Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 10th March 2018

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:04am on Saturday 10th March 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, some blue sky
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-4°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
N 1-7m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Good
This report
Saturday 10th March 2018, 8:04am
1cm
Friday 9th March 2018, 8:14am 0cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 13cm
Last 14 reports (total): 74cm
Current month (March 2018) total: 36cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 1234cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:04am on Saturday 10th March 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

There's just a dusting of fresh snow to report this morning here at base. Not quite 1cm, but there have been days when there's been an extra few mm, so I'm going to award the reports a mighty 1cm this morning! I am hearing reports of around 3-5cm higher up on the mountain this morning.

It's colder today which is very welcome and hopefully we will see some sunshine. For now it is cloudy with some blue sky.

Hopefully that rain is out of the system now and we can get on enjoying some spring skiing. And indeed, snowboarding.

We need to enjoy what we have as there's not much in terms of snow potential.

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You may have noticed a very short time of downtime yesterday with the website. Actually, apparently it only lasted less than 5 minutes.

But hopefully you will this morning notice that the website in general is whizzing around rather quickly and pages are loading nice and faster than before. That's because SnowJapan has moved to a brand new server that is packing a lot more muscle. I hear it is shiny too. The new hardware will let us cope with the annually increasing traffic into the coming years. At times this season there had been a bit of a 'bottleneck' early morning when large numbers of people were checking the reports, but that should not be the case now. In theory, more than triple the number of people can now access the site at exactly the same time.

Hurray!

A big 'otsukaresama' to all the guys involved - it's way more complex and stressful than just a case of copying a bunch of files.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -5°, 2cm new snow. Moiwa 800m: -7.3°, NW3.0m/s, 5cm new snow, inconsistent snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -8°, NW5m/s, trace new snow. Hirafu peak: -10°, light winds, 3cm new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NNE6m/s. Kamui Cape: SE2m/s, 1021hPa, wave 1.9m.

The warm low pressure system has moved of to the north east and a north west snow wind is now blowing. Snow drift and cornice development at Moiwa peak over the last 12 hours has mainly been from wind blown snow which has settled down now. The warm air and strong winds yesterday have caused irregular snow drift development. From this mornings observation, there is the possibility of surface avalanches on leeward slopes, fracturing on Mar 9th low pressure snowfall layer at about 40cm. Be careful on cornice slopes and around knolls.

Peak gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice. Be prepared before going out of bounds. Snow drift conditions are not bad, however there is a wet layer below the surface which can easily catch you. Ride carefully and take constant note of snow conditions. There is high possibility of a full depth avalanche at Kozan no Sawa 1000m elev, Annupuri Osawa 1000m elev SE slope. If an avalanche occurs it will be extremely dangerous. Avoid riding in the valley bottom, this is where the avalanche will run. Guides and group leaders remember you are responsible for the safety of your group. Do not lead groups onto cornice slopes or into valley bottoms. Death cookies on the groomers in places today, take care. Have a good day.

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Saturday 10th 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

Official snow depth:
- Top: 505cm
- Base: 210cm

Niseko Annupuri

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating as planned

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)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 420cm
- Base: 230cm

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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 8:04am on Saturday 10th March 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas should be open. Peak gates too.

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 10th March 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 10th March 2018
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 10th March 2018
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2017/2018
*as of Saturday 10th March 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
10th March 1cm 13cm 12cm
9th March 0cm 14cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 13cm 63cm 13cm
Previous 14 days total 74cm 103cm 92cm
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 36cm 83cm 109cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 1234cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 10th March 2018
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 - 188cm
[188cm]
406cm
[594cm]
305cm
[899cm]
299cm
[1198cm]
36cm
[1234cm]
- -
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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