd February 2021

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:24am on Tuesday 23rd February 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snow clouds are back
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
North Westerly. And pesky.
visibility condition
Varied, limited in places
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This report
Tuesday 23rd February 2021, 10:24am
3cm
Monday 22nd February 2021, 8:36am 1cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 92cm
Last 14 reports (total): 116cm
Current month (February 2021) total: 270cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 1067cm

Archive report: Posted at 10:24am on Tuesday 23rd February 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko. A report coming to you a little later today. (Technical stuff that I don't understand - I just waited it out and enjoyed some bonus toast).

Winds and low visibility (in places) are back this morning, with top lifts and the gondolas at Village and Annupuri on hold this morning. Hirafu Gondola appears to be moving. Here in Hirafu visibility is low but a quick look at the Hanazono webcam shows much better. So perhaps we can say that visibility is varied.

This morning Hirafu were reporting a temperature of -9C at peak, Annupuri were reporting -15C.

Hopefully more snow to report tomorrow and perhaps a few more days beyond.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Coastal Data 6:25am. Cape Benkei:NW16m/s. Cape Kamui: WSW15m/s, 1004hPa, wave 0.9m. Hanazono 1000m: -7.2℃, N9.9m/s. Hanazono 720: -6.7℃. Moiwa 800m: -7.2℃, N9.9m/s, snowdrift development. Annupuri 1100m:-9.8℃, W wind speed n/a. Yu no Sawa 1100m: -9.4℃, WSW4.5m/s. Mizuno no Sawa 900m: -8.6℃, W7.8m/s. Kutchan Town: -2.9℃, WSW2.5m/s, snow depth 183cm. Moiwa base 300m: -5, 5cm new snow in last 12hrs, mild snow storm.

Low pressure snow fell until dawn. From 5am a winter type weather pattern has brought NE winds around 15-18m/s above 800m. Expect snowdrifts to develop on leeward slopes. The avalanche risk will increase to high by 11am in Kozan no Sawa and Osawa cornice slope around 1000m. The snow in the trees is good but shallow, easy to catch and edge though. Also flat light flat is making it hard to see surface undulations. Be careful hitting trees. Gate openings yet to be decided. Please respect the patrol's decision. Yesterday there was an accident at the bottom of the north face, Hirafu patrol and the Fire Dept assisted in the rescue. The summit Akiya(rescue toboggan) was used so will be unavailable today and tomorrow. Winter rescue operations are time consuming. Death from hyperthermia after the rescue is a real danger. Be very cautious.

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Planned ski area operations: Tuesday 23rd 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: 2cm
- Base: 2cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 445cm (-5cm)
- Base: 225cm (-5cm)

Ski lifts:
- Planned: 6 lifts today - Ace Family Quad, Ace Quad Center 4, Hirafu Gondola, 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: 7cm
- Base: 7cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 307cm (+0cm)
- Base: 215cm (+3cm)

Ski lifts:
- Planned: 3 lifts today - 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 today - Jumbo 2 and 3 rested on weekdays
- 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: 293cm (+23cm) (!)
- Base: 210cm (-20cm) (!!)

Ski lifts:
- Planned: 5 lifts today - Niseko Gondola, Community, Banzai, Morino, 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 10:24am on Tuesday 23rd February 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Top lifts and a few gondolas on hold mid morning.

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 23rd February 2021
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Tuesday 23rd February 2021
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 23rd 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
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  2020/2021
*as of Tuesday 23rd February 2021
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
23rd February 3cm 7cm 0cm
22nd February 1cm 0cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 92cm 46cm 3cm
Previous 14 days total 116cm 48cm 89cm
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 270cm 143cm 198cm
March observed snowfall total - 59cm 45cm
April observed snowfall total - 10cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 1067cm 728cm 951cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 23rd 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]
270cm
[1067cm]
-
[1067cm]
-
[1067cm]
-
[1067cm]
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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