Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 13th March 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:51am on Thursday 13th March 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Sunny
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
-
wind condition
1-3m/s (Hirafu)
Great
This report
Thursday 13th March 2014, 7:51am
0cm
Wednesday 12th March 2014, 10:02am 5cm
Tuesday 11th March 2014, 8:30am 5cm
Monday 10th March 2014, 8:10am 6cm
Sunday 9th March 2014, 8:29am 10cm
Saturday 8th March 2014, 8:24am 20cm
Friday 7th March 2014, 8:16am 25cm
Last 7 reports (total): 71cm
Last 14 reports (total): 105cm
Current month (March 2014) total: 102cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 1139cm

Archive report: Posted at 7:51am on Thursday 13th March 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Just a dusting of snow overnight and early on the sun is out and it's another fine morning. After a fairly warm day yesterday we expect today to be similar with temperatures likely to be hovering around zero in town this afternoon.

Calm, sunny, hardly any clouds around... yes, a fine day. Groomers should be good first run.

What about snowfall, you ask? Have we seen the last of it? While it is very unlikely that we have seen the last of the snow for the season, the chances of another deep refill are lower now of course as we head towards the second part of March. March sometimes throws in some surprises, sometimes it doesn't. On the weekly forecast there's not much sign of significant snowfall as it currently stands - perhaps just a thin dusting from sometimes snow showers.

Niseko is of course gradually getting quieter now. There's lifts moving until early May though, so quite a long ways to go yet.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -7C, 2cm of snowfall in 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: n/a. Annupuri 1150m: -10C, calm wind, light snowfall, snowpack340cm. Hirafu 1000m: -8C, calm. Peak 1308m: mild northerly wind, -11C. Coastal data: cape Benkei SSE3m/s, cape Kamui E2m/s, calm ocean, 1016hPa.

According to all observation and data evaluation, the general avalanche risk is low apart from south facing strictly off-limits areas. Spring climax avalanche hazard is rising in Haru-no-Taki, Yu-no-sawa and Mizuno-no-sawa. These slides can be expected as cracks opens, temperature rises and rainfall. Sometimes starts sliding as soon as they fissure. Cases of climax slides from ground level are also to be expected in heavy snowdrift-load slopes of Kozan-no-sawa (Backbowl), Osawa and Higashi-One; as the snowpack grows heavier, it could cut deeper layers and trigger larger slides. All and every risks should always be considered in any mountain activities. One track was left under the Niseko Village gondola, sneaking into strictly off-limits area from the top. The Niseko Rules has been implemented for the safety of all resort users, no matter their nationality. It is really unfortunate to see that people still make light of the Rules.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 400cm
Base - 200cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 390cm
Base - 220cm

Annupuri:
Top - 395cm
Base - 200cm

Archive report: Posted at 7:51am on Thursday 13th March 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open

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*as of Thursday 13th March 2014
2012/2013
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2011/2012
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13th March 0cm 0cm -
12th March 5cm 2cm -
11th March 5cm 15cm -
10th March 6cm 10cm -
9th March 10cm 17cm -
8th March 20cm 0cm -
7th March 25cm 0cm -
Previous 7 days total 71cm 44cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 105cm 99cm 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 102cm 164cm -
April observed snowfall total - 32cm -
May observed snowfall total - 2cm -
Season observed snowfall total 1139cm 1493cm 0cm
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123cm
[123cm]
275cm
[398cm]
461cm
[859cm]
178cm
[1037cm]
102cm
[1139cm]
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2012/2013 season 0cm
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118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
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164cm
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32cm
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