Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 17th March 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:44am on Saturday 17th March 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow in places/at times
wind condition
0 - W 4m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Fair-varied
This report
Saturday 17th March 2018, 7:44am
5cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 13cm
Last 14 reports (total): 26cm
Current month (March 2018) total: 49cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 1247cm

Archive report: Posted at 7:44am on Saturday 17th March 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning all.

And there's some more fresh snow for me to report this morning. 5cm of it in fact here near base and no doubt more than that at higher elevations on the mountain. I wonder how much. Investigations are required.

It does feel rather more wintery and it is generally a cold and cloudy start to the day. Temperatures are forecast to not quite rise to zero during the day. Perhaps a little milder tomorrow and more sunshine.

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There are just two more days of night time skiing operations left now - today and tomorrow.

Rasuto chansu!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -7℃, 10cm snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -8.3℃, WSW7m/s, 20cm snowfall, light snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: -10℃, W10m/s, 15cm snowfall. 440cm snowpack at 1000m elevation. Hirafu peak: -10℃, W5m/s, 10cm snowfall. Benkei cape: NNW11m/s, Kamui cape W9m/s, 1024hPa, 1.0m waves.

The isobars gradient became a little steep during the night and generated 15-20cm new snow fall overnight. Snowdrift development is small, wet snow through to 20cm. The surface below 800m is frozen and the groomers are having a hard time maintaining the slopes. So called “potato fields” are present in many spots.

30cm of smaller wet surface slab slides are to be expected in leeward knolls and steep slopes above 900m. Better not stimulate knolls and cornices.

Decent snowfall since a while, the mountain is back to winter. Peak gates are expected to open. Listen to patrol’s advices, be prepared and step out of bounds from the gates. Beware of creeks, holes and cracks. Stay away from valley bottoms and in order to avoid glide avalanches. Quickly move away from steep slopes. No chances to outrun an avalanche. Avalanches are naturally happening, and would not be a problem as long as nobody is caught in one. The is not bad. Have a nice day.

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Saturday 17th 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: 500cm
- Base: 210cm

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 7:44am on Saturday 17th March 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts should be open I expect. Check for the latest details.

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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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  2017/2018
*as of Saturday 17th March 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
17th March 5cm 0cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 13cm 2cm 41cm
Previous 14 days total 26cm 65cm 54cm
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 49cm 83cm 109cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 1247cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 17th March 2018
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - 188cm
[188cm]
406cm
[594cm]
305cm
[899cm]
299cm
[1198cm]
49cm
[1247cm]
- -
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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