Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 2nd April 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:05am on Monday 2nd April 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Fog, cloud - clearing up
Base temp:
2°C

Top temp:
0°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
S 3m/s - W 4m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Limited
This report
Monday 2nd April 2018, 8:05am
0cm
Sunday 1st April 2018, 9:04am 0cm
Saturday 31st March 2018, 8:31am 0cm
Friday 30th March 2018, 7:31am 0cm
Thursday 29th March 2018, 13:06pm 0cm
Wednesday 28th March 2018, 7:20am 0cm
Tuesday 27th March 2018, 8:25am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 0cm
Last 14 reports (total): 0cm
Current month (April 2018) total: 0cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 1247cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:05am on Monday 2nd April 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

After the wet of yesterday, thick fog down to base areas early this morning but sun is forecast and indeed away from the mountain some blue skies are visible.

The Spring Park at Hirafu - which is now generally open - is, er, closed today due to the weather conditions. I hope that kind of makes sense!

A look back at the season so far: March 2018

It is time for a look back the month of March and the season so far here in Niseko. And as always, I would like to remind you that all of the numbers from these reports are available at any time on each of the archived Niseko Now report pages. They are linked below. And there’s some really cool graphs going on if you click on that big blue tab titled ‘Snowfall Analysis’ at the top of this page.

So...March 2018.

Here’s the snowfall that I have measured near the base of Niseko Grand Hirafu over the last six seasons in the month of March:

March 2018: 49cm
March 2017: 83cm
March 2016: 109cm
March 2015: 139cm
March 2014: 113cm
March 2013: 164cm

On previous form we were hoping for around 1m of snow but in the end, we got just half of that. A disappointing showing, certainly.

But the low snowfall count wasn’t just a Niseko thing, or a Hokkaido thing.

It looks like it was a Japan thing.

It seems that this season - to varying degrees - most of Japan clicked into ‘spring mode’ just as soon as the month started. And with our 49cm of snow at base here in Niseko, we actually did better than many regions of Japan. A quick look at some of the other Now daily reports here on SnowJapan will confirm that.

Observed snowfall at base for the season up until the end of March:

OK, so March was disappointing in terms of fresh snowfall but how has that affected the ‘season so far’ numbers?

17/18 season total up until the end of March 2018: 1247cm
16/17 season total up until the end of March 2017: 688cm
15/16 season total up until the end of March 2016: 992cm
14/15 season total up until the end of March 2015: 1144cm
13/14 season total up until the end of March 2014: 1163cm
12/13 season total up until the end of March 2013: 1491cm

Looking at the season as a whole, things suddenly look so much better.

12.5m? Impressive!

Over the 2017-2018 season, we have still received way more snowfall than during the 2016-2017 season and considerably more than the season before that too.

The first half of the 2017-2018 season was indeed very special indeed, and we need to remember that.

At the same time, we also need to remember that next season might be the same, it might be the other way round (with a better late than early season), or it might well be totally mixed up and be nothing like either of those patterns.

Oh, the fun of relying on the weather!

What to expect from the month of April

April is usually the month when spring takes full control. Here’s how much snowfall I have observed here at base over the previous five seasons:

April 2017: 0cm
April 2016: 6cm
April 2015: 3cm
April 2014: 13cm
April 2013: 32cm

With the way March went, more fresh snowfall this season feels somehow unlikely – but then again, as I write this I am looking at the forecast which seems to be telling me that we might get some fresh snowfall at the end of the week, with the better chance of that as you go higher (meaning more likely rain at base). So, you never know. Let’s see.

Whether we get any more or not, there is still a lot of snow left on the slopes so they will surely have no problems remaining open until Golden Week in early May.

There’s lots of spring fun left to be had.

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For information, here is the data that the Japan Meteorological Agency report from their observation station in Kutchan town:

March 2018: 59cm
March 2017: 90cm
March 2016: 124cm
March 2015: 141cm
March 2014: 118cm
March 2013: 124cm

17/18 season total up until the end of March 2018: 1013cm
16/17 season total up until the end of March 2017: 831cm
15/16 season total up until the end of March 2016: 823cm
14/15 season total up until the end of March 2015: 966cm
13/14 season total up until the end of March 2014: 922cm
12/13 season total up until the end of March 2013: 1024cm

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Monday 2nd April 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Plans to be open daily until Sunday 6th May
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Plans to be open daily until Sunday 8th April

Lifts info:
- King Number 1 and 2 and Ace Number 4 lifts rested.
- Other lifts should be operating.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 435cm
- Base: 140cm

Niseko Annupuri
Plans to be open daily until Sunday 6th May

Lifts info:
- Jumbo Number 2 and 3 lifts rested.
- Other lifts should be operating.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 400cm
- Base: 130cm

Niseko Village
Plans to be open daily until Sunday 8th April

Lifts info:
- Village Express, Niseko Gondola and Wonderland Chair remain operating
- Other lifts should be operating.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 380cm
- Base: 130cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:05am on Monday 2nd April 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All four areas remain open

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 2nd April 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Monday 2nd April 2018
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 2nd April 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 Monday 2nd April 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
2nd April 0cm 0cm 0cm
1st April 0cm 0cm 0cm
31st March 0cm 2cm 0cm
30th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
29th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
28th March 0cm 6cm 0cm
27th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 0cm 8cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 0cm 18cm 14cm
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 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 Monday 2nd April 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]
49cm
[1247cm]
0cm
[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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