Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 2nd April 2021

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:05am on Friday 2nd April 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Clear and sunny
Base temp:
4°C

Top temp:
1°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
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wind condition
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Wednesday 31st March 2021, 8:30am 0cm
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Monday 29th March 2021, 8:33am 0cm
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Last 7 reports (total): 0cm
Last 14 reports (total): 4cm
Current month (April 2021) total: 0cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 1201cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:05am on Friday 2nd April 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

The run of beautiful clear weather continues this morning.

We might see some cloud tomorrow along with the chance of some rain according to some forecasts.

Good job I have some other prepared words for you...

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The 2020-2021 Niseko season so far: until the end of March 2021

Now that we are into April it is once again time for me to look back at the season and snowfall numbers so far - see how this season has shaped up compared with previous seasons.

As always I feel I should start with this. I take my measurements from near the base of Niseko Grand Hirafu. There is usually more snow at higher elevations, but it is impossible for me to take measurements from the top of the mountain every morning for all sorts of practical reasons. My observed snowfall numbers on these Niseko Now reports over the years can be compared like-for-like, because they are my own observations and are coming from the same place each season.

This is how much snowfall I have measured during the month of March over the last nine years:

March 2021: 79cm
March 2020: 59cm
March 2019: 45cm
March 2018: 49cm
March 2017: 83cm
March 2016: 109cm
March 2015: 139cm
March 2014: 113cm
March 2013: 164cm

I was a bit surprised when I saw that actually, because 79cm is more than I remembered. That is surely due to the fact that the bulk of that 79cm came right at the beginning of the month with just a few cm here and there beyond that.

It certainly felt like there wasn’t much fresh snow during March.

I recommend you take a look at the Snowfall Analysis page to check out the graphs and data tables to see for yourself how the snowfall was spread across the month.

Those three digit numbers back in 2013-2016 still kind of stick out. That got me curious, so I took a look back at the Japan Meteorological Agency snowfall numbers recorded for Kutchan town. They recorded over 2m of snowfall in March of 2010 and 2011.

But get this. 346cm of snowfall was recorded during March 1970 --- and during that 1969-1970 season the total snowfall was over 20m. Sugoi!

More than usual there has been more time for people to think about various stuff this season - covid-19, the inbound market, how the heck will 2021-2022 shape up?, etc. All we can do for now is muse about these things and - sorry if I’ve said it before - hope for the best.

Here is the total amount of snowfall observed at base this season:

2020/2021 season up to end of March 2021: 1201cm
2019/2020 season up to end of March 2020: 718cm
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 still look really good. No doubt the marketing types will be latching on to some of those. ;)

(* Hey... if you wish to use these numbers that I have spent the season putting together each morning, please give SnowJapan.com appropriate credit!)

Other general comments I have about the season are going to be pretty much what I said in my recap last month. It has been unusually quiet and subdued, and lacking the usual mega-buzz atmosphere that goes on here especially in peak season. All for obvious reasons of course.

Back to some numbers.

This is how much snowfall I have recorded during the month of April in the last eight winter seasons:

April 2020: 10cm
April 2019: 6cm
April 2018: 13cm
April 2017: 0cm
April 2016: 6cm
April 2015: 3cm
April 2014: 13cm
April 2013: 32cm

With temperatures often rising above average this spring, I think we’ll be lucky to get any more.

The snowfall numbers that the Japan Meteorological Agency report from their observation station in Kutchan town are as follows:

March 2021: 89cm
March 2020: 75cm
March 2019: 59cm
March 2018: 59cm
March 2017: 90cm
March 2016: 125cm
March 2015: 141cm
March 2014: 118cm
March 2013: 124cm

2020/2021 season up to end of March 2021: 949cm
2019/2020 season up to end of March 2020: 684cm
2018/2019 season up to end of March 2019: 867cm
2017/2018 season up to end of March 2018: 1013cm
2016/2017 season up to end of March 2017: 831cm
2015/2016 season up to end of March 2016: 823cm
2014/2015 season up to end of March 2015: 966cm
2013/2014 season up to end of March 2014: 922cm
2012/2013 season up to end of March 2013: 1024cm

I think that's it for now. I will of course do a season wrap up in my last report of the season. I plan to be posting reports here each morning until the last day of the season. All being well, that should be 5th May.

See you tomorrow.

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Planned ski area operations: Friday 2nd April 2021
The below information is manually checked each morning from official sources.
The numbers in brackets show the change in the official snow depth numbers since the previous report.

Niseko Grand Hirafu

24 hours new snowfall (as reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 0cm
- Base: 0cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 425cm (-5cm)
- Base: 135cm (-5cm)

Ski lifts & courses:
- Planned: 5 lifts today - Ace Family Quad, Ace Quad Center 4, Hirafu Gondola, King Quad 3, King 4
- All courses apart from lower area of Super are open

Open until (planned):
- Wednesday 5th May

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Niseko Annupuri

24 hours new snowfall (as reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 0cm
- Base: 0cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 300cm (-10cm)
- Base: 110cm (-10cm)

Ski lifts & courses:
- Planned: 4 lifts today - Jumbo 2 and 3 rested
- 12 courses remain open

Open until (planned):
- Wednesday 5th May

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Niseko Village

24 hours new snowfall (as reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 0cm
- Base: 0cm

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 270cm (-8cm)
- Base: 137cm (-0cm)

Ski lifts:
- Planned: 4 lifts today - Niseko Gondola, Village Express, Community, Wonderland

Open until (planned):
- Sunday 4th April [may re-open 1st-5th May]

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The Niseko HANAZONO ski area is now closed for the season

Night skiing has now finished for the season

Archive report: Posted at 8:05am on Friday 2nd April 2021
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Lifts should be starting the day as scheduled

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 2nd April 2021
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 2nd April 2021
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 2nd April 2021
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2020/2021
*as of Friday 2nd April 2021
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
2nd April 0cm 0cm 0cm
1st April 0cm 0cm 0cm
31st March 0cm 0cm 0cm
30th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
29th March 0cm 0cm 2cm
28th March 0cm 0cm 3cm
27th March 0cm 0cm 2cm
Previous 7 days total 0cm 0cm 7cm
Previous 14 days total 4cm 7cm 30cm
November observed snowfall total 62cm 85cm 84cm
December observed snowfall total 348cm 207cm 333cm
January observed snowfall total 387cm 224cm 285cm
February observed snowfall total 325cm 143cm 198cm
March observed snowfall total 79cm 59cm 45cm
April observed snowfall total 0cm 10cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 1201cm 728cm 951cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 2nd April 2021
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in 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
2020/2021 season 0cm
[0cm]
62cm
[62cm]
348cm
[410cm]
387cm
[797cm]
325cm
[1122cm]
79cm
[1201cm]
0cm
[1201cm]
-
[1201cm]
2019/2020 season - 85cm
[85cm]
207cm
[292cm]
224cm
[516cm]
143cm
[659cm]
59cm
[718cm]
10cm
[728cm]
-
2018/2019 season 0cm
[0cm]
84cm
[84cm]
333cm
[417cm]
285cm
[702cm]
198cm
[900cm]
45cm
[945cm]
6cm
[951cm]
0cm
[951cm]
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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