Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 15th March 2013

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:17am on Friday 15th March 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, clear patches
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
-
wind condition
Moderate wind, 5-10m/s (Hirafu)
Decent
This report
Friday 15th March 2013, 9:17am
10cm
Thursday 14th March 2013, 9:41am 2cm
Wednesday 13th March 2013, 8:17am 0cm
Tuesday 12th March 2013, 10:00am 2cm
Monday 11th March 2013, 8:51am 15cm
Sunday 10th March 2013, 9:34am 10cm
Saturday 9th March 2013, 8:40am 17cm
Last 7 reports (total): 56cm
Last 14 reports (total): 101cm
Current month (March 2013) total: 106cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 1401cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:17am on Friday 15th March 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

10cm or so of new snow to report from Hirafu this morning and with Niseko Grand Hirafu's resort snow depth increasing a fair bit to an impressive 520cm, we can of course expect more snow on the mountain. 520cm in the middle of March. It's pretty good isn't it.

A quick glance over at the JMA snowfall numbers for Kutchan shows that last March for the whole month there was 79cm. So far we are on 73cm half way through the month. (We shouldn't get too excited over the numbers though as the previous two seasons say over 2m in March).

Anyway, just a cloudy morning at the moment - quite bright and actually some blue sky opening up as well.

I almost don't want to mention it, but wind is preventing the top lifts at all 4 resort areas on the mountain from operating once again. But nice new snow and so some decent conditions to be found out there I would say today. I'm off to Sapporo today and so I won't be able to test it out myself.

The forecast for the weekend. Cloud with the chance of snow showers, keeping fairly cold tomorrow, but a chance of rain later Sunday going into Monday.

As we come out of of the peak season, things have been beginning to quieten down somewhat and we can expect that to continue over the next few weeks and then accelerate as we get into April when things start to get quiet.

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Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 520cm
Bottom - 260cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 400cm
Bottom - 250cm

Niseko Village
Top - 470cm
Bottom - 240cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -5C, 5cm new snow. Moiwa 800m: -7C, wind W10m/s, small amount snow drift development. Annupuri peak: -11.9C, snow depth at 1000m: 400cm. Coastal data: wind SW5m/s, 1.4m waves, pressure 1015hPa.

Wind has dropped and snow pack is stabilising. Avalanche risk is lowering. Peak gates 2 & 3 are expected to open at 10am, dependent on lift operations. Gate 6, Moiwa peak, will be closed in the morning due to snow clearing operations.

From observation around 800m, snow drift above the 11th Mar layer will easily fracture, dependent on location. Yesterday close to a Hirafu ski run at around 900m, a surface avalanche occurred, depth about 40cm. Also note that in Haru No Taki off limits area full depth avalanches have started to occur. Take care on steep slopes close to ski runs as well. Never enter Haru No Taki, even a rabbit wouldn't want to be in that valley!

Niseko Rules only exist to protect the freedom and minimum safety of out of bounds riding. All riders need to respect and understand the rules. Although carrying a beacon is not compulsory, it is recommended you carry safety equipment. The weather can change quickly, be prepared to change your plans.

Archive report: Posted at 9:17am on Friday 15th March 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas now open for the season. Further details in report.

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