Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 1st March 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:25am on Thursday 1st March 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
SW 6m/s - S 15-25m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Limited
This report
Thursday 1st March 2018, 8:25am
0cm
Wednesday 28th February 2018, 8:31am 3cm
Tuesday 27th February 2018, 8:12am 3cm
Monday 26th February 2018, 8:16am 24cm
Sunday 25th February 2018, 8:33am 8cm
Saturday 24th February 2018, 8:30am 2cm
Friday 23rd February 2018, 8:30am 17cm
Last 7 reports (total): 57cm
Last 14 reports (total): 160cm
Current month (March 2018) total: 0cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 1198cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:25am on Thursday 1st March 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Haro and welcome to March.

We're starting the month with a report where I come up with a big round 0cm along with rather mild conditions.

Oh yes, and strong winds.

It is actually snowing though now...

And things are due to change this afternoon with blizzard conditions are expected.

Already the gondolas and top lifts are on hold due to the weather conditions and if anything we can expect more disruption as that big bad weather approaches.

Strap yourself in. Or perhaps enjoy an onsen and massage.

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My February and 'season so far' recap will be posted in my report tomorrow.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 5am: -3℃, no snowfall. Moiwa800m: -4.8℃, E6.1m/s, no snowfall. Annupuri 1150m: -7℃, light breeze, no snowfall. Hirafu peak: -8℃, southerly wind picking up and bad visibility. Coastal data: Benkei cape S19m/s, Kamui cape no wind, 1006hPa, 0.7m waves.

The overall avalanche risk is low this morning, however a southerly wind with snow will pick up, the temperature will rise and full depth glide avalanche risk will rise in the Backbowl and Annupuri bowl 1000m elevation. Once the Low-pressure passes, the wind will shift westerly and the temperature will drop. A strong storm is forecasted through tomorrow and will make new snowdrifts grow drastically in leeward slopes. Surface slab avalanches are most likely to occur during and just after storms. The snow condition will be bad for the next few days and the avalanche risk will rise during the weekend. Be flexible with your plans and adjust them according to the weather conditions. Each gate will close as the weather deteriorates.

Better not evaluate the hazards with optimistic/pessimistic thinking. Over/under estimation can be the cause of an accident. Have a nice weekend.

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Thursday 1st March 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts (apart from King Number 2) should be operating
- The Hirafu Gondola and top lifts are on hold at the start of the day

Official snow depth:
- Top: 515cm
- Base: 250cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating
The Annupuri Gondola and top Jumbo Number 3 and 4 lifts are on hold at the start of the day

Official snow depth:
- Top: 420cm
- Base: 250cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts (apart from the Country Road Chair lift) should be operating
The Niseko Gondola and top Wonderland Chair lift are on hold at the start of the day

Official snow depth:
- Top: 420cm
- Base: 280cm

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Floodlit 'nighta' skiing:

Night skiing is planned for every evening at the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO area. Ski lifts that are scheduled to be operating for nighta are noted below (subject to change):

* Niseko Grand Hirafu - Ace Family quad, Ace Number 2 quad, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 pair
* Niseko Annupuri - Jumbo Number 1 quad lift
* Niseko Village - Village Express, Upper Village Gondola, Community Chair

Archive report: Posted at 8:25am on Thursday 1st March 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Weather affecting at least top lifts this morning

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 1st March 2018
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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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  2017/2018
*as of Thursday 1st March 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
1st March 0cm 0cm 10cm
28th February 3cm 0cm 0cm
27th February 3cm 3cm 20cm
26th February 24cm 18cm 18cm
25th February 8cm 19cm 10cm
24th February 2cm 13cm 7cm
23rd February 17cm 1cm 8cm
Previous 7 days total 57cm 54cm 65cm
Previous 14 days total 160cm 101cm 140cm
November observed snowfall total 188cm 110cm 61cm
December observed snowfall total 406cm 181cm 244cm
January observed snowfall total 305cm 152cm 303cm
February observed snowfall total 299cm 160cm 266cm
March observed snowfall total 0cm 83cm 109cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 1198cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 1st March 2018
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
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - 188cm
[188cm]
406cm
[594cm]
305cm
[899cm]
299cm
[1198cm]
0cm
[1198cm]
- -
2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
152cm
[445cm]
160cm
[605cm]
83cm
[688cm]
0cm
[688cm]
0cm
[688cm]
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
303cm
[611cm]
266cm
[877cm]
109cm
[986cm]
6cm
[992cm]
0cm
[992cm]
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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