Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 11th March 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Wednesday 11th March 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Heavy snow
wind condition
5-9m/s (Hirafu); to 18m/s (Village)
Poor
This report
Wednesday 11th March 2015, 8:32am
10cm
Tuesday 10th March 2015, 8:10am 0cm
Monday 9th March 2015, 8:33am 0cm
Sunday 8th March 2015, 8:31am 0cm
Saturday 7th March 2015, 8:35am 6cm
Friday 6th March 2015, 8:32am 0cm
Thursday 5th March 2015, 8:31am 15cm
Last 7 reports (total): 31cm
Last 14 reports (total): 62cm
Current month (March 2015) total: 37cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 1039cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Wednesday 11th March 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

So yes it was pretty wild weather conditions yesterday in many parts of Hokkaido. The bad weather was affecting transportation as well as ski lifts. Not a nice day!

How about today then?

Well, the good news is that the rain did turn into snow during the day yesterday and this morning there is fresh snow on the ground. 10cm of it. Expect more higher up on the mountain of course - I am hearing 20-25cm from a friend who works at a resort.

Further good news is that it is still snowing rather heavily now and is forecast to continue through the day today; snowfall is likely to continue until the end of the week, perhaps today will be the heaviest. That all sounds good to me, and it should be building up nicely. Good numbers to report tomorrow I would imagine.

Less good news is that the stormy conditions are continuing...

Yesterday some of the lifts that had been stopped due to the weather gradually did seem to open mid to late morning, though just lower lifts, and even the Hirafu Gondola and Ace Number 2 Center Four lift managed to get going at 5pm.

This morning at the start of planned ski resort openings the situation is no lifts moving at Annupuri and Hanazono and lower lifts open at Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village. Details as of 8:30am in the area below. Keep an eye on the weather and with the resorts for the latest.

Winds will hopefully be less of an issue tomorrow.

Have a safe day if you plan to brave the elements!

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Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Lower lifts open (Ace Family, Ace Number 1, Ace Numer 2 Center Four, King Number 1, Holiday Number 1, Hirafu Gondola)

Niseko Hanazono:
All lifts on hold.

Niseko Village:
Banzai and Community Chair open. Other lifts on hold.

Niseko Annupuri:
All lifts on hold.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -3C, 20cm snowfall in 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: SE10m/s, large development of snowdrifts and difficult access to Mikaeri cat track. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 335cm. Hirafu 1000m: strong wind and heavy snowfall, large development of snowdrifts, poor visibility, -5C. Peak 1308m: -7.2C, anemometer data n/a. Benkei cape: WNW24m/s, Kamui cape WSW18m/s, 974hPa, 1.6m waves.

A developing low-pressure system is passing by generating heavy snowfall with strong gusts. Snowdrifts are developing drastically and the avalanche risk is extreme in all areas. Most gates will be closed, please don’t duck ropes to step out of bounds. All surrounding peaks are in an extremely hazardous condition; remember that many of the accidents occur during poor weather. Better not push it too far today. Hazardous conditions will persist a while after the weather ameliorates. 50cm thick slides from March 10th layer are highly likely to occur in leeward slopes above 700m altitude. Climax (ground) avalanches from 1100m areas are also to be expected. Better stay away from the valleys & bowls even after the storm settles down. This information is dedicated to prevent accidents of all ski resort users. Moiwa ski area will be closed due to the weather. Have a nice day.

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Official resort snow depths:


Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 445cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 300cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 370cm
Base - 190cm

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Night skiing will continue until Sunday 22nd March.
Lifts open for night skiing:

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift

Niseko Hanazono Resort
No night skiing at the Hanazono area

Niseko Village
Community Chair and Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri
Jumbo Number 1 Quad

Floodlit night operations are due to continue until Sunday 22nd March.

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Wednesday 11th March 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Limited due to wind - see main report

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  2014/2015
*as of Wednesday 11th March 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
11th March 10cm 5cm 15cm
10th March 0cm 6cm 10cm
9th March 0cm 10cm 17cm
8th March 0cm 20cm 0cm
7th March 6cm 25cm 0cm
6th March 0cm 4cm 0cm
5th March 15cm 12cm 10cm
Previous 7 days total 31cm 82cm 52cm
Previous 14 days total 62cm 100cm 124cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 519cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total 257cm 461cm 443cm
February observed snowfall total 196cm 178cm 316cm
March observed snowfall total 37cm 113cm 164cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 32cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 2cm
Season observed snowfall total 1039cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 11th March 2015
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
257cm
[806cm]
196cm
[1002cm]
37cm
[1039cm]
-
[1039cm]
-
[1039cm]
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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