Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 2nd March 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Monday 2nd March 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
1°C

Top temp:
-4°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
N 5m/s - NW 10m/s (Hirafu); up to 19m/s (Annupuri)
Limited on mountain
This report
Monday 2nd March 2015, 8:32am
3cm
Sunday 1st March 2015, 8:35am 0cm
Saturday 28th February 2015, 8:35am 10cm
Friday 27th February 2015, 8:45am 5cm
Thursday 26th February 2015, 8:31am 10cm
Wednesday 25th February 2015, 8:32am 10cm
Tuesday 24th February 2015, 8:31am 10cm
Last 7 reports (total): 48cm
Last 14 reports (total): 48cm
Current month (March 2015) total: 3cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 1005cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Monday 2nd March 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Just a thin new covering of snow this morning to report with 5cm being reported higher up the mountain.

It's one of those days when wind becomes an issue unfortunately with some lifts at each of the four main resort areas affected. Below I have added the information as it is at 8:30am.... it may well change of course during the day, best to check with the resorts for the latest if you are going to be out there. The forecasts are telling us to expect quite strong winds during the day though, so if anything the situation may get worse rather than improving. Sorry! I sure don't enjoy writing that kind of stuff! But it is what it is...

Light snow is falling at the moment and the temperature is nudging up to +1C now, so it could be colder. Visibility is going to be limited up there this morning, so know where you're going and take care.

Sunny skies are expected tomorrow with hopefully calmer winds, and we should be back to snow - hopefully decent snowfall - by Wednesday morning.

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I have just added this information below but it's worth noting - floodlit night skiing operations are due to continue daily until Sunday 22nd March.

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Top Ace Number 4, King Number 4 and King Number 3 lifts on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds.

Niseko Hanazono:
Top Hanazono Number 3 lift on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds. Number 1 lift running at reduced speed.

Niseko Village:
Top Wonderland lift on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds. Gondola running at reduced speed.

Niseko Annupuri:
Annupuri Gondola, Jumbo 3 and Jumbo 4 lifts on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: 0C, 5cm low pressure snowfall in last 12 hrs. Moiwa 800m: N10m/s, 5cm new snow, -3C, snow drift development. Annupuri 1000m: snowpack 315cm, N15m/s, -3C. Hirafu 1000m: N12m/s, -4C. Annupuri peak 1308m: wind N16.4m/s, -6.1C. Cape Benkei: NE14m/s, Cape Kamui: S2m/s, pressure 1002hPa, wave calm.

Low pressure system over eastern Japan is bringing warm air into the region. As the low intensifies the northerly wind will increase. From 5am observation the snow is stable, however as the wind increases through the day snowdrifts will fracture more easily and the avalanche risk will increase. Most accidents happen during stormy conditions. Peak gates 2 and 3 will be closed, others yet to be decided. Please respect and follow the patrols decisions.

Niseko Rules are not a suggestion, do not ignore them and duck ropes to go out of bounds. Your safety in Niseko is protected by the Rules, disregarding them threatens the safety of everyone on the mountain. Danger riding or stopping in the valley bottoms, this is where the avalanche will go. Take care, today visibility is bad, beware falling into cracks, hitting trees.

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Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 395cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 300cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 370cm
Base - 180cm

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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.

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Monday 2nd March 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Top lifts affected by wind

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  2014/2015
*as of Monday 2nd March 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
2nd March 3cm 0cm 10cm
1st March 0cm 0cm 5cm
28th February 10cm 3cm 5cm
27th February 5cm 0cm 2cm
26th February 10cm 0cm 25cm
25th February 10cm 0cm 10cm
24th February 10cm 0cm 5cm
Previous 7 days total 48cm 3cm 62cm
Previous 14 days total 48cm 66cm 159cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 519cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total 257cm 461cm 443cm
February observed snowfall total 196cm 178cm 316cm
March observed snowfall total 3cm 113cm 164cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 32cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 2cm
Season observed snowfall total 1005cm 1163cm 1493cm
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The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 2nd March 2015
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
257cm
[806cm]
196cm
[1002cm]
3cm
[1005cm]
-
[1005cm]
-
[1005cm]
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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