Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 3rd March 2016

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Thursday 3rd March 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy, fog
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow at times
wind condition
W 2m/s - SE 4m/s (Hirafu)
Fair
This report
Thursday 3rd March 2016, 8:30am
9cm
Wednesday 2nd March 2016, 8:30am 22cm
Tuesday 1st March 2016, 8:25am 10cm
Monday 29th February 2016, 8:31am 0cm
Sunday 28th February 2016, 8:28am 0cm
Saturday 27th February 2016, 8:32am 20cm
Friday 26th February 2016, 8:33am 18cm
Last 7 reports (total): 79cm
Last 14 reports (total): 125cm
Current month (March 2016) total: 41cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 918cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Thursday 3rd March 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

When I wrote the report yesterday morning the snow was really coming down nicely. There was more snow during the day and a bit more overnight, giving me another 9cm to report this morning.

Fantastic conditions out there yesterday, everyone I spoke to seemed to have had a very fine day indeed. Let there be more like it this March!

It's another cold morning and light snow is falling as I am writing this. Temperatures may rise to around zero or slightly above at base today. Limited visibility by the sounds of things on the upper areas of the mountain which are covered with fog and for that reason some top lifts are not opening at the start of the day, so keep an eye on that situation, hopefully things will get clearer during the day.

There's a good chance we'll see some clearer skies and maybe sunshine at times tomorrow and Saturday in particular.

It still looks like we should expect warmer conditions over the weekend (5C at base?) and possibly some rain around Sunday.

Once the weekend is over though it is forecast to get colder again and a return to some fresh snowfall hopefully by Tuesday.

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Resort specific lift opening news at time of posting (subject to change during the day):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
The top Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts are on hold at the start of the day due to thick fog.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
All lifts plan to be operating as normal.

Niseko Village
The top Wonderland lift is on hold at the start of the day.

Niseko Annupuri
The top Jumbo Number 4 lift is on hold at the start of the day due to poor visibility.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -5℃, 5cm snowfall and calm morning. Moiwa 800m: -6℃, 15cm snowfall and moderate development of snowdrifts. Mikaeri Cat track: -6℃, SW5m/s, 15cm snowfall with moderate snowdrift development. Hirafu peak ridge: -10℃, SW8m/s, 10cm snowfall. Benkei cape: SSW7m/s. Kamui cape: E6m/s, 1014hPa, 0.7m waves.

About 10cm of new snow fell overnight as a small low-pressure system rolled in. The snow is in crystal form almost not affected by the wind, and there are no notable developments of snowdrifts. The snowpack above Feb 24th’s temperature change layer is stable, a notable Mar 2nd layer will form as well as today’s layer will be a noticeable one in the future snowpack. According to today’s observations, the general avalanche hazard level is low, however stabilization in areas around cornices, knolls and steep drops in 1000m elevation and higher is delayed. Be prudent and be ready. Peak gates will open from the morning. Listen to the ski patrol’s instructions before stepping out of the gates. Inform the patrols early in case you need help, going out of bounds in late afternoon is not recommended, search and rescue operation becomes difficult and dangerous a night. This information is released for the sake of resort users going out of bounds. Today’s snow is not bad at all.

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Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 3rd March 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 410cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Village
Top - 380cm
Base - 190cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 390cm
Base - 190cm

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Lifts planned to be open for night skiing:

Nighta will be open every day until Monday 21st March 2016

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift
(There is no night skiing at the Hanazono area)

Niseko Village:
Community Chair and Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri:
Jumbo Number 1 Quad

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Thursday 3rd March 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Please see main report

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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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  2015/2016
*as of Thursday 3rd March 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
3rd March 9cm 3cm 10cm
2nd March 22cm 3cm 0cm
1st March 10cm 0cm 0cm
29th February 0cm 10cm 3cm
28th February 0cm 10cm 3cm
27th February 20cm 5cm 0cm
26th February 18cm 10cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 79cm 41cm 13cm
Previous 14 days total 125cm 51cm 71cm
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 41cm 139cm 113cm
April observed snowfall total - 3cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 918cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 3rd March 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
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
303cm
[611cm]
266cm
[877cm]
41cm
[918cm]
-
[918cm]
-
[918cm]
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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