Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 20th March 2013

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:02am on Wednesday 20th March 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow on the way!
wind condition
1-6m/s (Hirafu)
Fair to poor
This report
Wednesday 20th March 2013, 10:02am
0cm
Tuesday 19th March 2013, 8:42am 0cm
Monday 18th March 2013, 8:57am 0cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 14cm
Last 14 reports (total): 58cm
Current month (March 2013) total: 108cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 1403cm

Archive report: Posted at 10:02am on Wednesday 20th March 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Yesterday cleared up to be a nice day in terms of the clouds clearing up and we got some nice sunny conditions as well - lovely evening - though top lifts were on and off during the day with the wind conditions.

Clouds moved back in and there was some light snow overnight, but nothing in terms of new cm - not here at base level anyway. It's noticeably colder this morning, but still not winter-like cold. About -1C in Hirafu now. It remains just cloudy though it should soon snowing (already on mountain?) and fingers crossed for some good news in my report tomorrow morning.

It's a national holiday here in Japan today. Mid-week of course, but we can expect it to be busier than a normal Wednesday.

All lifts seems to be open as scheduled with not that much of a wind today, though I see the top King 4 lift at Hirafu has been closed due to some maintenance.

Snow conditions hopefully though into the weekend. Fingers crossed. See you tomorrow!

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Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 485cm
Bottom - 225cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 400cm
Bottom - 250cm

Niseko Village
Top - 450cm
Bottom - 210cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -3C, no new snow, cloudy. Annupuri peak: -10C, expected wind speed at noon NNW10m/s. Coastal data: wind W11m/s, 1.2m waves, pressure 1010hPa.

Calm weather preceding low pressure system. Upper levels of the snowpack have stabilized and avalanche risk is low. Gates are expected to open at 9.30am. Please listen to ski patrol advice when passing through the gates.

Because of the deep snowpack this season and recent rapid temperature changes, the risk of full depth avalanches is rising in Osawa, Kozan no Sawa(back bowl) and Higashione around 1000m elev. These avalanches occur regardless of air temperature, so even on cold days avoid riding in valley bottoms.

Full depth avalanches can easily have a fracture over 5m deep, an avalanche this size is devastating and will wipe out everything in its path. Cracks are a sign that a full depth avalanche could occur, however not always the case. Sometimes the crack and avalanche occur simultaneously. Use caution on leeward and open steep slopes.

Please make sure everyone in your group is carrying beacon, probe, shovel. Dont overestimate your equipment or knowledge, safe decisions are your best asset. Avoid riding alone. Have a safe day.

Archive report: Posted at 10:02am on Wednesday 20th 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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