Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 16th March 2018

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:01am on Friday 16th March 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
N 2m/s - N 6-10m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Fair
This report
Friday 16th March 2018, 8:01am
3cm
Thursday 15th March 2018, 7:43am 0cm
Wednesday 14th March 2018, 7:50am 0cm
Tuesday 13th March 2018, 8:00am 0cm
Monday 12th March 2018, 8:02am 5cm
Sunday 11th March 2018, 7:54am 0cm
Saturday 10th March 2018, 8:04am 1cm
Last 7 reports (total): 9cm
Last 14 reports (total): 35cm
Current month (March 2018) total: 44cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 1242cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:01am on Friday 16th March 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning all.

After the rain we got yesterday, I am happy to be able to report some fresh snow this morning. Just a bit - I am measuring 3cm - and light snow falling as I prepare the report. So not a total reset of course, but hopefully there will be some more as you go higher up.

There's some snow on the forecast too on and off in the coming days, so fingers crossed!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -3℃, 5cm snowfall. Moiwa800m: -5.5℃, WNW7.9m/s. Annupuri1150m: -7℃, N5m/s, 3cm snowfall, wet snow below 1000m. Hirafu peak: -6℃, 5cm snowfall. Benkei cape NNE13m/s, Kamui cape ENE3m/s, 1012hPa, 2.3m waves.

3-5cm new snow is blanketing the mountain. 20cm snowdrift just below ridgeline in 800m western area leeward slopes. Surface slab avalanche risk is moderately high in slopes above 900m. Caution is required in open steep slopes. New snow is pretty good but shallow, beware of overspeeding, falling into cracks and hitting trees. All gates are expected to open.

Glide avalanche from 1000m upper cornice/snowdrift slopes are to be highly expected. Drastic changes in temperature can also trigger those slides. Stay away from valley bottoms. There are no chances to override a glide avalanche.

Creeks are also swelling with the snowmelt. Falling from snowbridges could easily lead to crucial situation. Cross valley/creeks carefully.

This information is issued for the safety of all resort users. Please respect the Niseko Rules.

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Friday 16th 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 (King Number 2 lift not operating)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 485cm
- Base: 200cm

Niseko Annupuri

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

Official snow depth:
- Top: 440cm
- Base: 220cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating as planned (Country Road Chair lift not operating)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 430cm
- Base: 220cm

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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 8:01am on Friday 16th March 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas should be open

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 16th March 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 16th March 2018
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 16th 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 Friday 16th March 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
16th March 3cm 0cm 0cm
15th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
14th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
13th March 0cm 0cm 5cm
12th March 5cm 0cm 24cm
11th March 0cm 2cm 12cm
10th March 1cm 13cm 12cm
Previous 7 days total 9cm 15cm 53cm
Previous 14 days total 35cm 65cm 63cm
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 44cm 83cm 109cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 1242cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 16th 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]
44cm
[1242cm]
- -
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]
  October November December January February March April May
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