Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 27th March 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:40am on Friday 27th March 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Sunny, clear blue skies
Base temp:
4°C

Top temp:
-3°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Nope!
wind condition
SW 5-8m/s (Hirafu)
Great
This report
Friday 27th March 2015, 7:40am
0cm
Thursday 26th March 2015, 8:20am 0cm
Wednesday 25th March 2015, 8:31am 20cm
Tuesday 24th March 2015, 7:40am 6cm
Monday 23rd March 2015, 8:22am 0cm
Sunday 22nd March 2015, 8:15am 1cm
Saturday 21st March 2015, 8:05am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 27cm
Last 14 reports (total): 47cm
Current month (March 2015) total: 139cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 1141cm

Archive report: Posted at 7:40am on Friday 27th March 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

It is a fine and clear morning here, if not slightly hazy looking.

I'm off to Sapporo this morning and so my report comes to you before the resorts report in.

The report below says that there are fairly strong winds higher up but whether that will affect lifts today... please check with the resorts come 8:30am for the latest info there.

Tomorrow similar conditions are forecast so it will be more sun for some spring fun.

Some signs that temperatures may dip a bit again mid week next week but that's a way off yet. For now it'll be mild and... well, yes, spring! Still lots of excite to be had.

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Resort specific news as of 8:20am - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Should be open as normal. (Ace Number 1, Ace Number 4 and King Number 1 now not operating).

Niseko Hanazono:
Set to open as planned this morning.

Niseko Village:
Should be open as normal. (Morino Chair lift now closed for the season apparently).

Niseko Annupuri:
Should be open as normal. (Jumbo Number 3 lift now closed for the season apparently).

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -2C, no snowfall, bluebird. Moiwa 800m data n/a. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 340cm. Hirafu 1000m: +4C. Peak data: WNW16m/s, -0.3C. Coastal data: Benkei cape S3m/s, Kamui cape SSW21m/s, 1011hPa, 1.6m waves.

The wind is blowing relatively strong up high, but snowdrift development is minimal. The temperature is inverted, low in lower altitude and higher up high. Peak gates are expected to open from the morning. A medium scale climax avalanche (250cm crown, 60m wide, 50m long full depth slide, running for 200m) has occurred in Mikaeri bowl around 700m altitude. The ground vegetation is bamboo grass and the grade is 40°. Risk of similar slides will rise around 900m areas over the weekend. If a climax slide occurs in Osawa or Kozan no sawa (Backbowl) 1100m area, it will be big, devastating everything on its way, debris running all the way down to the water reservoir in Annupuri. Many traverse tracks from gate 2, across Osawa, to the Backbowl were present yesterday. It is not wise to ride those potentially hazardous slopes. We may be forced to close the peak gates if people keep ignoring the heads-up and/or cannot imagine the consequences of those slides. One foolish track will lead many others to do the same and unnecessarily increase the chances of accidents to happen. Please respect the Niseko Rules in order to protect the freedom of out of bounds riding.

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Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 435cm
Base - 125cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 330cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 340cm
Base - 180cm

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

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Niseko Hanazono - open daily until Monday April 6th
Niseko Village - open daily until Tuesday April 7th and then April 29th until May 6th
Niseko Annupuri - open daily until Wednesday May 6th
Niseko Grand Hirafu - open daily until Wednesday May 6th

Archive report: Posted at 7:40am on Friday 27th March 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Please see the main report

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2014/2015
*as of Friday 27th March 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
27th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
26th March 0cm 0cm 10cm
25th March 20cm 0cm 0cm
24th March 6cm 0cm 4cm
23rd March 0cm 1cm 1cm
22nd March 1cm 1cm 15cm
21st March 0cm 1cm 15cm
Previous 7 days total 27cm 3cm 45cm
Previous 14 days total 47cm 11cm 59cm
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 139cm 113cm 164cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 32cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 2cm
Season observed snowfall total 1141cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 27th March 2015
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  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]
139cm
[1141cm]
-
[1141cm]
-
[1141cm]
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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