Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 7th March 2017

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Tuesday 7th March 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snowing (moderately as I write this report)
wind condition
S 1m/s - NW 5m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Fair to limited
This report
Tuesday 7th March 2017, 8:31am
9cm
Monday 6th March 2017, 8:19am 0cm
Sunday 5th March 2017, 8:33am 0cm
Saturday 4th March 2017, 8:44am 1cm
Friday 3rd March 2017, 8:32am 0cm
Thursday 2nd March 2017, 8:28am 0cm
Wednesday 1st March 2017, 8:33am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 10cm
Last 14 reports (total): 65cm
Current month (March 2017) total: 10cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 615cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Tuesday 7th March 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

And good news this morning with 9cm of fresh snow on the ground outside my place near the base of Hirafu. It's cold too. Yey.

From what I can gather a lot of that has been since early morning (pre-toast) and hopefully it will continue to build up during the day today with snow showers forecast - though the forecasts don't seem to be forecasting major dumpage. They are sometimes wrong of course. It has been coming down quite nicely post-toast and I am guessing that is the reason that I am seeing more than what is in Avalanche Report below.

Snow clouds should be with us through this week though so regular top-ups should be happening. Whether they will be enough for a proper reset or not is something we'll have to wait on. Let's see.

In fact, I will be a responsible reporter and go out there to do some investigating myself this morning. :)

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base: -8℃, light breeze with 5cm crystal snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -9℃, 10cm snowfall. Annupuri 1150m: -13℃, W8m/s, 5cm snowfall, poor visibility. Hirafu 1250m: -13℃, light breeze, no snowfall. Kamui cape lighthouse: SW8m/s, 999hPa, 0.8m waves. Benkei cape lighthouse: NW16m/s.

First snowfall in a while and the mountain is blanketed by a thin coat of fresh snow. According to the observations, the avalanche risk is low, however shallow slides from March 6th are to be expected in 35+ grade slopes above 800m elevation. Please do not underestimate the risks as, although shallow, these slides are fast and powerful enough to sweep you down the slope. All gates are scheduled to open however will be subject to the wind and visibility. Please respect the ski patrol’s decisions.

The ski patrols and avalanche institute are working hard for maintaining a balance between accident prevention and freedom to ride.

Sorry to hear that people are complaining to the town office about what we do.

Beware of sudden weather changes.

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Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All areas should be open as normal this morning.

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Official resort snow depths as of Tuesday 7th March 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 330cm
Base - 135cm

Niseko Village
Top - 315cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 315cm
Base - 140cm

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Night skiing is planned until Monday 20th March 2017 at the Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village resort areas. There is no nighta in the Hanazono area.

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Tuesday 7th March 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas are opening as normal at the start of the day

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Japan snowfall data
(updated daily during winter)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 7th March 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Tuesday 7th March 2017
(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 Tuesday 7th March 2017
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)
  2016/2017
*as of Tuesday 7th March 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
7th March 9cm 0cm 6cm
6th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
5th March 0cm 0cm 15cm
4th March 1cm 1cm 0cm
3rd March 0cm 9cm 3cm
2nd March 0cm 22cm 3cm
1st March 0cm 10cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 10cm 42cm 27cm
Previous 14 days total 65cm 105cm 72cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 181cm 244cm 519cm
January observed snowfall total 152cm 303cm 257cm
February observed snowfall total 160cm 266cm 196cm
March observed snowfall total 10cm 109cm 139cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 3cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 615cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 7th March 2017
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
2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
152cm
[445cm]
160cm
[605cm]
10cm
[615cm]
-
[615cm]
-
[615cm]
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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