Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 4th March 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Friday 4th March 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Mostly clear blue skies. Mt Yotei wearing a hat.
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
0 - NW 4m/s (Hirafu)
Excellent
This report
Friday 4th March 2016, 8:30am
1cm
Thursday 3rd March 2016, 8:30am 9cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 62cm
Last 14 reports (total): 125cm
Current month (March 2016) total: 42cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 919cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Friday 4th March 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

Just 1cm of snowfall from yesterday to add to the snowfall numbers this morning.

It's a lovely sunny and calm morning and keeping cold too.

There are blue skies all around with just a few clouds here and there, including a rather fetching 'hat' being worn by Mt Yotei. And why not.

It might be a cold start to the day but we are expecting something of a warm up over the next few days and temperatures are expected to venture into positive numbers tomorrow (more sunshine) and Sunday in particular. Let's hope they don't venture too far. Sunday might be a day to have marked down for 'other plans' because as well as the warmth there's also a very good chance that it will be raining. Yuck.

But once we get to Monday it should start getting colder once again and there's more snow on the forecast for Tuesday.

I'll off out for a few hours skiing. Might see you out there!

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All resort areas should be opening as planned this morning.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -8℃, 5cm snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -9℃, 5cm snowfall with overnight snowdrift development. Mikaeri 740m: 15cm snowfall and large snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -11℃, good groomers condition and no notable development of snowdrifts. Snowpack depth 295cm at 1000m. Hirafu peak ridge: -9℃, mild wind, no notable snowdrift development. Coastal data Benkei cape: NNE3m/s, Kamui cape N2m/s, 1030hPa, 0.7m waves.

Calm ocean and mountains under the high-pressure system. Some light snow fell over night and the westerly wind that blew yesterday evening made the snow move and develop cornices and hard slabs snowdrifts in some ridges above 800m. The cornices could collapse with the slightest stimulation. There are 2 notable layers in the upper snowpack, but mostly stable, the hazard for large avalanche is low. The snow is in good shape, peak gates will open from the morning. Listen to the ski patrol’s instructions, be prepared before you step out of the gates. 100% safety is not possible in the out of bounds, you evaluate the risks and consequences. Better not underestimate the dangers, as well as not overestimate your experience, skills or equipment. Most accidents can be avoided by being prudent. Have a nice day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Friday 4th March 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 405cm
Base - 170cm

Niseko Village
Top - 380cm
Base - 190cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 390cm
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 Friday 4th March 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Please see 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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  2015/2016
*as of Friday 4th March 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
4th March 1cm 0cm 5cm
3rd March 9cm 3cm 10cm
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
Previous 7 days total 62cm 31cm 18cm
Previous 14 days total 125cm 51cm 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 42cm 139cm 113cm
April observed snowfall total - 3cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 919cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 4th 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]
42cm
[919cm]
-
[919cm]
-
[919cm]
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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