Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 17th March 2013

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:52am on Sunday 17th March 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Fine, some cloud
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
-
wind condition
4-10m/s (Hirafu)
Very good
This report
Sunday 17th March 2013, 8:52am
2cm
Saturday 16th March 2013, 9:20am 0cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 31cm
Last 14 reports (total): 78cm
Current month (March 2013) total: 108cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 1403cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:52am on Sunday 17th March 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Ah a clear Sunday morning. As good as it is to have snow falling most days, it's really nice to have clearer days every now and again. And it's a lovely morning here in the Niseko area and we can actually see the mountains. Cloud still around but they are just looking good rather than threatening snow or even worse rain.

Yotei is looking good at the moment with a plume of cloud coming up off the top - it almost looks like it's doing it's 'volcano thing'! Luckily it isn't, it's just a cloud. Don't worry. :)

It has quickly warmed up from the -4C I saw on the thermometer earlier on when I got up to hovering around 0 degrees as I write this report and I would expect it to continue to rise.

A few cm of fresh snow on the ground to report earlier on.

For now not much of a wind here in the Hanazono area (where I'm reporting from this morning), but I see that Annupuri in particular is reporting stronger winds this morning and winds are indeed expected to get stronger as we approach the middle of the day.

At the moment just the top lift at Annupuri (Jumbo 4) seems to be affected, but we might expect more to be later on. Time to get an early start to the day I think!

Tomorrow is set to get a bit warmer still and it's looking like rain is expected. A return to colder conditions and snowfall around mid-week though...

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Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 510cm
Bottom - 250cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 400cm
Bottom - 240cm

Niseko Village
Top - 470cm
Bottom - 235cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -5C, 2cm new snow, sunny. Moiwa 800m: -8C, wind NW 10m/s, 3cm new snow, snow drift development. Annupuri peak: -12.8C, expected wind speed at noon: SW20m/s. Coastal data: wind WNW20m/s, 2.3m waves, pressure 1016hPa.
Westerly wind of 14m/s has caused significant snow drift growth. Above 800m, leeward slopes, knolls and cornice slopes, avalanche risk is HIGH this morning. Although there has not been much new snow an avalanche can happen anytime if conditions are right.

Peak gates are expected to open at 9.30am. Please listen to the ski patrols advice before passing through the gates. As the day progresses the wind is expected to increase as warm air flows in. Take note of slab development on leeward and steep slopes.

Avoid riding alone, rescue may not arrive if no one knows what happened to you. Please carry beacon, probe, shovel. However don't overestimate your equipment, careful route planning, knowledge and experience are your best assets to avoid accidents in the first place.

Never enter strictly off limits areas, Haru No Taki or Yu no Sawa. With spring comes the increased risk of large avalanches. Don't ride in the valley bottoms of Back Bowl or Osawa. Take care.

Archive report: Posted at 8:52am on Sunday 17th 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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December observed snowfall total 418cm - -
January observed snowfall total 443cm - -
February observed snowfall total 316cm - -
March observed snowfall total 108cm - -
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