Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 10th March 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:48am on Friday 10th March 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy, light snow at times
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snowing in places just at the moment
wind condition
Up to NW 6m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Limited
This report
Friday 10th March 2017, 8:48am
13cm
Thursday 9th March 2017, 8:31am 14cm
Wednesday 8th March 2017, 8:30am 26cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 63cm
Last 14 reports (total): 103cm
Current month (March 2017) total: 63cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 668cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:48am on Friday 10th March 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

There's another nice top-up of 13cm this morning. Less people around than peak season also means that fresh snow gets to remain untouched for a bit longer, which is always a bonus for the people here outside of the main peak months.

It is not quite as cold this morning but still -3C at 8:30am and temperatures shouldn't venture above zero during the day. The forecast is for a mix of snow/cloud for the day and over the last hour or so it has been snowing on and off.

Tomorrow is likely going to be a bit milder still and there's not much sign of snow on the forecast through into at least mid-week.

Still, we've had good period of regular fresh snowfall over the last four days or so along with some very nice conditions on the mountain. Hope that some of you are here to enjoy it.

And for those reading this report sometime in the future as an 'archive' (hi!!)... see how sometimes March can offer better conditions than in early February?

'Muzukashii desu ne!'

Let's hope there's further refreshes coming after the upcoming finer spell of clearer weather. In the meantime, let's enjoying!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base: -5℃, 10cm snowfall. Moiwa 800m; -8℃, 15cm snowfall with snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: -11℃, W10m/s, 20cm, 230cm snowpack. Hirafu 1250m: -12℃, 20cm snowfall. With snowdrifts. Sea of Japan Kamui cape lighthouse: light breeze, 1003hPa, 0.6m. Benkei cape: WSW4m/s.

The wind is calm and the mountain is blanketed with light snow. The snowdrifts that developed yesterday have stabilized and will form March 10th layer in the future snowpack. Looking at observations, the general avalanche risk is low except for the south facing steep/cliff slopes. South facing aspects are highly affected by the sun and slabs are more likely to form in there, which could trigger deeper layer slides. Please be careful and do not step into restricted areas. All gates are scheduled to open. The snow condition is very good on and off-piste. Please abide by all Rules and have a safe day. Most accidents can be avoided by being prudent and making conservative decisions.

The avalanche information will pause for a while due to mechanical trouble.

Please respect and follow the ski patrol’s decisions.

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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
The Annupuri Gondola is undergoing some kind of maintenance and will be delayed opening - perhaps by about 2 hours.
Otherwise, resorts appear to be opening as planned at the start of the day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Friday 10th March 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 370cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Village
Top - 315cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 315cm
Base - 170cm

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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 8:48am on Friday 10th March 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts are open this morning though the Annupuri Gondola is delayed

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 10th March 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 10th March 2017
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 10th March 2017
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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  2016/2017
*as of Friday 10th March 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
10th March 13cm 12cm 0cm
9th March 14cm 0cm 0cm
8th March 26cm 0cm 0cm
7th March 9cm 0cm 6cm
6th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
5th March 0cm 0cm 15cm
4th March 1cm 1cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 63cm 13cm 21cm
Previous 14 days total 103cm 92cm 62cm
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 63cm 109cm 139cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 3cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 668cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 10th 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
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
152cm
[445cm]
160cm
[605cm]
63cm
[668cm]
-
[668cm]
-
[668cm]
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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