Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 15th March 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:40am on Saturday 15th March 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
0-5m/s (Hirafu)
Decent
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This report
Saturday 15th March 2014, 8:40am
2cm
Friday 14th March 2014, 8:50am 0cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 28cm
Last 14 reports (total): 104cm
Current month (March 2014) total: 104cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 1141cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:40am on Saturday 15th March 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Just a couple of cm of fresh snow to report this morning in Niseko.

Light snow is falling this morning though and it feels a bit more winter-like. It is colder this morning but there's much less wind than there was yesterday, so the ski lifts should all be operating as nornal today. The forecast for the day is cloud and snow at times, with a similar look to the forecast for tomorrow as well. The sun may pop in for greetings from time to time as well through the clouds.

So we are now half way through March of course. I have observed 104cm of snow since the beginning of the month which it turns out is almost the same as what I observed at the same point of last season. Last year 164cm was observed for the whole of the month of March (with over 60cm in the second half of the month).

JMA are so far recording 99cm of snow in Kutchan town this month. The total snowfall recorded by JMA in Kutchan town for March last season was 124cm.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -5C, 5cm of crystal snow in 12 hours. Moiwa peak: n/a. Annupuri 1000m: NW8m/s, -11C, 5cm of new snow and development of snowdrifts, snowpack 340cm. Hirafu 1000m: mild wind, 5cm fresh snow, -9C. Peak 1308m: NW8.9m/s, -11.4C. Coastal data: cape Benkei NW13m/s, cape Kamui WSW2m/s, 0.8mwaves, 1-14hPa.

Northerly wind picked up during the night and cornices are slowly developing above 1000m altitude. Feathery crystal snow started to fall since early morning and the snow in the trees is getting better. According to observations and data evaluation, the general avalanche risk is low, however shallow slides are to be expected in Higashi-One cornice areas and Backbowl 1100m sidewalls. Ride one by one, be conscious of the risks and avoid riding the bottom of the valleys. Peak gates will open from the morning. The snow around the courses is really good. Sun-baked surfaces are forming slabs in south facing slopes under 800m. Thin slides from March 14th layer are to be expected around cliffs and under lift-lines in the afternoon. Do not duck ropes to access the out of bounds areas, always use the gates. Have a nice day.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 390cm
Base - 190cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 390cm
Base - 200cm

Annupuri:
Top - 395cm
Base - 200cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:40am on Saturday 15th March 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open

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14th March 0cm 2cm -
13th March 0cm 0cm -
12th March 5cm 2cm -
11th March 5cm 15cm -
10th March 6cm 10cm -
9th March 10cm 17cm -
Previous 7 days total 28cm 56cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 104cm 101cm 0cm
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December observed snowfall total 275cm 418cm -
January observed snowfall total 461cm 443cm -
February observed snowfall total 178cm 316cm -
March observed snowfall total 104cm 164cm -
April observed snowfall total - 32cm -
May observed snowfall total - 2cm -
Season observed snowfall total 1141cm 1493cm 0cm
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418cm
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164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
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