Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 1st April 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:44am on Saturday 1st April 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Clear and sunny and lovely
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
0 - NE 2m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Excellent
This report
Saturday 1st April 2017, 7:44am
0cm
Friday 31st March 2017, 7:43am 2cm
Thursday 30th March 2017, 7:55am 0cm
Wednesday 29th March 2017, 8:25am 0cm
Tuesday 28th March 2017, 8:29am 6cm
Monday 27th March 2017, 8:34am 0cm
Sunday 26th March 2017, 7:45am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 8cm
Last 14 reports (total): 18cm
Current month (April 2017) total: 0cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 688cm

Archive report: Posted at 7:44am on Saturday 1st April 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Beautiful clear blue skies.

I've always wanted to do a four word report! Ah, but I did prepare this yesterday >>>

A look back at March 2017 and the season so far

So, it is that time of the month again; time for me to take a bit of a look back at the month of March and the season so far. I’m going to keep it short this time and leave most of my words for my main season review that will be appearing when the season finishes in early May.

Here’s the observed snowfall measured by me at base during the month of March over the last five seasons:

March 2017: 83cm
March 2016: 109cm
March 2015: 139cm
March 2014: 113cm
March 2013: 164cm

And the total observed snowfall measured by me at base during the season up until the end of March:

2016/2017 season until the end of March 2017: 688cm
2015/2016 season until the end of March 2016: 986cm
2014/2015 season until the end of March 2015: 1141cm
2013/2014 season until the end of March 2014: 1150cm
2012/2013 season until the end of March 2013: 1459cm

Clearly, we are going to end this season with about 3m less than last season and about 4.5m behind the previous two seasons. That’s a fair chunk, but let me again please emphasise that many people coming here will of course not be comparing with previous seasons and have been plenty happy with what they have experienced. Still, I’m hoping that next year we’ll see a change in trend and get to see more.

Looking forward to this month, to get an idea of how much snow we might be able to expect in April, here’s how much there has been observed in recent years:

How much snow fell (AT BASE) in April 2017: ??
How much snow fell (AT BASE) in April 2016: 6cm
How much snow fell (AT BASE) in April 2015: 3cm
How much snow fell (AT BASE) in April 2014: 13cm
How much snow fell (AT BASE) in April 2013: 32cm

Once again ---- important, this is all about snowfall at base! And remember, especially in late season there might be no fresh snowfall here at base, but snow falling higher up on the mountain. I will of course try to report that when it happens in the daily reports, but my observed number each day is from my base measuring point.

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Here are the numbers that the Japan Meteorological Agency have recorded in Kutchan Town for March and the season so far:

March 2017: 90cm
March 2016: 125cm
March 2015: 141cm
March 2014: 118cm
March 2013: 124cm

2016/2017 season until the end of March 2017: 831cm
2015/2016 season until the end of March 2016: 823cm
2014/2015 season until the end of March 2015: 966cm
2013/2014 season until the end of March 2014: 922cm
2012/2013 season until the end of March 2013: 1024cm

Full season analysis coming in early May when I finish up for the season.

I may also reveal to you my fave jam for the all-important morning toast, the energy behind the reports. (I put that in just to get you all to come back and not desert me until late November!)

Have a good 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
Resorts will likely be opening as planned this morning.

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Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 1st April 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 335cm
Base - 125cm

Niseko Village
Top - 245cm
Base - 110cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 230cm
Base - 110cm

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

Night time floodlit operations have now finished for the season.

Archive report: Posted at 7:44am on Saturday 1st April 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas should be open as normal

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Japan snowfall data
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 1st April 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 1st April 2017
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 1st April 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2016/2017
*as of Saturday 1st April 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
1st April 0cm 0cm 0cm
31st March 2cm 0cm 0cm
30th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
29th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
28th March 6cm 0cm 0cm
27th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
26th March 0cm 1cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 8cm 1cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 18cm 14cm 27cm
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 83cm 109cm 139cm
April observed snowfall total 0cm 6cm 3cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 688cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 1st April 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]
83cm
[688cm]
0cm
[688cm]
-
[688cm]
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]
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