Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 18th March 2017

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:09am on Saturday 18th March 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Clear blue skies and sunshine
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
up to N 4m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Excellent
This report
Saturday 18th March 2017, 8:09am
0cm
Friday 17th March 2017, 8:30am 0cm
Thursday 16th March 2017, 8:31am 0cm
Wednesday 15th March 2017, 8:31am 0cm
Tuesday 14th March 2017, 8:32am 0cm
Monday 13th March 2017, 8:31am 0cm
Sunday 12th March 2017, 8:06am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 0cm
Last 14 reports (total): 64cm
Current month (March 2017) total: 65cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 670cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:09am on Saturday 18th March 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

Almost completely clear blue skies early this morning as the spring weather continues.

Everywhere should be open today and it should be a fine day to be out and about, getting quite mild later on. Similar conditions are expected over the next few days at least.

And with that, I really don't have anything else to report this morning. Well apart from this...

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3 more nights of nighta - the last one on Monday, a national holiday here in Japan.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base : -6°, no new snow. Moiwa 800m: -5.5°, W5.1m/s, sunny, no new snow, no snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -6°, N7m/s, no new snow. Hirafu 1250m, -9°, no new snow, light westerly winds, no new snow. Coastal data: Kamui Cape: SW2m/s, 1019hPa, wave 0.5m.

We are under influence of high pressure system bringing sunny weather. A hoar frost layer has formed on the snow surface at elevations below 600m. As the temperature increases the risk of full depth avalanches on steep south facing slopes is also increasing. Gate 11, Mizuno no sawa, is closed from today due to the high possibility of block or full depth avalanches around the 700m level. Do not enter the south facing strictly off limits areas Haru no Taki, Yuno no sawa. All peak gates are expected to be open.

Snow conditions are hard in the morning but should be softer by 10:30am. In springtime be aware of snow bridges over creeks, they can collapse easily and the water is cold. Out of bounds areas are out of the ski area and not controlled. There is still lots of snow, have a fun weekend.

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Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All resort areas appear to be opening as normal this morning.

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Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 18th March 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 325cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Village
Top - 315cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 315cm
Base - 150cm

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Night skiing is planned until Monday 20th March 2017 at the Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village resort areas. There is no nighta in the Hanazono area.

Planned closing dates
Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.
Niseko Hanazono plans to be open daily until Sunday 2nd April.
Niseko Village plans to be open daily until Sunday 2nd April (and then from 28th April until 7th May).
Niseko Annupuri plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.

Archive report: Posted at 8:09am on Saturday 18th March 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas should be opening as planned this morning

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 18th March 2017
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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  2016/2017
*as of Saturday 18th March 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
18th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
17th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
16th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
15th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
14th March 0cm 0cm 20cm
13th March 0cm 5cm 25cm
12th March 0cm 24cm 30cm
Previous 7 days total 0cm 29cm 75cm
Previous 14 days total 64cm 53cm 106cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 181cm 244cm 519cm
January observed snowfall total 152cm 303cm 257cm
February observed snowfall total 160cm 266cm 196cm
March observed snowfall total 65cm 109cm 139cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 3cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 670cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 18th March 2017
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 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
152cm
[445cm]
160cm
[605cm]
65cm
[670cm]
-
[670cm]
-
[670cm]
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
303cm
[611cm]
266cm
[877cm]
109cm
[986cm]
6cm
[992cm]
0cm
[992cm]
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
257cm
[806cm]
196cm
[1002cm]
139cm
[1141cm]
3cm
[1144cm]
0cm
[1144cm]
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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