Niseko Now daily snow and weather reports

Niseko Now

8:35am, 7th March 2015
Current weather conditions:
Cloud, fog
weather condition Precipitation:
Light snow at times, easing off
precipitation condition
Temperature (base):
-1C Wind conditions:
S 2-4m/s (Hirafu)
wind condition
Temperature (mountain top):


Ah, here we are at another weekend. The weeks just whiz by don't they.

Thick fog up top apparently and a few lifts not going to be operating at the start of the day due to very poor visibility apparently. The Gondola at Hirafu also is going to be a bit delayed due to some kind of maintenance. Hopefully that will get going quickly.

Some new somewhat wet snow on the ground this morning - I make it 6cm - and light snow has still falling but not much is expected and it will very probably finish up this morning. Definitely limited visibility out there though, even lower down on the mountain.

It feels rather mild too this morning.

We will likely see some sun tomorrow and it will get a bit warmer.

Tuesday through until the end of the week is looking quite tasty at the moment with some significant snowfalls and cold weather lined up on the forecasts. Let's hope that arrives unchanged.

In the meantime, be sure you know where you're going and have a funtastic Saturday.


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

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Top King Number 4 and Ace Number 4 lifts on hold due to poor visibility. Hirafu Gondola set for a late start due to some maintenance.

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

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

Niseko Annupuri:
Top Jumbo Number 4 lift may not be moving early due to poor visibility.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: 0C, 5cm snowfall in 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: SE5m/s, 10cm snowfall with moderate snowdrift development, poor visibility, -3C. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 325cm. Hirafu 1000m: mild wind & snow, poor visibility, 5cm snowfall, -5C. Peak 1308m: S2.3m/s, -6.3C. Benkei cape SSW2m/s, Kamui cape ENE4m/s, 1025hPa, calm sea.

The wind is calm under the high-pressure system and a humid snow has blanketed the mountain due to warm air inflow. The wind has slowly drifted snow in knolls and steep slopes above 700m; surface slab slides up to 20cm are likely to occur. Those slides may be thin, but the snow is heavy and is powerful enough to carry a person to the bottom. Potential failure from March 7th layer. The snow in the trees has been partially recovered and in good shape during the morning.
Refrain from riding the valley bottoms. Climax (ground) avalanches hazard, as well as creek holes, are present in Osawa and Kozan no sawa (Backbowl). When falling into creeks, the stream could easily drag you downstream and drown you under snowbridges. Do not traverse open steep slopes under cornices, it could easily trigger a slide. Peak gates are expected to open if the visibility improves. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. Still a long way before the end of the season, 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 areas look to be open at the start of the day, a few lifts affected by poor visibility conditions

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
7th March 2015, 8:35 AM
27cm 27cm 1029cm 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* 6cm
Official snow depth 410cm
Previous day 410cm

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