Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 21st March 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:19am on Friday 21st March 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, fog
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
-
wind condition
3-13m/s (Hirafu)
Fair to poor
This report
Friday 21st March 2014, 8:19am
1cm
Thursday 20th March 2014, 8:22am 0cm
Wednesday 19th March 2014, 8:51am 2cm
Tuesday 18th March 2014, 8:22am 0cm
Monday 17th March 2014, 8:30am 1cm
Sunday 16th March 2014, 8:30am 3cm
Saturday 15th March 2014, 8:40am 2cm
Last 7 reports (total): 9cm
Last 14 reports (total): 55cm
Current month (March 2014) total: 111cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 1148cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:19am on Friday 21st March 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

A lovely day again yesterday, clouds overnight and just a thin layer of new snow this morning - about 1cm or so. Cloudy at the moment, with Mt Yotei hidden, and around 0 degrees now.

This morning the main thing though is going to be... the wind. As I write this before 8:30am, here's what is affected:

Niseko Annupuri - Annupuri Gondola
Niseko Village - Niseko Gondola, Wonderland Chair
Niseko Grand Hirafu - King 3, King 4
Hanazono - Hanazono 3

That may well of course change as conditions change, but we are expecting windy conditions for the day, hopefully less tomorrow.

As I mentioned, today is a national holiday in Japan.

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Due to the 'Waya' event on Sunday, the King 1 and Hirafu Freeride Park at Niseko Grand Hirafu will be in use just for that and so not available to the public.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -1C,low-pressure snowfall 1cm in 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: n/a. Annupuri 1150m: NE18m/s, -7C, 1000m snowpack 340cm. Hirafu 1000m: -6C, no snowfall, strong NE wind. Peak 1308m: NN 20.3m/s, -9.3C. Coastal data: cape Benkei E4m/s, cape Kamui 3m/s, 0.6m waves, 1002hPa.

The low-pressure system moving NE at 35km/h along the pacific coast is generating strong NE wind (20+m/s above 1000m). Gates 2 & 3 will be closed. Others to be determined. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. Spring avalanche hazard is rising in south facing off-limits areas, Haru no taki, Mizuno no sawa, Yu no sawa. Stay away of the valley bottoms, avalanche could strike from above you. Deep thick slides are also likely to occur in Kozan no sawa (backbowl), Osawa and Higashi-one. Beware of trees, cracks and giant snowballs under cornices. The conditions are bad, wet, catchy snow. Better not push too far today.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 390cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 385cm
Base - 185cm

Annupuri:
Top - 370cm
Base - 200cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:19am on Friday 21st March 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open - but winds affecting things today

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*as of Friday 21st March 2014
2012/2013
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2011/2012
Season
21st March 1cm 15cm -
20th March 0cm 0cm -
19th March 2cm 0cm -
18th March 0cm 0cm -
17th March 1cm 2cm -
16th March 3cm 0cm -
15th March 2cm 10cm -
Previous 7 days total 9cm 27cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 55cm 73cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 123cm 118cm -
December observed snowfall total 275cm 418cm -
January observed snowfall total 461cm 443cm -
February observed snowfall total 178cm 316cm -
March observed snowfall total 111cm 164cm -
April observed snowfall total - 32cm -
May observed snowfall total - 2cm -
Season observed snowfall total 1148cm 1493cm 0cm
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123cm
[123cm]
275cm
[398cm]
461cm
[859cm]
178cm
[1037cm]
111cm
[1148cm]
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[1148cm]
-
[1148cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
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