Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 22nd March 2017

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Wednesday 22nd March 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
-4°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Earlier light snow currently eased off
wind condition
SE 3m/s - NW 9m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Limited
This report
Wednesday 22nd March 2017, 8:31am
6cm
Tuesday 21st March 2017, 8:31am 0cm
Monday 20th March 2017, 8:03am 0cm
Sunday 19th March 2017, 8:49am 0cm
Saturday 18th March 2017, 8:09am 0cm
Friday 17th March 2017, 8:30am 0cm
Thursday 16th March 2017, 8:31am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 6cm
Last 14 reports (total): 35cm
Current month (March 2017) total: 71cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 676cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Wednesday 22nd March 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

Fresh snow! Hurray! Oh I love snow so much. It's brilliant. Even when it's a bit wetter than the peak season variety.

But, yes, back to my report and the snow started falling yesterday evening, giving me 6cm to report to you from base here this morning. Perhaps we will get more over the next few days though it does not seem to be a full-on kind of thing - more, a bit here and there. We are heading into late March, after all.

Earlier snowfall has stopped at the moment (here at base anyway, it may still be snowing higher up) and the temperature is slightly over zero. It even looks like the sun might be trying to get in on the action in some places. Still, the forecast for the daytime today is generally 'cloudy' with the snow falling again tonight.

Bit of a wind affecting a few top lifts - see below for more on that.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base : -2°, 8cm wet new snow. Moiwa 800m: -3.7°, W3-10m/s, 5cm new snow, minor snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -7°, 11Wm/s, 10cm wet new snow. Hirafu 1250m, -6°, W5m/s, 5cm new snow. Coastal data: Kamui Cape: WNW9m/s, 1006hPa, wave 2.3m.

The passing low pressure system has dropped 5-10cm wet snow with minor snowdrift development on leeward slopes. From observation, shallow surface avalanches can easily be triggered by rider stimulation on steep(40deg) slopes. Be aware. Fracture layer is from March 21 and probability of fracture is dependent on elevation and slope orientation. Deeper layers in the snowpack appear stable, however south facing slopes around 800m the risk of full depth avalanches is high. Do not enter south facing strictly off limits areas.

Everything is covered with a shallow layer of wet snow today, mellow terrain in the trees should be good. All gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice before going out of bounds.

People have been demanding that we strengthen Niseko Rules to avoid accidents in the future. Although the current rules are not perfect they do a good job protecting your freedom to ride most of the mountain while keeping accidents to a minimum. We believe less rules the better and ask everyone to understand and follow the existing Niseko Rules to maintain your current freedoms and show stricter measures are not needed. Have a good day.

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Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
The top King Number 4 lift is on hold at the start of the day due to wind conditions.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Appears to be opening as planned.

Niseko Village
Appears to be opening as planned.

Niseko Annupuri
The top Jumbo Number 4 lift is on hold at the start of the day due to wind conditions.

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Official resort snow depths as of Wednesday 22nd March 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 325cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Village
Top - 300cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 290cm
Base - 130cm

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Planned closing dates
Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.
Niseko Hanazono plans to be open daily until Sunday 2nd April.
Niseko Village plans to be open daily until Sunday 2nd April (and then from 28th April until 7th May).
Niseko Annupuri plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.

Night time floodlit operations have now finished for the season.

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Wednesday 22nd March 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas appear to be opening as planned

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Wednesday 22nd March 2017
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 22nd March 2017
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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  2016/2017
*as of Wednesday 22nd March 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
22nd March 6cm 0cm 1cm
21st March 0cm 3cm 0cm
20th March 0cm 1cm 0cm
19th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
18th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
17th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
16th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 6cm 4cm 1cm
Previous 14 days total 35cm 57cm 86cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 181cm 244cm 519cm
January observed snowfall total 152cm 303cm 257cm
February observed snowfall total 160cm 266cm 196cm
March observed snowfall total 71cm 109cm 139cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 3cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 676cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 22nd March 2017
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 - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
152cm
[445cm]
160cm
[605cm]
71cm
[676cm]
-
[676cm]
-
[676cm]
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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