Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 1st March 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:35am on Sunday 1st March 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Generally cloudy
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Not snowing presently
wind condition
SW 5m/s - S 6m/s (Hirafu)
Fair
This report
Sunday 1st March 2015, 8:35am
0cm
Saturday 28th February 2015, 8:35am 10cm
Friday 27th February 2015, 8:45am 5cm
Thursday 26th February 2015, 8:31am 10cm
Wednesday 25th February 2015, 8:32am 10cm
Tuesday 24th February 2015, 8:31am 10cm
Monday 23rd February 2015, 8:35am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 45cm
Last 14 reports (total): 50cm
Current month (March 2015) total: 0cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 1002cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:35am on Sunday 1st March 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Morning from the Niseko area and welcome to March!

No fresh snow to report this morning and clouds over the region. It's a rather grey morning actually after the fine and clearer start to the day yesterday. I managed to join the crowds and find myself some nice pockets of snow.

There's a light to moderate southerly wind in places, but not enough to be affecting the lifts at the start of the day.

We should be enjoying some more fresh snow as well soon, with it perhaps starting to fall before the lifts close for the day today and to continue at least through tomorrow. Fingers crossed for some decent numbers and it keeping on the colder side of what is forecast.

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OK so as promised time to take a look at some numbers just for some fun.

Here's the snowfall observed by myself here by the base area in Hirafu...

February 2014: 178cm
February 2015: 196cm

So a bit more snow last month than the same month last season. The last 5 days of the month really helped us out there!

Last season up until end of February 2014: 1037cm
This season up until end of February 2015: 1002cm

We're just a bit behind the overall haul for the season so far as of the end of February, but managed to hit 10m of observed snowfall.

The big difference this season is December and January kind of 'swapping positions' - with lots more snowfall in December this season than last, but quite a bit less in January this season than last. It kind of adds up to there being quite a bit less 'fresh' in the first two months of 2015 than we had last season.

Looking at the other Now reports makes for interesting reading too, with a similar kind of story in quite a few areas.

Now on to the Japan Meteorological Agency statistics, coming to you from the Kutchan town area a bit lower down.

February 2014: 130cm
February 2015: 167cm

So those numbers also reflecting slightly more this February than last.

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How about March?

Last season I observed 113cm. Let's double that this season, ok Snow Gods?!

Remember there's always going to be more up on the mountain than down at base, and probably 1.5 times more is not too off the mark in general.

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Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Looks set to be open as planned.

Niseko Hanazono:
Looks set to be open as planned.

Niseko Village:
Looks set to be open as planned.

Niseko Annupuri:
Looks set to be open as planned.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -5C, no new snow. Moiwa 800m: light winds, no new snow, -7C. Annupuri 1000m: snowpack 315cm. Hirafu 1000m: SW5m/s, -7C, no new snow. Annupuri peak 1308m: wind SW 10.8m/s, -10.0C. Cape Benkei: SSW3m/s, Cape Kamui: S8m/s, pressure 1020hPa, wave 0.7m.

The pressure gradient is shallow and the sea and mountains are calm. Snow is stable and general avalanche risk is low. All peak gates are expected to be open. Do not play around cornices, they might suddenly collapse. Making a kicker out in the forest is fun, but think about if there is an injury, how will you get out? Will rescuers be able to get to you and help?

Avalanches are not the only danger in the mountains. This information is issued for the prevention of all accidents. Do not try and sneak past the patrol to duck ropes. If you want to go out of bounds you must use the gates. Have a good day.

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Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 400cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 300cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 370cm
Base - 180cm

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Lifts open for night skiing (planned):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift

Niseko Hanazono Resort
No night skiing at the Hanazono area

Niseko Village
Community Chair and Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri
Jumbo Number 1 Quad

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Archive report: Posted at 8:35am on Sunday 1st March 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas appear to be opening as normal this morning

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 1st March 2015
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 1st March 2015
(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 Sunday 1st March 2015
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)
  2014/2015
*as of Sunday 1st March 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
1st March 0cm 0cm 5cm
28th February 10cm 3cm 5cm
27th February 5cm 0cm 2cm
26th February 10cm 0cm 25cm
25th February 10cm 0cm 10cm
24th February 10cm 0cm 5cm
23rd February 0cm 2cm 10cm
Previous 7 days total 45cm 5cm 62cm
Previous 14 days total 50cm 76cm 159cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 519cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total 257cm 461cm 443cm
February observed snowfall total 196cm 178cm 316cm
March observed snowfall total 0cm 113cm 164cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 32cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 2cm
Season observed snowfall total 1002cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 1st March 2015
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 - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
257cm
[806cm]
196cm
[1002cm]
0cm
[1002cm]
-
[1002cm]
-
[1002cm]
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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