Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 13th March 2016

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:34am on Sunday 13th March 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, blue sky
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None currently
wind condition
SW 2-5m/s (Hirafu)
Good
This report
Sunday 13th March 2016, 8:34am
5cm
Saturday 12th March 2016, 8:34am 24cm
Friday 11th March 2016, 7:50am 12cm
Thursday 10th March 2016, 8:45am 12cm
Wednesday 9th March 2016, 8:33am 0cm
Tuesday 8th March 2016, 8:26am 0cm
Monday 7th March 2016, 8:31am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 53cm
Last 14 reports (total): 95cm
Current month (March 2016) total: 95cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 972cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:34am on Sunday 13th March 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

PLEASE NOTE:
Some of our Now daily reports on Monday 14th March may appear much later than normal due to some maintenance work. Apologies in advance.

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Hello from Niseko on this Sunday morning.

5cm more snow to report this morning - this is snow that fell yesterday. There were some spells of clearer conditions after that and we enjoyed a clear evening and a very cold night so no further snow overnight.

This morning we woke to a mix of cloud and clearer skies. After that cold night it is a chilly start to the day and thankfully it doesn't feel like it's going to be warming up just yet... sometime later in the week.

For the next few days we can expect a mix of sunshine, cloud and perhaps occasional snow flurries (or hopefully a bit more than flurries if we are lucky).

Just a bit of news from Niseko Grand Hirafu where a few small sections are going to be closed today due to some events being held - 'Technical Prize Test' and 'One Coin Time Challenge', apparently! Areas to watch out for the part closures are the Furiko Course, part of Jumbo Course by the Swinging Monkey lift and part of the Boyo Course. They'll be back open to the public just as soon as the events are finished.

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Resort specific lift opening news at time of posting (subject to change during the day):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All resort areas look set to be opening as planned this morning.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -10°C, no new snow, calm. Moiwa 838m: -8.1°C, WSW2.8m/s, no new snow. Annupuri: -11°C, W5m/s. Annupuri 1000m: snowpack 300cm. Hirafu Ridgeline: -11°C, light winds, sunny. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:SSW4m/s. Kamui Cape S9m/s, 1024hPa, wave 0.8m.

Mountain base has cooled overnight under clear sky. Currently we are under influence of high pressure system and the mountains and seas are calm. From observation the general avalanche risk is low. The 12th Mar layer is still on the surface of the snow pack and will become a notable layer in the future snow pack. Peak west ridge, Kozan no sawa sidewall(backbowl), many cracks are appearing around 1100m on south side.

This winter snowdrifts are very thick and with temperature fluctuations there is high probability that full depth avalanches will occur on south facing slopes earlier than usual this year. In Niseko these avalanches do not only happen on warm days, they are similar to glacial avalanches and can happen anytime.
Full depth avalanches happen very quickly and travel a great speed. They have a devastating impact on the valley below clearing rocks and trees over long distances. Do not ride in the valley bottom , this is the avalanche course. All peak gates are expected to be open. Snow is still good, but yesterdays tracks are still there. Have a good day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 13th March 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 390cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Village
Top - 360cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 390cm
Base - 180cm

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Lifts planned to be open for night skiing:

Nighta will be open every day until Monday 21st March 2016

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift
(There is no night skiing at the Hanazono area)

Niseko Village:
Community Chair and Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri:
Jumbo Number 1 Quad

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Archive report: Posted at 8:34am on Sunday 13th March 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas appear to be opening as planned

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 13th March 2016
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 13th March 2016
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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  2015/2016
*as of Sunday 13th March 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
13th March 5cm 25cm 0cm
12th March 24cm 30cm 5cm
11th March 12cm 10cm 5cm
10th March 12cm 0cm 6cm
9th March 0cm 0cm 10cm
8th March 0cm 0cm 20cm
7th March 0cm 6cm 25cm
Previous 7 days total 53cm 71cm 71cm
Previous 14 days total 95cm 102cm 105cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 244cm 519cm 275cm
January observed snowfall total 303cm 257cm 461cm
February observed snowfall total 266cm 196cm 178cm
March observed snowfall total 95cm 139cm 113cm
April observed snowfall total - 3cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 972cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 13th March 2016
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
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
303cm
[611cm]
266cm
[877cm]
95cm
[972cm]
-
[972cm]
-
[972cm]
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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