Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 9th March 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:29am on Sunday 9th March 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Lots of cloud, some blue sky, some sun
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
-
wind condition
2-7m/s (Hirafu)
Good
This report
Sunday 9th March 2014, 8:29am
10cm
Saturday 8th March 2014, 8:24am 20cm
Friday 7th March 2014, 8:16am 25cm
Thursday 6th March 2014, 8:20am 4cm
Wednesday 5th March 2014, 9:01am 12cm
Tuesday 4th March 2014, 7:36am 5cm
Monday 3rd March 2014, 9:00am 10cm
Last 7 reports (total): 86cm
Last 14 reports (total): 89cm
Current month (March 2014) total: 86cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 1123cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:29am on Sunday 9th March 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko and I have about 10cm of fresh outside my door this morning here in the Hirafu village area. It has been a run of days affected by wind of course here, and we are all hoping that today will be calmer.

This morning there is some blue sky visible amongst the remaining clouds and right now the sun is shining through my window. Snow clouds should not be far away though and more snow is due overnight.

Temps overnight were around -5C and that's what we are at now at 8:30am.

Less wind over here at Hirafu, but it does seem that there are some early issues with a few lifts over at Annupuri and Niseko Village - the Annupuri Gondola is on hold as is the Wonderland Chair at Village at the time of writing.

There's also a few lifts not moving due to 'avalanche risk' - the Jumbo 4 at Annupuri; the King 4 and Ace 4 top lifts at Niseko Grand Hirafu. From what I gather they are planned to be closed for the day.

Peak lifts closed aside, it should be a very fine day out on the snow.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -7C, 20cm of broken crystal snow in the 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: W15m/s, poor visibility, -11C, snowdrift development up to 200cm in Mikaeri area. Annupuri 1150m: W18m/s, large development of snowdrifts, -12C. Hirafu 1000m: -10C, 35cm of fresh with development of snowdrifts. Peak 1308m: W10.8m/s, -14.1C. Coastal data: cape Benkei NW15m/s, cape Kamui W9m/s, 2.7m waves, 1009hPa.

The isobars are spacing out and the storm is calming down, however strong wind is still persisting above 800m. Peak gates will be kept closed and all top lifts operation will be suspended. A large avalanche occurred in Mizuno no sawa knoll yesterday; it skimmed close to the gondola posts and reached the bottom of the valley. 2 other large avalanches occurred in Higashi-One, which knocked down trees on its way and ran past the CAT-track. Avalanche risk is still extreme in Niseko area and the surroundings. Stay away from cornice slopes and open steep faces. Stabilization of snowdrifts is delayed and chances of 150cm deep slides are still to be highly considered. The snow in the trees is good, but cracks are forming everywhere. Ride carefully.

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Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 420cm
Base - 210cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 390cm
Base - 220cm

Annupuri:
Top - 395cm
Base - 210cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:29am on Sunday 9th March 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open - see report for more specifics

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*as of Sunday 9th March 2014
2012/2013
Season
2011/2012
Season
9th March 10cm 17cm -
8th March 20cm 0cm -
7th March 25cm 0cm -
6th March 4cm 0cm -
5th March 12cm 10cm -
4th March 5cm 10cm -
3rd March 10cm 15cm -
Previous 7 days total 86cm 52cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 89cm 114cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 123cm 118cm -
December observed snowfall total 275cm 418cm -
January observed snowfall total 461cm 443cm -
February observed snowfall total 178cm 316cm -
March observed snowfall total 86cm 164cm -
April observed snowfall total - 32cm -
May observed snowfall total - 2cm -
Season observed snowfall total 1123cm 1493cm 0cm
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123cm
[123cm]
275cm
[398cm]
461cm
[859cm]
178cm
[1037cm]
86cm
[1123cm]
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[1123cm]
-
[1123cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
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