Niseko Now daily snow and weather reports

Niseko Now

8:32am, 6th March 2015
Current weather conditions:
Cloud, blue sky
weather condition Precipitation:
Light snow has eased off
precipitation condition
Temperature (base):
-4C Wind conditions:
S 0-2m/s (Hirafu)
wind condition
Temperature (mountain top):


Good morning from Niseko and the sun is out right now.

Light snow was falling just a little earlier but it's cleared now. No new cm of snow to report on the ground here, just a dusting really, though I suspect there might be a bit more higher up. There is less wind this morning as well thankfully and so with lifts planning to be open I think there'll be a rush to the top areas to hit the untouched snow after the lift disruption of yesterday.

It feels colder this morning and temperatures will probably rise to just over zero at base today. As of 7:30am, Niseko Village was reporting a temperature of -10C on upper areas so we still need to wrap up.

So still quite a bit of cloud around, but blue sky too and the sun making an appearance.

Generally cloudy conditions forecast for tomorrow and a chance of sunny skies on Sunday. The next potentially decent snow looks to be due early in the week.

Have a good day and stay safe.


I have just added this information below... night skiing will be continuing through until Sunday 22nd March so just another few weeks left. On the last night Hirafu plan to have an excite fireworks display starting at 9:30pm.

They are also of course keen to remind people that daytime operations plan to continue until Wednesday 6th May. You might well wonder why the last day will be a Wednesday - the reason being, it's the last day of the Golden Week holidays in Japan.


Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Plans to be open as normal this morning.

Niseko Hanazono:
Plans to be open as normal this morning.

Niseko Village:
Plans to be open as normal this morning.

Niseko Annupuri:
Plans to be open as normal this morning.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -5C, no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: light breeze and light snowfall, -7C. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 325cm. Hirafu 1000m: light breeze, light snow, -7C. Annupuri Peak: W2.4m/s, -8.3C. Benkei cape: light breeze, Kamui cape: SSE4m/s, 1024hPa, 0.8m waves.

The mountains and the ocean are calm under a dominating high-pressure system. The snowdrifts are stable and the general avalanche risk is low. All gates are expected to open from the morning. Be well prepared when going out of bounds. Many hazards are present in the winter mountains. Better not overestimate your own skills and knowledge, constantly staying alert and cautious is key to accident prevention. Sometime experiences are useless, but lots of experiences are needed to acknowledge this fact. Devastating full-depth avalanche hazard is rising. These gigantic slides will sweep everything on its path: the valley bottoms. Better stay away from there. Avalanches are natural occurrences and won’t be an accident unless human beings are involved. The snow is not bad, have a nice day.


Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 410cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 300cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 370cm
Base - 180cm


Night skiing will continue until Sunday 22nd March.
Lifts open for night skiing:

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift

Niseko Hanazono Resort
No night skiing at the Hanazono area

Niseko Village
Community Chair and Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri
Jumbo Number 1 Quad

Floodlit night operations are due to continue until Sunday 22nd March.


Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas set to open as planned

Observed snowfall in the last 14 days

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Observed snowfall in this season

Report Current Season Monthly Observed Snowfall
7 Days
Mar 2015 14-15
So far
Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May
Niseko Now
6th March 2015, 8:32 AM
31cm 21cm 1023cm 2014/2015 season
- -
2013/2014 season

Observed Japan snowfall graphs and tables – please be sure to read this page for more information on the data.

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Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu
Observed snowfall* 0cm
Official snow depth 410cm
Previous day 400cm

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