Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 14th March 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Saturday 14th March 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, blue sky
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Not snowing anymore
wind condition
0-4m/s (Hirafu)
Variable
This report
Saturday 14th March 2015, 8:32am
20cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 85cm
Last 14 reports (total): 112cm
Current month (March 2015) total: 112cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 1114cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Saturday 14th March 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Welcome to the weekend and it promises to be a top Saturday... right here slap bang in the middle of March as well.

There has been another 20cm of snowfall since my last report taking us to within 1cm of the snow that I observed for the whole of March 2014 last season. I was kind of tempted to put 21cm in there to bring them level but in the interests of complete honesty (always, of course!)... 20cm is what my trusted ruler told me.

And this morning, while there is still cloud around there is also some blue sky. Looks like the weather is going to be friendly today too with the winds at last calming.

There seems to be some late openings for some lifts (de-icing, digging out, maintenance, etc) but hopefully they'll all be going fairly quickly and we can have a fully connected mountain.

It should be a truly excellent day.

Looking ahead not much snow forecast for the coming week; rather, warmer conditions with it probably starting to feel much more like spring again.

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Last year the snow depth at official Niseko Grand Hirafu (reported by the resort) was 395cm on this day. As you can see below, today it's on a whopping 525cm. That's quite impressive I think and unless we really do heat up it's going to last a while.

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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:
All Hanazono lifts currently being 'de-iced' (!) but set to be moving, may be slightly late.

Niseko Village:
Top Wonderland lift on hold.

Niseko Annupuri:
Top Jumbo 4 lift on hold.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -7C, 20cm of new snow in last 12 hrs. Moiwa 800m: light winds, -8C, 40cm new snow, Mikaeri cat track major snowdrift development easily fracturing at 80cm depth. Annupuri 1000m: snowpack 330cm. Hirafu 1000m: 40.cm new snow, light winds, -8C. Annupuri peak 1308m: -8.6C. Cape Benkei: WSW3m/s, Cape Kamui: light winds, pressure 1016hPa, wave 1.3m.

The isobars are spacing out under influence of high pressure and ocean and mountains are calm. The snow drifts are stabilizing, however expect 80cm fracture on 40 deg slopes. Above 800m cornice slopes, knolls high risk of avalanche continues. Also around 1000m Osawa, Kozen no sawa, Higashi One consider fractures at deeper layers as well as in surface layers. Dont go in valley bottoms. Gates 1, 2, 3, 4 will be closed. Gate 6 undecided. Please listen to the patrols instructions. The snow is in great, be careful of cracks and holes hidden by the new snow. Make wise decisions. Do not enter strictly off limits areas Yu no sawa, Mizuno no sawa, Haru no taki. If one person ducks the rope and enters, others will follow the tracks and increase the likelihood of an accident. If you are using the ski resorts you must follow the Niseko Rules. Have a good day.

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Official resort snow depths:


Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 520cm
Base - 210cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 320cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 400cm
Base - 220cm

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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 Saturday 14th March 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Lifts should be moving today - some getting a late start for various reasons-

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 14th March 2015
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 14th March 2015
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 14th March 2015
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 Saturday 14th March 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
14th March 20cm 0cm 2cm
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
Previous 7 days total 85cm 46cm 46cm
Previous 14 days total 112cm 102cm 96cm
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 112cm 113cm 164cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 32cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 2cm
Season observed snowfall total 1114cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 14th 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]
112cm
[1114cm]
-
[1114cm]
-
[1114cm]
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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