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Niseko Now

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LATEST REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Wednesday 20th March 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Fine, partly cloudy
Base temp:
6°C

Top temp:
0°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
NW varied
visibility condition
Good
This report
Wednesday 20th March 2019, 8:30am
0cm
Tuesday 19th March 2019, 7:47am 0cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 13cm
Last 14 reports (total): 15cm
Current month (March 2019) total: 15cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 915cm

Good morning from Niseko.

The biggest news this morning is that the Hanazono area has announced that it will now be remaining open until 7th April; a week longer than originally planned. Hurray!

Weather-wise today should be another mix of generally fine weather with blue skies and some cloud. Bit windy higher up it seems and top lifts are on hold at the start of the day.

And look! Is that some possible snow as we head towards the weekend? It might be!

With nighta ending tonight, from tomorrow we enter the official 'Last Season' period (for this season, not last season!) which means reduced lift ticket prices. Hurray!

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For those who might have missed this yesterday...

About the Country Rod Chair lift at Niseko Village

OK so I have done some information finding regarding the Country Road Chair lift at Niseko Village. I recall doing this last year but couldn't remember the details and thought it would be good to get the latest. So the official word is that the Country Road lift opens 'sometimes' in the spring season. It was open last weekend but not yesterday and will not be open today. Perhaps we will see more of it in the last chunk of the season, but there are no fixed operating dates as such. From the conversation I had, it sounds like they might open it on weekends and on busy days - especially as the lower slopes start to close (which isn't yet).

So there you have it, sort of!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain Base 6.00am: +3°, no new snow, refrozen snow. Moiwa 800m: +1.9°, SE2.21m/s, snow surface frozen. Annupuri 1100m: -0.4°, WSW6.0m/s, snow depth 250cm. Hirafu 1000m: -5.7°, SSW7.00m/s. Kutchan Weather Station: +3°, ESE3.3m/s, snow depth 103cm. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:S4m/s. Kamui Cape: E5m/s, pressure 1013hPa,wave 0.9m.

Warm southerly air is blowing into the area and up 900m elevation on the west side temperatures are above zero. On the east Hirafu side of the mountain low temperatures around -5 continue. As daytime temperatures increase water levels in the creeks will also increase. Be careful of snow bridges collapsing. The full depth avalanche risk on south facing slopes around 1000m will increase as the temperature rises. Avalanches will run through the valley bottoms, please avoid spending any time in them.

If we get new snow from a low pressure system, depending on snow drift development, the risk of surface avalanches will increase again,. Following snowfall be aware of the weather transition. The mountain is turning to springtime.

Outside the ropes is not the ski resort. Please listen to the patrols advice and prepare before going through the gates. The snow is good.

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Ski resort operation information: Wednesday 20th 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: 320cm
- Base: 110cm

Ski lifts operating:

- Top lift on hold at the start of the day
- Ace Number 1 pair, King Number 2 quad and Ace Number 4 pair lift rested
- Plans to be open until Monday 6th May

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

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 242cm
- Base: 165cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Top lift on hold at the start of the day
- Plans to be open until Sunday 7th April

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

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 280cm
- Base: 100cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Top lift on hold at the start of the day
- Plans to be open until Monday 6th May

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

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 280cm
- Base: 100cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Top lift on hold at the start of the day
- Country Road Chair lift rested
- Plans to be open until Sunday 7th April

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Top lifts affected by wind at the start of the day

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 20th March 2019
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Wednesday 20th March 2019
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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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 Wednesday 20th March 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
20th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
19th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 13cm 8cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 15cm 25cm 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 Wednesday 20th 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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