Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 2nd March 2013

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:39am on Saturday 2nd March 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow easing off
wind condition
2-13m/s (Hirafu)
Was bad, but seems to be improving
This report
Saturday 2nd March 2013, 9:39am
10cm
Friday 1st March 2013, 8:56am 5cm
Thursday 28th February 2013, 8:53am 5cm
Wednesday 27th February 2013, 8:47am 2cm
Tuesday 26th February 2013, 8:15am 25cm
Monday 25th February 2013, 8:39am 10cm
Sunday 24th February 2013, 8:55am 5cm
Last 7 reports (total): 62cm
Last 14 reports (total): 159cm
Current month (March 2013) total: 15cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 1310cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:39am on Saturday 2nd March 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Another mild morning here in Niseko, though I have around 10cm of snowfall to report. Perhaps not the prime light powder that Niseko is famous for, but new snow all the same. I'll take it! I see that 15cm of snow is being reported from over in the Moiwa area...

Snow forecast for the day along with, yes you've guessed it, moderate to strong winds. Top lifts at all of the resorts on the mountain are not operating this morning but it just seems to be affecting top areas. Oh, and the Niseko Gondola at Niseko Village. I remember saying it before but there sure seems to have been a relatively large number of wind-affected days this season.

Visibility has been pretty poor this morning on mountain, as noted in the avalanche report, but as I am writing this report there's some shadows being case on parts of the mountain as sun breaks through. There's even some small patches of blue sky on show here and there. Just mostly cloudy here as I am writing this. Could it be clearing up?

In the coming week we can expect a run of calmer days and perhaps some sunshine.

If you take a look back at our Niseko Now report archives you'll get an idea of how much snowfall there has been in March and beyond from previous seasons.

The Kutchan town snow fall data from the Japan Meteorological Agency for the month of February 2013 was 228cm, so a slight increase on the previous year and the most since 2009. Last season March was relatively dry with just 79cm, compared with over 2m of snow in the previous two seasons. So March can bring surprises and some excellent conditions. Here's to March 2013 being one of those.

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Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 490cm
Bottom - 240cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 395cm
Bottom - 250cm

Niseko Village
Top - 450cm
Bottom - 240cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -3C, 15cm of new snow. Moiwa 800m: -5C, 15cm new snow, significant snowdrift development, Annupuri peak: wind SE3.5m/s, -8.9C. Coastal data: wind W15m/s, 0.9m waves, pressure 981hPa.

Snowdrifts have rapidly developed above 800m, in strong SE wind, with the passing of the low pressure system yesterday. Snowfall has been warm, wet, broken particles. Below 800m lift lines and inbound steep slopes are also unstable.

Today, a cold westerly wind is expected to intensify, followed by rapid snowdrift development. Avalanche risk is VERY HIGH.

All gates will be closed for the safety of all resort users.

Do not enter the Higashione area, Kagami Numa area or Osawa cornice slopes. Visibility is very bad. Please be aware of cracks and other hazards. The snow conditions within the resorts is good. Do not overestimate your own skills or equipment performance.

Have a safe day.

Archive report: Posted at 9:39am on Saturday 2nd 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 Saturday 2nd March 2013
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1st March 5cm - -
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27th February 2cm - -
26th February 25cm - -
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24th February 5cm - -
Previous 7 days total 62cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 159cm 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 15cm - -
April observed snowfall total - - -
May observed snowfall total - - -
Season observed snowfall total 1310cm 0cm 0cm
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418cm
[536cm]
443cm
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316cm
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