Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 2nd March 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Wednesday 2nd March 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds not budging!
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Heavy snow as I write this
wind condition
0 - W 5m/s (Hirafu)
Poor
This report
Wednesday 2nd March 2016, 8:30am
22cm
Tuesday 1st March 2016, 8:25am 10cm
Monday 29th February 2016, 8:31am 0cm
Sunday 28th February 2016, 8:28am 0cm
Saturday 27th February 2016, 8:32am 20cm
Friday 26th February 2016, 8:33am 18cm
Thursday 25th February 2016, 8:32am 10cm
Last 7 reports (total): 80cm
Last 14 reports (total): 124cm
Current month (March 2016) total: 32cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 909cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Wednesday 2nd March 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko and happily it's somewhat calmer this morning.

It might be calmer, but snow is really coming down at some speed right now. We're still in mid-winter here folks which is of course fantastic.

So that mad windy storm has passed us by, and we can hopefully soon get back to something like a normal day, even though as I did update yesterday a few lower lifts did actually manage to get moving yesterday. As always, lift status at 8:30am this morning added below. Looks like some top lifts are going to be at least late in opening as they pick up the pieces from the storm (and perhaps re-assemble some lift parts!)

There's 22cm of fresh snow on the ground this morning here at my base after some heavy snowing from last night and continuing now - I have added 2cm since I started putting this report together.

There will be more than that on the mountain, and of course with the upper lifts being closed for a few days there's going to be a lot more fresh untouched snow up there to play in. And with all of the wind over the last few days and limited visibility this morning, extra (extra) care is advised - there's going to be lots of wind blown areas where there's much more (or less) snow.

Right now it is continuing to snow pretty hard and visibility is limited even down at base here. Even so, at 8am, there's quite a lot of people already lined up waiting for the Ace Number 2 quad to get going at 8:30am. The lure of all that fresh snow is just too much!

The forecasts say we should expect the snowfall to ease off later in morning or this afternoon.

So basically, there'll surely be huge amounts of deep fun to be found this morning but do be careful out there.

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The official snow depth on the upper areas of Niseko Grand Hirafu is back up to 400cm today.

Interestingly, I just noticed that it was 400cm on 1st March last year and 395cm on this day last year... so those measurements are pretty much exactly the same as last year. (The corresponding base numbers are actually higher than last year).

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Resort specific lift opening news at time of posting (subject to change during the day):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
The top Ace Number 4, King Number 4, Ace Number 3, King Number 3 and Swinging Monkey lifts are on hold at the start of the day. Hopefully will just be a delayed opening.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
The top Hanazono Number 3 quad lift is on hold at the start of the day.

Niseko Village
The top Wonderland lift is on hold at the start of the day.

Niseko Annupuri
The top Jumbo Number 4 lift is on hold at the start of the day.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -6℃, 25cm crystal snowfall and calm. Moiwa peak 800m: -10℃, light wind and 40cm snowfall. Hirafu peak ridge: -13℃, 15cm snowfall. Annupuri 1000m: -10℃, light breeze, 50cm snowfall. Benkei cape: NNW10m/s, Kamui cape: W7m/s, 1015hPa, wave height unknown.

The storm has passed and cold air is flowing in, bringing a heavy snowfall notably in the west side of the mountain. The wind stayed calm overnight and snowdrift development is minimal. The general avalanche risk is low, however the wind-affected Mar 1st storm layer just under the surface remains unstable especially in high-elevation north facing aspects. The gates’ opening will depend on the lift operations, please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. The snow in the trees is deep, better have snowshoes or skins ready with you for out of bounds riding. Snow remains good as we’re getting into March, but please be alarmed at all times, the mountain conditions are ever-changing. Better be flexible with your plans. Beware of cracks, as they’re not visible from above, remain in controllable speed. Beware also of creeks, ice-cold water flowing in there and would lead to hypothermia.

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Official resort snow depths as of Wednesday 2nd March 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 400cm
Base - 170cm

Niseko Village
Top - 380cm
Base - 190cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 385cm
Base - 190cm

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Lifts planned to be open for night skiing:

Nighta will be open every day until Monday 21st March 2016

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift
(There is no night skiing at the Hanazono area)

Niseko Village:
Community Chair and Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri:
Jumbo Number 1 Quad

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Wednesday 2nd March 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Wednesday 2nd March 2016
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 2nd March 2016
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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  2015/2016
*as of Wednesday 2nd March 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
2nd March 22cm 3cm 0cm
1st March 10cm 0cm 0cm
29th February 0cm 10cm 3cm
28th February 0cm 10cm 3cm
27th February 20cm 5cm 0cm
26th February 18cm 10cm 0cm
25th February 10cm 10cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 80cm 48cm 3cm
Previous 14 days total 124cm 48cm 66cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 244cm 519cm 275cm
January observed snowfall total 303cm 257cm 461cm
February observed snowfall total 266cm 196cm 178cm
March observed snowfall total 32cm 139cm 113cm
April observed snowfall total - 3cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 909cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 2nd March 2016
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
303cm
[611cm]
266cm
[877cm]
32cm
[909cm]
-
[909cm]
-
[909cm]
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
257cm
[806cm]
196cm
[1002cm]
139cm
[1141cm]
3cm
[1144cm]
0cm
[1144cm]
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]
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