Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 21st March 2013

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:09am on Thursday 21st March 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
Strong winds, 5-20m/s (Hirafu)
Generally poor
This report
Thursday 21st March 2013, 9:09am
15cm
Wednesday 20th March 2013, 10:02am 0cm
Tuesday 19th March 2013, 8:42am 0cm
Monday 18th March 2013, 8:57am 0cm
Sunday 17th March 2013, 8:52am 2cm
Saturday 16th March 2013, 9:20am 0cm
Friday 15th March 2013, 9:17am 10cm
Last 7 reports (total): 27cm
Last 14 reports (total): 73cm
Current month (March 2013) total: 123cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 1418cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:09am on Thursday 21st March 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko and I have good news. Yes, a nice new delivery of snow to report. About 15cm outside where I am but strong winds mean that it's one of those days when you'll get different numbers with every person you ask - some places less, some places more. I can imagine though that this morning there'll be some very nice spots to find on the mountain though.

Nice and cold too.

Unfortunately those same winds mean that it's not fully open this morning. Actually, the Annupuri area is completely closed (as of their latest update). Niseko Village has the lower lifts running - Banzai, Morino and Community - and they have been reporting wind speeds of up to 26m/s. At Grand Hirafu the lifts operating as of 9am were the Ace Family, Ace Number 1, King Number 1, Holiday Number 1 and the Hirafu Gondola. Hanazono only has the lower lift operating at reduced speed at the moment. It seems unlikely that the wind situation will improve much during the day today, we can only hope.

So fairly blizzard-like conditions out there this morning and a return to mid-winter with generally poor visibility out on the slopes.

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Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 495cm
Bottom - 230cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 400cm
Bottom - 250cm

Niseko Village
Top - 450cm
Bottom - 210cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -7C, 20cm new snow, snowdrift development, blizzard. Annupuri peak: -16.1C. Coastal data: wind WNW20m/s, 2.1m waves, pressure 1000hPa. Snow depth at 1000m: up from 390cm.

Blizzard conditions due to a strong winter weather pattern, new snowdrift growth on top of 20th Mar layer resulting in HIGH avalanche risk. From snowfall data, on SE facing slopes and knolls above 800m there is risk of 50cm surface slab avalanches. The wind is expected to drop after lunch and snowdrifts will begin to stabilse, in the morning, however, do not ride steep or leeward slopes.

Peak gates will be closed today. Hirafu Center 4 lift is expect to operate. Do not enter strictly off limits area Haru no Taki looking for fresh snow. Other gates openings are yet to be decided. Please respect Patrols decisions. All lifts at Moiwa are expected to be closed.

Please be careful driving and getting stuck on backroads today. If you get stuck, turn your engine off and wait. The wind and snow can block the exhaust from exiting the vehicle and you can become asphyxiated by exhaust fumes. In the car, even in negative temperatures, you wont immediately freeze to death. The storm will finish soon.

Archive report: Posted at 9:09am on Thursday 21st March 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas now open for the season. Further details in report.

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15th March 10cm - -
Previous 7 days total 27cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 73cm 0cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 118cm - -
December observed snowfall total 418cm - -
January observed snowfall total 443cm - -
February observed snowfall total 316cm - -
March observed snowfall total 123cm - -
April observed snowfall total - - -
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Season observed snowfall total 1418cm 0cm 0cm
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