Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 3rd March 2018

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:15am on Saturday 3rd March 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None currently
wind condition
W 3-10m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Varied
This report
Saturday 3rd March 2018, 10:15am
14cm
Friday 2nd March 2018, 8:05am 9cm
Thursday 1st March 2018, 8:25am 0cm
Wednesday 28th February 2018, 8:31am 3cm
Tuesday 27th February 2018, 8:12am 3cm
Monday 26th February 2018, 8:16am 24cm
Sunday 25th February 2018, 8:33am 8cm
Last 7 reports (total): 61cm
Last 14 reports (total): 145cm
Current month (March 2018) total: 23cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 1221cm

Archive report: Posted at 10:15am on Saturday 3rd March 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Oh dear, I'm a bit late this morning aren't I? Gomenasai!

OK so I'll try to get this up as quickly as possible.

14cm of fresh snowfall and happily the worst of that storm has now passed... though it's still quite windy and top lifts are not open at the moment (see below for resort specifics). I reckon there'll be more snow in places, but less in others too so variable conditions. Let me add I have not been out there to check on that yet.

It's mild today and tomorrow milder still. Happily, it won't be as warm as some places to the south of us look set to be. (Yikes!)

I will try to be back to my usual time tomorrow.

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Temperatures below are from early morning

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -3℃, 20cm snowfall. Moiwa800m: -6.4℃, SW7.5m/s, large snowdrift development. Annupuri1150m: -9℃, SW15m/s, cornice and snowdrifts development. Hirafu1250m: -10℃, strong NW wind with snowdrifts developing. Benkei cape: WNW16m/s, Kamui cape SW16m/s, 1010hPa, 2.9m waves.

The storm has passed, however the development of the snowdrifts has been drastic in the past 24hours. The course and chair-lift maintenance will take longer than usual. So much snow deposit that the terrain has changed in some areas. The snowpack is starting to stabilize, but 2 uneven bonding and one deeper weak layer (Mar 1st low pressure snow) has been observed in the morning pressure test. The snowpack is relatively stable, however if a slide happens, it could be in a very large scale. The avalanche risk in areas above 800m is high. Gates opening is undetermined, please respect the patrol’s decision.

Avalanches caused by collapsing snowdrifts that developed thick during strong storms are the most terrifying. Many of the accidents occur during and just after storms and most of then could be avoided if all mountain-goers were paying more attention to the recent weather transition.

An avalanche experiment will be undertaken at Mikaeri Bowl this morning. A large slide is expected to occur, please stay away from Moiwa bowl and Mikaeri area. The snow in the trees is dense, but in good condition. Have a nice day.

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Saturday 3rd March 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- Top Ace and King Number 4 lifts and Hanazono Number 3 lift on hold currently due to strong winds

Official snow depth:
- Top: 515cm
- Base: 245cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- Gondola and top Jumbo Number 4 lift on hold currently due to strong winds

Official snow depth:
- Top: 420cm
- Base: 250cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- Top Wonderland Chair lift on hold and Gondola moving at slow speeds currently due to strong winds

Official snow depth:
- Top: 420cm
- Base: 280cm

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Floodlit 'nighta' skiing:

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 10:15am on Saturday 3rd March 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Top lifts affected by wind this morning

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 3rd March 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 3rd March 2018
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 3rd March 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 Saturday 3rd March 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
3rd March 14cm 0cm 9cm
2nd March 9cm 0cm 22cm
1st March 0cm 0cm 10cm
28th February 3cm 0cm 0cm
27th February 3cm 3cm 20cm
26th February 24cm 18cm 18cm
25th February 8cm 19cm 10cm
Previous 7 days total 61cm 40cm 79cm
Previous 14 days total 145cm 97cm 125cm
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 23cm 83cm 109cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 1221cm 688cm 992cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 3rd March 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]
23cm
[1221cm]
- -
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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