Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 1st April 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:49am on Friday 1st April 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Clear blue skies and sunshine
Base temp:
5°C

Top temp:
-1°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
N 2m/s - NW 4m/s (Hirafu)
Excellent
This report
Friday 1st April 2016, 7:49am
0cm
Thursday 31st March 2016, 8:30am 0cm
Wednesday 30th March 2016, 8:33am 0cm
Tuesday 29th March 2016, 8:36am 0cm
Monday 28th March 2016, 8:31am 0cm
Sunday 27th March 2016, 8:30am 0cm
Saturday 26th March 2016, 8:35am 1cm
Last 7 reports (total): 1cm
Last 14 reports (total): 14cm
Current month (April 2016) total: 0cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 986cm

Archive report: Posted at 7:49am on Friday 1st April 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko, and what a beautiful morning it is as well.

Here I am with an early report - calm conditions allow me this luxury and I plan to hit those first lifts myself!

So it's clear blue skies all around, mild conditions, just a bit of a breeze down here at the moment - hopefully it'll be calm higher up as well though I do notice some local reports saying to expect stronger winds later on.

Tomorrow should also be sunny, but we still have rain on the forecast for Sunday (possibly snow higher up if we are lucky).

Have a fine day.

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As we are now into April, it's time to take a bit of a look back at March - how the month was for snowfall, and how the season looks as a whole up until now.

Here's my observed snowfall numbers, recorded by myself here at Hirafu base:

November 2015: 61cm
November 2014: 30cm
November 2013: 123cm

December 2015: 244cm
December 2014: 519cm
December 2013: 275cm

January 2016: 303cm
January 2015: 257cm
January 2014: 461cm

February 2016: 266cm
February 2015: 196cm
February 2014: 178cm

March 2016: 109cm
March 2015: 139cm
March 2014: 113cm


So the numbers for March are just slightly less than the previous two months, but nothing too major...

15/16 season so far (at end March 2016): 986cm
14/15 season so far (at end March 2015): 1141cm
13/14 season so far (at end March 2014): 1150cm

As you can see we are still a good 1.5m behind last season and the season before looking at the season as a whole. Close on 10m of snowfall at base is still rather impressive though isn't it? Even more so when you also consider how so many other resorts in Japan have been struggling in this 'mild winter'!

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Here's a look at the official March snowfall numbers published by the Japan Meteorological Agency. As always, these numbers are taken from Kutchan town which is at a slightly lower elevation than my observations here at Hirafu base.

March 2016: 125cm
March 2015: 141cm
March 2014: 118cm
March 2013: 124cm
March 2012: 79cm
March 2011: 210cm
March 2010: 214cm
March 2009: 126cm
March 2008: 38cm
March 2007: 160cm

I make the average of the above numbers over the last 10 seasons to be 134cm, so March has been 'just below average' this season.

15/16 season so far at end of March 2016: 823cm
14/15 season so far at end of March 2015: 966cm
13/14 season so far at end of March 2014: 922cm
12/13 season so far at end of March 2013: 1024cm
11/12 season so far at end of March 2012: 1016cm
10/11 season so far at end of March 2011: 1020cm
09/10 season so far at end of March 2010: 1078cm
08/09 season so far at end of March 2009: 973cm
07/08 season so far at end of March 2008: 887cm
06/07 season so far at end of March 2007: 679cm

And there we go.

We can't expect much in terms of fresh snowfall in April, though there is usually some - from just a dusting up to 20-30cm or so.
Any fresh now would be great. Let's have some of it please!

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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 appear to be opening as planned this morning.

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Official resort snow depths as of Friday 1st April 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 340cm
Base - 100cm

Niseko Village
Top - 335cm
Base - 110cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 350cm
Base - 120cm

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Niseko Grand Hirafu resort area lift operations from Monday 4th April:

Ace Family Pair (8:30am-4:30pm) - until 10th April
Ace Number 2 Center Four Quad (8:30am-4:30pm)
Ace Number 3 Pair (8:40am-4:30pm)
Ace Number 4 Pair (8:50am-4:30pm)
Holiday Number 1 Pair (8:30am-4:30pm) - until 10th April

Niseko Grand Hirafu are also going to be 'upgrading' the King Number 3 triple lift in time for next season. The Hirafu Gondola as well as the King Number 3 and 4 lifts will all finish for the season this coming Sunday, as well as the Hanazono area. All being well though, the Niseko Grand Hirafu area should be open until 5th May.

Niseko Village plans to be open daily until Sunday 3rd April, and then from 29th April until 5th May. Morino Chair currently rested.

Niseko Annupuri plans to be open until Thursday 5th May.

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Archive report: Posted at 7:49am on Friday 1st April 2016
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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  2015/2016
*as of Friday 1st April 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
1st April 0cm 0cm 0cm
31st March 0cm 0cm 0cm
30th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
29th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
28th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
27th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
26th March 1cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 1cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 14cm 27cm 5cm
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 109cm 139cm 113cm
April observed snowfall total 0cm 3cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 986cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 1st April 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
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
303cm
[611cm]
266cm
[877cm]
109cm
[986cm]
0cm
[986cm]
-
[986cm]
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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