Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 18th March 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:22am on Tuesday 18th March 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
3°C

Top temp:
-3°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
-
wind condition
7-13m/s (Hirafu)
OK
This report
Tuesday 18th March 2014, 8:22am
0cm
Monday 17th March 2014, 8:30am 1cm
Sunday 16th March 2014, 8:30am 3cm
Saturday 15th March 2014, 8:40am 2cm
Friday 14th March 2014, 8:50am 0cm
Thursday 13th March 2014, 7:51am 0cm
Wednesday 12th March 2014, 10:02am 5cm
Last 7 reports (total): 11cm
Last 14 reports (total): 93cm
Current month (March 2014) total: 108cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 1145cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:22am on Tuesday 18th March 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Yesterday ended up being a beautiful day in the region.

None of that snow overnight I'm afraid and it is starting off very warm here... warmest of the year so far surely and currently it is just over +3C.

It is a grey and cloudy morning and strong winds are affecting top lifts at resorts for the start of the day.

We're expecting rain/sleet later on today, hopefully it will be snowing higher up and lower down here too if it can keep cold enough.

So, we are now in the second half of March and things are quietening down considerably - it's in this later part of the season when there are fewer people around when lots of locals can start having some time off and get out onto the mountain, more than in peak season anyway. Unless you are very lucky!

Regarding nighta, just a few days left now. Operations at Hirafu since the weekend have been scaled back and it's just now the Ace Family Pair lift and Ace Number 2 Center Four lift that are operating... both up until Saturday 22nd March, as well as nighta at the other resort areas. So it's last chance to get in some night skiing or boarding before it closes for the season. Sad.

I'll mention it again though - (at least some) ski lifts plan to be moving up until Golden Week at the beginning of May.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: 0C, no snowfall, overcast. Moiwa peak: n/a. Annupuri 1000m: n/a, 350cm snowpack. Hirafu 1000m: strong wind, -6C, no snowfall. Peak 1308m: S15.1m/s, -7.3C. Coastal data: cape Benkei S7m/s, cape Kamui ENE5m/s, 0.8m waves, 1007hPa.

The weather is forecasted to turn bad as the next low pressure approaches. Temperature is rising accordingly and wet snow and southern wind will pick up. Wet-snow slabs are developing above 800m and steep slopes may slide later in the afternoon. Spring climax slides hazard is rising in south facing strictly off-limits areas. Snow and wind will pick up as the Low passes and cold air starts to flow in. Possibilities of dry-snow surface slab avalanche from March 17th layer or deeper weak layers will then rise. Gates opening is yet to be determined. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. The snow in the trees is not good. This information is being written for the sake of all resort users. Weather and snowfall transition are being used as the main indication to evaluate the hazards. Most accidents occur during poor weather conditions. Always keep your plans flexible and adjust them with the current weather status.

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Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 390cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 390cm
Base - 200cm

Annupuri:
Top - 390cm
Base - 200cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:22am on Tuesday 18th March 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open. Nighta until Saturday.

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15th March 2cm 10cm -
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12th March 5cm 2cm -
Previous 7 days total 11cm 16cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 93cm 68cm 0cm
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December observed snowfall total 275cm 418cm -
January observed snowfall total 461cm 443cm -
February observed snowfall total 178cm 316cm -
March observed snowfall total 108cm 164cm -
April observed snowfall total - 32cm -
May observed snowfall total - 2cm -
Season observed snowfall total 1145cm 1493cm 0cm
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275cm
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461cm
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118cm
[118cm]
418cm
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443cm
[979cm]
316cm
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164cm
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32cm
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