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Niseko Now

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Niseko region, Japan
LATEST REPORT: Posted at 8:25am on Monday 18th March 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Clear blue skies
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Southerly varied
visibility condition
Excellent
This report
Monday 18th March 2019, 8:25am
0cm
Sunday 17th March 2019, 8:25am 6cm
Saturday 16th March 2019, 8:28am 1cm
Friday 15th March 2019, 8:30am 5cm
Thursday 14th March 2019, 8:34am 1cm
Wednesday 13th March 2019, 8:30am 1cm
Tuesday 12th March 2019, 8:30am 1cm
Last 7 reports (total): 15cm
Last 14 reports (total): 15cm
Current month (March 2019) total: 15cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 915cm

Good morning from Niseko.

Fine weather yesterday with lots of blue sky with some cloud at times.

And it's a beautiful morning here with clear blue skies and we are expecting a few days of rather warm conditions. Feel-good, for sure but it won't be helping our snow. Talking of snow, there still looks to be a chance of some coming back around Thursday/Friday as temperatures drop again.

Country Road Chair lift fans. Doh! It looks like it's closed (again?) this morning. I'm really not sure what is going on there, but I promise I will try to investigate today and post more information tomorrow. I'm also not sure what is happening with the top Wonderland Chair at Niseko Village which is apparently not moving this morning. No information I can find on that right now. Let's checking.

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Just a few more days of 'nighta' left... Wednesday evening will be your last chance.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain Base 6.00am: -6°, no new snow, calm. Moiwa 800m: -5.1°, E0.62m/s, no new snow. Annupuri 1100m: -8.1°, W8.10m/s, snow depth 250cm. Hirafu 1000m: -6.4°, S6.40m/s. Kutchan Weather Station: -4.7°, snow depth 115cm, E4.0m/s. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: light winds. Kamui Cape: SSW16m/s, pressure 1016hPa,wave 1.6m.

We are currently sitting on the edge a high pressure system, winds are strong at higher elevations, but at the mountain base wind is calm. There is no new snowfall and from observation the general avalanche risk is low. All gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice before going through the gates.

As the temperature rises small full depth avalanches on the valley sidewalls below 700m will easily occur. Do not spend time at the bottom of cracked slopes.

Above 700m negative temperatures persist, on and off-piste are in good condition, however below 700m the melt/freeze conditions are not so good. Be careful going fast and hitting something. If you look you can still find fresh snow at higher elevations. Do not enter Mizuno no Sawa. Have a good day.

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Ski resort operation information: Monday 18th March 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Plans to be open until Monday 6th May 2019

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 340cm
- Base: 130cm

Ski lifts operating:

- All lifts opening as normal at the start of the day (Ace Number 1 pair and King Number 2 quad rested)
- The Ace Family quad (until 8:30pm), Ace Center 4 quad (8:20pm), Hirafu Gondola (until 8:10pm) and Holiday Number 1 pair (until 8:30pm) lifts are normally open during the evening

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Plans to be open until Sunday 31st March 2019

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 250cm
- Base: 180cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts opening as normal at the start of the day
- The Hanazono lifts are normally currently open until 4:20pm

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Niseko Annupuri
Plans to be open until Monday 6th May 2019

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 290cm
- Base: 100cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts opening as normal at the start of the day
- The Jumbo 1 lift is normally open until 8:30pm during the evening

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Niseko Village
Plans to be open until Sunday 7th April 2019

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 290cm
- Base: 100cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Wonderland Chair not moving this morning? Unconfirmed.
- The Upper Village Gondola, Village Express and Banzai Chair lifts are normally open until 8:00pm during the evening

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Night time operations are available in the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri resort areas. Until Wednesday 20th March 2019.
There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO resort area.

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas are opening as normal

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 18th March 2019
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Monday 18th March 2019
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 18th March 2019
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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  2018/2019
*as of Monday 18th March 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
18th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
17th March 6cm 5cm 0cm
16th March 1cm 3cm 0cm
15th March 5cm 0cm 0cm
14th March 1cm 0cm 0cm
13th March 1cm 0cm 0cm
12th March 1cm 5cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 15cm 13cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 15cm 26cm 64cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 333cm 406cm 181cm
January observed snowfall total 285cm 305cm 152cm
February observed snowfall total 198cm 299cm 160cm
March observed snowfall total 15cm 49cm 83cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 915cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 18th March 2019
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2018/2019 season 0cm
[0cm]
84cm
[84cm]
333cm
[417cm]
285cm
[702cm]
198cm
[900cm]
15cm
[915cm]
-
[915cm]
-
[915cm]
2017/2018 season - 188cm
[188cm]
406cm
[594cm]
305cm
[899cm]
299cm
[1198cm]
49cm
[1247cm]
13cm
[1260cm]
0cm
[1260cm]
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]
  October November December January February March April May
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