Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 22nd March 2013

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:56am on Friday 22nd March 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, fog up top
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
-
wind condition
3-10m/s (Hirafu)
Fair to poor
This report
Friday 22nd March 2013, 8:56am
15cm
Thursday 21st March 2013, 9:09am 15cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 32cm
Last 14 reports (total): 88cm
Current month (March 2013) total: 138cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 1433cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:56am on Friday 22nd March 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from the Niseko area and we have another 15cm or so of snow to report this morning here in Hirafu since yesterday. Should be some good snow conditions to be found out there this morning.

After the wilder conditions we had yesterday, this morning is somewhat calmer. Here at base level anyway, though the flags around village are still moving about in an at times moderate wind. Seems the only resort disruption today is the top Wonderland Chair lift at Niseko Village not opening up due to poor visibility up there. Dense fog, as they explain. Oh, and also the top King Number 4 and top Hanazono lifts are currently on stand-by due to the same poor visibility and wind conditions.

Visibility generally fine on lower areas of the mountain though. Generally cloudy conditions over the region with a few hints of small clearer patches with sky on show behind the cloud.

We should see temperatures remain low and below zero over the weekend and into next week with scattered snow showers possibly through tomorrow.

Check it out... the Niseko Grand Hirafu official upper slopes snow depth up to 515cm again (up 30cm since yesterday) and it's 22nd March.

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Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 515cm
Bottom - 235cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 400cm
Bottom - 250cm

Niseko Village
Top - 450cm
Bottom - 210cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -5C, 10cm new snow, cloudy. Annupuri peak: -11.1C, expected wind speed at noon: WNW15m/s. Coastal data: wind SSE5m/s, 1.5m waves, pressure 1005hPa.

Below 800m, wind and driving snow is easing and snow layers above 21 Mar layer are stabilising. However on leeward slopes around 1000m the avalanche risk is still HIGH. Cornices are unstable and will fracture easily due dramatic growth recently. They can collapse instantly with no warning. Dont go near cornices.

The snow is good in the trees, although wind effected. Be careful of cracks and other objects under the snow. Avoid steep open leeward faces. The mountain has returned to winter conditions.

Gate opening is yet to be decided, dependent on weather and lift operations. Follow patrols advice. Dont duck ropes, this is prohibited and strictly enforced in Niseko.

Many accidents happen during or just after a storm. Ride cautiously and dont be overconfident. Please carry your own rescue equipment and know how to use it. Warm air is expected to flow in from noon. Get some good powder.

Archive report: Posted at 8:56am on Friday 22nd 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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*as of Friday 22nd March 2013
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21st March 15cm - -
20th March 0cm - -
19th March 0cm - -
18th March 0cm - -
17th March 2cm - -
16th March 0cm - -
Previous 7 days total 32cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 88cm 0cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 118cm - -
December observed snowfall total 418cm - -
January observed snowfall total 443cm - -
February observed snowfall total 316cm - -
March observed snowfall total 138cm - -
April observed snowfall total - - -
May observed snowfall total - - -
Season observed snowfall total 1433cm 0cm 0cm
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118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
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[979cm]
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138cm
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