Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 2nd April 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:52am on Tuesday 2nd April 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, blue skies but also...
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow in places
wind condition
SSW
visibility condition
Fair
This report
Tuesday 2nd April 2019, 7:52am
0cm
Monday 1st April 2019, 6:55am 0cm
Sunday 31st March 2019, 8:32am 0cm
Saturday 30th March 2019, 8:39am 0cm
Friday 29th March 2019, 8:41am 2cm
Thursday 28th March 2019, 8:32am 3cm
Wednesday 27th March 2019, 8:34am 2cm
Last 7 reports (total): 7cm
Last 14 reports (total): 30cm
Current month (April 2019) total: 0cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 945cm

Archive report: Posted at 7:52am on Tuesday 2nd April 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

Mostly cloudy, some blue skies, some sun now but some light snow falling in places. We might just get a bit more still.

Here's my look back at March and the season so far...

A look back at the season so far: March 2019

My oh my, it is already April. I probably say this too often but... how the seasons fly by!

As much as spring can be a lot of fun though, I think this year the spring season seems to have been with us for longer than most of us would like. And there’s still over a month of it to go!

If you remember I was only able to measure and record 9cm of fresh snowfall over the last 12 days of February so as we entered March, we were all hoping that we would see a return to more winter-like weather.

Unfortunately, I was not able to add any more cm of fresh snowfall to a report until my report on 12th March. From that day there was a run of five mornings when I could report some fresh snowfall, but even with that the total snowfall for the month of March was standing at just 14cm by 22nd March.

Happily, we got a bit more snow in the last week of the month which helped us ‘save face’ a bit! And put some renewed smiles on faces. In the end, the total for March 2019 was 45cm. (Phew!)

So in the end here is the amount of snowfall that I have measured close to my Hirafu base during the month of March in each of the last seven seasons:

March 2019: 45cm
March 2018: 49cm
March 2017: 83cm
March 2016: 109cm
March 2015: 139cm
March 2014: 113cm
March 2013: 164cm

And here are the 'season up to the end of March' totals over the last seven seasons:

2018/2019 season up to end of March 2019: 945cm
2017/2018 season up to end of March 2018: 1247cm
2016/2017 season up to end of March 2017: 688cm
2015/2016 season up to end of March 2016: 986cm
2014/2015 season up to end of March 2015: 1141cm
2013/2014 season up to end of March 2014: 1150cm
2012/2013 season up to end of March 2013: 1459cm

The total numbers look decent, but that period between mid-February and mid-March was very lacking in fresh snow.

OK, so can we expect any/much more from now or is that it for the season?

In recent years this is how much snow I have been able to observe near Hirafu base from 1st April through until the lifts close at the end of the season:

From 1st April through the end of the season 2018: 13cm
From 1st April through the end of the season 2017: 0cm
From 1st April through the end of the season 2016: 6cm
From 1st April through the end of the season 2015: 3cm
From 1st April through the end of the season 2014: 13cm
From 1st April through the end of the season 2013: 34cm

So we might get a little if we are lucky - and as always, more likely higher up than at base - but we really cannot expect much. Think of it as a bonus if it happens.

The last piece of data is the snowfall numbers that the Japan Meteorological Agency report from their observation station in Kutchan town. Here is what they have reported for the month of March over the last seven years:

March 2019: ??cm
March 2018: 59cm
March 2017: 90cm
March 2016: 125cm
March 2015: 141cm
March 2014: 118cm
March 2013: 124cm

I will do a full end-of-season report in my last report on or around Monday 6th May, the planned last day of the season.

I mentioned this previously but it was good to see Niseko HANAZONO extend their season from 31st March to 7th April. It goes to show we got decent snowfall in those first three months of the season.

I will be here with you a new report every day until 6th May.

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Ski resort operation information: Tuesday 2nd April 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Plans to be open until Monday 6th May 2019

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 325cm
- Base: 100cm

Ski lifts operation news:
- Ace Number 1, 2, 3 pairs, King Number 1 pair, King Number 2 quad and Swinging Monkey lifts closed
- Plans to be open until Monday 6th May

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Plans to be open until Sunday 7th April 2019

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 226cm
- Base: 150cm

Ski lifts operation news:
- All lifts open
- Plans to be open until Sunday 7th April

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Niseko Annupuri
Plans to be open until Monday 6th May 2019

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 250cm
- Base: 80cm

Ski lifts operation news:
- Jumbo Number 2 and 3 pair lifts closed
- Plans to be open until Monday 6th May

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Niseko Village
Plans to be open until Sunday 7th April 2019

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 250cm
- Base: 80cm

Ski lifts operation news:
- Upper Village Gondola, Community Chair, Morino Chair and Country Road closed
- Plans to be open until Sunday 7th April

Archive report: Posted at 7:52am on Tuesday 2nd April 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

See above

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 2nd April 2019
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Tuesday 2nd April 2019
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 2nd April 2019
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2018/2019
*as of Tuesday 2nd April 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
2nd April 0cm 0cm 0cm
1st April 0cm 0cm 0cm
31st March 0cm 0cm 2cm
30th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
29th March 2cm 0cm 0cm
28th March 3cm 0cm 6cm
27th March 2cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 7cm 0cm 8cm
Previous 14 days total 30cm 0cm 18cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 333cm 406cm 181cm
January observed snowfall total 285cm 305cm 152cm
February observed snowfall total 198cm 299cm 160cm
March observed snowfall total 45cm 49cm 83cm
April observed snowfall total 0cm 13cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 945cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 2nd April 2019
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 0cm
[0cm]
84cm
[84cm]
333cm
[417cm]
285cm
[702cm]
198cm
[900cm]
45cm
[945cm]
0cm
[945cm]
-
[945cm]
2017/2018 season - 188cm
[188cm]
406cm
[594cm]
305cm
[899cm]
299cm
[1198cm]
49cm
[1247cm]
13cm
[1260cm]
0cm
[1260cm]
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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