Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 24th February 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:24am on Monday 24th February 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Blue skies, sun, some cloud
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None. But fresh snow awaits!
wind condition
Westerly
visibility condition
Excellent
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This report
Monday 24th February 2020, 8:24am
19cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 48cm
Last 14 reports (total): 66cm
Current month (February 2020) total: 134cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 650cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:24am on Monday 24th February 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

Phew. That storm was stormy. I think I am correct in saying that only a few lower lifts got some exercise.

But it has left us a lovely present.

No, not socks!

Rather, close on 20cm of fresh snowfall, most falling by late evening yesterday.

I note that the Avalanche report is saying just 5cm, but that's over the last 12 hours; Hirafu are reporting 20cm on upper areas and Hanazono are report 16cm with 10cm down below.

I am guessing that on the mountain this morning there will be places that exceed all of these numbers, perhaps by quite a bit.

And with the sun out and blue skies to enjoy, it should be an excellent morning. No wonder there is are long lines for the first lifts of the day.

It is totally natural to be excited at the prospect of what awaits today, but let's keep in mind inherent dangers. See the avalanche report below. Be safe out there.

Today is a national holiday in Japan to celebrate the Emperors Birthday.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain Base: -3°, 5cm new snow in last 12hrs. Moiwa 800m: NW 314deg 8.3m/s, -6.4°. Annupuri 1100m: W 262deg 8.9m/s, no temp data. Yu no Sawa 1000m: W 247deg 5.5m/s, -9.3°. Niseko Village 900m: W 284deg 3.5m/s, -8.6°. Hirafu 1000m :E 114deg 3.3m/s, -9.3°. Hanazono 720m: W 255deg 5.6m/s, -5.9°. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NW 12m/s. Kamui Cape SW 10m/s, 1015hPa, wave 2.7m.

The low pressure system from yesterday has passed by, the winds are dropping and the weather is calming. However from yesterdays blizzard, avalanche risk on the entire mountain is still very high. Snow drift development was observed this morning down to 300m, at 600m 2m development can be seen on SE slopes. Snow drifts are hard and compacted. From tests, snow is fracturing on the Feb 22nd warm layer at depth 45cm and avalanche risk is high. All upper gates will be closed.

Lower gates will be open, however avoid open steep slopes and knolls.

Hope we have no accidents today. Be safe out there.

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Ski resort operation information: Monday 24th February 2020

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 300cm
- Base: 120cm

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: 205cm
- Base: 125cm

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 8:24am on Monday 24th February 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas should be open. Some gates closed. See above.

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 24th February 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Monday 24th February 2020
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 24th February 2020
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 Monday 24th February 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
24th February 19cm 3cm 2cm
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
Previous 7 days total 48cm 6cm 84cm
Previous 14 days total 66cm 81cm 223cm
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 134cm 198cm 299cm
March observed snowfall total - 45cm 49cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 650cm 951cm 1260cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 24th 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
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2020/2021 season - - - - - - - -
2019/2020 season - 85cm
[85cm]
207cm
[292cm]
224cm
[516cm]
134cm
[650cm]
- - -
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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