Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 6th March 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Tuesday 6th March 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Very light snow
wind condition
NW 2-5m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Limited
This report
Tuesday 6th March 2018, 8:31am
1cm
Monday 5th March 2018, 8:27am 0cm
Sunday 4th March 2018, 8:14am 0cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 27cm
Last 14 reports (total): 99cm
Current month (March 2018) total: 24cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 1222cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Tuesday 6th March 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning all!

I have some fresh snow to report but just 1cm of it.

It is snowing very lightly (indeed) as I put this report together and it is keeping pretty cold which is of course a good thing.

Keeping cold will be good as it doesn't look like we should expect much snow over the next few days. I would be more than happy for that to be wrong.

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It looks like the Hirafu Gondola is having some issues at the start of the day.

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One thing I would like to point out once again. My snow measurements come from close to Niseko Grand Hirafu base and are done by myself (and sponsored by - or should I say fuel(l)ed by - toast). There is often more snowfall higher up on the mountain than at base. In early and late season in particular, this can easily mean the difference between no snow on the ground here at base and snowfall delivered to the mountain.

Having said that, today the Avalanche report is not reporting more than trace at each of their points.

I'll comment on it when I feel there is going to be any notable difference on a given day.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -8°, trace new snow. Moiwa 800m: -10.1°, W8.6m/s(overnight 17m/s), trace new snow, cornice development. Annupuri 1150m: -14°, NW15m/s snow wind, trace new snow, poor visibility. Hirafu peak: -13°, snow wind, trace new snow, poor visibility. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: N9m/s. Kamui Cape: WNW7m/s, 1020hPa, wave 1.5m.

The barometric pressure gradient has steepened and a strong westerly wind blew overnight. Only a small amount of snow has fallen however new cornice development from wind blown snow is collapsing easily. In the past in similar conditions 3 high school students were buried by an avalanche caused by a cornice collapsing in Mikaeri Bowl. Take care on cornice slopes above 800m. An avalanche happens when conditions are right regardless of the amount of snow and only becomes an accident if people are involved.

Overall the general avalanche risk is low. Peak gates are expected to be open. Follow the patrol's decisions. To avoid getting caught in a full depth avalanche you should reconsider your habit of riding in the valley bottoms. On the south east side of Annupuri where there are steep slopes with large elevation changes, full depth avalanches can have a major impact on the topography and vegetation. Large avalanches like these have come down onto the forest road in the past. From the snowfall this winter strict precautions are needed for spring. Spring is here now with these freeze/thaw cycles. Have a good day.

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Tuesday 6th March 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating as planned
- Hirafu Gondola having issues at the start of the day

Official snow depth:
- Top: 520cm
- Base: 230cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating as planned
- The Gondola might be delayed opening at the start of the day

Official snow depth:
- Top: 450cm
- Base: 240cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating as planned (Country Road Chair lift not operating)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 450cm
- Base: 280cm

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Floodlit 'nighta' skiing - until Sunday 18th March

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 8:31am on Tuesday 6th March 2018
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open - though looks like the Gondola at Niseko Grand Hirafu is having early morning issues

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  2017/2018
*as of Tuesday 6th March 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
6th March 1cm 0cm 0cm
5th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
4th March 0cm 1cm 1cm
3rd March 14cm 0cm 9cm
2nd March 9cm 0cm 22cm
1st March 0cm 0cm 10cm
28th February 3cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 27cm 1cm 42cm
Previous 14 days total 99cm 59cm 111cm
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 24cm 83cm 109cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 1222cm 688cm 992cm
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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 - 188cm
[188cm]
406cm
[594cm]
305cm
[899cm]
299cm
[1198cm]
24cm
[1222cm]
- -
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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