Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 13th March 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Friday 13th March 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud and light snow
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
3-16m/s (Hirafu)
OK
This report
Friday 13th March 2015, 8:30am
25cm
Thursday 12th March 2015, 8:15am 30cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 71cm
Last 14 reports (total): 102cm
Current month (March 2015) total: 92cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 1094cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Friday 13th March 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

The weather is still acting all confused like it's early-mid season, which is of course great news for us all here to enjoy it. There's some very happy people around at the moment, I can tell you.

We have seen another very respectable amount of fresh snow, 25cm in fact, here in Hirafu base since my report yesterday and of course we expect more up there on the mountain - the report below bringing in 40cm in places.

We really could not be asking for more at the moment in termns of snow with excellent fresh snow conditions and lots of it to play in.

If only we could do something about that wind. Looks like top lifts are again affected at the start of the day - info as of 8:30am is posted below. Subject to change, hopefully for the better.

We should be on the tail end of this storm now and can expect calmer conditions from tomorrow.

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Just a quick look at my numbers to compare with last season in March. Last March for the whole month I observed 113cm. This month up until and including today, I'm on 92cm. So there's not much more to get past last season. Of course you might expect less snow in the second half of March than the first, and the forecast into next week is showing something of a return to drier more spring like conditions, but still... :)

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Top Ace Number 4, King Number 4, Ace Number 3, King Number 3 and Swinging Monkey lifts on hold.

Niseko Hanazono:
Top Hanazono Number 3 lift on hold.

Niseko Village:
Top Wonderland lift on hold.

Niseko Annupuri:
Jumbo Number 1 and 2 to start the day, other lifts on hold.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -4C, 30cm new snow in last 12hrs. Moiwa 800m: NW8m/s, 40cm new snowfall, snow drift development, -6C. Annupuri 1000m: snowpack 335cm. Hirafu 1000m: NW10m/s, 40cm new snowfall, snow drift development, -6C.. Annupuri peak 1308m: -8.6℃. Cape Benkei: NW13m/s, Cape Kamui: WSW14m/s, pressure 1003hPa, wave 2.1m.

There has been over 100cm snow in the last 2 days and storm is beginning to break. Mikaeri link road is not passable. From observation, at 700m on snow drift slopes there is high possibility of surface slab avalanche over 60cm in depth. Main gates will be kept closed. Dont duck ropes to go out of bounds. Yesterday some people entered strictly off limits area Haru no Taki and had to be rescued by Hirafu Patrol. These people didnt know Niseko Rules, ducked ropes, followed some tracks and went into the valley. The first track made under the ropes can lead to an accident one day. Dont disrespect the rules and people who continue to, will be banned from this mountain.

The snow will slowly stablise, but to avoid a giant avalanche stay out of the valley bottoms. Avalanche speed will be over 100km/h and run a long way. Be cautious today. The wind is dropping off and the snow is deep. Best to stay near the course today. Have a good day.

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Official resort snow depths:


Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 495cm
Base - 190cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 300cm
Base - 170cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 390cm
Base - 200cm

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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 8:30am on Friday 13th March 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Top lifts affected by wind at the beginning of the day

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2014/2015
*as of Friday 13th March 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
13th March 25cm 0cm 0cm
12th March 30cm 5cm 2cm
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
Previous 7 days total 71cm 71cm 44cm
Previous 14 days total 102cm 105cm 99cm
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 92cm 113cm 164cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 32cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 2cm
Season observed snowfall total 1094cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 13th March 2015
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded 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
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
257cm
[806cm]
196cm
[1002cm]
92cm
[1094cm]
-
[1094cm]
-
[1094cm]
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]
  October November December January February March April May
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