Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 8th March 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:28am on Thursday 8th March 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy, foggy higher apparently
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None right now
wind condition
SW 3-10m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Varied
This report
Thursday 8th March 2018, 8:28am
0cm
Wednesday 7th March 2018, 8:06am 11cm
Tuesday 6th March 2018, 8:31am 1cm
Monday 5th March 2018, 8:27am 0cm
Sunday 4th March 2018, 8:14am 0cm
Saturday 3rd March 2018, 10:15am 14cm
Friday 2nd March 2018, 8:05am 9cm
Last 7 reports (total): 35cm
Last 14 reports (total): 92cm
Current month (March 2018) total: 35cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 1233cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:28am on Thursday 8th March 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Hello and good morning from here near Hirafu base.

There is no fresh snowfall to report this morning and it is an overcast kind of start to proceedings here. There was a bit of snow falling during the day yesterday higher up but I doubt it delivered much.

I was just reading the other reports on SnowJapan that are up for this morning already and seeing how tonight should get warmer and bring with it some potentially heavy rain and strong winds. Unfortunately, it looks like we might be on for some of that as well... ending up with some snow tomorrow morning? I wouldn't get my hopes up too high on that score though. Don't expect much.

There's not that much snow potential on the forecast into next week either, I'm afraid.

Oh well. It's not like we can do anything about it. Other than stay positive and enjoy what we have.

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And let's all have a little chuckle at that comically big mountain of snow blocking the view of Mt Yotei on the webcam image below.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -4℃, no snowfall. Moiwa800m: -6.5℃, E5.6m/s, no snowfall. Annupuri 1150m: -8℃, light breeze, no snowfall. 450cm snowpack at 1000m elevation. Hirafu peak: -8℃, moderate easterly wind, no snowfall. Benkei cape: SSW6m/s, Kamui cape: ENE4m/s, 1031hPa, 0.9m waves.

An easterly wind is picking up above 1200m elevation. The temperature is low this morning, but forecasted to rise above freezing level before noon. The general avalanche risk is low. Both wind and temperature is expected to rise as the next low-pressure approaches. Peak gates opening are undetermined, please follow the patrol’s decisions.

For minimizing the hazards, avoid the valley bottoms and do not stay still near the bottom of a slope after riding. The avalanche hazard will rise during the weekend. Watch the weather transition. The snow is not as good as yesterday. Beware of hitting trees or falling into cracks. The morning groomers conditions is very good. One more time, better not ski the valley bottoms and better not over-estimate beacons and airbags.

The mountain is slowly shifting to Spring. Have a nice day.

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Thursday 8th March 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating as planned
- The top Ace & King Number 4 and Hanazono Number 3 lifts is on hold at the start of the day due to fog

Official snow depth:
- Top: 520cm
- Base: 240cm

Niseko Annupuri

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating as planned
- The top Jumbo Number 4 lift is on hold at the start of the day due to fog

Official snow depth:
- Top: 450cm
- Base: 240cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating as planned (Country Road Chair lift not operating)
- The top Wonderland Chair lift is on hold at the start of the day due to weather conditions

Official snow depth:
- Top: 450cm
- Base: 280cm

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Floodlit 'nighta' skiing - until Sunday 18th March

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 8:28am on Thursday 8th March 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts should be opening as planned

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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 8th March 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
8th March 0cm 26cm 0cm
7th March 11cm 9cm 0cm
6th March 1cm 0cm 0cm
5th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
4th March 0cm 1cm 1cm
3rd March 14cm 0cm 9cm
2nd March 9cm 0cm 22cm
Previous 7 days total 35cm 36cm 32cm
Previous 14 days total 92cm 90cm 97cm
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 35cm 83cm 109cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 1233cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
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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 - 188cm
[188cm]
406cm
[594cm]
305cm
[899cm]
299cm
[1198cm]
35cm
[1233cm]
- -
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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