Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 8th March 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Friday 8th March 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, blue sky, sun
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Moderate NW
visibility condition
Very good
This report
Friday 8th March 2019, 8:30am
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Thursday 7th March 2019, 7:48am 0cm
Wednesday 6th March 2019, 8:13am 0cm
Tuesday 5th March 2019, 8:12am 0cm
Monday 4th March 2019, 8:31am 0cm
Sunday 3rd March 2019, 8:25am 0cm
Saturday 2nd March 2019, 8:25am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 0cm
Last 14 reports (total): 6cm
Current month (March 2019) total: 0cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 900cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Friday 8th March 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

I was able to get an early lift yesterday which was a real novelty. I suppose I should get too used to that feeling! There was some cloud around at times, but lots of blue sky too and a fine day was had. It was also nice to find a dusting of snow on the mountain, though it wasn't more than a cm or two in places.

There is quite a lot of cloud hanging over the mountain early this morning though some blue sky and sunshine casting shadows. There is lots of blue sky over towards Mt Yotei, who is sporting a very fashionable flat hat early on. As you do.

All lifts appear to be opening as planned this morning, though hearing about stronger winds higher up.

Is that a chance of some snow early next week? I think it might be. That would be a bonus. Before then generally fine and milder weather should continue over the weekend.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base 6am: -7℃, no new snow, radiative cooling. Moiwa800m: -7.8℃, NW6.53m/s, no new snow, snowdrifts developments. Annupuri 1100m: -11.1℃, NW4.0m/s, 1120m: 250cm snow depth. Hirafu peak: strong wind, -11℃, 1000m: -11.0℃, N10.7m/s. Mizuno no Sawa: -9.94℃, NW5.1m/s, 134cm snow depth at base. Kutchan weather station: -5.5℃, NW0.7m/s, 127cm snow depth. Benkei cape: NNE7m/s, Kamui cape: N5m/s, 1015hPa, 0.7m waves.

Clear sky with strong northerly wind in higher elevation. Shallow snowdrifts are developing in SE aspects above 800m. The clouds on top of Yotei are signs of 20+m/s winds at 1500m elevation. Gates opening is dependant on peak chairs operations. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions and never duck ropes. Icy condition is found on both courses and the out of bounds areas. Beware of loosing control. The snow will soften up slightly after 10am. Beware of cracks and falling cornices. Avalanches do happen when the conditions align, no matter the amount of snowfall. Avalanches are natural occurrences and is not a problem unless somebody is caught in it. Avoid riding down to the bottom of the valleys. Have a nice day.

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Ski resort operation information: Friday 8th March 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: 320cm
- Base: 120cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts opening as normal at the start of the day (Ace Number 1 pair and King Number 2 quad rested)
- The Ace Family quad (until 8:30pm), Ace Center 4 quad (8:20pm), Hirafu Gondola (until 8:10pm) and Holiday Number 1 pair (until 8:30pm) lifts are normally open during the evening

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Plans to be open until Sunday 31st March 2019

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 236cm
- Base: 180cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts opening as normal at the start of the day
- The Hanazono lifts are normally open until 3:50pm (Number 3 until 3:30pm)

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

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 300cm
- Base: 110cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts opening as normal at the start of the day
- The Jumbo 1 lift is normally open until 8:30pm during the evening

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

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 300cm
- Base: 110cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts opening as normal at the start of the day (Country Road lift rested)
- The Upper Village Gondola, Village Express and Banzai Chair lifts are normally open until 8:00pm during the evening

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Night time operations are available in the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri resort areas. Until Wednesday 20th March 2019.
There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO resort area.

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Friday 8th March 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts opening as planned this morning. Might need to keep an eye on wind in upper areas.

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 8th March 2019
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 8th March 2019
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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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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  2018/2019
*as of Friday 8th March 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
8th March 0cm 0cm 26cm
7th March 0cm 11cm 9cm
6th March 0cm 1cm 0cm
5th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
4th March 0cm 0cm 1cm
3rd March 0cm 14cm 0cm
2nd March 0cm 9cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 0cm 35cm 36cm
Previous 14 days total 6cm 92cm 90cm
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 0cm 49cm 83cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 900cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 8th March 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
2018/2019 season 0cm
[0cm]
84cm
[84cm]
333cm
[417cm]
285cm
[702cm]
198cm
[900cm]
0cm
[900cm]
-
[900cm]
-
[900cm]
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]
  October November December January February March April May
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