Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 8th March 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:24am on Saturday 8th March 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-8°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
3-13m/s (Hirafu)
Generally poor
This report
Saturday 8th March 2014, 8:24am
20cm
Friday 7th March 2014, 8:16am 25cm
Thursday 6th March 2014, 8:20am 4cm
Wednesday 5th March 2014, 9:01am 12cm
Tuesday 4th March 2014, 7:36am 5cm
Monday 3rd March 2014, 9:00am 10cm
Sunday 2nd March 2014, 9:10am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 76cm
Last 14 reports (total): 81cm
Current month (March 2014) total: 76cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 1113cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:24am on Saturday 8th March 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Nearly another 20cm of snow this morning in Hirafu as this storm continues.

If only there was less wind... yesterday the wind caused lots of lift disruption and this morning strong winds persist and top lifts are once again now open. The good news is that the wind should hopefully ease off during the day today, so fingers crossed that will be sooner than later.

It remains cold and visibility is very limited in places this morning. If you brave the weather though you're likely to be rewarded by some great snow. Avalanche report advising people to stay on the slopes today and not take risks in these conditions.

This snowfall is forecast to contine a while longer so I'll give you an update on that tomorrow.

This first part of March is looking good indeed!

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -8C, 30cm of fresh, developing snowdrifts. Moiwa 800m: -12C, stormy, bad visibility, large development of unstable snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: W16m/s, -13C, developing snowdrifts. Hirafu 1000m: -12C, snowdrifts and knolls growing big in Higashi-one. Peak 1308m: W17.6m/s, -16.3C. Coastal data: cape Benkei NW12m/s, cape Kamui W16m/s, 3.2m waves, 1005hPa.

According to coastal data and present status, the wind is starting to calm down, however still strong and snowdrifts are continuing to grow. The avalanche risk in the Niseko range and the surrounding mountains is extreme. Snow-crystal needles brake under strong wind and forms heavy slabs of broken crystal snow. Characteristic of this snow is that it’s slow, catchy and not much spray. They are also very unstable, especially in steep slopes and can easily trigger a slide. Most accidents occur during and just after storms. Do not traverse across to the other side of the valley from gate 8 (located next to Annupuri gondola exit). Very hazardous today. Same for gate 4, do not traverse across to access backside Higashi-One. Let the storm pass and the snow stabilize before accessing the out of bounds areas. Accidents can be avoided by acknowledging the risks. Better stay inbounds today. All gates above 800m will be closed; do not duck ropes. This information is being written for the sake of all resort users.

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Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 420cm
Base - 210cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 390cm
Base - 220cm

Annupuri:
Top - 390cm
Base - 210cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:24am on Saturday 8th March 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Lifts affected by wind today. See report and official website for live updates.

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