Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 23rd March 2013

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:03am on Saturday 23rd March 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
3-8m/s (Hirafu)
Decent to poor
This report
Saturday 23rd March 2013, 9:03am
1cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 33cm
Last 14 reports (total): 72cm
Current month (March 2013) total: 139cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 1434cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:03am on Saturday 23rd March 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Another Saturday morning. Just a dusting of snow in Hirafu this morning to report though I expect more wind driven snow to be found on the mountain. It is around -4 degrees at the moment and generally cloudy. Actually at the moment I am over in Hanazono and the sun is poking through the clouds here with good visibility though is seems much duller over on the other resort areas. In fact Niseko Annupuri were reporting snowfall as of 10 minutes ago.

Unfortunately only the Jumbo Number 1 lift at Annupuri is operating at the moment due to wind conditions. At Niseko Village the Niseko Gondola and top Wonderland Chair lifts are not moving. Niseko Grand Hirafu has the top King Number 3 and King Number 4 lifts closed at the time of writing. All lifts are moving at Hanazono.

In other resort news, today is the last day of 'nighta' operations which will be sad to see.

While we are on the subject, let's remind ourselves of the planned season dates for each of the resort areas:

Niseko Annupuri - until May 6th
Niseko Village - until May 6th
Niseko Grand Hirafu - until May 6th
Niseko Hanazono Resort - until April 7th

We are of course now into the 'Spring Ski' lift ticket price band, and from April 8th we'll be entering the cheaper 'Final Season' ticket prices.

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Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 500cm
Bottom - 240cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 400cm
Bottom - 250cm

Niseko Village
Top - 450cm
Bottom - 220cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -5C, trace new snow. 800m elevation, trace new snow, wind driven snow and snow drift development. Annupuri peak: -13.8C, snow depth at 1000m: 400cm. Coastal data: wind WNW13m/s, 2.4m waves, pressure 1007hPa.

Warm, wet low pressure snowfall has been followed by influx of cool air. Below 1000m this has resulted in a thin crust. Above 800m on cornice slopes and knolls, from 21-22 Mar layer, the risk of up to 40cm surface slab avalanche continues. Peak gates are expected to open provided peak lifts are running. Please follow ski patrols advice.

Although there has been only a small amount of new snowdrift development it is weak and will fracture easily on steep slopes. No matter how much snow has fallen avalanches occur when the conditions are right. If there are people involved it becomes an accident. Be careful of yesterdays tracks in the trees, they will be hard and make control difficult. Also beware avalanches, cracks and trees. Caution is required.

The risk of large scale avalanches from deep within the snowpack is rising. Avoid riding in the valley bottoms. Its not spring yet, have a good weekend.

Archive report: Posted at 9:03am on Saturday 23rd 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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